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A Thought on Resolutions

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Hey everyone! So, the New Year is going to be ringing in here at California very soon! I’ve been talking to a few of my friends about Resolutions, and I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting their opinions on them via facebook and other social media… and actually putting them into a negative light. I figured that a good way to get my blog on would be to go ahead and talk about resolutions and how I handle them.

In truth, I think that they’re fantastic, if you approach them realistically. People who swear up and down that they’re going to go to the gym every day, twice a day when they’ve never gone to the gym in their entire life >_> Hmmm… see, that’s jumping the gun a bit. I think that making the resolution to exercise at least twice a week is more plausible. For me, I always set two goals, because it makes things easier.

I’ve talked about this before, but this just seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about it again – I have a few goals for myself, and I’m pretty happy with them. I’ll lay my goals out!

Goals Number One: Write 1,000 words a day, every day for 2017. (A note that this may be adjusted up or down accordingly, depending on how things play out over the first of the year.)  Write at least 500 words in creative writing every day. – Stretch Goal: Write 1 million words in a year.

Goal Number Two: Read at least 1 book every month in 2017 and get a review up! – Stretch Goal: Read a book a week for 2017.

Goal Number Three: Finish the first Draft of Limbo, and pick between Limbo and Cerulean Darkness to finally edit for a second draft. – Stretch Goal: Finish both second drafts.

Goal Number Four: Blog Every Day. – No Stretch Goal, but go easy on yourself on the days that you can’t. Try to get out a minimum of at least 3 a week, as long as things are going all right. 

 

So, as you can see, I handle my goals a little differently than a lot of people that I know. I put two levels to my goals – a minimum… something that I know I can handle. It’s still pushing myself to do something new and something that I might not otherwise do, but it’s not so stressful as going all out on something that would be super taxing and easy to fail. The stretch goal is in place so I will push myself. I shouldn’t be taking it easy. I should be trying to better myself.

I look at it this way – if you’re gonna to try to go to the gym… give yourself two levels of it,or a midpoint goal. Say: I’m going to exercise twice a week, even if it’s just a walk. Midpoint to: I want to go to the Gym twice a week and work out for an hour. And your stretch goal can be going to the gym every day. You might not make that stretch goal, but working towards it, I bet you’ll at least hit that minimum goal you set for yourself. Don’t think of Resolutions for the new year as something that you have to do, and the end all to everything. Think of it as something you can do to better yourself, and something that you can accomplish.

And most importantly, don’t beat yourself up over it. You can make the year amazing just by staying positive and having a good attitude!

So, I’ll see you in the New Year, readers! I’d love to hear about your Resolutions and goals!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Monthly Writing Wrap Up (September)

Monthly Wrap Up

Hey guys! I’m sorry that September was such a slow month for the blog – it was sadly a bit of a slow month for writing as well, but I’m hoping to really make up for it this month! Anyway, let’s dive right into the writing wrap up, shall we?

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As you can see, even my calendar ended up falling off a bit for this month. I wasn’t giving myself stars – I was just writing down the amount of words that I did on different projects, and putting a star by the days where I got to my next 10k. I’m going to be much more organized with my calendar this month, because I actually really enjoy the stars. They make me feel like I’m accomplishing something, and they kind of have weight to them in the fact that I can look back and see how many stars I earned over the month.

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As you can see, I ended the month with 60,435 words. I’m not completely happy with that because it’s one of my lower months. I also wanted to get to 700,000 total for the year, and I’m about 9,000 words short off of that. I’m just going to have to try to make October really count. I know for a fact that November will be a productive month, because of NaNo and whatnot… so I’m excited to see how everything ends up panning out! Honestly, even with my lower than usual word count and activity, I’m still really pleased that I was able to prod out as many words that I did. It’s just proof that my desire to get myself into the habit of writing has worked.

I had plenty of days where I only got a little over 1000 words, but I always got those 1000. By getting myself into the habit of doing those words every day, I’ve really enabled and encouraged myself to always get some writing done. It’s a wonderful feeling, even when I’m not meeting my stretch goal, to know that I went another month with writing every single day.

Especially with NaNoWriMo coming up, I’m super encouraging you all to start trying to write every day – get into the habit of it now. Whether you’re doing some writing prompts  (conveniently placed daily prompts for October can be found here) or just a daily blog in order to get yourself pumped… I’d love to see your progress and hear about it. Let me know how your September went for writing, and tell me what your plans are to prep for NaNo, if you’re participating!

I’d love to hear about it all, and I’d certainly love to see how you all did!

Sidenote: My Discord Group (click to join) is starting to rev up for NaNoWriMo! If you want some help with plotting and a group to stay steady with after, feel free to click and join!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
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Weekly Writing Update – 6/5/15-6/11/15

Weekly Writing Update

It’s time for another writing update, and I have to say that I am once again pretty happy with my progress! There are multiple things to talk about here, so let’s dive right in to my word count first. As of yesterday, my total has come up to 21,039 words!

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As you can see, I’m doing pretty good of keeping on track with my 1k a day again, and I’m trying to get as much of my novel edited as possible. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to finish it before the month is up, and if I haven’t, then I’m going to dedicate my Camp NaNoWriMo to finishing it before the end of July.

Oh, by the way, did I mention that Camp NaNoWriMo is happening in July, and I’m extremely excited for it?

As you can see from the chart above, I’ve hit some higher word counts this week, and I’m really hoping that I can keep that up – I still want to manage my 1 million words in a year goal, and I know that I’m not going to be able to do that unless I pick up my pace. I can’t just have 1k days and still make it… but I’m sure that if I try and put forth a little effort and push myself, I can – this is why I love having stretch goals! I don’t just feel like I can coast by with the 1k a day that I know I can do… I’m trying to push myself, to better myself in order to get to that stretch goal. I really do recommend that everyone sets themselves two sets of goals for this reason!

Aside from that, my writing has been going fairly smoothly. I’ve been working on my novel and my blog posts a lot more than my fanfiction lately, which makes me a bit sad. I do have a few fics that I want to get updated within this next week of writing, so I’m setting that as my little weekly goal – to update at least 2 of my fanfics. We will see if I get there, but since I’ve declared the goal here, it will put more importance and focus on me finishing it. It’s why I love this blog – it helps to keep me so accountable of the goals that I set for myself, and I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.

As for my writing today? I finished my book review (scheduled to be posted on Friday), and with this blog, I’ve already tottered over 1k today without even doing my creative writing. I plan on finishing edits on Chapter 4 of Cerulean Darkness, so that should net me close to another 1k… and I will start working on one of those fanfics that I want to update.

Also, another little writing update, in reference to how I keep up with my words and things that you can expect pictures of – I’ve started a bullet journal! I spent last night watching videos on them for a few hours, and decided that it was something that I could really use! I’m going to see how I like it, and hopefully it’s a habit that will stick, because it seems like it can help you to be very productive and accountable of where your time goes! So, if all works out well, next Sunday’s Writing update will also include a Bullet Journal Update! We will see! For now, however, I should get to my novel edits, so I will leave you guys here!

If there’s any blog topics that you want to see discussed, anything that you’d like me to give some thought to, just send me a comment. Otherwise, happy writing, and keep on reading, guys!

Until next time,

Author Amanda McCormick

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Alphabet Series Writing Tips – S is for Scrivener

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S is for Scrivener, and I could rant and rave about this program forever. I actually already have, in a previous blog. So, before I get into this blog, go check that one out! It’s going to cut the size of this blog in half, so make sure that you read it before you continue on!

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Ahem. Now then, in the blog above, I explained a lot of the functions and features that Scrivener entails. The simple fact is, the program is everything that you could want, as far as being able to write/organize/keep everything in one place. My outline is happening in the same document as my story.

I’m currently working on rewrites for my NaNoWriMo 2013 novel, Cerulean Darkness. Because of Scrivener and it’s ability to do a split screen of documents, I am able to have the chapter that I’m rewriting pulled up directly beside the new chapter, and it makes the rewriting process so much easier than it would be if I had the story on a different document.

I can still pull up my references – I still have my note cards. Scrivener has a function to allow you to take notes on the chapter; I used this function when I was working on my first round of soft edits, and it has many of the points highlighted that I want to change during this rewrite. The simple fact of the matter is, Scrivener has functionality and flexibility to make using it as your dominate writing program, especially for novels, something that I would recommend to everyone.

I’m not saying that you have to use Scrivener for everything. I actually use Googledocs for most of my fanfics – unless they turn into behemoth long ones. My rule of thumb is that if something has a complex outline, and I need to take notes, actually plot it out, make character notes, etc… I use Scrivener. I always use Scrivener for novels. It’s honestly changed the way that I write, and my capability to complete a novel, and do so in a neater and more organized fashion than in the past. The fact that my chapters can be separated into different documents, so that I can easily flip back and forth and reference, while simultaneously being able to take notes?

Honestly, I could reiterate in a dozen different ways all of the reasons that you should check Scrivener out. It has a 30 day trial, and if you win NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo, you get a coupon for 50% off of the program. That’s only $20 bucks. It’s a one time fee – there is no subscription, there is no having to buy copious licensing for different machines. Buy one copy of Scrivener, and you can put it on as many computers as you own.

Buy one copy of Scrivener, and you can honestly change the way that you write. Trust me – at least try it out! Camp NaNoWriMo starts July 1st (and I will be blogging my progress). It’s the perfect opportunity for you to give Scrivener a try, if you haven’t already! You won’t regret it!

If you have any questions about the program, or need any help, there are dozens of great tutorials on youtube. Also, I’m always open to answering questions about it. I truly believe that Scrivener is a must have tool for writers, and I will happily do everything that I can to help you understand and utilize it for all that it’s worth!

So, that’s all for my Scrivener rant, though I could keep going, trust me! I’ll see you for the letter T! If you have any questions about Scrivener, suggestions for letters T-Z, or anything else, just leave me a comment below! I love getting feedback and hearing from you all!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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June – Week One Writing Update

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So, I said that I would try to get back to a more consistent blogging schedule, and one of the things that I wanted to do was start posting regular writing updates. I wanted to do them every Sunday night, so I’m going to try to get into that habit now. You’ll have to forgive me if it takes me just a bit to get used to it – it takes a few times to form a habit, after all.

Anyway, for my writing update! I’ve started doing something new with my Excel spreadsheet, and I’m pretty happy about it.

June Week 1 Update

As you can see, I’ve written 10,349 (the words of this blog not counting) words for the first week of June! I’ve also started keeping tabs on how many words I’ve rewritten on my novel. It’s under the section of CD RW (Not CD Re-writable xD) Cerulean Darkness ReWrite. I’ve gotten about 5,000 for the month. Once I finish rewriting Cerulean Darkness, I’m going to keep tabs on whatever original writing novel project I’m doing there, and probably just original writing in general. I’d like to see how much of what I write is my own creativity, and how much is fanfiction.

I’ve managed to keep my 1k a day going for the entire year so far – and it’s still going strong this month! I can’t see myself wavering from that – I’m actually tempted to try to boost the number up… but, why mess with a good thing?

So, I’m fairly excited about how my progress is going so far. I’m aiming for a higher word goal this month, because I really want to get that one-million-year reach goal that I have set for myself. I just have to hope that if I work hard and strive forward, and I can do it!

I’ll be getting to more regular posting this coming week as well. I’m going to try to utilize all of those photos that I linked in my previous update blog, including weekly writing prompts, writing life updates, book reviews, and a few other things that I have up my sleeve!

So, keep an eye out for the blog. I’m hoping that I have quite a bit of content going up in the next week, and that I can keep that content consistent!

Until then!

Author Amanda McCormick

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May Recap

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So, May has come to and end, and with it another month tucked under my belt as far as my writing goals are concerned. While I didn’t get everything that I wanted accomplished (and I’ll touch more on that later), I did get quite a bit of writing done. Even though I might not have done as much as I wanted, I still hit my 1k a day – in fact, I surpassed it, and managed 53,366 words for the month.

I’d say, all and all, that’s a decent amount of words. Here’s my calendar (I’m not doing a screen shot for my Excel document, because it’s not on this computer.) I am still touting the praises of doing stars as rewards!

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Low and behold, my mighty word count, and all of the blue stars that a girl could ask for. But not really, because I want to get at least 25 more stars than this for June. (That’s right, at least 75,000 words.) My word count for the year is up to just a hair over 400,000… and I really think, if I push for it, I can get that One-Million-Word-Year. It’s what I want – it’s a stretch goal, but you should always reach for the moon!

Onward to what I didn’t accomplish – I want to blog more. I’ve been doing fairly decently with my blogs, but I dropped off on a lot of what I was doing before. I made graphics for it over two months ago xD It’s time that I hop into it.

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I made these a while ago, with full intentions of having a topic to discuss for most of the days of the week. I’m going to do weekly writing prompts and updates – those two I am certain of. I’d also actually like to delve more into reading again – I’ve been slacking on that. I want to do at least 2 book reviews a month. I don’t think that’s too much, or pushing myself too hard!

I will continue on with my writing tips and tricks! I still have N-Z in my Alphabet Writing Tips Series, and I’ve been having a lot of fun doing that! If you guys have any suggestions for topics, blog posts, activities, writing prompts, etc, just let me know in the comments! As it is, I need to make one more graphic design, because I’d like to update you guys weekly on my book revision process – I’ve been diving into it, and it’s been enlightening. I may either update you with that on my Weekly Writing Update, or have a day for it all on its own. I’m not sure yet, I’m going to figure it out.

I do know that I want to be even more active with this blog. It’s extremely enjoyable and rewarding to get to connect with other writers, and it’s something that I want to continue to do. Hopefully, within the year, I’m going to actually start doing some vlogs as well – I have that in the works, once I acquire a proper camera and whatnot. I just love getting to hear from, about, and help other people who strive to do that crazy thing called creating.

So, that’s all for my May Update, and I hope that I will hear from you all about anything that you’d like to see! I’ll be posting up another blog tomorrow for the letter N in my Alphabet Tips series. N is for one of my favorite topics – NaNoWriMo! If you have anything to say about it, want to add to the blog, etc, hit me up with some comments! I’d love to make it as big and informative as possible!

Until then!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Alphabet Series Writing Tips – L is for Length

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I actually debated for a bit as to what I wanted L to be for. Love interest, lethargy… but I finally decided on a topic that I think a lot of writers stress over. Length – how long or short should we make our stories, and what really qualifies our pieces of work as a novel. 

There’s a neat little cookie cutter format, if you’re looking at the internet:

Classification Word count

Novel over 40,000 words

Novella 17,500 to 40,000 words

Novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words

Short story under 7,500 words

Now, the thing is… I don’t disagree with this little classification chart, I really don’t. But… the internet doesn’t take into account the fact that we write, we edit, we change and add or take away from our story. Other writers will, even editors will… but you can’t write a story and instantly say, “Well, damn, this isn’t a novel!” Because you’re at 30,000 words. Trust me, you could certainly add to it.

I had a short story in High school (It was my portfolio piece, and I was damn determined to get a Distinguished on it (Distinguished is the highest marks you can get on portfolio.) However, the teacher took one look at the… stack of papers… that I gave her and told me that I wasn’t going to be able to use it for a short story.

It was 10,000 words, nearly on the nose.

She said she’d read it, but she was going to have to insist that I cut it down. I told her just to give it a chance, and then tell me if anything could be cut. I handed in 32 pages. I waited.

The teacher passed our papers out again a time later… and she pulled me aside. I wasn’t sure what to expect… but what I got was her telling me that I didn’t need to change anything about it, and I could put it into the portfolio for my short story as it was. Even though, technically, it was a Novelette, and not a short story.

(I got my Distinguished, and that novelette later turned into a full blown Novel.) The point is, sometimes we have to look past the clear cut lines in what is and is not a story/short story/etc, and be true to ourselves. If you have a 10,000 word story, my little Novelette that could is proof that it can pass as a short story in some circumstances… and it’s also proof that you can take those 10,000 words and turn them into a novel. When all was said and done, Shattered Reality was around 60,000 words, and part of a series. Don’t ever think that you can’t expand your story ❤ You can! Your short story has the potential to be a novel, and if you randomly only hit Novella point in your first draft? That’s fine. Don’t write yourself off as not good enough to be a writer. Expand, explore your world. You can make it a novel, if that’s your goal. I promise you, you can do this.

The thing is, we shouldn’t just get caught up on length. Some of us are so worried about hitting a certain mark that we try to make our chapters fit a certain word count. To me, especially during your first draft… you shouldn’t do that. Just write what you feel, write what comes to mind. Worry about fitting in more words later – that first draft is everything that you have, heart and soul, in one sloppy pile that was born to be edited! Don’t take that away from it. Don’t worry about how long or short it is – that’s what editing is for. Just worry about your idea, your baby, get it out there. Give it life.

With short stories (and this is where I have issues). Sometimes, we figure out that our short stories aren’t… so short. Shattered Reality wasn’t. Most of the things that I write aren’t. I have a hard time writing a short story – the one shot fanfic I did for Fallout turned into a 60,000+ word story. >_> If your muse wants to go wild with a short story, let it do it. Follow what your creativity takes you to, no matter what it is. I think that you’ll appreciate the result if you do.

Now, the only time that we can actually worry about length is during NaNoWriMo. That’s 50,000 words in a month. We have to get those 50,000 words, even if 20,000 of it is the main character blathering about the color of their clothing. xD NaNo is a special circumstance, where we pound out a novel in a month. If it works for you, it works for you. If it doesn’t xD Don’t use NaNo as your normal writing circumstances.

Honestly though, in the end, it all comes down to the fact of knowing yourself, your writing limitations, your writing expectations… and realizing that we can’t always go off of some cookie cutter chart. The world is ever changing, and our writing especially is an evolving, malleable thing. It is what we choose it to be, and there is no right or wrong answer. There’s just what works for you.

Follow your muse. Follow your creativity!

 

We still have M-Z to go through in this alphabet series! Let me know below if you have anything you’d like to see! I’d also love to hear about your writing, story length problems, or short stories that accidentally got out of hand!

Until then!

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The Revision Process (Day 2, 3,300/100,000)

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So. Wow. Yesterday, I decided to delve into something that I should have been doing for a while. It’s something that I’ve put off, something that I’ve made every excuse in the world not to do.

Yesterday, I decided to delve into revisions of my 2013 NaNoWriMo novel. It’s a fantasy called Cerulean Darkness, and it’s one of my better developed stories/characters/premise/etc. The thing is, I’ve never actually edited anything that I’ve written before. I’ve gone over things for school, but even then… it was mainly for grammar checks.

I don’t even do that anymore.

I don’t let it off by how I act very often, but I’m actually pretty nervous about my writing, anxious, insecure. I think a lot of writers are. I’ve gotten to the point that I don’t even re-read my fanfics when I post them online. Instead, I simply put them up and hope that my friend who reads most everything that I write fanfic wise caught any grammar errors that I might have made (even though she usually doesn’t catch them until it’s posted up). I don’t edit.

It’s not because I’m lazy, or because I don’t think that I need to. It’s because I literally get so anxious and unhappy that I can hardly stand myself when I read my own writing. I started to re-read my novel two days ago… and I hated it. I hated every sentence, every word. I knew that I was being hard on myself, and that I was honestly being ridiculous. It’s a first draft, so it’s not good… but I know it’s not bad.

But, that nervousness, anxiousness, and down-trodden-on-myself attitude that I have about my writing actually forced my hand into something that I should have been doing all along. I’m editing it – I’m actually doing more than a simple edit. I’m re-writing it completely – I’ll be deciding if I want to completely change the perspective after I finish the rewrites of the first chapter. But I’m really getting into it and restructuring it. I’m fixing all of those little issues that I hate. I’m writing a second draft.

I have never written a second draft. Not in school, when my main goal was to get a Distinguished on my portfolio (and I did). Not when I entered contests for writing that I really wanted to win (and I did). Not when I was in college, and I wanted to 100% my creative writing classes (and I did). I’ve never written a second draft. I’ve never revised. I’ve always skated by.

I can’t do that with my novel. I can’t, and I won’t. If I want to really try this writing thing, if I want to grow, I have to take that next step. I have to set my babies adrift in the sea of Draft… and deal with the fact that I will be tearing them apart and putting them back together again as something new.

Something better.

That’s what I want, and what I strive for as a writer… to make something better than the last time I wrote. I’m okay with this – it’s scary, and it’s hard, and it’s stressful… but after one day and 3,000/100,000 words rewritten… I’m actually okay with it. I’m more than okay with it, I’m proud of myself. My second draft may end up not being that much better than the first… but it is going to be a little better. And a little is more than it was, just sitting on my shelf, untouched after NaNo.

A little is better than nothing, and a little is a step towards sending it out to beta readers and doing something with it.

I’ll probably post my progress on this every so many days, just to keep myself accountable. I’ll be learning as I go, and I would love to share the experience with you. Also, any tips, tricks, or drafting stories that you guys have? I’d love to hear them! Write a blog and tag me so I can repost, or tell me your story in the comments. More than anything, encourage yourself, guys! If you have a draft that you’ve been wanting to edit for a while… pick it up! We’ll take the journey together!

Until then, I can’t wait! (My next Alphabet Writing Tip blog should be out tomorrow or Sunday!)

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Writing Tips Alphabet Series – K is for Kindness

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K is for Kindness, and I think that it’s one of the more important aspects of writing. I’ve talked a lot about how important it is to have writing buddies, and this letter kind of corresponds to that, as well as so many other elements of writing. K is for Kindness, because you’re not going to get anywhere without it – or, if you do, then you did it without any of that warmth and love that I feel makes projects rewarding. Kindness comes in many forms, and when it comes to writing… I’ll touch on just a few.

Be kind to your writing buddies – you’re all writing together. Don’t tell them that their works sucks (even if it needs a lot of improvement.) My number one rule for critique is a compliment sandwich. Read up on it, learn it, love it, use it. It’s what you’d want, honestly – because constant, harsh criticism is a terrible thing to face. Instead, tell your writing buddies something good about their story, and then give them a critique… and then tell them something else that you enjoyed. They will get the critique, and hopefully they will listen… but they’ll also have a boost of confidence in their writing that will help them to keep going.

Kindness also comes in book reviews, and how you give them to other writers. If you’re reading a self-pub, an indie book, make sure to give a review for the writer? (I say this even for famous authors, because I think reviews are beautiful things to give). They need the encouragement, the reviews, the ratings. You’re really helping them out in that sense, and it’s something that you’d want in return, isn’t it?

Kindness comes in how we handle our day to day schedule. Sometimes, writing isn’t easy – sometimes, in fact, it turns us into crabby monsters. Don’t let that bleed into your personal life. Don’t ruin relationships or friendships because your characters made you cranky… because, in the end, that’s just going to make you not want to write even more. Kindness in your life is just as important as Kindness in your writing.

Kindness comes in to how we approach other writers. This is one of the most important things that I’m touching on today, at least in my opinion. It’s really, really easy for writers to be a bit uppity, a bit high and mighty. It’s easy to be kind of pretentious, if you think that you’re very good at what you do; especially if the people that you’re talking to aren’t writers, or are new writers, etc. I give tips and tricks, but I never assume that my methods will be a blanket statement for everyone. I have an extremely high writing speed, but when I sprint in my writing room, I encourage everyone, and always tell them that any amount of words is impressive. No matter how confident you are in your skills as a writer, no matter how much you want to brag and feel fantastic, just make sure that it comes off as sharing and not… rubbing it in a person’s face. Likewise, however, you need to show kindness to the people who are doing better than you are. If a person writes more words a day than you, don’t be jealous – just strive to amp up your words. If a person posts a story that gets more views/comments/etc than yours… congratulate them. They are your friend, and you should be happy ❤ Strive to increase your views, strive to better yourself. A little healthy competition is a good thing – jealousy is the antithesis to kindness, and we don’t need to have space in our hearts for it when it comes to our writing and our friends.

The last bout of Kindness that I’m going to talk about is, perhaps, the most important leg of it that I can touch on. Be kind to yourself. It’s extremely easy for us to get upset with ourselves, be hard on ourselves. If you can’t get past being unkind to yourself, you’re always going to hold yourself back – don’t sit and talk about how terrible your work is. You are your own worst critique, always and forever. Don’t allow your mind to tell you that you can’t, because you can. You are a writer, you can write, and you can do this. If you have a few bad days, that’s fine. It doesn’t make you any less of a writer. If your story doesn’t win a contest, that’s okay, because you’re still a writer. If you miss a week of writing? Guess what, you’re still a writer. We all have bad days – Hell, bad weeks. If you don’t like your story? That’s fine. I bet someone else will. Don’t forever close yourself up because you can’t be Kind to yourself, and therefore never let anyone see all of those beautiful words that you’re putting to paper. You are amazing, I promise. I’ve never read it, but you are – you are, because you’re a writer, and you have worlds living inside of you. You create them, you let them out, and you should never be ashamed of yourself or think you aren’t good enough.

Be kind to yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to yourself.

I can’t say it enough. Be kind, my fellow writers. In all aspects of your life. It will reflect to your heart, your soul, and your writing ❤ Your entire being will thank you for it.

As always, if you want to see anything specific for the letters L-Z, just let me know. If you want to see me writing about anything at all, I always take suggestions!!! Likewise, if you have any blog/writing/art/music/etc that you think would be inspiring to others, link me to it! I’d love to do some reblogs!

Until the letter L!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Writing Tips Alphabet Series – J is for Jotting

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As in jotting things down. I think that it’s one of the most important things we can do as writers… and also, one of those things that we always lie to ourselves about. You can’t tell me that you haven’t had a fantastic idea in the middle of the night… right after you’ve gone to bed… and put away all of your writing materials…

And you told yourself that there was no way that you could forget it – that you’d write it down in the morning. Come morning time, I know that I always find myself saying: Damn, what was that fantastic idea?

Ergo today’s tip – jotting. Always have the capability and the mind to jot down your ideas. I’ve taken to having notebooks in so many places – tucked into the side of my bed, my phone holds notes, I have papers just tucked away, sticky notes, etc… and I do all of this so that I can make sure my ideas are properly recorded whenever I have them.

If I had a camera right now that I could take a bunch of pictures with (someday, I’ll get one of those so I can do writing vlogs ;-;) I would. I have notebooks stuck everywhere. It’s so important – and I think it’s always important to have an application on your smartphone (if you have one), so that you can also take notes there if you need to. I, personally, use Google Docs and One Note. One Note has been a real lifesaver. I also use One Drive, because I have… a desktop, a laptop, and a smaller laptop xD So I want to have access to all of my documents no matter where I go.

The point is, though… never feel like anything is too unimportant to jot down. If someone says a phrase that I like in real life, I’ll pull out a notebook and write it down. If the way that someone’s hair blows in the wind strikes me as inspirational, I’ll write about it in one of my jotting areas. I will find a way to record anything that inspires me – even when I’m in bed in the middle of the night… because, I guarantee that I won’t remember it in the morning.

❤ Make sure that you have multiple places to jot things down, guys! And I’ll see you for K!

 

As always, if you have a suggestion for K-Z, just let me know! I’d love to touch on topics that you guys want to hear about!

Until then!

Author Amanda McCormick

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