Archive for November, 2014

So, first of all, I’d like to give a huge thank you to my NaNoWriMo theme song. xD

Anyway, I really have to say that NaNo was a bit of a task this year. Between worrying about my poor pup and having to deal with the fact that I forced myself into a rewrite half way through…

Well, let’s just say that last year went a LOT smoother than this year.

Still, I managed to win with a few days left over. The difference between this year and last year is that I didn’t finish the novel. Last year, I wrote 90,000 words and completed the novel. This year, I am far off from that. It’s a much more complex story, and something that I haven’t worked with as far as writing goes. Still, I’m proud of it, and it’s something that I’m going to continue on.

I’ve really enjoyed NaNo this year, however – it’s been great to spend time with my friends, encourage them, and know that my words can help to make a difference. I love that I can give someone advice or encouragement and it helps them to get along with their story.

You guys have been amazing – you’ve responded to blogs, messages, etc. I love your enthusiasm and help! Over the next month or two, I will be finishing the novel that I started, and then I’m going to chose if I would like to edit it or the NaNo project from last year. Either way, i’m going to start polishing it up and getting it ready to query. Any tips/tricks/advice on that would be forever useful!

As it is, I had an amazing Thanksgiving, and I hope that you all are as well. I’m going to be doing some writing sprints/word wars on my twitter @EgoDominusTuus over the next few days to help my friends who are straggling to finish up their wordcount. if you’d like to join in, I’d love to have you there!

Otherwise, I hope your day has been great, and I hope your writing is flowing as smooth as the turkey gravy!

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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NaNoWriMo Day 27

Posted: November 27, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Just going to leave this here and go collapse from exhaustion. Real blog to follow tomorrow.

You can all do it, too! Good work to all the writers!!!

Author Amanda McCormick

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I have been nominated for the Liebster Award! I guess that I will get to getting, and this should be fun!

Rules For Liebster Award

  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to do the same.
  4. Let the bloggers know you have nominated them.

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I am 25 years old.
  2. I moved across the country to live with a man that I’d only known via the internet for a few months.
  3. I married that same man two years later and I couldn’t imagine my life without him.
  4. I have 13 tattoos and want many more.
  5. I love reading.
  6. I have over 9 finished novels, and I haven’t edited any of them.
  7. One of my ambitions in life is to open up an animal shelter.
  8. I have insomnia.
  9. I have two dogs – a mini Australian shepherd and a dachshund/bordercollie mix. I love them both to pieces.
  10. I am nauseated by the sound of people scraping forks against plates.
  11. I believe in ghosts.

Questions & Answers:

  1. What makes you happy? – Reading, writing, spending time with my puppies, making people happy and hanging out with my husband.
  2. Why did you start a blog? – I think that it’s extremely important to have a voice in the social media before you try to publish, and I’ve met some amazing people while I’ve been here.
  3. Where is your favorite place to vacation & why? – I got to go to Disney for my honeymoon, and I can’t wait to go back.
  4. Who inspires you? – Everyone who manages to make it through the day with a smile on their face. Life is hard – people who live it to the fullest are amazing to me. Also, Markiplier xD
  5. What is your dream job? – Being a published author. I would love that so much – I’ve wanted that more than anything since I was in the 6th grade.
  6. What toppings do you like on your pizza? – Pepperoni and bacon, with mushrooms and olives.
  7. What is a cause (like cancer research or equal rights, that sort of thing) that you feel strongly about? – Animal rights. I’m huge on giving a voice to the animals who have no ability to do so for themselves.
  8. What are three of your favorite hobbies? – Reading, writing and gaming.
  9. If you could do one big thing for a homeless person, what would you do? – Give them a home. Show them that not everyone looks down on them. We’re all people.
  10. What’s your favorite holiday? – Halloween!
  11. Do you prefer comedies or thrillers? – I hate comedies. I usually find them pretty childish. >_> Honestly, I prefer horror.

I will make a separate blog for the people who I am tagging once I have gone through my list to do the aforementioned tags!

1. What inspires you to blog?

2. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

3. What is your favorite movie?

4. What was your dream job as a child?

5. What is one thing in your life you wish you could change?

6. What’s your favorite restaurant?

7. What is your favorite quote?

8. Why do you REALLY think the chicken crossed the road?

9. Do you find connections made over the internet as meaningful as the ones made in real life?

10. If you could do one thing to change the world, what would it be?

11. The world is going to explode in exactly 24 hours. What would you do with the last day of your life?

Questions for nominated bloggers:

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And I feel like I’m pretty much hitting the reset button. Sometimes we come to a point in our novels when we realize that we should have gone with the instincts that we had previously.

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That’s the case with me. I kind of thought that I should have written my novel in 1st person… and when I came to the point of 30,000 words and a stagnant inability to continue writing, I had to make a decision. Either I could keep pushing through with third person and just hope that it pulled through… or I could make the decision to rewrite the first 6 chapters in first person so that I could move forward.

After much debating, I decided to go ahead and do the rewrite. I couldn’t keep going with third person… and so, in first person, I’ve already managed to get over 4,000 words written. Making the decision to write in first person helped me to feel better about my commissions as well. I know that the point of NaNoWriMo is to keep writing without worrying about it, but sometimes we have to make the decision to do what is right for us – me changing to first person? That’s the best decision I’ve made. I am keeping old words, working on new words and rediting old words, and it’s working out best for me.

Honestly, as writers sometimes we face extremely scary decisions. When we edit, we tear ourselves apart, and it’s hard. We have to delete, rewrite, do everything and anything that we can to make our story the best… and we are the only people brave enough to make those decisions. We take our babies and rip them apart and make them something better and stronger. So… don’t be afraid of big changes! Don’t be afraid of doing what you have to do! You’re a writer! You build the world! Sometimes building takes some tearing down in the process.

PS: Check out my new favorite novel soundtrack youtube channel!!!

Keep on reading and writing,

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, we’re 1/3 of the way (and some change) through NaNoWriMo! How is everyone feeling. I know that the week two blues probably set in for some of us, and I wanted to write this blog to let everyone know that it’s OKAY.

Even if you’re behind, it’s OKAY.

Even if you only have a few thousand words, it’s OKAY.

Even if you end up not hitting 50k, but still get your story started… it’s OKAY.

The simple fact of the matter is, sitting down and putting words to paper, putting YOUR story that no one else could ever put down out there? Well, that’s a pretty big accomplishment to me.

I have some friends who end up finishing NaNo out with 20,000 words, and feeling like a failure. Honestly though, I want you to sit down and think about it… who has the determination to sit down and bleed on paper for those 20,000 words? As writers, we tell the stories, we make up the words… we give people fuel for dreams. Don’t be ashamed if you couldn’t crank out a pre-determined amount of words in a month. Be PROUD that you are a writer.

And don’t feel like you can’t get caught up. All it takes is one good day of inspiration to suddenly find yourself with 5,000 words, 10,000 words. Even more. No matter, what just remember… you’re amazing, and no on else on this planet can do what you’re doing right now.

Not with your words. Not with your story. You are unique.

If anyone feels down about NaNo, needs a pep talk, or just needs a friend, tweet me on twitter @egodominustuus !

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

NaNoWriMo 2014 – Day 8

Posted: November 8, 2014 in NaNoWriMo
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So… you haven’t heard from me for a few days, huh? I got ahead on my NaNo Word Count, 19,000 words by like Day 3. I felt great, I felt empowered.

And on Day 4, I felt lazy.

I think that this is why getting a word buffer is a good thing. I had the ability to be lazy for a few days. I took some time, I gathered myself… and I’m going into week 2 without the week 2 blues. It’s actually an amazing feeling.

Anyway, I’m off to writing! I just wanted to give you guys an update!

Until next time! Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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NaNoWriMo Day 2 end of the day wordcount, 15,143.

Of course, I’ve completely gone off of my little plot map that I created. What was supposed to be one chapter turned into three, and I’m at 15k words and only just getting to type out the words ‘Chapter 4’.

I’m okay with this. It actually makes me pretty happy.

Sorry, by the way, about this Day 2 post being on Day 3. I figured this might happen a lot… because after a day of intensive writing, the last thing that I’m thinking about is writing some more on a blog.

Still, NaNo has been a great experience so far. I know that some people don’t agree with the entire concept of NaNoWriMo, because they say that all that you can write is a really shitty first draft. Honestly, I don’t believe that. It’s not going to be your best by any means… but you can take the time and effort to make it something better than simply ‘shitty’. It’s certainly not a waste of time, and it teaches you about having a proper writing schedule, about getting your words out every day, and about what it really takes to make a novel.

I have to say that I love it. There’s such a great community, and it gives you such a hype.

Not to mention… t-shirt. *Squeals*.

Ahem, anyway, I’ll get my words done for the day, and then I may write a blog about what I’m writing, or something else fun like that.

We’ll see! For now, back to my word count!!!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

PS! Find me on NaNoWriMo under the name EgoDominusTuus, or keep up with me throughout the day on my twitter @EgoDominusTuus – I’d love to see you there!

Day One. It Begins.

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So, my word count at the end of day one is 10,055. I am extremely happy with myself, because I got to exactly where I wanted to get to. I sat a goal of getting to 10k today, so that I would be caught up to Day Six in the NaNo world. I realize from participating in National Novel Writing Month last year that getting as far ahead as possible in week one is probably the most important thing that you can do. That way, when you’re going through the perilous struggle of the dreaded Week Two, you are ahead. The worst thing that you can do is to get behind in your Word Count… it gives you a really hopeless feeling, and makes you want to crawl into a corner and hide. Honestly though, there’s no reason to be discouraged! You can pull yourself out of any hole… hell, I’m proof. I literally wrote about 16,000 words today, between this, work and blog posts! You can, too!!!

So, I decided to get ahead. I got ahead. I feel accomplished… and I celebrate with many Redbulls and Kitkats xD

Honestly though, Day One of NaNo is one of the most exciting. You’re getting your start, you’re carving your path! You’re making your way!

(This post will be shorter. My wrists… they sob.)

For me, I’m in the beginning of chapter two, and I’m ready to really get into the meat of my novel for day two. I’m going to try to pace myself for this next week, and just get daily word count (1667) to 3000 words per day. I think I can do it. I know I can do it!

Winners shirt, here I come!

Tomorrow, I’ll talk more about my Novel plot, and my setup in my Scrienver document!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick