Cannot Write Without: Haralambi Markov

The question in the lagoon this month: What’s the one thing you cannot write without?

Today’s answer comes from SF short fiction author extraordinaire: Haralambi Markov.

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Whenever you hear professional writers – I’m talking about those writers who are revising a novel under deadline and outlining a new one while simultaneously doing a press tour for a book due to be released any second – speak about writing, you hear one advice come up very often: “Abandon all rituals. Forget about the special pens, notebooks and time of day. Write – it doesn’t matter when, where or how.” It’s damn good advice; gets things done.

I didn’t take it to heart when I first started, of course, because writing is an act of inspiration, OK? You’re an artist – the recipient of a rare gift. You can’t just sit down and write. No, you have to gather all the ingredients, wait for the right hour and use the right instruments to reach the…
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Cannot Write Without: Steven Silver

The question in the lagoon this month: What’s the one thing you cannot write without?

Today’s answer comes from multiple Hugo Award nominated author and editor: Steven Silver.

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Several years ago, I was in a writing group for a short period of time.  Each time we got together, I would circulate my works in progress to the other members and usually two or three of them would circulate their works.

Invariably, several people would circulate excuses.  “I didn’t have the time.” or “My computer was down.”  I kept thinking “You had a deadline.  You find the time.  You make the time.” or “You didn’t have a pencil?  A pen?  Paper?  A receipt?”

I’ve written things on my phone if that was the only way to get the words down and I’ve remembered things I’ve wanted to write by repetitive memory so that they would stick with me until I got to a computer or paper.  So there are very few specific physical things…
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Cannot Write Without: Carlene Love

The question in the lagoon this month: What’s the one thing you cannot write without?

Today’s answer comes from Waterworld Mermaids’ very own, Carlene Love.

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WordsOne thing, says Alethea. One thing. The. One. Thing. You need to write.

I love her. But this was hard. Until I realized I could make a tiny tweak to our theme. Maybe it’s not the “end all, be all” of writing necessities, but I’ll tell you what, I do much better in its comfy embrace. Without the nighttime, my words would be like sad little kids sitting on a bone-dry slip ‘n’ slide with a water hose stuck in the yard across the street guarded by a frothy-mouthed attack monster of your choice.

Man, that’s not a pretty scene. But hopefully this poem is. Thank you for letting me share why I love to write at night…

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Safe Words

I’d like to wake up…
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Cannot Write Without: Nikki Woolfolk

The question in the lagoon this month: What’s the one thing you cannot write without?

Today’s answer comes from author and chocolatier extraordinaire: Nikki Woolfolk.

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The Edible Plot

Food is a character. Food is an adventure. Food is a plot point.

In early 2011, my decade long writer’s block broke open and I dreamed of a Steampunk universe that did not exist within the genre itself.

Nowadays I confidently write Steampunk adventures and culinary cozy mysteries, but I didn’t know that’s where I was going when I participated in my first NaNoWriMo in 2011. My anxiety about writing was so bad the only way to combat it was to write by hand so I did. I have several notebooks filled from that month to prove it.

In that Steampunk Universe Bible I created my main character had a sister that was just the cook, Alex LeBeau, while the group traveled, but LeBeau became something more and it was through the food she…
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LET’S CELEBRATE PINTIP DUNN’S DEBUT RELEASE: FORGET TOMORROW

Today is release day for Mermaid Pintip Dunn’s debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW! That’s right. It’s finally here, today Nov. 3, 2015, from Entangled TEEN! And borrowing a bunch of sparkle tosses from Mermaid Kerri, we also have a video to share and a raffle to help us celebrate! (READ MORE…)!

Pintip is giving away a signed hardcover copy of FORGET TOMORROW to one lucky winner! (U.S. only). Please click on the Rafflecopter below for a ton of easy ways to enter, including watching the book trailer above. Enter today! Contest ends Tuesday, November 10. Winner to be announced by Friday, November 13.

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FINAL COVER

Synopsis:

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision-a memory sent back in time…
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Cannot Write Without: Alethea Kontis

The question in the lagoon this month: What’s the one thing you cannot write without?

Today’s answer comes from Waterworld Mermaids’ very own Alethea Kontis.

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Princess AletheaThis is one of those months where I’m always thrilled that my name starts with A…because it means I GET TO BLOG FIRST. (April, not so much.)

I’m excited because it’s November…which means MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF WRITING AND WORD WARS.

My first foray into National Novel Writing Month was 2004 — I finished the first draft of a novel. Unfortunately, it clocked in at a measly 36,000 words. That’s right, to date, I have never successfully “won” NaNoWriMo. I’m hoping this year, that will all change.

I often get asked about my writing schedule, or what my writing area looks like. My answer is always: HA! I have yet to establish the Perfect Workplace, or the Perfect Daily Schedule.

However, it did get me thinking: What do I need in order to write? What’s…
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Let The Write One In

WELCOME TO NANOWRIMO, EVERYONE!

It is time for some Word Wars.

ARE YOU READY?!?

This year for NaNoWriMo it’s THE BATTLE OF THE BLOGS!

The Waterworld Mermaids are battling Romance on the Rocks — it’s all about who will write the most words as a team. The winner will receive a pretty badge to post on their website…but mostly, we want bragging rights!

Also this month, the Waterworld Mermaids will be hosting authors from all over the world — they’ll be stopping by the lagoon to tell you all about one thing they cannot write without.

Drop in and see which author has the most in common with you!

So, who out there is doing NaNo this year?

Let’s buddy up and do this thing.   Now GET BACK TO WRITING!

 

Waterworld MermaidsMermaid Profiles on the NaNoWriMo Website:

Denny S. Bryce (Denny S. Bryce)

Princess Alethea (Alethea Kontis)

Question…
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NaNoWriMo 2015: Announcing the Battle of the Blogs!

bf516410b6bf685bce5084182912dfb7_400x400Oh yeah. NaNoWriMo 2015 is going to ROCK! Waterworld Mermaids versus Romance on the Rocks? Oh yeah. We’re doing this! I don’t even need to tell you the rules or answer the question why, right? Let’s dive into the smack talk! The Waterworld Mermaids intend to drown ROR’s blog community in alliteration, great plots, alpha heroes, steamy sex scenes. Okay, the WWM steamy sex scenes would come from Mermaid Kerri and me mostly:), and of course, plain, old-fashioned combat, loosely disguised as fun!

What a way to heap more stress and paranoia onto our writing lives! And again with the right?

And yes, this was a decision mutually agreed upon by all of the Mermaids and Romance on the Rocks. Not just me trying to come up with a blog post for today. So, here’s what’s up, and you’re welcome to join us—if you don’t mind getting wet!

November is National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). A bunch of us…
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Looking for Pintip’s YASH post?

If you are looking for Pintip Dunn’s YA Scavenger Hunt post, please click here.

Even if you weren’t looking for that post originally, head on over anyway, for chances to win 20 autographed books and a pair of custom-designed earrings!

Hope to see you there!

Teaser Tuesday: Lisa Amowitz’s UNTIL BETH

Mermaid Friends, I’m thrilled to host my friend Lisa Amowitz for this Teaser Tuesday! Her book, UNTIL BETH, sounds amazing!

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Title: Until Beth Author: Lisa Amowitz Release Date: September 29, 2015 Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: She doesn’t just play, she kills it.

Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.

Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends Lisa Amowitzare bursting with talent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her…
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