Archive for December, 2014

Oh Goodness, I absolutely hate feeling ill.  I’ve been at it for the past few days, though I do have to say that yesterday was the worst. I honestly slept for near 24 hours, because my body simply refused to function. So… needless to say, I’ve gotten a bit behind on the blogging and the writing in general. Today I’m starting to feel a little bit better, so I am hoping that I can at least get a little something done.

My question for the blog, however, is in relation to this. What do you do when you get behind from an illness – do you let the overwhelm you? I know that I’ve certainly felt that way in the past – I had intentions of getting my NaNo novel complete this month, so that I could start editing either this one, or the one from last year come January… and suddenly I am feeling distinctly behind. It’s moments like these when you have to take a deep breath and step back from everything… because, as writers… there is a solid truth that is always going to apply. Are you ready for it?

Life gets in the way.

Now, I am sure that this applies less once you are a full time author – I certainly know that some life-ish things wouldn’t apply then… however, being this ill? Nah, it would still apply. Grief? Yep, still applies… we aren’t doing a job where we mechanically put things away, or just work at a register. We are doing something that come from our creativity, from our soul… and feeling like complete shit is going to make that a little more complicated to accomplish.

I’m not saying that we should always let emotional issues stop us… but sometimes, it’s better to step off and try to get better than to just allow yourself to keep getting worse because you’re pushing yourself too hard.

So, yes… my blog today has one statement and message: Don’t let yourself feel disheartened and behind because something happened that stopped you from being able to write. Simply brush yourself off and get back to it as soon as you can!

 

That’s all for today – I just wanted a short blog before I laid down with some tea again.

To everyone! Keep reading and writing!

 

Author Amanda McCormick

So, I’ve decided to go ahead and make myself a patreon. I’ve had a few people telling me how I should do it for a while now… so I figured, what the heck? Even if I only make a dollar a month… that’s a dollar that I didn’t have before! Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about doing this just yet… but I knew if I didn’t go ahead and DO it, I wouldn’t be able to figure out how I felt about it. I think that all writers deserve to make a living doing what they love, honestly. If I get enough money off of this, I’ll be putting it into helping other people do the same.

I will copy/paste the content that I am using here, and then I’ll probably do a follow-up blog tomorrow of how I feel about having launched it! So… enjoy below the content of my Patreon!   (CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ACTUAL SITE!)

 

 

Hey there, my name is Amanda! I’ve been writing for well over a decade – it seems like I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember.

It is what I do. It’s what I am passionate about. I want, more than anything in this world to tell you a story that will burn into your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat. If I can bring you a moment of joy, then I’ve done my job. This Patreon page was created so that I could continue to do just that!

Four years ago, I left my home and everything that I owned in Kentucky and moved to California – things here have been fantastic. When I moved here, I started a commission business, and I’ve been running that steadily… but I want more now. I want to create my own content. I want to share my dreams made tangible by way of story with the world! You can help me do that – you can help me live my dream.

Any amount of monthly donation that you make will grant you access to my monthly content. I promise to upload the following:

  • One Chapter from the two novels that I have a current copywrite on and am in the process of editing for publication! (Either a Fantasy called Cerulean Darkness or a Zombie Apocalypse novel entitled Limbo.)
  • At least One short story of my own creation (and your suggestion!)
  • I will also put up at least one blog post per week on my blog, located Here. These blogs posts give writing advice, writing tips, writing tricks, writing prompts, and just general discussion. I also include creative writing here, so it’s double your rewards, double your fun!
  • When goals are met, I will also post one vlog a week, either reading some of my creative writing content or talking about writing tips, tricks, and strategy.

Your support honestly means the world to me – you are making it possible for me to continue doing what I love, what I dream of, and what I truly feel I was put on this earth to do. I’m here to bring you joy, laughter, sadness, tears, emotion. Will you help me do that for the world?

Pledge $1.00 or more per month

$1 will gain you access to my Creative Writing, Novel, and all other offered content!

Pledge $3.00 or more per month

$3 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like!

Pledge $5.00 or more per month

$5 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them!

Pledge $10.00 or more per month

$10 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like!You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this, you will also have the ability to request/suggest the next idea for my short story. Though I can’t promise to get to everyone immediately, all ideas will be taken into consideration!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $20.00 or more per month

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$20 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a 15 minute Skype conversation with you, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $50.00 or more per month

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$20 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a one-hour Skype conversation with you per month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $100.00 or more per month

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$100 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have 2 one-hour Skype conversations with you per month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

This reward will also grant you the ability to have a 4 hour RP Session with me once a month, writing about whatever you would desire!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $250.00 or more per month

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$250 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a weekly one hour Skype session with you each month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

This reward will also grant you the ability to have a 4 hour RP Session with me once a month, writing about whatever you would desire!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

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First of all, hey to everyone! How are you doing now that NaNo is over? I, for one, am enjoying a little bit of a leisurely pace in writing. It’s actually that pacing that I wanted to discuss. Someone posted This Article in my writing group on facebook (Author Fallon Willoughby to be exact). I really like the message that it gets across. I talk a lot about setting a goal for yourself, but I feel like a lot of people end up setting goals for themselves that are far too high… basically, if you’re setting yourself up for something that is going to stress you out more than make you enjoy yourself, you need to reassess your situation.

If you don’t write your words for the day, but you mentally work out something epic in your plot… you did a good job still. We are writers, and yes, we have a responsibility to get our words out… but it doesn’t have to be completely mechanical.

“The writing world in America has become infected with a weird virus. The sensible suggestion that beginning writers should try to write something daily to get themselves in the habit has seemingly become interpreted as a diktat for all writers all the time. What we write doesn’t matter, it’s how much we write every single day, as if our careers — no, our lives — depended on it.”

I am not saying that we shouldn’t try to write every day – I do think that we should still try to do that. I think though, that we should do it in reasonable amounts, and with the realization that we might not make it to our goals, but we still did good. Quality > quantity. Focusing on quality, as opposed to what we can just bang out, is very important… because, unpopular opinion here… I know… but, you ready?

I don’t think all first drafts have to be complete and utter shit.

I know, everyone says otherwise. I’m not saying that your first drafts aren’t going to have to be edited, and then edited again. I am saying that you don’t have to sit down and throw your mindless 2000 words a day at your draft so that by the time you’re finished, you’re deleting half of it…. I think that the misconception of all first drafts being utter shit comes from the fact that people end up setting this goal and forcing their writing whether it’s necessary or not.

Again, I DO think we should write every day. I don’t think you should wait until that perfectly inspired moment… but if we can get a 500 word scene that is good for our novels/stories/whatever… then we should stop with that, instead of going to a 5000 word scene that ends up being 4,500 words that we have to later cut.

Ah… I feel like this was a bit ranty, even a little argumentative with myself… but it’s a point that a lot of writers end up going to, and I agree… we’re waging war on ourselves. We should focus on the quality of our work instead of trying to produce mass quantities, even when we don’t feel like it.

Now, I’m off to write my required 5,000 words for the day xD

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

So, National Novel Writing Month has come to an end. It was a great experience, and I have to say that I love this time of year so much! (Even if my husband misses me.)

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I was pretty pleased with my effort. I managed to get 62,000 words – it’s not as much as last year… but then again, I also had to start over half way through so that I could change my perspective from third to first. Honestly though, I love NaNo, and I love everything that it stands for.

I always make at least 1 or 2 new friends during NaNo, and I really do think that’s one of the most important things for a writer. Having people who understand, who will encourage you? You can’t get anything better than that.

Honestly though, I’m really excited for the months to follow. I will be finishing up my NaNo novel through December, and then I’m going to pick either Limbo or Cerulean Darkness to edit… it’s time for me to at least try to get published, hm? Maybe I’ll post snippits from both and have you guys help me to decide! Honestly, I just like having a goal set… and I think that I should be able to get Limbo done this month! I’m excited! Expect little parts of it posted!

Also, I was thinking of doing another Scrivener tutorial for how I do my novels – I’ve had a lot of people ask? What do you guys think?

So… how was NaNo for you all? How many words did you get? What was the best part?

And honestly, I wanted to take this moment to congratulate everyone on how much they’ve gotten written. This month isn’t just about winning… think of how many words we finished together? Go us!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick