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A Few Tips for NaNo

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Goodness, so here we are. We’re just a little past 1/3rd of the way through Camp NaNo, and I know that right about now is when the don’t wannas hit with a fierce force for quite a few people. We’ve been writing steadily for 12 days now, doing our hardest to get to our word counts… and we really just want a break.

I guess this can apply to all writing, because anything that we do consistently for so long can begin to wear and tear on us. I’ll work on writing tips for year around later – for now, I’m going to try to give you some NaNo tips to help you through the rest of this journey.

First and foremost, remember that Camp NaNoWriMo is not the actual NaNo event. You don’t have to write 50,000 words in a month. In fact, you don’t even have to write 25,000 words in a month. Your goal can be much smaller, and much more manageable if you so choose.

Building on that, in a few days, we will be half way through the month. When we hit that point, I really do implore you to look over your goal. Are you very ahead? Are you very behind? The beautiful thing about Camp is that you have the capability or adjusting that goal one way or another. So, if it looks like you’re going to finish early? Tack a few more thousand words on there! If it looks like you aren’t going to hit your goal? There is honestly no shame in taking it down a notch. NaNo actually encourages you to reevaluate your monthly goal, in order to make sure that it is manageable and you can win. So, push yourself, but make sure that you can hit that finish line.

And, as another tip – if the project that you are working on is really, really being uncooperative… I’m going to tell you something. It’s Camp. Switch projects. I know that some people are using camp as a way to finish a project, but if you’ve gone 12 days without the ability to work on it… I think that it’s safe to say you can tuck it away and do it later. Switch projects, experiment. Have fun, because that’s what Camp is all about.

Of course, I’m going to stick with my normal bits of advice that I always give – get involved in the community. Whether it’s your cabin, or you go play on the forums, or you find a skype group to join. Find people who will run sprints and crawls and get excited about writing with you!

Also, make sure to reward yourself when you do well, and sometimes make sure to reward yourself when you don’t – if you’re having a particularly hard day and the words aren’t coming so easily? Grab some candy, watch some TV. Take a break and then come back to your writing (that same day, guys. Not next week). You’ve got this, guys. Just keep moving forward.

That’s really all that I have for today. Just make sure that you keep pushing forward, and make sure that you realize that Camp is here for fun, and to help you win. Evaluate the situation, adjust accordingly, and you are a winner no matter what… because, at the end of the month, you have more words than you started with. You are creating a world from your mind, and that’s pretty amazing, if you ask me.

 

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!
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 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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October Horror Writing – Prompt #5 – NaNo Tip #1

Hey, everyone has been doing great so far. I’ve loved both hearing from and seeing some of your work! I can’t wait to see what this prompt inspires. I wanted to leave it a little more open this time as far as how ‘horror’ you had to make your story. This could be psychological, supernatural, or just an emotional thing. I can’t wait to write about it as well as see what you come up with. Also! Included in these prompts will be tips for NaNoWriMo! My first tip is this – get Scrivener or a program like it. Allowing yourself to break up and properly plot and plan is such a vital thing. Check HERE to see my previous post about Scrivener. ❤ So, Tip one, get a program to help you organize your ideas!

Now, on to the prompt!

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I can’t wait to see what our creative minds turn up next.

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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A Patreon

So, I’ve decided to go ahead and make myself a patreon. I’ve had a few people telling me how I should do it for a while now… so I figured, what the heck? Even if I only make a dollar a month… that’s a dollar that I didn’t have before! Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about doing this just yet… but I knew if I didn’t go ahead and DO it, I wouldn’t be able to figure out how I felt about it. I think that all writers deserve to make a living doing what they love, honestly. If I get enough money off of this, I’ll be putting it into helping other people do the same.

I will copy/paste the content that I am using here, and then I’ll probably do a follow-up blog tomorrow of how I feel about having launched it! So… enjoy below the content of my Patreon!   (CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ACTUAL SITE!)

 

 

Hey there, my name is Amanda! I’ve been writing for well over a decade – it seems like I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember.

It is what I do. It’s what I am passionate about. I want, more than anything in this world to tell you a story that will burn into your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat. If I can bring you a moment of joy, then I’ve done my job. This Patreon page was created so that I could continue to do just that!

Four years ago, I left my home and everything that I owned in Kentucky and moved to California – things here have been fantastic. When I moved here, I started a commission business, and I’ve been running that steadily… but I want more now. I want to create my own content. I want to share my dreams made tangible by way of story with the world! You can help me do that – you can help me live my dream.

Any amount of monthly donation that you make will grant you access to my monthly content. I promise to upload the following:

  • One Chapter from the two novels that I have a current copywrite on and am in the process of editing for publication! (Either a Fantasy called Cerulean Darkness or a Zombie Apocalypse novel entitled Limbo.)
  • At least One short story of my own creation (and your suggestion!)
  • I will also put up at least one blog post per week on my blog, located Here. These blogs posts give writing advice, writing tips, writing tricks, writing prompts, and just general discussion. I also include creative writing here, so it’s double your rewards, double your fun!
  • When goals are met, I will also post one vlog a week, either reading some of my creative writing content or talking about writing tips, tricks, and strategy.

Your support honestly means the world to me – you are making it possible for me to continue doing what I love, what I dream of, and what I truly feel I was put on this earth to do. I’m here to bring you joy, laughter, sadness, tears, emotion. Will you help me do that for the world?

Pledge $1.00 or more per month

$1 will gain you access to my Creative Writing, Novel, and all other offered content!

Pledge $3.00 or more per month

$3 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like!

Pledge $5.00 or more per month

$5 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them!

Pledge $10.00 or more per month

$10 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like!You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this, you will also have the ability to request/suggest the next idea for my short story. Though I can’t promise to get to everyone immediately, all ideas will be taken into consideration!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $20.00 or more per month

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$20 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a 15 minute Skype conversation with you, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $50.00 or more per month

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$20 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a one-hour Skype conversation with you per month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $100.00 or more per month

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$100 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have 2 one-hour Skype conversations with you per month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

This reward will also grant you the ability to have a 4 hour RP Session with me once a month, writing about whatever you would desire!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

Pledge $250.00 or more per month

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$250 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a weekly one hour Skype session with you each month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

This reward will also grant you the ability to have a 4 hour RP Session with me once a month, writing about whatever you would desire!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

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NaNoWriMo Day 12! 25k Down! 25k to go!

So, we’re 1/3 of the way (and some change) through NaNoWriMo! How is everyone feeling. I know that the week two blues probably set in for some of us, and I wanted to write this blog to let everyone know that it’s OKAY.

Even if you’re behind, it’s OKAY.

Even if you only have a few thousand words, it’s OKAY.

Even if you end up not hitting 50k, but still get your story started… it’s OKAY.

The simple fact of the matter is, sitting down and putting words to paper, putting YOUR story that no one else could ever put down out there? Well, that’s a pretty big accomplishment to me.

I have some friends who end up finishing NaNo out with 20,000 words, and feeling like a failure. Honestly though, I want you to sit down and think about it… who has the determination to sit down and bleed on paper for those 20,000 words? As writers, we tell the stories, we make up the words… we give people fuel for dreams. Don’t be ashamed if you couldn’t crank out a pre-determined amount of words in a month. Be PROUD that you are a writer.

And don’t feel like you can’t get caught up. All it takes is one good day of inspiration to suddenly find yourself with 5,000 words, 10,000 words. Even more. No matter, what just remember… you’re amazing, and no on else on this planet can do what you’re doing right now.

Not with your words. Not with your story. You are unique.

If anyone feels down about NaNo, needs a pep talk, or just needs a friend, tweet me on twitter @egodominustuus !

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Choosing My NaNo Novel

Ah, so… November is literally just around the corner. I can hear it calling to me xD And I can hear the way that my poor husband will start cursing the month – it eats his wife, after all. Still, the NaNoWriMo website was finally relaunched! You can now put up what novel you’re going to be working on… and I am left with a bit of a question…

What do I work on?

I am between two novels in my decision.

One would be the Sequel to the novel that I wrote last year: Cerulean Darkness. This novel is called Obsidian Light. The series is a duology, so I would have that project completely finished (as far as writing… as far as editing? hahaha…) They’re Fantasy/Young Adult novels. I think that it would be great to get an entire series finished, and it would certainly feel like a wonderful accomplishment. Even though I haven’t worked on the book in a year, the characters are still very fresh to me.

On the other hand, there is a part of me that wants to wait until I have completely finished my edited on Cerulean Darkness first. After all, what will happen if I dive into Obsidian Light, and find that there is something, some scene, some character, some portion of the prior novel that I have changed to the point that the entire plot line needs to go in a different direction? I really do not think that this will happen… but I know that sometimes in editing, there are surprises that we do not foresee.

And so… there is my second option. It is a Zombie Apocalypse novel with a twist that I am hoping will make it more original and unique than every other zombie thing that seems to be out there right now. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I know that it would be a fun project to tackle. I am afraid with this, however, I will throw myself out of the Cerulean Series vibe.

So, the real question is… do I go ahead and write Obsidian Light? Do I carry on with my as of yet unnamed Zombie story? Do I rush like a madman to finish the edits on Cerulean Darkness so that my issues with Obsidian Light won’t be so present… or do I work on my plot and plan for Zombie Story?

Hm.

NaNo opens up so many possibilities, and it makes me feel so very creative. I’m never going to be upset over the fact that I have too many ideas!

What do you guys think? Are you facing a similar situation? What are you going to work on for your NaNo project? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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My First Vlog!

 

So, here is my first ever vlog for booktube/writing. Obviously my following vlogs are going to be done a little better. I’m experimenting with how to get it filmed properly, as well as with the sound. I’m probably going to order a microphone! Still, here we go. I went ahead and posted it up without editing it anymore because I knew if I kept tweaking, I was going to delete it eventually. Anyway :3 So, there it is. 

 

*Runs off like the Derpasaurus Rex that she is*

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Weekly Update and Upcoming News!

So, I’m extremely excited for a few upcoming events that I’ll be hosting on my blog, but first let me get to telling you all about how my last week went.

I have to say that the schedule is perfect. With the hour that I spend in the morning getting the things that I don’t want to write out of the way, I am always hitting at least the 2k word mark. So, in a week I can write 10k words, easily. The best thing, however, is getting those 2k words out of the way really makes me feel energized, excited… I’ve got a lot of planning for my newest novel coming through… and a lot of editing of my old novel, which is really important for me to finish up. After all, if you don’t polish a story, how can you ever send it off to publishers!?

Seriously though, hitting daily word counts of 5,000+ easily is something that makes me happy, makes me smile… and pleases me all the more because I don’t feel burnt out with it. I think that finding a structure, a rhythm to your writing, something that makes you feel good is the most important thing that you can do! 

As for some comment highlights, here’s what some other people do for their writing schedule/times!

Frannie says: For me I write whenever I have the time during my day but I feel like I’m more creative in the morning but now that I have more than 4 projects I have to make time for each which is hard but doable.

I can completely agree with what she’s saying here – a lot of people have specific times during the day that they feel more creative. It’s why I like to write down the times that I write, when I write the most. It shows me a pattern, so in a few months… maybe I can adjust my schedule to be even more effective!

Kate says: I write in the evening, I find that is the best time for me to remove myself from everything, probably because after 5pm nothing is open and I have no excuse not to be sitting in front of my computer. I get into the swing of things by reading for about an hour before I start writing. It lets my mind get into the creative phase.

I responded to her by saying that reading can really put me into the mood as well.  A lot of times, if I’m really not feeling writing, sitting down for an hour with my favorite author reminds me of what inspired me in the first place!

 

So yeah, the schedule is working out really well… and I know that I’ll be able to give you guys more thoughts and opinions of it the longer that I go! Of course, come November, I’m going to have to schedule in some extra time for NaNoWriMo!!! (My husband will never see me, he’ll be so sad.)

 

Anyway! On some awesome news, I have multiple Author Interviews set up for the next few books that I read. Please stay tuned to the blog to see some of your favorite writers answering questions, giving thoughts, advice, etc! (If you would like to have a guest spot on my blog, please send me an email to amandaleannemccormick@gmail.com, and we can discuss it!)

So, those are my updates, and I’m really excited to be able to tell you what’s happened next week as well! 

 

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick (Find me HERE on Twitter for updates throughout the day) 

 

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Another Schedule Update!

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So, as you know, I put myself on a Strict Writing Schedule in an attempt to get some structure in my writing life. I’m on Day Three of trying it out… and honestly, I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Though I don’t always start as early as I originally intended, I’m still getting in the hours that I’ve promised myself.

On Monday, while getting into the swing of things, I wrote 5,117 words. My method of getting the things that I dread out of the way first is really paying off, because it paves the way for me to be creative for the rest of the day.

Yesterday, even though I got a late start, I wrote 5,826 words.

Wow… it’s shocking right? I’m getting more words in than I thought possible, and it’s all because I’ve put myself into a time frame so that I can effectively work on everything that I need to work on, as opposed to getting lost and confused trying to do 20 things at once. I know that most writers end up having a million and one projects on their plate in any given moment. A schedule like this can really help you to sort things out. Better still, I’ve gotten two chapters of my novel edited and ready to actually allow people to read! As something I’ve been avoiding like the plague since November of last year… this is pretty amazing!

Today, even though I woke up late, I have already completely my 2,000 words a day goal, and am still writing strong. 

I wanted to let you guys in on a little tip – the stuff that I dread in the morning? The stuff that I literally HAVE to get done? It’s some commissions, and I do exactly 1,000 words a day on them. By the end of the week, I will have 5,000 words to turn in to each of the people who commissions the stories. I get through the words in a blink and don’t have to worry about it. I really do suggest that if you have something you dread, you get it out of the way first. It’s cleansing, and it makes you feel like you’re fresh and rejuvenated when you can finally turn to your personal writing. Leaving yourself with a cloud of dread hanging over your head may seem like a good idea at the time (procrastinators unite tomorrow!), but it really is simply some bad mojo. Get it out of the way, get it done. You’ll thank me later!

So, yeah. The new schedule is coming along wonderfully. I’ll give you another update on Friday, along with some featured commentary from you all! Other than that, I have a review coming up soon for the novel Doon! I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you all! 

How is your writing going? How are your schedules? Anything that you’d like to see me blog about? Feedback, comments, witty conversation… all of it is appreciated!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick (Follow me HERE on Twitter for updates and conversation throughout the day!)