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NaNo Day 29 – Victory is Sweet


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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October Horror Writing Prompt #25 – O Death

So, I told you guys that I would be continuing my last writing prompt with this one. If you haven’t heard the song O Death then I suggest you check it out. I’ll link you some lyrics before the prompt, so you can see where I’m going with it.

O Death

O, Death
Won’t you spare me over til another year
Well what is this that I can’t see
With ice cold hands takin’ hold of me
Well I am death, none can excel
I’ll open the door to heaven or hell
Whoa, death someone would pray
Could you wait to call me another day

I had been following the girl for a year. It was something that I shouldn’t have done.  Her time had come long, ago, but I found myself fascinated with the way that she carried herself. I found myself enthralled by the gleam of her red hair in the moonlight. Death is not supposed to feel such things, and yet I found myself wondering at the softness of her skin. I had never touched a creature that wasn’t a touch of death. I had never touched someone for their simple warmth, without drawing it into myself and stealing it away. I wanted to touch that warmth without ruining it.

It was funny – I courted her as a mortal man would, but all that I could do was bring her closer to my doorstep. Ever thing that happened to her, every turn that her doctors told her… every time that something more was found in her scans, it was my folly. It was my selfish need to see her living and breathing. My very presence around a mortal caused them to wilt and wither, and I’d never allowed myself to remain close to a mortal for so long. I was only now seeing the consequences of that action… and yet I couldn’t stop myself.

It was as I was watching her that I allowed myself to make quite the fatal mistake. I saw her walk into traffic, and I saw the car as it raced towards her. I could feel the clench in my chest that let me know her life was about to be taken… and I reached out for her. My arms wrapped around her waist, yanking her from the street, but I could feel the way that her soul lifted upward towards me. She wanted me, and that soul had been aching for me for so very long, though she hadn’t realized.

The warmth of her body cut through me like a scorching ray of fire. I could not remember when I had ever felt such heat. I had never been human, I had never felt burning. I had always been an unwavering spirit who had managed to make his way through the world of mortals without emotion. And then this girl… this girl with her bright green eyes that seemed to see me sometimes, even as she turned her head to ignore me.

What was she doing to me?

Damn it. Damn it, lol. What am I doing? I’m starting another book. Make me stop, guys… I can’t have three projects for NaNo. I did this to get away from my graveyard story, and now I’m writing romance between Death and the Dying? Nyu, save me from myself!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!
Author Amanda McCormick
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