Posted: March 20, 2018 in Creative WRiting

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Here we are with a new blog header and a daily writing blog! I wanted to just go ahead and give y’all an update on what I’m doing.

I’ve been pretty busy with commissions. When I opened them up again, I opened with five slots; that way, I can’t ever get overwhelmed. Also, I didn’t think they would all fill up quickly, so I’d have some room to breathe.

They all filled up. Oh dear, and people have already asked for more stories after the ones that I finished. I’m busybusybusy… and I love it. It feels so nice to be doing something again; that’s not to say that being a mother isn’t a full-time job. Hell, it’s more than a full-time job. It’s pretty exhausting all on its own. That’s why it’s so awesome that I have a job that I can work around my own hours with.

That’s what I’ve been up to with writing! However, I’ve jotted down a few new story ideas, because I’ve been having some interesting dreams lately! They’ve been fantastic for creativity… and I’m going to have to figure out how I want to sort my time out, so that I can get writing done on a professional level as well as a personal level.

How has your writing been going, guys? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! And remember, Camp NaNo is right around the corner!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Things are never quite so perfect as they appear. I wanted to just prod something out really quick to let you guys know that. So many people post perfectly posted photos and really make it seem like everything is amazing. Even I make some pretty fantastically posed pictures for headers.

I took the one above, and then I kinda zoomed out to see what the rest of everything looked like.

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Yep. That crackup in the corner is my kiddo giving me the stink eye. There are extra coffee cups, water bottles, a really dirty kitchen table… there are a bunch of things that make the picture imperfect. Never get discouraged because of pictures and snippets of people that you see on the internet, or even as a celebrity.

Those are just small fractions of a whole thing. I promise you, they aren’t accurate to how the world is really going. Everyone has mess, everyone has stress. Everyone has issues, and that’s what makes us unique and who we are. That’s what gives us the experiences in life that help us to be better writers.

So, the next time you’re on an instagram and you’re wondering how in the hell someone has such a perfect writing space, or a perfect bookshelf, or a really neat corner where they film videos…

Remember, there’s probably a pile of laundry and some empty cups just out of sight! ❤ We are all perfectly imperfect, and that’s just the way we need to be! So, don’t give up — keep on chugging ❤ Keep on writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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I’ve been listening to On Writing by Stephen King lately (it’s a fantastic audiobook, especially since King himself narrates it!). There was a quote in the book that really resonated with me:

Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough.

I am fortunate enough to have a husband who is more than just passingly supportive. He constantly encourages me, constantly urges me to write and to attempt to publish. He constantly cheers me on, and I wonder what my writing life would be like if I didn’t have someone like that in it?

I think that’s why I try to keep my writing server up and running and positive. I want to offer the same support to people as I get on a daily basis from my husband. I’ve really started thinking, and I really do realize that it’s that encouragement that helps people to go on. If you didn’t have someone who told you you can do this, I wonder… how hard would it be to find the will to wade through the hard parts of writing.

So… I guess that really the point of this blog is for me to give you a bit of advice. Find someone who will encourage you — whether it’s a writing group, someone in your life, or just an accountability buddy that you make via blogs, tumblr, or a physical writing group that you join. Find someone who can encourage you, because just having that person believe in you will make a difference between a good day and a bad day.

And if you can’t find someone, either join my Discord Group (Linked at the bottom of the blog), or listen to me here ❤ You can do this, and I believe in you. Your story is yours, unique to you and your mind. Only you can tell it! If you need someone to listen to you, just comment on this blog! I’ll listen, I’ll encourage ❤ I will be here to tell you that your writing is important and you can do it!

I have faith in you. You have someone to believe in you right here.

 

Author Amanda McCormick

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Who here is gearing up for Camp NaNo? I’m personally pretty excited about it! My writing Discord Server has an entire section for it, and we’re all hopping into a cabin together! I’m not sure what I’m going to do for my project, or if I’m going to be working on my commissions for it… but I think I’m going to try to do original work as well.

So, if you’re prepping for camp, make sure to bring your essentials:

A Notebook and pens!

A writing buddy!

Some snacks!

And of course caffeine. So much caffeine.

All the caffeine.

I’d love to hear what ideas you guys have for your projects! Maybe it will help to inspire my own!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey everyone! I wanted to let you know what my next blogs are going to focus on! I’m going to do another Writing Tips A-Z series. It’s been a while since my first one, and I have a bunch of new things to say! So, hold on to your notebooks, get ready to buckle down ❤ It’s time to talk about writing!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey! Look, finally a use for one of my tags!

I’m going to try to get back to a proper posting schedule, both for this blog and for writing in general. It’s been strange, the way that things have been going. Motherhood certainly shifted my life (for the better, because I couldn’t imagine something more joyful than my son and his sweet little smile!). Now I’m trying to figure out where blogging, writing, and everything in between that used to be how I identified myself.

Right now, my only identity is Mama.

I’m working on that. I’m going to get back to daily posting — I’m going to get back to themed posting. I have a journal that I’m planning that out in, so I’m really excited. Today is my first step towards that!

This blog is here for multiple reasons. Both as a declaration of my intent, so that I have you guys to judge me if I randomly fail… and also as an open suggestion box. Do you guys have anything that you’d like to see? I’d love to get blogs that you’re all interested in. Let me know!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Scrivner up, baby monitor on, writing group active on the other side… I have my headphones on, even if they are only covering one ear. I’m trying to learn how to write at my desktop again while I have a baby.

Life gets a little complicated once you’re a Mama, doesn’t it?

I can write while I’m in bed just fine — my amazing and supportive husband bought me a new laptop to make it easier than it was before, even. However, I really get into my best flow when I’m at my desk. There’s something about the setup here, and the fact that I feel like I’m actually working instead of just tapping around while laying in bed. I’ve recently decided to double down on working (though I’m not actually working on RipTide right now, I was just organizing files xD), and part of committing to that is getting out of the bed and working at my desktop again instead of just working at my laptop.

It’s a bit difficult, and I know that any new parent, anyone who is going through a big change in life, anyone who has moved and is trying to get organized… anyone who is going through anything really can attest to this. The matter is though, it’s about taking a deep breath and deciding that you’re going to really commit to the goals that you set for yourself. I’ve always been a huge advocate for goals, for setting them, and for going with them.

This is the exact same. I’m going to try to spend at least 20 minutes a day at my desktop working on writing things, even if it’s just composing a daily blog until I’ve gotten more into the swing of it. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you have a nearly 8 month old clinging to you ever moment of the day… trust me, those 20 minutes can come few and far in between.

But I’m going to do it — and I think that this is a lesson that anyone can take to heart. Even if it’s just you trying to get into a habit of writing. You just have to tell yourself that you’re going to do it. You’re going to take those twenty minutes. Whether it’s 20 minutes to get writing done, twenty minutes to plot, to plan. Even if you’re only taking ten minutes.

Say you’re going to do it.

Do it.

You can do it, I believe in you!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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limboOh, look it’s Zombie time! What’s that? You guys haven’t seen this cover in a little bit, have you? Well, I wanted to give a small update on what I’m doing!

I’m narrowing down the novel that I really wanna go forward with. It’s a toss up between my fantasy novel Cerulean Darkness and Limbo! The thing about Limbo is that I need to finish it.

_> Yeah. I did like 50,000 words, but it’s not done. Oopse.

So, I’m going to be prodding to get it finished. At the same time, I want to finish my rewrite of Cerulean Darkness. Once I’m all done, I’ll do some edits and then look for beta readers. O_O It feels crazy, but I really wanna crack down on getting these things done and getting things going. There’s an odd urgency to me now, a desire to feel like I’m accomplishing things.

I’m going to ride that as hard as I can and get this done. I’m excited.

What are you all working on? I’d love to hear about it! Let’s work together!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, life is hectic sometimes, isn’t it? It feels like there are too many things going on to really find time for myself, let alone time to do something like writing. I often times end up going more than a week without blogging, even though I really want to do this daily.

And so, I am on a constant quest to find ways to incorporate writing into my daily life. xD Luckily (???) [I hope Luckily] I get to share the knowledge that I garner on that quest with you guys!

My tidbit of thought today is how it is so important to find your mobility in the world of writing. The simple fact is that the world today is so fast paced that you can’t afford to not have some sort of mobile way to at least jot down your ideas. Some people use pen and paper in the old school style, and some people take notes via phone. I have found a mixture of the two that I am really enjoying. I have a Note8 that I adore, and the stylus allows me to write via hand and store it onto my phone. I allows me to write as I go, including this blog post! I’m also going to get a mini bluetooth keyboard when I can afford one and it will hopefully up the productivity.

If you guys are interested I would love to do a blog post to highlight the positives and negatives of the Note8 as a writing tool. Let me know!

Until then,

Author Amanda Mccormick

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I’m not sure that “Writing Tips and Tricks” is exactly the right banner for this piece, but since I wasn’t sure where else to stick it… it’s just gonna have that one and we’re gonna roll with it. Anyway, hey guys! I wanted to touch on something that is an every day thing for any of us who write — whether it is your immediately family of your parents, siblings, or cousins… or whether it’s your husband/wife, or child. Your doggo or kitty, or reptilian friend…

Writing with family can be complicated. It’s not just about the fact that you have to navigate through activities that will eat up your writing time — it’s also about the fact that having a support system on that emotional level can be very important for you. I can’t talk from everyone’s perspective, but I can give a little peeksie into my life, and how I navigate being a wife, a mother and a friend while still getting my writing done! Maybe it will help you out, too!

First and foremost, I have a supportive partner. I’ve dated writers before, and while there was something lovely about that in the fact that we related to one another, I have actually found myself happier with someone who doesn’t write. Writing is my passion, and while Josh and I share quite a few passions in common, being able to have something that is my own is important. It’s part of my identity, and something that I can enjoy on my own. However, Josh is extremely supportive. That’s kinda my tip number one: when you have a partner, it’s so important that they’re supportive of your passion, even if it’s not a passion that they share in common with you.

I’ve been encouraged by him to get my writing done, even when I felt like I couldn’t do it. It’s just… it’s something that you can’t replace, and something that I think is so important for anyone who has a passion that they want to help blossom.

As a secondly important thing, I have this baby here — he takes a lot of my time away from me, and I know that it’s not that easy to function as a new mother and someone who also wants to be productive. I took my time getting back into writing; self care is what this second part is about. Make sure that you find your own flow. Make sure that you find out how much you can do, and how you can do it… but then do it. Don’t let yourself stop just because your life has changed. Don’t give up your passions just because you are a new parent. There’s still time. It’s just about finding the ability to fit them in around your new schedule. I figured out that schedule, and now I have time to write!
Honestly though, everything is about balance. Find a partner that is your balance – find time to write while taking care of your baby. Find time to balance your world ❤ It is what is really important about all of this. I’m going to  be writing a lot more on this subject, I think – I want to do a lot of touching on this and how I still end up doing things in my weekly  updates!
So, until then! Keep reading and writing, y’all!
Author Amanda McCormick