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Peter Andrews swims with the Mermaids and shares his tips on HowToWriteFast!

 

I’m thrilled to introduce Peter Andrews to the lagoon today for a different sort of Guy Day interview.  Peter has been writing and earning a living at it (!!!) for many years.  He keeps a blog on how to write fast, and teaches online courses on the same subject.  A writer, hubby, great dad, and all-around good guy, he even makes dinner!

It’s exhausting work, let me tell you!  So, first, let me offer the nice man a drink with an umbrella…  and let the questions roll!

1. What if you finally can sit down to write and realize you can’t get started?

Starting is dependent on preparation. Before you finish writing each day, you need to determine what you will work on the next day (or next definite session). This is a promise to yourself. And you keep it. You can still do other things, but you need to commit to work forward.

2.  What if you’re suddenly not in love with your book?  

Everyone falls out…
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No Giraffe at National Zoo; Should there be a Giraffe in Your Book?

By Diana Belchase

This weekend, spring arrived and my husband and I decided to ramble.  The sun shone, the flowers were starting to bloom, and birds twittered like eager children.

First, we discovered a new Dim Sum restaurant.  There is something wonderful about Dim Sum.  Noisy carts roll around the restaurant floor.  The treats are always the same, but you go back to old favorites because each bite is exquisite perfection.

We stumbled on the zoo while exploring the roads that led through Rock Creek Park.  I love this time of year – the trees are no longer grimly forbidding; they begin to bud out, with limbs cloaked in a green or burgundy haze.  Bikers, joggers, and families come out to bask in the warmth.  When we saw the zoo entrance we thought, what a lovely day to spend with the animals.

The first exhibit contained a Lion, his regal ombre brown mane contrasted against the sinewy golden hues of his coat.  He expressed his displeasure by emitting a loud,…
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Crap-balls, Glitter Umbrellas & Awesomesauceness

The tides are changing in the Kerri-verse. ‘bout time too.

To say I’ve had a bad year is such a drastic understatement that it makes me laugh. And roll my eyes, which are currently bedecked with my favorite blue mascara from Sephora. A nice accent to my knee-high black boots. Sorry, but during a bad year, you can still look really fabulous. But I digress…

RefleDiva-Kerr-ina-avatarcting on my year of craptasticness, I have to admit that the doom & gloom didn’t start last year. Nope. I’ve been living in a life coma for quite some time now. I didn’t realize it, but I think I’ve been sabotaging myself. However, I’ve finally defeated Evil Kerri and have some things to be really proud of in my life, and it’s bringing a whole new perspective. 

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Recently, I spent a night with some of my favorite things: wine, pizza and a movie. I watched the 2011 film, Crazy, Stupid, Love., starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone.  crazystupidlove

It may have been the wine, but I really, really enjoyed this movie. There was a certain “seize the day,” but in the end, be yourself vibe that I can only describe as awesomesauce.

Of course, being the writer I am, I immediately started thinking about the movie and making it all about myself. So without further ado, here’s what I got:

Good Riddance!

2012 is almost over and I, for one, cannot flipping wait! Adios, 2012 and get the hell outta here!

When asked, I often tell people that the best year of my life was, hands down, fourth grade. What a great year! I had a fantastic homeroom teacher, lots of friends and if I finished my computer assignment early I could play Oregon Trail (best computer game ever).

If my life peaked in fourth grade, it’s been coasting ever since. Until 2012. The year of Debbie Downer doom & gloom. For every good thing, there’s a bad thing. For light, there is dark. Up and down, yin and yang, smiley face, frowny face. For glitter, there is … um, poopy brown? Anyway, you get my point.

Who Wants to Hump with Me?

Who immediately took that innocent question straight into the gutter? For shame, for shame!

I meant with NaNo. For those of you not familiar with this, it’s a time when we writers decide to torture ourselves for one entire month. We try, and sometimes succeed, in writing a 50,000-word book in one month.

Usually when I first start my book, I’m a little bit excited but mostly fearful that every word I write will be utter and complete crap. Then, a week into writing the novel, I start to enjoy it. My characters pick up speed. It starts to feel real. Although I may not see the light at the end of the tunnel, I can certainly see that I’m staying on the tracks. And then…

And then comes that damn hump. It’s a big one, too.

I’m looking at it right now. Although it’s not Wednesday anymore, today will be my own “Over the Hump” day. It’s when my story should very well hit 25,000 words. But I’m a…
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Embracing Self-Plagiarism

One of the questions a writer is most-often asked is whether they are a “Plotter” or a “Pantser.” We’ve talked about it here on the Waterworld Mermaids a few times. Do you painstakingly outline things, or do you just fly by the seat of your pants and just write like the wind?

I tell people I’m a Plotter, only because the NaNoWriMo goal continues to elude me. The most I’ve ever been able to write in a month is around 36,000 words. Folks who can “Fast Draft” and do something like 50,000 words in a weekend completely blow my mind. *looks at Denny Mermaid*

Am I a Plotter by the true definition? No. Do I actually write all these things down on notecards and post-its and poster board? Not really. I’ve tried it. Short lists, sure. Bullet points. This sequel I’m working on? I outlined it for the publisher three…
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Nine Months and Counting…

I’m having a baby!!  Gotcha! 🙂

No, it’s not a boy or a girl…it’s a book.  (Hopefully not a hard-back! Can you imagine that trying to come out of the birth canal?)

Okay, I know pretty cheesy.  But considering the anxiety and excitement my news has brought to me and my family, one would think it was the same thing.  My ghost romance, Wanted: One Ghost was recently picked up by Crescent Moon Press. The conception took nearly eighteen months but now comes the hard part–the birth for all to see.

A few days ago I realized, I’m counting down the days/weeks and months along with my youngest–no, she’s not expecting (thank God) but she’s starting her senior year in high school.  In approximately nine months, both her and I will have a whole new life spread before us.  We are both nervous and excited.

I think I felt the same emotions when I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter nearly 21 years…
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Popcorn with Spiders

It’s been a hard week as I write this.

We’ve had days of blackouts, no water (wells don’t pump without electric), and 105 degree weather.  The food in my fridge and freezer is gone, my bathrooms smell, and the grocery stores still are pretty bare.

To cope, I’ve been hanging out at the movie theaters, enjoying the chill, living on popcorn and bad chicken fingers, and getting angry.  This time it has nothing to do with my power company.  What on earth is going on with Hollywood?  Why are so many films “remakes?”  It is bad enough when you redo a nearly perfect film like Total Recall from 1990, or even more horrifically, Back to the Future from 1985 – a mere blink of an eye for me.   But Spiderman?  Yes, the new movie is better, but why rehash a film that came out just a few years ago?

Did Tobey Maguire somehow damage the franchise, making it…
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4 Questions for Eloisa James

 

NY Times best selling author, Eloisa James sat down with me at a conference at McDaniel’s College.  She gave advice for new writers, told me about her family, her career, and discussed genre fiction versus literature as well as her latest book, The Duke is Mine.  What a treat!  I couldn’t wait to share this with you readers and all my sisters in the mermaid pond.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thank you Eloisa.

Hugs!

Diana Belchase

UPDATE:  Eloisa James is on vacation in a remote area, but she’s going to try to find a place with service this afternoon and stop by.  So, remember to check back later.  Thanks for visiting!  (Remember, to leave a comment just hit the word COMMENTS under the date at the top of the page in the left margin.)

 

In this first interview, Eloisa gives some sage advice…
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