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Writing Screen Active

Posted: September 16, 2019 in Creative WRiting

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I could cry. I finally have a big screen for writing again. As you guys know, I moved across the country. In doing so, I had to leave my large screen behind… and now I finally have it back. Writing is amazing again. ❤

So, find what works best for y’all, find what writing thing makes you feel good.. and lordy, make sure you keep hold of it! That’s all for this blog — it isn’t really a long one, just an excited one!

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So, yeah… as the title might imply, what do you do when it isn’t enough? And by this, at least in my situation, I mean… when what you’re writing, or how you’re doing it… just isn’t enough for you anymore. I still make my money by doing commissions, and I adore that. But there’s a part of me that really just isn’t completely satisfied with it anymore.

I love writing for other people — I love how much they enjoy their stories once I’ve finished them. I adore hearing how I’ve brought to life an idea that they thought would be forever stuck in their head… but…

I want to be putting my own stories out there. I want to have my original writing seen, more than just through fanfics. SO… what do you do when it isn’t enough?

Easy, you look for what is and you go for it. It’s gonna be hard, but I’m going to do my darn hardest to have two books to decide between for querying by the end of the year (I said that before in my goals). I’m also going to get some stuff put out there via amazon or smashwords. I can’t just sit around and not anymore — I have to try. Maybe it will work? Maybe it won’t.

But at least I’ll be going for it, as opposed to just sitting in a safe zone.

So… today my thoughts and writing advice are this: push yourself. If you’re feeling stagnant, like it isn’t enough… go for it. Yeah, you might fail. But… do you know what would be worse than failing?

Never trying at all.

So, I’m going to challenge you. Write a blog — state what your goals are, where you want to go, where you want to be as a writer. Link back to me.

Let’s do this together!

Until then, you guys! Keep reading, and keep writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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*Stares at the title of the photo she picked out* Daily Writing Blog. Yes, I’m going to try to get back to that. Things have been kind of beyond crazy on my end. I made a cross country move, didn’t have a house to move into (yay for sisters who love you <3), found a house to move into… had the roof in that house caved-in in the living room… (yay for sisters who still love you, lol), waited for the roof to get fixed… found out the carpet was trashed… >_> (Yay for my sister. Lol.)… but finally, finally we got everything sorted and settled!

Now we’re just working on still getting everything in the house totally homey. We recently finished getting my kids room baby proofed, so the only room left is…

MY OFFICE. That’s right, guys. I have a writing room, an office, a place for me to get all of my writing things done. >_> I just need bookshelves! (If you would like to randomly donate a bookshelf, check RIGHT HERE xD) I’m honestly really excited about it, because I’ve never had a space that was specifically and solely for writing before. I’ve always had to work at a desk in a room with other people, in my room in a corner somewhere… never in a place where I could go in, shut the door… and that be my world.

Having that area is going to make me really buckle down for this. I have a goal to have my rewrite of Cerulean Darkness finished by the end of the year, as well as Limbo; I want the two books to choose between for publishing. I’m also going to start publishing short stories, and I intend to have one of those up by the end of the year as well.

Basically, once I get that office done, I’m going to really give it my all. And ❤ I hope you guys are happy and willing to see me around a lot more, because I plan on getting back to blogging full force.

 

Until then, you guys! Keep reading, and keep writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Writing Prompt!

Posted: May 13, 2019 in Creative WRiting

Okay! Writing prompt time! I will post my own reply up soon!

I am going to try to get back to doing these weekly.

So… I tried to do Camp NaNo with a newborn and a 21 month old.

Ha.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Hahahahahahahahahaha.

Ha.

No.

While I did better than expected, meeting the actual goal was nearly imposible. I have only just gotten to the point that I feel like writing consistently again within the last week. Pushing that when I knew that doing so might ruin that fragile momentum was simply not an option. So, I have decided that it is important to get started again… but to take it slow.

So.

Goals:

1 blog a week.

100 word prompt a week.

250 a day.

Yep. I am going to push for a page a day until I get my speed back. I know it is good to have low end goals. My high goal will be 1k a day.

I think I can do it. I am just excited to be back to writing in general.

A picture of my 1 month old, to keep it cute ♡

Until next time!

Amanda McCormick

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!