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Learning How To Be Again

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Scrivner up, baby monitor on, writing group active on the other side… I have my headphones on, even if they are only covering one ear. I’m trying to learn how to write at my desktop again while I have a baby.

Life gets a little complicated once you’re a Mama, doesn’t it?

I can write while I’m in bed just fine — my amazing and supportive husband bought me a new laptop to make it easier than it was before, even. However, I really get into my best flow when I’m at my desk. There’s something about the setup here, and the fact that I feel like I’m actually working instead of just tapping around while laying in bed. I’ve recently decided to double down on working (though I’m not actually working on RipTide right now, I was just organizing files xD), and part of committing to that is getting out of the bed and working at my desktop again instead of just working at my laptop.

It’s a bit difficult, and I know that any new parent, anyone who is going through a big change in life, anyone who has moved and is trying to get organized… anyone who is going through anything really can attest to this. The matter is though, it’s about taking a deep breath and deciding that you’re going to really commit to the goals that you set for yourself. I’ve always been a huge advocate for goals, for setting them, and for going with them.

This is the exact same. I’m going to try to spend at least 20 minutes a day at my desktop working on writing things, even if it’s just composing a daily blog until I’ve gotten more into the swing of it. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you have a nearly 8 month old clinging to you ever moment of the day… trust me, those 20 minutes can come few and far in between.

But I’m going to do it — and I think that this is a lesson that anyone can take to heart. Even if it’s just you trying to get into a habit of writing. You just have to tell yourself that you’re going to do it. You’re going to take those twenty minutes. Whether it’s 20 minutes to get writing done, twenty minutes to plot, to plan. Even if you’re only taking ten minutes.

Say you’re going to do it.

Do it.

You can do it, I believe in you!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Posted in Uncategorized, Writing Advice, writing goals, writing pep talk

Writing Tip: Find Your Mobility

So, life is hectic sometimes, isn’t it? It feels like there are too many things going on to really find time for myself, let alone time to do something like writing. I often times end up going more than a week without blogging, even though I really want to do this daily.

And so, I am on a constant quest to find ways to incorporate writing into my daily life. xD Luckily (???) [I hope Luckily] I get to share the knowledge that I garner on that quest with you guys!

My tidbit of thought today is how it is so important to find your mobility in the world of writing. The simple fact is that the world today is so fast paced that you can’t afford to not have some sort of mobile way to at least jot down your ideas. Some people use pen and paper in the old school style, and some people take notes via phone. I have found a mixture of the two that I am really enjoying. I have a Note8 that I adore, and the stylus allows me to write via hand and store it onto my phone. I allows me to write as I go, including this blog post! I’m also going to get a mini bluetooth keyboard when I can afford one and it will hopefully up the productivity.

If you guys are interested I would love to do a blog post to highlight the positives and negatives of the Note8 as a writing tool. Let me know!

Until then,

Author Amanda Mccormick

Posted in Creative WRiting, nano pep talk, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, word wars, writing pep talk, writing sprints

NaNo Day 15 – You are Halfway There!

So, you’ve made it halfway through the month of NaNo. You should be doing a victory dance!

For just a second, I want you to forget your wordcount. Even if you’re behind, you’ve done something amazing. You’ve written words, you’re bringing your story to life! Do a happy dance.

Now, back to me. The month is far from over. We still have half of it left! However, we’re on the downward climb! I know that things are going to get hard in these next two weeks. And I know that you’re going to want to give up… but just remember, you’re amazing. You are doing something that only a handful of people attempt – you’re writing a novel in a month. You’re creating (and potentially destroying, all of you post-apocalyptic writers!) an entire world, an entire universe in a month. You should really give yourself credit just for that alone.

These last two weeks are honestly the harder part of NaNo. That original shiney-ness of the novel is gone, and now we’re just plowing through to get to the end. I know, I understand. But, you can’t give up! You’re halfway there! Even if you’re  behind on your wordcount, now is the time to set forth and get ahead again! Do some sprints, or wordwars! Do some crawls! If you need someone to sprint or war with, just message me on twitter @EgoDominusTuus, and I promise I’ll do everything that I can to help you out! Visit the NaNo forums! There are always people writing!

Right now is the point where we are tempted to read back on our novels – don’t do that. You’re making a skeleton for what will be an amazing novel. You’re doing it in a month. Don’t judge yourself. Don’t worry that it isn’t good enough. Don’t worry that you need to change, or edit, or scrap it. Don’t do any of that. Just keep on writing! You’ve got this. Don’t stop now, and don’t look back!

The point is, don’t give up! Even if you’re in a candy coma (who am I kidding, there’s always room for more candy!). You’re half way there! Don’t stop halfway through the race. I believe in you!

Until next time, keep writing guys! You’ve got this!

Author Amanda McCormick

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NaNo Day 12 – Trying to Finish Today (and a Pep talk)

Okay, so I didn’t finish when I wanted to before, but I have exactly 6,896 words left, so I think that I can manage it today.

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How are you all doing for NaNo? I’ve really found it to be a completely different experience this year. With my mother passing away, there is a completely different drive for me this year… it’s almost like I’m rushing to the end of the novel, because I want to send her off with it. I know it sounds odd, but it’s how I feel. Writing this is really helping me to get through what would have probably otherwise been an impossible situation to deal with. I was so afraid when it happened, that I wasn’t going to be able to get any writing done.

I’m glad to find that it’s the opposite.

Today’s actual count is 20,004. You guys are at the point where you need to break that 20k goal, and let me tell you… it’s always a fun doozey to break! I know that week one has trickled away, and we’re nearing the end of week two. I know that the shiny new novel power is starting to wear off. I know, for some of you, you haven’t even started, or you’re behind. Guess what though, guys? You can still do this. If you started right now, you still only have to write 2,600 words and some change today. I know that seems like a lot, but it really isn’t. If you get ahead, it will make that number go down. If you’re behind, you can always catch up. You can do this.

The novel inside of you is something that no one else can give this world. Even if it’s the same story that’s been told, no one can tell it like you. No one can give it the emotion and experience that you can. You have an entire world living inside of you,  begging to be let out. You owe it to that world and this one, and most importantly, you owe it to yourself to do it.

Writing a novel is truly a labor of love. You’re putting your heart and soul into this piece, and sometimes… sometimes it gets a little exhausting, but just think about the end result. Thing about how you are going to feel when you cross the end of the month, 50k words richer, and able to say I did it. You can do that. I know you can. And if you ever think that you can’t, pop by here, and I’ll remind you.

You are an amazing human being. Not everyone can sit down and bring a world to life. Not everyone can really call themselves a writer and mean it. You have the fate of a world that has never been brought into existence in your hands, and you’re sculpting it. That’s impressive.

So, if you feel like giving up… remember, don’t. You’ve got this. You are amazing. You are a writer. You are going to win!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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