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Reading and Writing Weekly Count!


So, just as I said I was going to do… I’m posting my wordcount for the week. On top of that, however… I figured out something else that I thought would be a lot of fun. I’m going to post the number of pages I’ve read every week! 

So, first of all.. I didn’t quite manage the 2000 per day that I wanted, but I still got a decent amount written! 5675 words!

This was split up over the course of 2 days, each with me doing in the a little less than 3000 range. I would have written more… but after those two really great days… my room mate brought me home whatever sickness it is that he contracted from the kids this week (he works at a school). I’ve been coughy, sneezy, sore throat and headached… Which makes me want to curl up with a good book. I’m hoping that I will be able to write more in this coming week, and I will keep you all updated! 

However, on the page front, I did much better. Altogether I read 1270 pages for the week! I think I’ll probably shoot for around 1000 pages each week to be read! 


How about all of you? How much did you read and write this past week? What are your goals and plans for this week? I’d love to hear about it!


Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

Posted in Book Ponderings, Book Review, Book Thoughts, Books, Creative WRiting, Laurell K Hamilton, Lost books, Paranormal Romance, Pep Talk, Vampires, Werewolves, Writer, Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Challenge, Writing Tips, Writing Tricks

Blogging with my Sis, 2000 Words Word Goal, and Bout of Books




Allow me a moment to lift my eyes up to the title to make sure that I got everything covered. I think so. Anyway, so, this is a little update (I’m going to try to at least have a regular blog every Monday, if I can’t handle it for any other day.)

Anyway! What is going on in my life. I am continuing my binge read of the Laurell K Hamilton Series (reviews of the books can be found Here (books Five and Six)Here (Books Three and Four)Here (Book Two), and Here (book One). I am actually up to Book Nine in the series, but I’m a little behind on my book reviews. I will be getting those caught up this week! Talking about those leads me to the first little snippit on my blog title.

My sister-in-law and I are going to start a joint blog where we post our book reviews/book discussions etc. We’re even thinking about having an accompanying blog! We thought that, since we read a lot in the same genre, and since we’re both interested in blogging and letting our opinions out to the world, it would be fun to have a joint blog. It would give us a way to hang out more (since we live on opposite sides of the US now), and something to do in common! Also, I’ve spoken before about how important it is to have someone to hold you accountable for the goals you set out… so to have someone blogging with you? I think that would certainly help out!

Second on my little list of ‘to do’ in my title is my goal count of 2,000 words per day. It seems like a small amount when you look at it, but I know it’s going to be a challenge. I will be giving you all weekly updates of how I did, how I did it, when I fail… so, every Monday be expecting an update, and hopefully some advice on how you can achieve a word goal count as well!

And last, but certainly not least… I’ve been thinking about doing Bout of Books! I actually read about it on a blog that I follow, and I thought that it would be really fun to enter into a read-a-thon, since I never have before. If anyone has any thoughts on that, whether it would be good for me or not, let me know!

Anyway, I think that’s all that I have for this update! I have some work to get done so I can get that 2,000 word goal hit! 

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

Posted in Creative WRiting, Nano, NaNoWriMo, Pep Talk, Writer, Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Challenge, Writing Tips, Writing Tricks

Challenge Yourself

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Sometimes, as writers, we have to challenge ourselves. I think that’s why NaNoWriMo is so popular… because it’s a competition that we have within ourselves. We don’t really get any huge prize (though a percentage off of Scrivener is always good)… but we get satisfaction of knowing that we accomplished our goals.

However, Novemeber only comes once a year, and Camp NaNo just isn’t as hyped. 

I think, as writers, we have to challenge ourselves every day. I find myself doing word sprints, inner word wars, as much as I can. When my writer group is online, we do word wars and sprints… it’s because the challenge is fun. We for ourselves to go for it, as much as we can, as hard as we can.

I think, especially when we’re not getting paid a huge amount (because I do get paid to write)… sometimes it’s a little harder for us. Especially for me, writing for other people as opposed to writing for myself… it’s hard. I sometimes don’t want to write at all. I find myself staring at a blank screen while Scrivner sort of taunts me in a ‘haha, you aren’t going to do it’ manner.

And so… I have decided to set a challenge for myself, starting today. Even if it isn’t very much, I want to write 2,000 words a day. A lot of my commissions are between 6-15k words… so 2,000 won’t make that much of a dent, but I honestly think having that challenge will make me write more than I realize. I’ve noticed when I start writing, when I accomplish that goal, I feel vitalized and can often times do a 6000 word+ day. It’s because I’m giving myself a task, I’m setting goals… and I’m hitting those goals.

Sometimes I think as writers, just hitting goals is such a huge boost to our confidence that it gives us the energy to keep on keeping on.

So… who has a daily goal set for themselves? And who should start doing daily goals? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Heck, I’d even love to keep in contact with you – after all, it’s much easier to keep up with your goals if you have someone asking you… have you done your words for the day? I plan on doing a weekly update of my word count/how I’ve done as far as my goals. I’ll probably post it every Monday. :3 So… I’m excited. I want to be held accountable for what I tell myself I’m going to do, and that’s why it’s going to be posted live and here. If anyone wants to join in, I’d love to have you along for the ride!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick