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MilWordy Challenge!

I’m going to try to do do Kate Cavanaugh’s MilWordy challenge. Oooo, what’s that you ask? Well, I just so happen to have a video that will explain exactly what it is, handy and dandy!

So, once you’ve watched that, you’ve garnered the fact that this is a challenge to write one million words in a year. I thought about doing this before, but I got distracted.

I’m honestly crazy for trying right now, what with the fact that I have kids who distract me so frequently that I know it’s going to be really hard for me to do.

But… I figure… even if I only get half of it? Even if I only write 500,000 words in a year.

Dude, that’s 500,000 words in a year. That’s a big whopping amount of words.

I have a few things that I’m going to use to get through this – first of all, I’m going to let the people on my writing Discord (INSERT LINK HERE) know what I’m doing. I think that having them keep me accountable is going to be a great way to get things going.

Secondly, I have a pretty cool spreadsheet that I plan on working with, tweaking, and hopefully making perfect for the situation. I really enjoy my stats, writing down things. Seeing how I’m doing.

And third… I’m going to be telling you guys all about it. I’ll probably update y’all once a week, and then one overall update for the month. I figure that the best way for me to do this is to just make sure that I’m accountable on as many venues as possible.

So… I’m also going to have it on my Instagram (INSERT LINK HERE) if you guys wanna to follow along there. There will probably be short videos as well, on that front.

So, if you want to follow along or participate with me, just check out my discord or Instagram! I can’t wait to see what we can get accomplished in 12 months!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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Blog Challenge!

I was talking earlier with a friend of mine about how I wanted to start posting more consistently on my blog. I thought that one of the best ways to do that was to start up a fun little challenge for the blog. I can’t do a month long one, since the month is already going… so… instead, I’m going to pick ten topics, and I have the month to get something written about them! I’ll do it every month, if I can manage this month.

So! February Blogging Challenge! Let’s go!

  1. Writing Prompt! “Two strangers meet for the
    second time.”
  2. Write a blog about yourself. Tell the story of
    how you started writing.
  3. What is your greatest strength as a writer? What is your greatest weakness?
  4. Writing Prompt! “Use these words in a story: Ocean. Onyx. Shine.”
  5. Give your best writing tips that you learned in 2019!
  6. Writing Prompt! “Choose a picture from your phone and write a story about it!
  7. Where do you draw the most inspiration for your writing? Share your secrets!
  8. Author Interview: Where do you write? Share some pictures of your writing space and tell us about your daily habits!
  9. Writing Prompt! First sentence prompt: “I/He/She never expected things to turn out like this…”
  10. What are your goals for 2020? Write them out now so we can help each other keep on track!

So! There we are! Try to get a blog for all of these things done this month! Let me know if you will participate, and link back to my blog! I can’t wait to see what we all come up with!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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Alphabet Series Writing Tips – X is for XXX

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X is for XXX, and I do mean the naughty stuff… so cover your eyes if you’re of a delicate sensibility. Honestly though, I know so many people who have trouble with sex scenes/sexual situations in writing, so I thought that it would be a good subject to touch on. (Also known as: the author couldn’t figure out anything other than XXX and X-Rated that started with X, so she took this route.) So, when it comes to smut and writing, a lot of people seem to have a lot of issues. Whether it’s reservations about the content, or a simple air of being unsure about how to tackle the scene, I’ve had a lot of friends and random people alike who simply don’t know or think they don’t have the capability of writing a smut scene.
   The fact is… just like any other scene in the world, if you’re a writer… you can write it. It might not come as fluidly and easily to you as an action scene, or a horror scene… but it’s something that you can do. If you’re one of the people who aren’t sure about exactly what goes on in a smut scene, I’m going to encourage you to go forth and read. It might feel a little embarrassing, but you can learn to write it by reading it. Just see how it’s done, see how it’s handled, and commit that to your memory. Chances are, if you’re interested in writing a smut scene, you aren’t going to feel bad from reading one. Or two. Or a dozen. Read far and wide, because you don’t want to copy the tone of simply one person – you want to have as many examples as you can, so that when you tackle it, you can combine all of those examples, and make them stick together with your own, personal style.
   I’ve also met people who know how to write the scenes, know how sex goes… but finds themselves kind of embarrassed, or feeling bad for wanting to write it. So, here’s a message to anyone who has ever felt ashamed over wanting to write a smut scene:
There is nothing wrong with writing sex. There is nothing wrong with enjoying writing sex.
   Oh, I said it. And I meant it. Some people enjoy writing erotica, and there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, some people have a lucrative career in writing erotica. I’m not saying that writing all erotica all of the time is the best way to develop your writing skills; I think that you should certainly include plot with your erotica, in order to be able to develop yourself as a writer… but if all of your stories have some smutty, sultry scenes in them?
That’s all the better, at least in my opinion.
   Sex can be part of character development. Sex can serve to further the plot. If you’re worried that adding a sex scene into your story will make you one of those people who just writes it superfluously, think again. Sometimes, you need interactions like that in order to further your story. Sex is something that is natural to human behavior – so it’s natural to include it sometimes within the scenes of your novel. Don’t feel guilty, and don’t let someone else make you feel guilty because you decided to include a sex scene in your writing. Chances are, if you think it needs to go in there… it probably actually needs to go in there.
   Now, for those of us who like to occasionally write little smutty stand alone pieces (raises hand high), there’s nothing wrong with that, either. One of my first fanfics that I’d written in so many years was supposed to be a smutty one shot. (Did it turn into a 60,000+ word monster with huge plot development, yes. But that’s beside the point.) I have quite a few fanfics that are just little smut shots. They develop my characters still, but they didn’t have to be written.
   I wrote them because I enjoy it. I wrote them because I knew that other people would enjoy it. And I’m not ashamed of myself. Smut writing, just like all writing, can be fantastic practice. In all of the really effective sex scenes that I’ve written, you’re also touching on emotion, emotional development, physical feeling, description. You’re hitting the high points of writing that you can practice with – and you are improving with every scene that you write. So. Don’t think that it’s useless… and… I betcha that there’s a whole crowd of people out there who would happily read your sex scene, if you post it up for the world to see.
   The point is, don’t be ashamed of yourself. You aren’t doing anything wrong in enjoying that XXX writing! If you want to write it, read it. Practice, and take it the same way that you take anything else – know that practice makes perfect, and you improve every time you write. Know that there’s nothing wrong with what you’re doing, and I bet that you’re doing a damn good job of it!
   A few side notes, for those of us who want to post this writing up on the internet: always make sure to tag it correctly. You do want to make sure that people know what they’re getting into. If you have some dubious forms of sex in the writing, research your tags – make sure that you let people know what to expect. Give them that courtesy. Also, research the rules of where you are posting. Some sites don’t allow mature writing – you don’t want to get banned by accident! Just make sure you follow the rules, and you’re respectful of your readers! My last side note is this: if you’re aiming for publishing, be aware of your target audience. Teen books probably shouldn’t have explicit erotica every other page, just saying. xD Other than that, don’t be ashamed of doing what you want to do!
   Until the letter Y! (We’re so close to finishing this out guys!) If you have any suggestions for future blogs, more information you want, things you want me to elaborate on, help with, etc, just let me know!
Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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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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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

 

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NaNo Day 17 – Hot Chocolate!

I woke up this morning to find the weather cold – o’course, I live in California… so my cold is 50 degrees. Still, cold for me. I decided that I was going to get a lot of writing done today… so I wanted some hot chocolate to start my morning out right.

So, my NaNo tip for today? How to make hot chocolate with no hot chocolate mix!

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Heh, this is NaNo related, right? So. If you (like me) didn’t have any hot chocolate mix, but you have cocoa powder and some sugar, you’re in luck! It’s really basic, how to manage this. Just remember that cocoa powder is bitter as all get out. So, for every spoon of powder that goes in to your mix, you do two spoons of sugar. Once you mix it all up in your steamy warm mug, add a tsp of vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. It’s delicious ❤ Trust me!

NaNo wise, my current word count is at 61,279 words total. I’m really happy with how I’m progressing along, even though there have been quite a few unexpected chapters. I’ll update more on that later. For now, I’m going to drink my hot chocolate and start trying to chug on with my words! I’ll do another update this afternoon for you all!

Until then! Keep writing guys, we’re almost there!

Author Amanda McCormick