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Tag Thursday

What is today? Today is a Thursday >_> and apparently the day that I decide to get back into my blogging. I’ve feeling great! I’m going to do an update blog after I finish this, but I wanted to get back into this exactly how they’re supposed to be going… so, Tag Thursday it is! I grabbed this tag from Jenna Moreci’s vlog! Enjoy, because here we go!

What kind of writer are you?

I am taking this to mean what genre do I write in? I dabble here and there, though you’ll mostly find me in the young adult area. However, amongst that I’ve done horror, paranormal romance, and high fantasy. I also wrote most of a lesbian sci-fi romance for NaNoWriMo this last year… I pretty much go wherever my muse takes me; it’s my favorite thing, exploring avenues that I haven’t been down yet… because you never know what surprises you’re going to find!

When did you start writing and what made you want to try it?

Shoot, I’ve written for a long time. I’ve always, always loved to read, and even before I was physically putting them down… I was writing entire novels in my head to put myself to sleep, finishing up books the way that I wanted them to end. I wrote my first novel in 6th grade though. I guess what made me want to try it was just the knowledge that there were so many worlds out there that only I could make. I also really, really wanted to make other people happy, the way that books made me happy.

What inspires your stories?

There is no one thing that inspires my stories. Sometimes I just have a dream, and realize that it needs to be a novel. Sometimes, it’s a writing prompt that I see. Sometimes, I go to my husband and I say: I want to write a novel about zombies. Tell me something that would make this interesting… and then he gives me a twist to it, and it turns into a novel. My creativity more than anything else inspires me, and the world around me.

What themes do you explore in your writing?

No particular theme. I feel like those are kind of something that you discover as you’re plotting your story out, isn’t it? I’m not the kind of person who is centric to one theme and one theme only as a driving force. I’m everywhere.

Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser?

I would consider myself a plantser. I plot, but I don’t plot so heavily that I don’t have wiggle room. I try to leave myself space for discovery while having a clear route from beginning to end – if I just so happen to deviate and see something along the way? Well, all the better, yes?

Where are you in your writing journey?

I… am… in a weird place. I have two novels that I really feel like I could seek publication with if I ever got them properly polished up. I have an amazing support system in my husband and family, and I’m pretty happy with the social media presence that I am very slowly garnering. I don’t know… I’m just on the teetering edge of really going for it, I guess. But being pregnant and wanting to really show my kiddo that you can go for your dreams may be the push that I need.

Have you entered any writing contests, and have you won or lost any?

Uh? Yeah, I’ve entered a few in my lifetime? I’ve won the few that I entered, but it hasn’t been too many? I’m really weirdly private about my writing… which I should get over, since I wanna get published.

Who are your writing heroes?

L.J. Smith and J.K. Rowling. – L.J. because she’s the one who really got me into the genre that I started writing in. Rowling because she was turned down so many times, and look at her now. Honestly, everyone who strives for and acheives their dreams inspire me.

Have you been to a writing conference?

Nope. I should change that.

What are your top three tips for newbie writers?

Ohhh, top three tips, huh? Well, lesse.

  1. Keep writing – that’s the hardest part. It isn’t always going to be good, and it certainly isn’t always going to be easy… but the best thing that you can do is keep writing, whenever you can, because it’s going to make you better, and it’s going to help you to grow as a writer.
  2. Don’t be afraid to take constructive criticism – I’m saying this to every form of artist, from writer to musician to someone who draws. You have to be able to take constructive criticism (not people being a dick, never take that). But when people tell you how you can improve, you need to listen. Never become complacent. Do not stop striving to better yourself. The moment that you think you’re the best you can be is the moment that you will never improve again. The only person you are in competition with is yourself, but you should always try to be a better artist than you were yesterday, and most often than not, constructive criticism and always trying to learn is the way to do that.
  3. Give yourself a break, but only in moderation – Sometimes, things aren’t going to work out the way you think. Sometimes, your book isn’t going to get accepted. Sometimes >_> you get pregnant and are so sick/distracted you can’t write for over two months. It’s okay to give yourself a break, but do it in moderation. Don’t let a necessary break turn into excuses. You know yourself, push yourself as hard as you can without breaking.

And there we have it! That is the Author’s Life For Me Tag! I challenge you all to complete it and link back to me, so I can see your answers!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Tag Thursday

Hey guys, it’s December, so I figured I could go ahead and do this. I’m going to try to adjust it to match my book characters instead of being a book tag as usual. I found this on the Goodreads forums, actually! Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?

“You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” – Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love to hate.

Hmm… out of all of my villians, I think that the one that I love hating is probably Lucifer. >_> Oh, yeah, I mean Lucifer, as in the Morningstar, as in Fallen angel. He’s included in two different series that I’m writing, and even though it’s two different series, he’s actually the same character. He’s so charming, and eloquent, and dangerous… and you have to love to hate him, because he’s everything tempting, and everything that you want him to be… but you know that he’s never going to be any good for you. He’s really fun to write, and I think that’s why I love to hate him so much – trying to make sure that I write a character that’s truly tempting while remembering that he’s evil is just so delightful.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree this year?

Okay, so I’m going to change this – instead of what book do I most hope to see under my Christmas tree, it’s going to be what book would I most love to see finished and printed out, so I could place it under my tree. And for that, I’ve actually been debating this a bit. It’s why I haven’t gone so far as to really dive into a new book yet. I’m not digging my NaNo novel, so I’m actually setting that aside. I’m either going to finish my second draft of Cerulean Darkness, or finish my first draft of Limbo. So either my high fantasy novel, or my Zombie novel. I’m debating between these two, which means that it certainly won’t be done before Christmas, but alas… new years goals, I suppose?

“Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer” – Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Well, I feel like a lot of my characters do this? I want them to grow as people, after all… but I think the one that does this the most is Rose from my Limbo series; she begins the story really doubting herself, and wondering why she even managed to survive the zombie apocalypse as far as she has… and she grows and develops through the story to be a strong individual who can fight and really make a difference. The transformation of a character is a really interesting thing to write, and it’s fun to make sure you pace it correctly.

“Santa Clause is Coming to Town” – a) Which character do you think is at the top of the naughty list and b) which character do you think is at the top of the nice list?

Ohhh… heh, okay. So, at the top of my naughty list is actually my character Salem from my Fallout fanfiction series. He’s a raider, so he’s basically the kind of person who takes what he wants, how he wants, when he wants. He doesn’t really give a damn about it, either. He’s so fun to write.

As to the nice list, I’ll stick to my realm of Fallout and say that my character Quinn is on the nice list. He does some things that are horrible, but he always does it for a reason. And about 99.9% of the time, he’s being a very, very good boy. He’s mischevious as shit, but he also does everything that he can to save everyone that he can. That’s my baby Quinn though xD

“Frosty the Snowman” – Which book just melts your heart? 

Hmmm… I think that if any of my books got me emotional, it would be Cerulean Darkness that got me the most emotional. I have some big things happening there, and big things happening in the sequel, and it just makes me feel so emotional for my characters. I love to make my babies suffer, but damn xD That rollercoaster gets to me.

“Feliz Navidad” – Pick a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

My novel Riptide predominately takes place in the ocean. It’s about mermaids. So… that’s certainly a country that isn’t my own, and I have to say that it’s a really fun thing to write and navigate. That one needs a lot more research though, and I’m not upset about it. It’s going to make it so much more fun to write.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Which Christmas book do you use to spread the Christmas joy.

You know, I couldn’t answer this, even if I was writing about books instead of my books. I haven’t read a Christmas book. I am going to try to write a Christmas Short story for the blog though, so maybe that’s what I’ll go with. Story TBD – Christmas Story for the blog xD

“Sleigh Ride” – Which character would you choose to spend the holidays with?

Uhm, if I could pick any of my characters to spend the holiday with… I’d probably pick Lex from my Limbo series. He’s kind of pretty awesome, and I feel like we could get into pretty much any shenanigans that we wanted to? I can’t talk to much about it, lest I spoil the fun… but he’d be a pretty damn fun fella to spend time with.

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – which book, that you didn’t like, would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Uggh, I don’t really want to sacrifice any of my books? At the moment though, I’d get rid of The Melding – it’s my NaNo novel that I just did. I’m just super not feeling it, and I feel like if I’m going to end up doing something with it, I’d have to completely rewrite it anyway? So burn the pages, I don’t care. I like a bonfire anyway.

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Which book do you think everyone should read?
This just seems self-absorbed to twist into my own writing. I guess if I wanted anyone to read one of my books out of all of them, it would probably be Cerulean Darkness. I think that’s the book that I’m most proud of, and the one that I’m probably going to end up pursuing publishing with first. Either that or Limbo. One of the two.
I don’t know x.x

Anyway, that’s it for this tag. I hope that you guys enjoyed it, and I’d love to see if you do it yourself! Just tag me if you do!

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Tag Thursday

I found this tag over on Chapterchick’s tumblr! It was just too good to pass up. However, I’m going to answer these questions about characters and books that I’ve written! I thought it would be fun to make this a writer tag! There may be one or two questions that I have to defer to another book for the answer, but for the most part, I think that I can pull this off with writing! ❤ I would love to see you guys handle this the same way – answer in relation to your writing! Books, short stories, fanfics, whatever!

1. The Little Mermaid


A character who is out of their element; a “fish out of water”

Oh! So, what about a bird in the ocean instead? My character Caithe exists in my novel Riptide. She actually lives in a post-apocalyptic world and is transformed into a mermaid. Though there’s a lot of development that needs to happen in the beginning of the novel (It was a NaNo novel, so I rushed the beginning), she’s truly a fish out of water, so to speak… Or, well, the exact opposite. But she’s learning a whole new world (that’s the wrong Disney cartoon, Amanda.)

2. Cinderella


A character who goes through a major transformation

Would it be cheating if I said Caithe again? Yes. I’m going to try to use a different character for all of these answers. Hmmm… so, probably Liam, from When Flowers Fall. He thinks he’s simply a normal human male, but before it’s over… he’s going to discover that there’s an entire past full of baggage in his life that makes him something altogether different. Sorry that I wasn’t a little more clear on that one, but I don’t want to spoil the entire plot of the novel!

3. Snow White


A book with an eclectic cast of characters

Hmmm… out of all of my novels, I think that Insert Epic Title Here has the most eclectic cast of characters. It’s a satire on a D&D game, so I have multiple roles, races, species, and alignments. Including (maybe most importantly) an Arm Giant. Yeah, he already has a fan base.

4. Sleeping Beauty


A book that put you to sleep

I don’t know how to answer this about my own novels.I suppose the last project that I abandoned was a Hannibal fic that I was writing. It didn’t put me to sleep, but I don’t know if I’m going to return to it anytime soon. I got kinda… meh with it.

5. The Lion King


A character who had something traumatic happen to them in their childhood

My novel Shattered Reality includes a girl who watched her parents die in a car crash. It actually shapes who she is in the future, as well as her fascination with the Grim Reaper. So, even though I could certainly answer with a lot of my characters, I’m going to go with her. I actually wrote that book back when I was a teenager – it’s a thought that I might want to revisit and rewrite someday. Who knows.

6. The Beauty and The Beast


A book that you were intimidated by but found the story to be beautiful

I was really intimidated to write my first real fantasy novel, Cerulean Darkness. Like, I was worried that I was going to fail, that I wouldn’t do it right… that I wouldn’t meet expectations. Until I dove into it – and the story was so enchanting and wonderful to write that I finished a 100,000 word novel in a month. (My first NaNo win).

7. Aladdin 


A character who gets their wish granted….for better or for worse

Hmmm… Katherine, from When Flowers Fall. She’s my MC’s mother, and she’s actually the one who sells Liam’s soul away to Djinn for fame and fortune and the life of her other child. Suffice to say, in the end it isn’t going to pay out for her very well. Making deals with the Djinn never does, so…

8. Mulan


A character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Lex, from my story Limbo. It’s a post-apocalyptic zombie novel, and Lex is one of my main, male characters. I’m not going to say who he is pretending to be, or what’s going on with that… because it would completely spoil the story line. Suffice to say though, his name isn’t even really Lex.

9. Toy Story


A book with characters you wish would come to life

Since a lot of my novels have to do with the mystical and magical (and, you know, apocalyptic), I’m not sure how to answer this. Maybe… hm! Danse With Me is my Fallout 4 fanfic over on my AO3. If I could have a real life Paladin Danse and Quinn… mmm, yes please? Give me, give me, give me a thousand times over.

10. Disney Descendents 


Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

Hmmm… It’s kind of a toss up between Lex, from Limbo, Djinn from When Flowers Fall, or Kellen from Insert Epic Title here. But! Since I’ve written about all of those already… I’m going to pick my character Jack, who is from my Fallout Fanfics, but I’m going to actually give him his own independent, non-fanfic novel, because I love him so much. Evil-ish, gorgeous, lethal. What more is there that you need? Mmm.

So, there we go guys! My Disney Tag, turned from novel to writing, because I think it’s a fun way to give snippets of your novels without really giving away huge details! I’d love to see you guys do the same thing ❤ If you do, tag me in it and let me know, so that I can see your answers! If you don’t have enough stories to do everything individually like I did, you can certainly use just one or two stories. I can’t wait to see what kind of answers you all come up with, and I can’t wait to get to know you and your writing a little better!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Low and behold, I have finally managed to get caught up to that magical 14,000 words. I wanted to be able to take the 24th off from worrying about NaNo (if I needed to), and now I’m going to be able to. Of course, I should get a little more ahead, in case there are other unforeseen things in my future, but for now, I’m going to celebrate.

When Flowers Fall – 3128
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 6522
Misc Short Stories – 836
Untitled – 1670

July Camp Total: 14172/30000

So, as you can see, I crawled up over 14,000 words. I worked on Cerulean Darkness and finished my edits for chapter five. I also worked a bit on the Untitled story, which is pretty awesome. I had a good writing day. I also managed to get to 500,000 words for the year! I’m half way to my 1 million in a year goal, and I’m really excited about it. I just have to keep on keeping on, and get as many words as I can!

For those of you who are starting to get tired, don’t quit! We are so close to being half way through NaNo, and even though you may feel tired now, it’s going to be so rewarding when you cross that finish line and find yourself with so many new words! ❤ You’ve got this, just keep moving forward!

Sorry if this is a little short. It’s very hot, and I’m pretty tired. I’m thinking I deserve a cool drink and some reading time for hitting all of my goals today! If you’re looking for more to read, check out my Tag Thursday blog, and my announcement about Going Back To Hogwarts!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

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Tag Thursday

I found this tag on Stefgonzaga‘s blog. ❤ I hope that there’s no mind that I took it, but I’ve noticed that most people who post these tags seem to think that sharing is caring! So, onward with Tag Thursday for The Writer Tag! 

1. What type of writing do you do?

I can’t really say that I do one type of writing or another. Honestly, if it piques my interest, I tend to get on it. I write fantasy, and horror, and paranormal romance, regular romance – I’m starting on a sci-fi. I do parody and humor… and fanfiction. So much fanfiction. I’ve just recently gotten into the fanfic scene again, and I have to say that I love it.

2. What genres or topics do you write about?

See above question – I guess I got a little excited in answering, so I went ahead and did that.

3. How long have you been writing?

Since I was like 10 or so? A little before, a little after. I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember though. I have very clear memories of going to bed and telling myself stories that I made up until I went to sleep for as long back as I can remember.

4. Are you published?

Er, I was published once in a little poetry book when I was in first grade? What, that doesn’t count? Well, boo to you, too. Honestly though, I’ve never actually tried to get published. Some might call me a chicken, and I might cluck to that tune.

5. What was the first story you ever wrote?

The first story that I ever wrote… hrm. As I said, I spent as much of my childhood as I can remember telling myself stories – but the first novel I ever wrote was a fantasy novel about a girl who was thrown overboard on a boat, and washed up on an island full of fantasy creatures… and then she had to fight a witch to break a curse, and there was a complicated love triangle and political issues between the creatures. >_> I was in 6th grade.

6. Why do you write?

God, I write because I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t. I stopped writing for a while within the last year, and it was really having an influence on my mood. I was extra depressed, anxious, just really unhappy in general. I have a lot of depression and anxiety issues, and writing really helps me to work through it.

Honestly though, it’s more than that. I remember being a kid, and books were my escape when I was upset. I want to be able to provide that for someone else – an escape, somewhere that they can be happy for just a little while.

7. How do you find time to write?

At the moment, I have the luck of being a stay at home wife. Honestly though, we have an extremely busy life – I just do. If you’re really passionate about something, you find time. When you’re cooking, when you’re taking a bath, when you have 10 minutes before bed. I just write whenever I can. I have to write, or I go completely crazy, so I guess it’s good that I can find time, right?

8. When and where are the best times to write?

When I first wake up during the weekdays (at like 7AM) and no one is in the house, wherever I want to write.

Throughout the afternoon, when things are calm and quiet, on my desktop downstairs.
After everyone goes to sleep, in my bedroom on my laptop.

9. Favorite food/drinks while writing?

Mmmm, candy, candy, candy. Recently, pizza rolls. I like to drink coffee when I write, though I’ve been on a bit of a Cranberry kick lately. It’s delicious, and I love juice. Honestly, anything that doesn’t take up my hands too much? I’m so down for it.

10. Your writing playlist?

Spotify. Everything on Spotify. I have such an eclectic taste in music that I can’t really specify one thing or another; honestly, I have everything from Mozart to Viking Metal.

11. What do family/friends/loved ones think of you writing?

I’m lucky enough to have an extremely supportive husband/best friend who seems to think that I can really go places with my writing. He always encourages me and tries to push me forward. Other than him, I have a nice circle of friends who also write, and they’re a real inspiration when it comes to making sure that you keep on keeping on. I’m really fortunate to have a lot of support from my husband and my friends ❤

12. Parts of writing you enjoy the most?

The storytelling – unveiling a new world, and getting surprised by your own characters. I love creating. I love writing something that brings me to tears, because I’m feeling what my characters are feeling. I think that it’s a truly magical thing when you can turn a blank page into something all new.

13. Parts of writing you find challenging?

Editing. I really, really have a huge issue with editing. Apparently, I’m incapable of cutting the length of a manuscript down? I’ve been editing my novel Cerulean Darkness, and I’ve added at least 1000 extra words to each chapter that I work on. :\ I thought I was supposed to kill my story, not make it grow.

14. What do you use to write with and on?

Scrivener. Googledocs. I can’t handwrite anymore, even though I really enjoy it, because my wrists are so bad. But honestly, anything that I can jot things down on, whether it’s those two programs mentioned above, or notepad if I’m not on my laptop or desktop. I’ll take notes anywhere – even on paper if I have to. Honestly, you have to be prepared for inspiration to strike, no matter where you are. I think that’s one of the big advantages of writers today, is that a lot of us have smart phones. We always have a little notepad in our pocket, basically.

15. How do you overcome writer’s block?

I… don’t believe in writer’s block. Unpopular opinion panda, I know. I believe that we can not want to write… but we don’t want to do a lot of things. Do it anyway – don’t give yourself an excuse. Even if it feels like pulling teeth at first, you’ll get into the flow of writing if you make yourself. I don’t know – I understand a lack of inspiration on a project, I really do. But if it’s something that you take seriously, and something that you want to do for a living, you can’t not do it just because you don’t feel like it.

16. How do you motivate yourself to write?

I am motivated to write by the fact that it makes me so happy, and the fact that I really do want to get better. I try to write 1000 words every single day, because I know that it’s only through practice that you can grow. Other than that, kudos on my fanfics? Feedback from my friends?

17. Authors who inspire you as a writer?

L.J. Smith, J.K. Rowling. Laurell K Hamilton. Honestly, so many different authors inspire me, because they can spin words into magic.

18. Books that inspire you as a writer?

The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith – it was a novel that I read in sixth grade that was so good, I immediately reread it. Having an author move so many emotions through me really inspired me to try to get better, so that I could do the same. It’s still my #1 favorite book, even though I’m 26 now.

19. Best advice you’ve gotten as a writer?

I think that some of the best advice that I’ve gotten as a writer is to just keep writing. When you don’t feel like writing? Write. When you feel like you can’t go on anymore? Write. When you’re feeling depressed? Write. When you’re happy? Write. Any situation can call for writing – keep on keeping on, and keep on practicing. Because the moment that you think you’re the best you can be, the moment that you feel like you’re that good, is the moment that you close yourself off forever to learning and growing as a creative person. I never want to stop growing.

20. Writing goals this year?

I want to finish editing Cerulean Darkness and start on my Sci-Fi novel. I should also probably finish my Arm Giant story at some point, before my friend Andy kills me for leaving him hanging. But the two above mentioned projects are my main goals.


Oh, that was a long tag! But it was pretty fun to do! I’m just going through any and all writing/reading tags that I can find, so you’ll see a lot of them here. If you have any on your blog that you want me to link back to, or any suggestions, let me know. Other than that, I am tagging everyone who writes – I know that some of these questions will end up overlapping from other tags that we do, but the more that you discover about yourself, the more that you can grow! Make sure to tag back to me, because I’d love to see your answers!

Until then! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Tag Thursday

So, last week we did reading habits. I thought that it would be fun to do some writing habits for this weeks tag! This way, we can get to know one another on a writing level a little better. I looked around and found a few tags for this (mostly done through youtube), but I didn’t find anything that hit all of the points that I wanted. So… I decided to just go ahead and make up my own. I’m sure that I’ve borrowed some from all of those tags, but they’re honestly just pretty general writing questions. So, let’s begin!

Writer Habits

-Writing Habit Tag 

Where do you like to write:

Oh, I have actually answered this before in a blog, but my actual preferences waver, depending on what the situation is like at the time. Ideally, I would have my desktop set up in my bedroom or office, so that I could always write on it in peace. But, that’s never going to happen. So I am a hybrid – when I can (and when I can concentrate), I like to write on my desktop. When I can’t concentrate, I retreat to some form of a laptop.

What program do you like to write with:

So, I actually have multiple things that I use now. Primarily, when I am writing a novel I always use Scrivener. I couldn’t recommend a better program for that. When I’m not doing novel work, or I’m doing something that I want easy access to, I use GoogleDocs. I never really use Microsoft Word anymore, though that used to be my main writing program.

  What is your current writing project:

I posed this question like I don’t have more than one. So, currently, I am working on four projects. When Flowers Fall is a novel that delves into the supernatural/faerie world, and will have epic fight scenes and war. My Untitled Serial Killer novel is going to be from the perspective of a serial killer… and that’s about as far as I’ve gotten with that. Second Realm actually spurred from a Writing Prompt Response, and it’s just happening. My main thing that I’m working on is Cerulean Darkness, which is an epic fantasy novel that I finished for NaNoWriMo 3 years ago, and I’m finally doing edits and rewrites. (We will ignore the fact that i have about 15 other WIPs.)

   Have you ever finished a novel? If so, when and what was it about?

I have finished 10 novels in my lifetime, and they range from fantasy, to horror, to supernatural/paranormal romance. The novel that I finished most recently is set in a post-apocalyptic world, and it has mermaids. Yeah. xD

What was the last project you completed:

Hmmm… I guess the last project that I technically finished would be Danse With Me – a really long fanfiction that I didn’t mean to even start… but somehow a one shot grew into 70,000 words, and I realized exactly how much I loved Fallout 4.

   Do you snack when you write:

I do. I have candy, or an energy drink, or some chips, or anything that I can get my hands on. However, when I get really intent on what I’m writing, I forget everything around me. But, the good thing is, the snacks are there for when I come back down to Earth. I think my favorite thing is to just have a bag of candy in my desk drawer that I can delve into when I feel like I did a particularly good paragraph.

When is your favorite time to write:

Mmmm, this is tricky. My favorite time to write is when it’s quiet. So, when people are at work, or deep into the night. I do love writing at night, because the whole world is quiet, and it’s just me and my words, and the world that I’m trying to create. There’s something almost magical about it. However, I also really enjoy lazily writing in the morning when I first get up, while sipping a cup of coffee to bring my muse to life. I guess… my favorite time to write is whenever I have the opportunity to – but I vote for late at night, because it’s my favorite out of everything.

What music do you listen to when you write:

Oh, so, this has evolved greatly over the years. The first novel that I wrote was in two composition notebooks, and written at school… so I didn’t write that to any music. But, after that (when I started writing on a computer), I listened to a ton of Ozzy Osbourne while I was writing. I evolved slowly from CD’s to making playlists on youtube… and recently, I have discovered the beauty of Spotify. Now, I just make writing lists that are appropriate to what I’m writing – in example, for Cerulean Darkness (the fantasy novel), I have a lot of instrumental, and then some various love songs/epic songs. My musical tastes are so eclectic that I will listen to anything that pertains to the novel, no matter what musical genre is is, as long as it inspires me.

In a side note: Ozzy is still on every playlist I have.

How long have you been writing, and what inspired you – basically, why do you keep this habit of writing up:

I don’t know what first inspired me. I wrote a story for my teacher in school (I was 10 or 11? – hint, I am 26 now. You do the math), and everyone told me how lovely it was, how colorful the words were… I was very young, and I looked at the story and thought, “But this is an essay. Imagine if I could do it with a book!” I’ve always loved to read, so I was always telling stories to myself. I just decided that it was time to put pen to paper and try my hand at the whole practice of it. I’ve honestly never looked back – I’ve gone through a million things of “What I wanna be when I grow up”, and I’ve have different jobs, and different schooling… but the thing that I want to be, and the thing that I am is a writer. It’s what makes me happy, what makes me passionate.

What inspires me now is the thought of my book being on a shelf, my book being something that a kid like who I was then picks up… and gets lost in. When you’re reading a good book, you forget everything that’s hurting you, that’s troubling you… and you’re in that world. I want to create a world that people can get lost in – I want to help people and inspire them in the way that I know I am best at… with my writing.

Who will you tag?

I am tagging everyone who comes to my blog, everyone who is a writer! Do the tag and link back to me! I would love to see what your writing habits are!

That’s all for this edition of Tag Thursday! If you have any suggestions for what next Thursday’s tag should be, if you have one you’ve written, if you have one that you want to write and see me do, just let me know in a comment or link!

Until then, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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I figured that it would be a lot of fun to go ahead and do some tags today and tomorrow, since NaNo is only 2 days away!This tag was created by Kristina Horner on youtube and I found it on Annette Read’s blog!

NaNo Tag

  1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

This will be my fourth year doing NaNo, though my very first year doesn’t really count. I started doing it and then had a lot of things going on and literally had to stop a few days in.

  1. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

I honestly can’t remember where I first heard about NaNo. Probably from one of my writing friends. I can remember the first time I really got hyped about NaNo was from a bunch of youtubers videos!

  1. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

The Highwayman was the first novel that I attempted to do during NaNo. It’s also the only novel that I never won with. Hm. I still finished it at least.

  1. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.

Erm. Let’s see. One run on sentence coming up! Angel Blade is my first novel, and it’s about a boy who finds out that he’s half demon and he is the only one standing between the world and the Apocalypse, while RipTide is about genetically altered humans who have turned into mermaids after the threat of the polar ice caps melting. Heh. One sentence, baby.

  1. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

I’ve gotten a lot of writing advice, but I think that the best advice is just to write every day. Write when it’s easy, and write when it’s hard. Make it a habit, because only you can tell your story.

  1. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

That very first year, I wrote about 3000 words and then stopped. Personal reasons as to why.

  1. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

A lot of things really influence me, though lately it’s actually been my husband. I go up to him and say, “Hey, Josh. Give me a fun idea pertaining to _____” and he’ll go off. Sometimes it’s really silly stuff, but a lot of the times, he comes up with fun things.

  1. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.

Oh. Oh dear. Erm. Okay. Let me find one.

The dream that had plagued her for as long as she could remember woke Nevaeh from a deep sleep.


  1. Why do you love writing?

Oh, that’s a hard question. Writing is my passion. Writing is that thing that I go to when I’m upset, or that thing I go to when I’m happy. It’s at my very center, and making people happy with my writing? That’s about the best feeling in the world.

So, that’s my NaNo Tag (at least my first one). I hope that you enjoyed, and please, do it as well! I’d love to see your answers!

Until next time, keep reading and writing (and prepping!)

Author Amanda McCormick