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Writing Update!

Posted: February 12, 2019 in Creative WRiting

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Hey all! I thought that it was about time for me to get another blog done, don’t you? I’m sorry that I’m a little wishy-washy lately. This last little stretch of pregnancy is really getting to me o_o My iron is low, but I’m hoping that it will come up soon. That in tandem with the fact that there’s a little creature in my stomach stealing all of my nutrients and the fact that I’m taking care of a toddler is more than enough to exhaust me… but I’m going to try to get more consistent on here. The last thing that I want is to fall off again… I’m honestly having too much fun blogging to do that.

Still, things are going well. I’m getting commissions done as much as I can, and I’m working on my other side-job as frequently as possible. I wish that either of these came with maternity leave xD Wouldn’t that be useful. Sadly, if you’re self-employed, that isn’t exactly something that you’re guaranteed, now is it?

I’d love for this to be some big, profound blog about a writing topic… but the fact is, I honestly have too much writing to do to really do a writing blog — that’s a good problem though, isn’t it? I’ve written about 1,000 words today, and I’m going to aim for 4,000 if I can manage it. That, on top of a few hours of work at my other job… while taking care of my little boy (who is pretty sick right now) is a tall task. I *HAVE* started making a daily to-do list. It isn’t exactly a bullet journal, but it’s something that I can keep up with, and it’s something that makes me feel good about the progress that I’m making. I haven’t really kept records of it before, other than my calendar… so this is nice. It’s in a really cute little panda notebook (I’ll get some pictures of it later and show it to you guys so you can see what I’m doing)… but I do think that it’s good to have goals where you can see them, and where you can check them off. It is vitally important to recognize your progress in some form or fashion — whether it’s a bullet journal, an accountability buddy, or just a little to do list that you get to check off when you manage to finish a task.

You gotta do what you gotta do to motivate yourself! Make sure that you’re always striving to do that, and always acknowledging the fact that getting even the smallest task done is a big accomplishment. I always talk about making sure that you set a minimum and a stretch goal for yourself. I do that with my to-do list. I usually have at least 4 items on it, and I try to make sure that I check off at least two of them. As long as I can do that, I feel like I’ve really done a pretty good job for the day. Of course… there are days when I can get all four, and I always try to do that… and that feels amazing. Do that with your writing! Break it up into sections and see what you can get done.

Hey, look! It turned into a writing blog anyway.

Ha.

Until next time, you guys. Keep reading and keep writing! Oh! Speaking of the reading thing, I really want to get back into reviewing books once a week. I’ve been trying to get a lot of reading done (see: Stuck in bed all night long with pregnancy insomnia, so I can’t help but to read), so… I want to get into that. I have Kindle unlimited… so if you have some suggestions, I would love to hear them. Send them my way! I want to read all of the books — if they’re your book, make sure you let me know, and make sure that you give me a link back to your blog, so I can credit you!

Okay, for real though! Keep reading, keep writing, and keep striving forward!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey there! Another blog, so soon! I told you guys that I was planning on coming back with a vengeance. More than that, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a blog challenge, so I wanted to hop back into doing at least one of these a week again! Thanks to everyone who has stuck around and waited for me to start up with this again — I know it’s been a while. Before I get started, I wanted to make a fun little offer: If any of you have any good ideas for a blog challenge, I want you to let me know! Drop it in a comment, issue your own challenge via your blog and link back to me. Do it however you’d like, as long as you make the challenge. That way, our blogs can link in more than one way!

Anyway, onward to the challenge. Recently, I put a new bot on my discord server that has a lot of fun functions. One of those is actually writing prompts, so what I’m going to do is go over to my discord server right now and make it issue a prompt! In 3, 2, 1! (I’ll grab two so you have options!)

On the eve of your coronation you receive a gift: a severed hand clutching a scroll sealed with your enemy’s crest.

OR

You stand accused of killing the Queen. The only person who can vouch for you is her ghost. No one can see her.

And there we have it. There is our prompt. I skipped over one about Elvis records, sorry guys. xD But this one seems pretty fun. You can take it in a fantasy turn if you’d like, or you could make it more horror. Hell, you could make it historical fiction if that’s what you like! Whatever it is, you have the two options. I’ll make sure to do one of these as well so that I can get it turned in! I’ll try to post my blog challenges every Monday from now on, so if you’re going to do the prompt along with the challenge, try to get it done before then! If you’re just doing this as you can, feel free to write it up and link back to me whenever. It’s not really about following along, or about anything other than just having fun and getting some blogs out! So, get what you can done! I honestly can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

Until next time, you guys. Keep reading and writing, and keep on bloggin!

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Holy guac, guys! Did you think I was gone forever? Holidays and family and end of the year shenanigans have pretty much caught my attention for a bit, but I’m going to get back to regular posting now. Thanks for sticking with me during my small break, and I’m really excited to get back into blogging on the regular.

I don’t really have any new years resolutions, or anything like that. The only real resolution that I’ve ever made is to write 1000 words a day for an entire year, and I hit that goal. I am not going to be anywhere near silly enough to try that again this year, with the fact that I’m going to be having a baby >_> That’s setting myself up for at least one day of failure when I’m popping the kiddo out xD However, I do like to set myself a few goals and aspirations for what I want to get accomplished. It’s not a resolution… it’s more a “Planning in advance” so I can have an idea of what I’m aiming for.

Firstly, I plan on trying to self pub some stories this year. It’s scary, and I’ve always tried to talk myself out of it… but now, I really want to go for it. I think that it would be a good thing, and… the worst that can happen is that I wouldn’t make money off of it? Since I like to write short stories anyway… I’m not really losing out on anything. And who knows, I might win something pretty fantastic.

As my second little goal, which ties in with the first, I’m going to try to be writing at least one short story a month. I think that just getting into the practice of that will be pretty good for me, if only to keep my creativity cranking. I so often get caught up in commissions that I completely forget to take time to write for myself. I don’t want to do that anymore. I really want to make sure that I always flex my creativity muscles in venues that I really enjoy and want to pursue.

I wish I could say that I was going to start and keep a bullet journal for the year ;-; but I know that I never keep up with those. I wish that I could… I don’t know what it is about me and a physical journal, but I seem completely and utterly incapable of keeping up with one. It’s crazy.

My third… goal? I guess it’s a goal. My hubs and I and our little family are planning on a cross country move sometime around July. It’s going to be crazy, hectic, and so worth it. I’m not sure exactly what the goal is here though… prep, mentally get myself ready… make sure that I don’t go crazy in the process xD

So yeah, that’s a little update on me. What about you guys? What are your goals for the year? I’d love to hear about them, if you’d like to share. Make a blog about it — put those goals on blast in public. I find that one of the best ways to keep up with doing something that you said you’re going to do is simply by letting people know that you’re going to do it. Accountability is… well, it’s really key, for me at least, in making sure that I keep up with everything that I want to do. If I know that people KNOW what I’m planning, I feel a pressure not to let them down or make myself a liar, and that pressure ends up spurring me on when I thought that I would otherwise not be able to do it.

You should try it. It could be good for ya!

Until next time, keep reading and keep writing, guys!

Author Amanda McCormick

NaNo Tips <3 If You Are Behind!

Posted: November 16, 2018 in Creative WRiting

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So, you’re behind on NaNo? That happens sometimes. My biggest tip for National Novel Writing Month is to keep yourself on track… however, unforeseen events can happen. In my case, the air quality here is just horrible (I live in the Bay Area, if you have any idea of the fires going on in Cali, you know what I’m talking about.). I’m twenty-two weeks pregnant, and I have a 1 year old… the disgusting air quality is… well… it’s making things difficult. Elijah is sick, I’m not feeling all that good…

And inspiration is basically at an all time low. Because of this, I’m a day behind on NaNoWriMo. So, I thought I’d take this moment to actually talk about what to do if you get behind. Whether you’re 2,000 or 5,000… the best thing that you can do is look at what you have to get done and think about how to portion it out. For me, I’m taking today and writing 4k instead of my normal 2k… and that will get me back on track. I’m fine with not getting ahead, if I can’t get ahead today…

However, if doubling your word count doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of options for what you can do. If you’re behind a few days, you can always add an additional 300 words or so onto your daily count. Write 2k instead of 1,667. You’ll end up getting caught up over the course of the month.

You could also have a big word day! I like to do a 10kfirstday. Yeah, it’s super hard, but it always gets me ahead. You can do that in the middle of the month, or even at the end of the month…

And honestly, one of the best things that you can do is to join in on sprints, crawls, etc. Join a writing server. Get onto the NaNo twitter and join sprints that way. Do whatever you can to motivate yourself on your big writing days!

So, yeah! The main point is… don’t get discouraged, and definitely don’t give up. Just because you’re behind at the moment doesn’t mean that you can’t catch up soon! Go for it, get your words… the worst that could happen is you’ll end up with 40k for the month instead of 50k… and 40,000 words is still a lot more than you would have if you weren’t trying!

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All right guys! I think I’m finally getting caught up with these! Let’s delve into Pinterest this time to see what we can find!

Day 13:

that other pin that looks like this could be a cool follow up to this one

Day 14:
19 More Two-Sentence Horror Stories To Send Chills Up Your Spine

Day 15:

Two sentences Horror Stories

Day 16:

They found him in a dark corner, handcuffed and shackled. With his unshaven face and pallid skin, he looked like he'd been here for some time.

31 Prompts for Halloween 9-12

Posted: October 17, 2018 in Creative WRiting

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I’m sorry I’m a bit behind on this, guys! Don’t worry though, you will still get your daily dose of horror prompts! So, let’s go!

Day Nine:

You have been possessed by the devil! How do you deal with this and how do you make every effort to keep your soul possible? Feel free to go in a different direction from other possession movies.

 

Day Ten:

A friend of yours has had an ancient curse levied upon him. What do you do to help and what happens to him throughout the curse?

 

Day Eleven:

There are several evil spirits that have taken over your house and part of your neighborhood’s block. How do you appease the spirits or get rid of them?

 

Day Twelve:

Write a story in which something extremely un-scary is terrorizing a small town. Try to be original and avoid using things that have already been in other horror or horror comedy stories. Have fun with it!

 

The prompts above came from this website ❤ 

horror-promptsHey everyone ! Today’s batch of writing prompts come from THIS WEBSITE! Let’s get started, shall we?

Day Five:

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Day Six:

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Day Seven:

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Day Eight:

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So, there we are! There are the next four batches of prompts! Make sure to use the source picture so people can see where they came from! And make sure to link back to my blog if you respond so we can all read the creativity together!

Until I see your responses! I can’t wait!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Oh, did we think I forgot? I didn’t xD I just haven’t gotten around to writing a blog for the past few days! I’ve been super busy doing Kinktober commissions. Anyway, I wanted to go ahead and throw you guys out your horror writing prompts. If you enjoy any of them, please write them up and link back to my blog ❤ I’d love to read them!

October 1st: A girl goes missing in the woods and her parents find only a decrepit and scary doll left behind. They soon learn that the doll is actually their daughter. And she’s alive. (credit to all prompts for 1-4 found here)

October 2nd:

October 3rd: A young brother and sister find an old door in their basement that wasn’t there before.

October 4th:

 

So, there we go! There are four prompts for you to work with, and I would love to see what you can come up with in relation to them! 

Until I see your responses! I can’t wait!

Author Amanda McCormick

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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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