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Daily Writing Prompt 1/28/2016

Writing Prompts

I feel bad, because I know that I’m not getting these every day. But I’m getting into the habit. I think that next month, I will have a fairly decent system to help remind myself. Until then! Here is your prompt for the day! Make a poem/story out of these words!

31. Flower
32. Night
33. Wrath
34. Moon
35. Walk
36. Precious
37. See
38. Abandoned
39. Dream
40. 4:29 PM

I can’t wait to see what you do! Until next time!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Writing Prompt 1/21/2016

Writing Prompts

For todays prompt, I’m pulling from the 100 Theme Challenge (if you know the source, please let me know <3). Write a prose using these 10 words! My very awesome friend Tash linked me this! (Go forth and click her page!)

1. Introduction
2. Love
3. Light
4. Dark
5. Rot
6. Break
7. Heaven
8. Away
9. Cut
10. Breathe

I can’t wait to see what you come up with, based on this! Until then, keep reading and writing! Tomorrow is my big blog/writing update!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Why Fanfiction can be Awesome

A lot of people that I know in the writing world used to write fanfiction. They say it in the past tense, like it’s a bad thing. They speak as though they’re too mature for it now. I can admit hadn’t written fanfiction in so many years… until I played Fallout 4. I saw a storyline that was absolutely astounding, and… then… it… suddenly… stopped…

There was so much potential there, for that story. I was sparked with inspiration, and I realized that I really wanted to write a tiny snippet of a story, just to satisfy my need to see the rest of that potential played out.

(Yeah, it’s about Paladin Danse.)

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Of course, I don’t have the ability to write a tiny snippet of anything. The fanfiction in question is currently 35,000 words, and scaling easily up to the size of a novel. Not only have I written this, but in writing about my character in the game… I realized that I really wanted to develop him further. Though you’re given basic parameters for who you are, I had an entire backstory in my mind. He was a character unto himself… and it’s inspired over 50,000 words of separate fanfiction/stories/planning… and I’m not even sorry about it. Fanfiction is okay.

It’s good for so many reasons. The positive response, and the people who you can connect with through a shared fandom is a wonderful feeling. I’ve been working on my novel separately, of course, but I’ve also been working on fanfiction. I’ve been told by multiple people that they enjoy it, and why… and it’s a nice feeling. Sometimes, as a writer, you just need that boost.

So, never feel bad about following your mind, even if it’s in fanfiction. I’ve been more inspired writing these stories than I have in a long, long while. It’s part of what’s been making my 1k a day so easy to do. I’ve been able to write fanfiction, get my gears going, and then work on my novel on the wave of that inspiration. Follow your muse, always!

Until next time, I just wanted to give you guys this small update and inspiration for the day! Enjoy yourselves! Keep reading and writing!

 

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Starting The New Year! Write, Right?!

So, I’m really pleased with my writing regimen so far. I’ve been consistently pumping out words since November, but my plan for 2016 was to write a minimum of 1,000 words a day. It’s been Friday to Friday, and I’m really pleased to give you guys a report on how I’m doing.

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So, for anyone who is confused – this is my little spreadsheet that Gau made for me! Basically, I can input my words and keep track of how I’m doing/how much I have left to do. I’ve been working on this in tandem with a desk calendar (which I do not currently have a photo of).

On the desk calendar, I’m writing down what projects I work on that day, and how much I’ve written on them! I’ll have a picture of it next week so that you can all see… but all and all, I’ve surpassed 1k every day, and usually soar easily over 2k. I still have some writing to do today… but it’s been such a pleasing, liberating experience. I can tell the difference in my stress levels just from writing. I’m still doing some fanfiction, but I’m also starting to process through finishing Limbo (my NaNo novel from 2014), while editing my Novel from 2016. I am hoping to incorporate fixed editing dates into my calendar as well… but I’m taking it one step at a time!

I should be able to start blogging more frequently soon. I’ve just been lost in writing (and being ill x.x) this week, so I haven’t been on much! But I’m glad to be doing my update! My best advice to you all is this – keep track of what you’re doing. Keep track of how much you write. Keep track of what you’re working on! It really does help. Having that physically written down so that you can see your accomplishments is a wonderful thing!

 

Thank you all so much, and I’ll see you next post! Until then, keep reading and writing!

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2015 in review – Welcome 2016 and New Goals.

So, I’ve kind of laid off of blogging for the last half of December. I wanted to take time to myself, just to really refresh my brain, spend time with family, etc. I can’t deny that this year has been harder on me than I’d thought it would be. I’ve been through quite a bit of loss, quite a bit of stress… but I’ve come out on 2016 kicking. I’d actually been having a lot of writing trouble in the months leading up to November.

When my mother passed away, I thought that it was going to break some delicate agreement between my muse and myself, and that I wasn’t going to be able to write. Instead, my muse wrapped its arms around me and told me not to worry. I’m a writer… and my feelings will come out through my words.

I wrote over 100,000 words for November. I thought that I’d be finished. I thought that I’d be worn out until January. That was my plan. But… I wrote 50,856 words in December. I know. I don’t understand it either. Most of these words were in Fallout 4 Fanfiction (yes, I linked you to my page, lol)… but the point is, it’s there. I wrote, I still feel so compelled to write. My muse hasn’t abandoned me – and though dealing with my sorrow and upset is still hard for me to do, I’m handling it, day by day, word by word.

So, 2015, while a sad year, was also a good year for growing. I have a little report below for my blog stats that my WordPress compiled for me. Before that though, let me just talk about my plans for 2016.

I will write at least 30,000 words every month. I want to write 1,000 words a day. It is my plan. It is my therapy. I will do it. I want to try to blog every day, to do prompts at least every other day (if not every day), and I will do weekly updates on my writing every Monday. I can’t wait. You guys have honestly been amazing. It’s through your support and encouragement that I’ve been able to keep this up – you’re all wonderful, and I’m so thankful for the friends I’ve made along the way!

To 2016! May we all accomplish our goals!

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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In My Absence

I’ve actually been getting a lot done. I’ve been playing a ton of Fallout still – go on. Marvel at my gorgeous Danse now.

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So, yeah. That’s a thing. I’ve seriously been just a wee bit obsessive about the whole thing, but this is how I game. I do need to show you the fruits of my effort though, because I’m pretty happy with it. It’s netted me around 14,00o words in the last…. 4 days? My ‘Write 1,000 words a day’ goal was seriously lacking before… and then I decided that while I was reading Limbo again and trying to decide what I wanted to do with it, I’d just deviate and write something that was completely self serving.

That completely self serving thing was, for the first time in a LONG time, a fanfiction.

Yeah, that’s right, I’m writing fanfiction. xD Heh.

Honestly though, I think that’s a lot of what inspires people to want to write – they read or see a story, and they think that they could have done it different, better. I’m not saying that Fallout 4 wasn’t amazing, but there were some… choice paths that I really would have preferred to do in a different fashion. So, I’m writing about that. That’s right – I’m writing a Paladin Danse fanfiction, and I have no shame.

And it’s honestly an amazing exercise. I’m writing a ton, and I’m really enjoying myself. After writing so rigorously for NaNo on something completely original, writing in a world that already has a built base is pretty fun. Of course, in some ways, fanfiction is harder – you have to keep completely in character if you want to be valid… and yet you still have to change the characters and develop them; after all, you’re writing it for a reason, aren’t you?

So, yeah. I’m at nearly 15,000 words on that (I’d only meant for it to be a few thousand, but I can’t even short fanfiction correctly) and I’m not even sad about it.

I hope that you guys have been doing well, and that your writing has been flourishing in the wake of NaNo! Let me know how you’re doing!

 

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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All Of Those Things

That I said were going to be happening will start on Monday. I’ve actually been just… relaxing for right now. I needed to take the whole first week of December to chill out after NaNo, apparently. Which, there’s nothing wrong with that. Writing an entire novel, 102k words in one month… yeah, that deserves a break. xD I’ve been playing a ton of Fallout 4. Cause… it’s amazing. Yeah.

Anyway, keep watching for book reviews (I’m reading a lot again), daily writing prompts, writing tips, etc. I can’t wait! I just wanted to update you all.

 

Until next time,

Author Amanda McCormick

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NaNo Day 29 – Victory is Sweet

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Sorry about the sparse blog posts. I’ve been recovering from a very deep and awesome writing coma. I’ve come out the other side of it, and I can say that I feel triumphant in NaNoWriMo! At 94,321 words, my first draft of RipTide is complete. Tomorrow, I’ll have pictures of the pretty, printed out version of it.

I have to say, winning NaNo this year was very nice. As I mentioned in earlier posts, it’s been a very healing process for me. Usually, writing is work – fun work sometimes, but still work. This year, for the first time, it was just about my emotions and letting it out. I don’t know if that’s gonna be conducive for as good of a first draft as usual, but we will see. The point is, I finished it! After I give it a break, I’ll go back to editing it. I need some decent critique partners. x.x I just don’t know where to look for those.

For the people who are still working on their novel – if you’re almost there or behind… you’re amazing. You’re doing something that no one else can do. Look around you, at the first ten people you see (unless you’re at a write in >_< don’t be cheeky), how many of those people can say they wrote 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 or 50,000 words? Probably not very many of them if any. You’re amazing ❤ You’re doing a wonderful job. Keep it up. Even if you think you can’t win, there’s still a chance that you can. I had a 15k day first day! You can always do it! And even if you don’t, just the act of writing as you have is an astounding accomplishment. We’re all winners.

Past NaNo, I wanted to give some projections of what my blog is going to look like. I’m still going to try to write every day. I’m going to keep spreadsheets of how I do each month, so I can reflect on if there are high points of writing for me (other than November, when I turn into a monster). I plan on doing Daily Prompts on here, and Weekly Writing Updates – I’m not sure what day I’ll schedule that for. Maybe Monday, or Sunday. I’m not sure. I also want to still try to crank out writing advice as much as possible – I really appreciate all of the positive comments and thanks that I get for that. You’re all amazing, I’m just telling you things from my own, personal experience.

So! I’ll talk to you all soon. I need to get to working on my next project today if I can. 😉 Tell you more about that on Tuesday when NaNo is over!

 

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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NaNo Day 20 – Only ten days left!

I am going to be writing this blog as I write tonight, that way I can update you all with what I’m doing. I’m doing another crawl! This one is the Genre’s Crawl! I’m going to publish it after I complete it (which means that I need to complete it tonight if I expect to get a blog up, lol!) So! I hope that you all can enjoy the progress! Feel free to do it yourself, and link me your results! I’d love to see how you do!

You’re walking down an empty hallway lined with mysterious doors.  One of the doors leads out.  The rest… who knows?  Only one thing to do.

You open the door labelled non-fiction.  Your father is waiting inside.  And he’s disappointed in you.

  • If you want to earn back his respect, write 200 words in five minutes, using the word “discipline” at least once.
  • If you don’t care what he thinks, write 200 words at your own pace.  You can write about whatever you want, but you’re out of the will now. – I got 201 words for this challenge. Because who needs to be in a will anyway!

With a promise to visit next Christmas, you escape back into the hallway.  Next, you open the door marked fantasy.

A glorious dragon awaits you inside.  Her scales glitter and her eyes burn.  She takes a deep breath, ready to engulf you in fire.

  • If you fight, do a 20 minute word sprint.  
    • If you write more than 500 words, you win, the dragon is vanquished, and you make a necklace out of one claw to wear proudly around your neck.  People now know you as “The Dragonslayer”.  I managed to get 1,621 words in this sprint! I’m a Dragon slayer, girl ❤
    • If you write fewer than 500 words, you are now missing an arm.
  • If you try to talk it out, write 20 lines of dialogue.  The dragon eventually agrees to let you leave unscathed.  You have no idea whether that’s because she likes you or because you’ve bored her.

The next door is marked horror, and it fills you with a sense of foreboding.  Against your better judgment, you enter.

You are now in a graveyard.  It’s eerily silent and still.  Your eyes are drawn to a nearby grave adorned with sad stone angels.  You read the name.  It’s yours.

  • If you try to run from your fate, do a five minute sprint.
  • If you try to dig up the grave, you’re insane.  Do a fifty-headed hyra challenge.  
    • If you fail, you find your body, remember your death, and come to grips with the fact that you’re a ghost now.  You can now pass through solid objects
    • If you somehow succeed, you find the grave empty and sigh in relief. –  I got 517 words on this! Awe yeah.

Still shivering from the frights you witnessed in the last room, you opt for the door marked picture books next.  It can’t be too bad in there, right?

You enter a two-dimensional world.  You are now a cartoon version of yourself, with stylized hair and a costume reflecting your personality.

  • If you yell “cool!” and prance off to explore the vivid landscape, write a descriptive scene.
  • If you hate being so simplified and focus on trying to get your third dimension back, then add an unexpected layer to one of your characters. – I found this very interesting. I did a 524 word scene to add on to one of my characters that I didn’t think would have a presence.

You leave the room still whistling the cheery tune you heard playing on repeat inside.  The next room is marked historical.

As you pass into the room, your clothing transforms into the regal armor of a Spartan.  Your incredibly muscular general approaches you.  “Are you ready to fight!?” he screams into your face.

  • “Yes!”  Write 1,000 words.
  • “No!”  Write 500 words.  Your general is infuriated.
  • “I’m actually missing an arm from earlier…”  Delete 200 words somewhere in your novel and re-write them.

And then computer issues ended my venture in writing. I am going to cross the 80k threshold today for my word count, so that’s amazing. I’ll publish this up and update you all again tomorrow! Until then!

 

Author Amanda McCormick

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NaNo Day 19 – 10k Day Yesterday

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So, the reason that I didn’t blog yesterday was because I ended up getting to 10k for the day. My novel RipTide is well over 70k words now, and my overall word count is 76,432 words.

Honestly, I’m really proud of how all of my friends are handling NaNo as well! Gau is doing an amazing job, as well as all of my writing group friends.

Speaking of my writing group, that’s how I managed to get 10,000 words written yesterday. We picked a crawl off of the NaNoWriMo forums, and we did the entire thing in one sitting. It was long, exhausting… and totally worth it. Everyone managed to get so many words!

I really do recommend checking out the forums, and getting yourself a writing group if you’re stuck! If you ever need someone to chat with, you can always hit me up on skype: ego.dominustuus

I’m always willing to chit chat with fellow writers!

Anyway, I need to get words today. I have about 7 chapters left of RipTide, and then I’ll be finished! I can’t wait!

Until next time,

Author Amanda McCormick