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So! Apparently I’m signing up for something called NaNoWriYe. It’s not as intensive as NaNoWriMo, and it certainly won’t be the time sucker that NaNo was. It just seems to be a proboards forum where you can sign up for an amount of words that you plan to write this year… and receive support from the insane people who plan on joining in. Writer tip 201: Having a support system is an amazing thing. While we writers are often times very solitary creatures when we work, guarding our free time like a mama bear guards her cubs, I also find that I really like the support that online friends can give. They don’t make actual noise, you can minimize them when needed… but they are always there to offer you a helpful word or a cheer when you need it.

I honestly can’t argue with that!

So, I have signed up for NaNoWriYe 2014, with a goal of 500k words for the year. Honestly, that sounds like it’s not very much to me. I plan on trying to get at least 2k a day done, plus extra… but we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure I can always change my goal count if I surpass. I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo again this year, of course… there are so many exciting prospects for 2014 when it comes to writing, including me finally buckling down and getting something ready to be sent in to publishers. I’m excited!

On a completely side note, I am getting an amazing 3DS game (Theatrhythm) and a really nice HD webcam. I’m thinking that I’m going to try to venture into the realm of vlogging (I will always post links to them here), just to see if that’s a good way to reach out to people as well. Honestly, I’m a little nervous about it, because I’m actually a socially awkward person… but it sounds like it could be something fun.

I’m always willing to try.

2014 is about pushing my limits above and beyond, and seeing how much I can really do! I hope you set the same goals for yourself!

Until next time!

-Amanda McCormick

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