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So… the July Camp NaNo that may or may not be won… that’s what I’m calling this particular Camp. You see, the thing is… I’m due to have my little baby July 7th >_> The fact is, I don’t know how much writing I’m going to be able to get done in the month of July…

But that’s exactly why I signed up for Camp. I sat my goal relatively low, and I want to see if I can hit it. I very much want to try to push myself to still get writing done, even when things are so chaotic. I’ve just gotten settled into my new writing environment where I can actually sit and write again. I’m really, really ready to get back onto a schedule.

It’s just going to be a matter of figuring out that new schedule once the baby gets here!

I am definitely going to take you guys on a strange journey of trying to figure out how to write while I have a newborn, but I figure that Camp is a great dry run for actual NaNo. My goal is to be able to still win in November.

I think I can do it ❤

Until next time, guys! Let me know about your Camp NaNo plans!

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, here we are on the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo… and I’m actually completely unsure of whether or not I’m gonna win. I have around 3000 words to still write, and I could probably get it done…

But, I have other obligations. I have a room to get completely cleaned out so that I can move and get settled before I pop out my little monster ❤ I have to somehow find enough time to still get enough sleep so that I don’t feel ill (which involves me sleeping during the day because I toss and turn at night). I have a million and one things to do… and I know that there’s a chance that I will fail at NaNo (though I will update you guys tomorrow and let you know for sure as to what happened)… but the point is, I don’t feel bad about it.

That’s kind of the beautiful thing about Camp. I don’t take it as seriously as the real NaNo. I don’t think of it as something that I have to win – I set myself a goal, and I do my best to attain it, but I’m always really happy with the results, regardless of whether I got 10,000 or 50,000. Maybe I’m just weird for the fact that I don’t think Camp is as serious as the November NaNo, but that’s kind of how I go along with it.

I’m also pretty pleased with what I managed to do this month, as far as my writing prompts go. I haven’t gotten that much done, but the ones that I did do have inspired me for new novel ideas, which is always amazing (and a little hectic, since I should seriously quit having new novel ideas all of the time – you know, editing one completely would be a much better use of my time xD). Still, I’m happy with the ideas. I’m extremely happy with the fact that I feel creative, even if I don’t have the time to be as creative as I’d like right at this moment.

I’m looking forward, and onward. Onward to a time when I’m going to have my writing space set up in our new house, and it’s going to be in the same room as my baby. I’m not gonna be able to just sit and write for hours on end (obviously, there’s gonna be a little on there), but I am going to be able to concentrate on my writing while my baby is napping in the same room as me.

My mind is certainly flooded with a lot of thoughts right now. As a first time mama, you tend to go in circles in your heads about how things are going to work, how things are going to be, (how labor is gonna be, oh dear), and a million other things. But my mind is also focused and clear on the fact that I want to write – more than that, that I really and truly want to focus on getting a book completely polished and sent off to an agent. It’s not really about making a ton of money (though that would be nice, eh?), it’s about setting an example for the sweet little boy that I’m bringing in the world. It’s about showing him that you can follow dreams, and that you can put your mind to something and get it done.

It’s about a lot of things. And Camp has happily gotten me back into the set of mind that I love writing, and that I can do this writing things even when things are crazy. I might not always get as much done as I wanted to, but I’ll still get a lot done.

Camp, writing, NaNoWriMo… it’s always such a wonderful experience, because it always brings you back to the core of what you really enjoy doing, and it makes you think about it.

I love to think about writing, and I certainly love to think about someday seeing my book on a shelf. This month has given me a taste for how being busy is going to change my writing habits, but it’s a good taste. It’s a taste that is getting me ready for the future… and it’s a future that I’m more than willing to embrace and get ready for. So, yeah, I may not win my Camp adventure (though just writing this blog is pumping me up to do just that, and I really do think that I can!), but I still feel like I’ve won, regardless of what the word count says. I’ve done a good job, and I’m ready to run as close as I can to the finish line with the thoughts and feelings that I have right now. I’m ready to get there, and feel like a winner regardless.

I am wondering though, how has Camp been for all of you? I’d love to hear about how much writing you’ve gotten done, what your stories were about, etc. I’d love to hear about the ups and downs of your camp adventures – just link me to blogs that you wrote about it, or write the blogs and then tag my name in them! Whatever you do, I’d love ot hear about it!

As a side note, now that the month is coming to an end, I should be getting back to the other types of blogs that I was writing before – the writing prompts, tips, currently, tags, etc. I’m excited to get back to those, and I would love to get some feedback before I do to see if there’s anything else that you all would like to see for my posts! I’m always more than happy to please you guys while getting things done, and I’m really excited about my progress and moving forward!

So, I think that about covers everything for the moment. I will have another blog up either this afternoon or tomorrow to let you guys know if I managed to get those last few thousand words that I needed to get in order to actually win at NaNo. Looking forward, it doesn’t seem like that much after all, and I really think that I can do it! I know that you guys can! It’s the last day, just push as far as you can!

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Did you guys think I’d disappeared completely? I wouldn’t really blame you… I’ve been gone for a while, after all. The fact is, being pregnant and trying your hardest to move all in the same month of doing NaNo is hard. It’s made worse by the fact that I found out I’m pretty anemic (ergo, why I’m sleeping all of the time).

I have fallen behind.

And… I’m not going to let it freak me out. So, I’m saying the same thing to all of you who have fallen behind and decided to give up. ❤ Don’t do that! Falling behind doesn’t mean automatic failure.

Yeah, things are gonna be a little harder, and you’re gonna have to play catchup. You’re going to go through a few difficult days if you decide to do it all at once, OR you’re gonna have to slightly up your wordcount and spread it out through the rest of the month. NaNo is only half over, guys ❤ you can certainly still do this.

I keep thinking about the fact that my husband told me that I really needed to do Camp, because I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t. I keep thinking about the fact that I certainly won’t be able to do Camp in July, as I’m gonna be having a baby in July and even I’m not that crazy.

I keep thinking about the fact that he’s right, and there’s no reason to give up on myself. Even if I end up only getting half of what I planned to get, that’s still more than what I started out with. When you’re writing, when you’re creating, and when you’re trying? You never really lose!

So, keep your chin up, guys. We’re half through, and I know that you can keep on keeping on, even if it seems impossible right now!

That’s all for now though ❤ I’m actually gonna go and get a few words written, so I can start playing the catchup game. Since I have ridiculous insomnia, maybe I can put it to my favor and get further along than I previously though. Of course, I have no idea what I’m going to be writing about… but that’s the fun of writing prompts, now isn’t it?

Okay, away!

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey everyone! How is the NaNoWriMo Camp experience going for you? So far, it’s been pretty fantastic for myself. I’ve decided I’m probably going to do my blog updates every other day, because it seems easier for me to keep up with. I’ll give you a little info about what’s been happening with me for the past few days, and then talk for a second about a few other things!

So, I’m still caught up on my words (though I need to update my wordcount on NaNo.) I actually didn’t do my words yesterday; instead, I did them all today. It was fairly easy to do, and it was nice not to have to stress about it. I’m happy with my decision of what I am working on, and my word count limit.

I think that everyone needs to know that they can reconsider the amount of words that they’ve set for themselves if they realize they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. It’s important to have fun with Camp, it’s important to feel like you can get your words, that you can do a good job ❤ Because you can! And when it comes down to it, what you’re accomplishing now is pretty damn amazing, no matter what you set your wordcount to!

Other than that, nothing really eventful has happened. I’ll post my writing prompt for tomorrow for everyone to partake in, if they so choose. I may post more than one a week on here, but I’m not sure yet.

Now then, onward to the other thing I wanted to discuss, I’m probably going to post a blog about my thoughts on a netflix series called 13 Reasons Why soon. I may read the novel first o-o I’m not sure. I kinda marathoned it in one day, and now I’m buzzed with thoughts and emotions. So, just giving everyone a heads up that I’ll be interrupting my regularly scheduled NaNo program for that ❤

That’s all for now though ❤

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, here we go with Camp NaNo (she said, posting her day 1 report a day late. But, alas… that’s just how it goes sometimes. The good new is, I cranked out my words. I set my goal pretty small – 15,000 words for the month. I’m sure I’ll pass it up (I hope I will), but I figured that would be good… since I’m pregnant and in the process of moving before the end of April.

I’m still super excited to try!

I did make a decision about what I wanted to do for Camp though – I was really willy nilly about how I wanted to tackle it. At first, I thought I’d do rewrites on my novel Cerulean Darkness… and then I thought, “No, I don’t want to rush rewrites and end up having to completely rewrite the rewrites… maybe I’ll just finish my novel Limbo during NaNo!”

And then I thought… “But, I don’t really want to rush through that, either. I’d rather have something that I don’t have to rewrite 100% after I’m done with it.”

So, I sat and I wondered for a minute what I wanted to do… and then I realized that it didn’t have to be so complicated. It’s CAMP, damn it. You’re supposed to have fun at Camp, and I have full intentions of having fun with what I’m writing. I’m using this as a platform to get me back into the habit of daily writing, and I’m not going to make it something that stresses me out so that I don’t want to do it.

So, I decided on 30 writing prompts, one for each day. I’ll probably be posting some of them up here for you guys, and I’ll certainly post some of the prompts up (from day 3 on, since I’m not gonna be able to today) so that anyone who is struggling with how to get your words for camp can follow along! The point is to get yourself writing, and the point is to hit your goal! So, I think that’s what we need to do, and I think that we all need to just have a lot of fun doing it! I know that I, for one, am actually excited about the prospect of getting things started. I’m not even going to sweat it if I don’t finish the prompt – I’ll hit the word count that I can hit for the day, and I’ll leave it. If nothing else, I’m going to have the beginnings to 30 pretty rad stories, and I’m super fine with that.

I’d love to hear how Camp is going for you guys, with day 2 closing out. I’m at right around 1000 words so far, 500 a day. I’m happy with it. I’m really satisfied.

Let me know what your projects are, or if you wanna follow along with the writing prompts every day! Regardless, I can’t wait to hear about it!

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Posted: November 25, 2016 in Creative WRiting, NaNoWriMo

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There. I’ve done it.

Hardest NaNo ever.

I’ll actually write a blog to talk about my feelings about this NaNo soon.

Until then. *goes to collapse*

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Wow, did you guys think that I disappeared? You probably thought that I disappeared. Truthfully, I did for just a little bit. I’m not as ahead on NaNo as usual – I’m at 35k for the night. I know, that’s still ahead… but I’ve won by this point quite often. I don’t think that I’ll finish my novel by the end of the month, which was my actual goal.

I honestly think that I won’t even do the 1667 words – I’ll be doing the minimum that I can to get things done.

I’m not really going to talk about why right now, but this month has been a real trial for me. From the very start until today, I’ve had my mind on so many other things, and my emotions have been a real roller coaster. Like I said, I’m not going to get into it right now, because right now isn’t the time to let those emotions out… but it’s been hard.

This has been one of the hardest NaNo’s that I’ve done, and I’ve had some difficult NaNo’s before… and this is why it’s so important to get ahead early. If I didn’t have the cushion that I gave myself initially, I would honestly probably not win this year.

I still plan on pushing through and cranking out that 50k, but I’m not aiming for much more than that. I’m completely abandoning my 1million in a year idea… and that’s also what this blog is about. That’s the beauty of stretch goals… if it’s too much, you can abandon it, if you know you can’t get there… it’s not bad to step away from it.

I’ll try again next year.

Anyway, I’ll try to do a better update blog soon. This one is a little short, and a little more explanation of my absence than actual update. But yeah, I’m at 35k. I only have 15k more to go. Even when things are hard, NaNo is still amazing.

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome.

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey everyone! It’s coming to you later in the day, but it’s time for my Day Two update for my NaNoWriMo journey!

I am happy to say that I crossed the 15k threshold yesterday, so I wrote just shy of 4k words! I would get the exact number, but it’s in the other room… and I’m really comfortable sitting at my kitchen table and writing. But, I hit my goal, which is what’s important! I’m going to try to increase my writing by 5k increments for as long as I can keep my steam up. I’m actually going to try to to have a bigger than 5k day this Saturday, if I can manage.

Hopes are high, and my joy with finally getting to dive hard into a novel is up. I really hope that the rest of you guys are having a good NaNo Trip as well! I really want to hear about how you’re doing? How goes the writing? Were there any particularly hard scenes yet? Have you participated in a specific crawl or write-in that really helped you to get your words in?

Let me know!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey, everyone! I’m here with my update from Day One of NaNoWriMo. As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, I was attempting to do my First Day 10k. It’s my new little habit that I’ve developed over the years, and I find that it’s extremely  helpful in making sure that during those weeks of NaNo when you’re starting to get tired, you have a little cushion to lean back on. Since I like to finish my novel during November (and most of my novels are around 100k), it’s extra useful for me.

So, yesterday was a really productive day. I certainly could have written more, but the thing about my writing is… I want to make sure that it’s usable. I write 10k, but I do it with the intention of being able to use at least 9/10 thousand of those words. I never write with the intention of ditching 20% of my work (I think that’s what a lot of professional authors actually recommend.) If anything, I write more of a skeleton than a full body. I want something that I can add to, not something that I have to hack apart.

Er.

I’m not a serial killer, I swear.

Anyway. I accomplished my 10k First Day yesterday, so that my Day One total was: 11,151 words! 

I was super pleased with my progress. I finished my introduction chapters for both Kyle and Thara, and then chapter two for each of them as well. The thing that I’m learning is… this is going to be one of the more complicated books that I’ve written. In case you weren’t sure about what I’m writing, I’m doing a novel that’s basically built to be flipped over – I’m writing the same story from two character’s perspectives.

I’m doing that in Scrivener, because I have to keep the chapter that I wrote previously up for the sake of making sure that I keep the story the same. I hadn’t realized that so much work would go in to making sure that each character told the same story… but it’s going to be really interesting to write, and I’m experimenting with how I want to handle it. I’m thinking if I want to write all of one person’s story first, and then go back… or if I want to keep going chapter by chapter.

There’s even a part of me that’s thinking of going scene by scene within the chapters… I might actually try doing that today – but I will certainly keep you updated!

But, aside from that, I really want to  know how everyone else’s NaNo is going! We ran a lot of crawls in my Discord group yesterday (click if you’d like to join), and it really helped a lot of people hit their wordcount. So, that’s going to be my little tip for you today. It’s a reminder of a tip that I’ve given you a thousand times before.

Get Involved In The Community. 

It will really do wonders for you, if you can find people to do sprints and crawls with, I promise. You’re going to have people keeping on pace with you, and people who care about if you’re making your goal or not. It’s going to make you feel nice, and it’s going to give you some accountability to make sure that you keep going.

Anyway, that’s all that I have for you today. I hope that everyone’s NaNo is going well, and I’d really like to hear about it in the comments below!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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I thought that I would go ahead and get another NaNo Tip out there. I know, it’s not Tuesday or Thursday… but NaNoWriMo does start on Tuesday, and I know that people are searching and scouring the internet for tips and tricks to make the experience a bit better for themselves. So, I thought that I would get a few more out there, in order to help people as much a possible!

So, one of the things that I find that really helps me is to check out the internet resources for NaNoWriMo. I know, but I’m not tooting my own horn. I actually really love youtube resources for this. Whenever I find myself in a little bit of a slump, or un-inspired, I love to go to youtube and watch videos of other people who are doing NaNoWriMo. There are a ton of wonderful people who vlog for prep, and vlog during NaNoWriMo… and those videos can be a lifesaver for me.

They kind of help me to get focused, but it’s more than that. Seeing other people who are doing NaNoWriMo directly relates to the other tip that I have of joining the writing community. You can’t directly speak with these people, but it’s a way to feel involved. It’s a way to show you that other people are writing, other people are participating, and quite often other people are having the same struggles and worries that you do. It helps you to realize that you aren’t the only one feeling the way that you do… and honestly, giving yourself an hour to watch youtube videos will also give your mind a chance to recover and rest. Sometimes it’s good just to hit the restart button before you dive back into writing. Watching other people talk about their writing, their planning? It’s a great way to keep yourself in the NaNo mind frame without working yourself. It’s a good break.

If you aren’t a big person on watching youtube videos, there are also a ton of bloggers out there who are also participating in NaNoWriMo. I’m personally going to be posting blogs about it daily, because I think that it’s important to have that as a resource for people. I know that I’m not the only one though. There are a ton of people who blog about NaNo, and they’ll also help you feel like part of the community, and give you something to read and distract yourself while you’re going.

The only thing that I very much recommend you keep in mind while you search out your fellow NaNo-ers is to never compare yourself. You aren’t going to do anyone any favors if you look at someone who has more words than you and you get upset. You aren’t in competition with the world… you’re in competition with yourself, and the most important thing for you to remember is that you’re going to have more words than you started with come December. You’re doing something amazing, and you can’t trivialize that by comparing what you’re doing to what anyone else is doing. So… search for those videos and those blogs, but make sure that you don’t compare yourself to them. Instead of wasting that energy, why don’t you use it to leave them a kind comment instead? Because, whether it feels that way or not, I’m sure that they’re also struggling, and they also need pep talks and help!

But yes, that’s my bit of advice for today. I’m binging on NaNo videos while I work on my last bit of prep, and it’s been a damn exciting thing for me. It’s getting me completely stoked and completely excited. As a side note, remember to also join writing groups if you can! If you don’t have one, there’s a link to my discord in my signature, and you’re more than welcome to join it! We’re super friendly and we have NaNo Specific rooms!

Regardless of how you feel involved, make sure you do! One of the greatest things about NaNoWriMo is the access that it gives you to a wonderful writing community. Monopolize on that!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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