Archive for February, 2016

   The wild and elusive Author Amanda McCormick appears from the brush – she’s been missing for a while, so let’s zoom in and get a close-up shot of her in her natural environment. Here we see her with a cup of coffee and black beanie on… in a robe, she types her words… and then furiously deletes them, only to type the exact same sentence again. This wild and rare species of Writer is hard to spot… and even harder to catch on film. 

    >_> Now that I’ve been a little silly! Sorry that I’ve been away guys. I spent the first half of the month doing a writing festival with a group of my writing friends. It’s called Lupercalia, and it’s honestly been a blast. My wordcount for the month has really appreciated the distraction. I’ll give you a screen shot of it (Insert it below after you write the blog, Amanda), so you can see what I mean.

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(I hope I inserted the image above, or there will be a weird space for now reason.) Anyway. As you can see, I’ve already climbed up over 87,000 words this month… and I’ve had multiple 10k days. It’s been an amazing feeling to write at least 1,000 words a day since the start of the year. Honestly though, whether you’re writing 100 or 10,000, if you’re meeting your goal, good for you! Even if you aren’t, but you’re getting writing done? Still good for you. You’re an amazing individual, and no one can put those words out but you! It’s really been the excitement of the festival. It just doubles my confidence that writing in groups, writing for something like NaNoWriMo or Lupercalia where you feel that real sense of kinship is so important for us as writers. I’m not saying that you always have to have a group or a goal to accomplish what you want to do, but I do think it helps.

Pep talk aside, it’s really been the excitement of the festival that’s helped me to hit those big count days. It just doubles my confidence that writing in groups, writing for something like NaNoWriMo or Lupercalia where you feel that real sense of kinship is so important for us as writers. I’m not saying that you always have to have a group or a goal to accomplish what you want to do, but I do think it helps.

Anyway, now that Lupercalia is over, I’m going to try to get back to the regularly scheduled writing prompts and what not. Also, if you guys want to see anything on here, please let me know! I love doing tips, tricks, etc. ❤ I’m always up for suggestions!

 

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick (The Elusive)

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So, I’m sorry that I didn’t do this at the end of January. I got a bit distracted. However, I’m more than ready to post it now! I’m really, really pleased with my progress.

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So, above is the full map of my writing for January 2016. I got 85,333 words in total, and I do have to say that this chart really helped me out! The other thing that helped a lot was my desk calendar.

^2B3BFED44200B6C5A70E14A5D4F1DC2F14146D5586289FB394^pimgpsh_fullsize_distr There that is for the month of January. As you can see, I wrote on it a lot. I have a new method that I’m trying to implement for February, and I’ll show that to you guys very soon! It should help me keep things in order a lot more. I managed something that I haven’t done before – I wrote 1000 words a day. Even during NaNo, I would have days that I skipped, because I was ahead. I can’t begin to tell you the confidence and relief that writing like this gave me – my stress levels went down, my ability to focus and write went up. Establishing a habit and keeping up with it is so key to good writing output. Writing is like anything else; you get what you give. If you put in the time, it’s going to show. It showed for me with my output in January.

Anyway, I got a lot of things accomplished in the month of January. Firstly, I wrote a ton. A lot of it was on fanfiction, but a lot of it was also on original pieces and my novels! Another huge step that I took was allowing a friend to read a rough draft of one of my NaNo novels – it wasn’t complete, wasn’t edited… and I took the plunge and let them see it. It was frightening and liberating, and insightful all at the same time. While they didn’t tell me it was perfect, they told me what they liked about it and what it needed improvement on… and best of all, they encourage me to keep writing. I think that getting feedback is one of the most important things that we can do, especially when we’ve finished a story and we find ourselves frightened to take the next step.

I have that a lot on my fanfics from my friend Tash, who is pretty epic in that factor. Having a writing buddy (or a writing group!) is so essential. As always, you guys can feel free to add me on skype (ego.dominustuus) to get added to my group! I’d love to have you!

I started working on some fanfictions in January for an event that is going to take place this month called Lupercalia. It’s all about psychic wolves, and it has been fairly fun so far. Of course, my fanfics are Fallout related (Paladin Danse, please. You know you live in my head.) But it’s been a fun experience, and it’s another way to seek out writing community during the off months of NaNoWriMo. Finding a way to get yourself involved is always SO important!

So, a recap of my tips – let people read your work, keep a calendar and a chart of your writing, and get involved in groups! I wrote over 80,000 words last month, and I can’t wait to see what the new month brings! Until then! I’d love to hear how you did writing wise in January!

Until next time!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Writing Prompts

We are getting very close to the bottom of the list! For all of you who have been keeping up with this, great job! Write either a poem or a short story from the following list of words!!!

81. Pen and Paper
82. +
83. Heal
84. Cold
85. Sick
86. Seeing Red
87. Hunger
88. Pain
89. Through the Fire
90. Triangle

I can’t wait to see what you get up!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Writers are not lazy

Posted: February 3, 2016 in Creative WRiting

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Writing Prompts

I’m getting so close to being finished with this list, and I’m actually a little sad about it. It’s been a lot of fun! But! As usual, write a poem or story with the following list!

71. Obsession
72. Mislead
73. I. Can’t.
74. Confrontation
75. Mirror
76. Broken
77. Testament
78. Drink
79. FUCK
80. Words

I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Also, I decided to just do my January Writing Recap on Friday when I do my normal recap blogs! I can’t wait to fill you guys in on how it went, and I can’t wait to see what this prompt helps you to come up with!

 

Until then!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Writing Prompts

I’m going to run out of this list soon, but until I do, I’m going to keep on keeping with it! Write a poem or short story using the following list! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

61. Fairy Tale
62. Voodoo
63. Do Not Disturb
64. City
65. Horrorific
66. Snow
67. Drum
68. Hero
69. Annoyance
70. 67%

Until then! Author Amanda McCormick

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Writing Prompts

So, we dive forward into Feb, and I’m hoping that the daily writing prompts become truly daily, instead of every other daily! I will continue on with my trend of a list of words! I’m enjoying it, and I’m nearly through the whole list… so!!!

Write a poem or story based on the following!

51. Sport
52. Old
53. Desecrate
54. Tower
55. Need
56. Biohazard
57. Sacrificial
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
60. Desert

This should be fun!

Author Amanda McCormick

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PS: Probably going to do a January Overall Writing Stat blog tonight or tomorrow! I’m not feeling super hot right now, but I’m so proud of my progress!