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NaNo Day 2

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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!

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NaNoWriMo 2014 – Day One

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

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PS: NaNoThemeSong Jiggy Jar Jar Do

Am I writing a completely serious horror novel about the zombie apocalypse…

Yes.

Yes, I am.

Why? Because honestly… writing such a serious, intense novel is going to kill me if I don’t have some joy. So xD Every time I make my word count, I get to listen to Carl Poppa do his thang!

It’s about the little things.

Keep reading and writing.

-Carl Poppa

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A Countdown to NaNo and the Plethora of blogs to come!

So! I do apologize that I haven’t been blogging quite as much lately. First of all… shame on me, but I’m a horrible person who has found the joys of World of Warcraft. I’ve been playing it incessantly for a week…

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But second, and most important… I’ve been planning, plotting and preparing for NaNoWriMo! It’s only a few days away now, and I know that quite a few of us writers are literally chomping at the bit to get going with it. I personally look at it as a chance for publishing, a chance to finish something great… and I am even more excited about it this year than I was last year! I don’t know if it’s because I won last year, or because I already have a preestablished writing group and I know what I’m in for… whatever it is, I’m so antsy and anxious for it that I can hardly wait!

And so… I am warning you now – I plan on writing a blog for every day of NaNoWriMo! I am also planning on doing vlogs throughout. I want to keep myself and you guys up to date, keep myself accountable, and I would love to get some discussion started while I’m at it!

So! How many of you are ready for NaNo?

(If you’d like to join my authors group, hit me up on Skype – my name there is ego.dominustuus ! I would love to talk to any of you!)

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Choosing My NaNo Novel

Ah, so… November is literally just around the corner. I can hear it calling to me xD And I can hear the way that my poor husband will start cursing the month – it eats his wife, after all. Still, the NaNoWriMo website was finally relaunched! You can now put up what novel you’re going to be working on… and I am left with a bit of a question…

What do I work on?

I am between two novels in my decision.

One would be the Sequel to the novel that I wrote last year: Cerulean Darkness. This novel is called Obsidian Light. The series is a duology, so I would have that project completely finished (as far as writing… as far as editing? hahaha…) They’re Fantasy/Young Adult novels. I think that it would be great to get an entire series finished, and it would certainly feel like a wonderful accomplishment. Even though I haven’t worked on the book in a year, the characters are still very fresh to me.

On the other hand, there is a part of me that wants to wait until I have completely finished my edited on Cerulean Darkness first. After all, what will happen if I dive into Obsidian Light, and find that there is something, some scene, some character, some portion of the prior novel that I have changed to the point that the entire plot line needs to go in a different direction? I really do not think that this will happen… but I know that sometimes in editing, there are surprises that we do not foresee.

And so… there is my second option. It is a Zombie Apocalypse novel with a twist that I am hoping will make it more original and unique than every other zombie thing that seems to be out there right now. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I know that it would be a fun project to tackle. I am afraid with this, however, I will throw myself out of the Cerulean Series vibe.

So, the real question is… do I go ahead and write Obsidian Light? Do I carry on with my as of yet unnamed Zombie story? Do I rush like a madman to finish the edits on Cerulean Darkness so that my issues with Obsidian Light won’t be so present… or do I work on my plot and plan for Zombie Story?

Hm.

NaNo opens up so many possibilities, and it makes me feel so very creative. I’m never going to be upset over the fact that I have too many ideas!

What do you guys think? Are you facing a similar situation? What are you going to work on for your NaNo project? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

Posted in A Night of Writing Dangerously, Creative WRiting, fantasy, fantasy romance, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Writer, Writing

Porcelain and Cerulean (Writing Blurb)

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“I would dream sometimes, though I did not admit it to myself. I would look across the Dead Lands and see the glimmer of the Cerulean City in the sky like some star. I would wonder what you were doing, how you were doing… and I would see in my mind the way things would have been if I had simply come into the birthright that was bestowed upon me. I wondered what it would be like to be at your side, watching you grow, protecting you.” A bitter laugh escaped him, “I imagined you as some beautiful thing, porcelain and cerulean.

An excerpt from Cerulean Darkness. 

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Improved Work Space, Vacations, and Prep

All right! So, as I said earlier, I needed to take a small break from writing. A lot of it was because of some things going on in my personal life… and another huge part of it was the fact that my husband is currently on a 2 week break himself. It was nice to take some time to just spend with him. A lot of the time, I think that we as writers get completely caught up in the fact that we have to write EVERY DAY. Even I get caught up in that – I think I’ve even posted it before. However… I want to just say that I think it’s actually really important to take the time to spend with your loved ones, with the people that you care about. I’ve still been getting out 1-2000 words a day during this vacation, but I haven’t been on my blog, really promoting myself on social media, or working on book reviews. That’s going to start back up on Monday, and I’m really excited to get back to it! But yes… take the time out of your life to make sure that you don’t miss your special moments – except for in November. Nothing but writing exists in November xD

Other than that, I wanted to talk about my new work space (photographed above!) I came to a realization. There were two very important things missing from my workspace. The first was something that I have been noticing over the last few months. Even though I have my dedicated work space, even though I had a laptop to write from, even though I had a desk and my own corner… I would always creep downstairs to write on my gaming laptop when the house was quiet. I don’t know if it’s because I grew up writing my first novel on a desktop… or simply because I like the feel of a computer screen and keyboard. Whatever it is, I wasn’t writing half as well on my laptop in my work space, because I always wanted to wait until 2am to write on my desktop.

That needed to change!

I had a desktop ordered about a week ago, along with a really pretty mechanical keyboard that glows blue (the simple joys in life!), and I have to say… even during my vacation when I’m not writing as much? I’ve really, really noticed a difference. I really feel more professional, more happy, and more comfortable writing. I think the lesson from this is not “YOU HAVE TO HAVE A DESKTOP!” What the lesson is… is that you have to follow what makes you happiest! If you want to write on a laptop, you get yourself a work laptop. If you want to write on pen and paper, stock up! And if you want to write on a desktop computer… don’t let anyone make you feel like you have to write on any of the above mentioned. You do what makes you feel the most comfortable, what makes you feel the most productive… whether it’s buying a desktop specifically for writing… or jotting notes on your forearm during work to type down later!

The second thing that I was missing was less significant… but just as important. It kind of ties in to my prep – I got myself a printer! I really, really wanted one. I think that it’s amazing to be able to print out your words, to see them physically in front of you. I also have some inspirational things, commonly used words and alternatives, emotional wheels, writer cheat sheet and the like hung up around my desk. Not only do I get to print out my writing, but I get to print out inspiration. It’s amazing!

And last but not least… prep. Oh, yes. Game of Thrones will tell you that Winter is Coming.

Writers will tell you something else, something just as scary (and exciting!)… NaNoWriMo is coming! I’ve told you all about NaNoWriMo countless times… but as October winds down and November draws near… I’m starting to really feel the anxious excitement for it! I can’t wait! I’m trying to decide exactly what I want to work on. For me, prep for NaNo is a lot of notebooks, a lot of pens, at least 3 outlines on Scrivener… and making sure that My Writer Group is prepared! (If you would like to join that and you have Skype, just comment, by the way! I’d love to have you all!). I’ve been talking to all of my friends, getting to talk to some long-lost-friends… and honestly, I’m so excited for it that I can hardly stand myself. So, I will definitely have more on that – perhaps even a vlog about  my preparation and Scrivener setup for it? Who knows! I can’t wait.

Gyah… it’s so good to be blogging again! I will have something new up on Monday!

So, how do you guys feel about the topics brought up? What do you prefer to use as a writing tool? Do you take vacations from your work… and are you just as excited for NaNo as I am? Let me know! Comment below!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Where has the Author Been?

Life… ah… life. Life, that thing which completely and utterly distracts us and pulls us away from the things that we adore doing.

Yeah, life ate the writer. I’ve had a lot of things going on (I may actually do a blog about it, who knows). However, things are calming down. I have 2 book reviews, an author interview, and a NaNoWriMo post to get up, so you should be seeing that within the next few days.

I have to say, being away, I have missed you all. Your clever and intelligent discussions, your messages, your support, your thoughts… I’ve missed it.

It’s good to be back!

Author Amanda McCormick