Archive for September, 2018

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This is a question that has come up a lot in my writing group and from other people — how do you write when you aren’t feeling well? How do you keep up consistency when you feel like going to bed and not waking up for a week.

I think in this instance, we have to look back to a few things that I’ve highlighted before. I don’t set one daily goal for myself, I have two. I have a minimum goal and a stretch goal. When you’re sick, you really, really don’t have to aim for more than that minimum goal. You set it low on purpose, as something that you know you can accomplish, even if you only have 10-15 minutes a day to get words in. It might suck to write while you’re sick, but it will suck even worse to fall off for a week and have to start all over again building up your writing habit.

So… my advice is to get yourself a cup of hot chocolate, or a sprite, or whatever makes you feel better… cuddle in your covers… and just get to writing. It might be hard, it might suck, but just struggle through to that minimum count. A few tips? Write on your phone — most smartphones have writing programs that you can access now. Another tip? Don’t put it off! I’ve noticed that I feel worse as the day goes on; get it done when you wake up and you have the most energy.

And finally, the most important tip? Don’t be hard on yourself. If you hit that 250 word minimum goal you set (which is the minimum goal I suggest for a lot of people because that’s equivalent to a page <3) just stop if you feel like it. You take care of you ❤

SIDENOTE: If you are EXTREMELY ILL (like, you need to go to the hospital, you can’t lift your arms, what are you even doing reading a blog?) just go to sleep, you ninny. xD

 

Author Amanda McCormick

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I thought we’d do something a little fun today. ❤ If you’re really bad with picture prompts and you don’t feel like you can do this, just make sure that you write a story that involves SHARKS! ❤ I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

 

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Déjà vu, eh?

Posted: September 25, 2018 in Creative WRiting

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Oh, hey. I bet this is gonna sound familiar xD SOOOO, if you guys haven’t noticed, I’ve been a little MIA lately. >_>

42124224_10215835512494556_9053650580177682432_nWotwot? Is that another little baby McCormick that we’re seeing here? Was I inconsistently posting for about 12 weeks because I was struggling with morning sickness for my entire first trimester xD

Yeah, yeah, that seems to be exactly what was going on. That’s right, y’all ❤ I’m gonna have another little baby!

Anyway, I just thought I’d let you guys know xD I should be back more consistently now — I’m 14 weeks, and feeling muuuuuuuch better about how things are going, as far as barfing every day. Now I just want sammiches constantly xD

I’ll be posting up the next step to my blog challenge very soon! Thank you so much for everyone who is sticking with me even when I disappear sometimes.

A few things to look forward to: 31 Horror Prompts for Halloween! And NANOWRIMO! whoot! Until then, y’all!

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Hey all! I’m going to try to shift things up again today. We’ve done prompts, and we’ve done some self-reflection. This time, I want us to do something a bit different.

Make a schedule for yourself for the week. So, Monday-Sunday. Slot out writing time, and put how many words you want to write in the day. By making this and posting it, you’re going to commit to the words that you’re saying you’ll write. More than that, making a schedule is actually a very good practice. You can be as detailed or as non-detailed as you want. You can include the other things you have to do, you can include your down time/reward time that you plan on giving yourself. You can include what project(s) you’re working on. Just make the schedule! And then, at the end of the week, we’re going to write a progress report on how we all did for our schedules! I think it’s going to be a great exercise in making goals and keeping them!

All right then, let’s get to it!

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