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NaNo Day 14 – A Cool Little Chart

So, my friend showed me this cool little chart. It’s a really nice spreadsheet that he made, and he allowed me to use. It’s helping me to keep up with how much I’m writing each day, and how much I have written on my novel that I’m focusing on first – RipTide. I’m going to screen shot, but if you want any help with it, please head over to HIS PAGE and ask him. He’s cool and stuff.


So, this chart lets me see that my word total for NaNo thus far is 52,080 words. However, only 47,000ish of those are on RipTide. I can track my progress for each day, how many words my chapters are, etc.

Whether you do this in a notebook, or on a cool spreadsheet like this, I think that getting an idea of how much you work everyday is a great idea. I’m honestly thinking about keeping this and doing it every month. At the end of the month, I’ll post the chart so that you guys can judge me for how much I have or have not written. How cool would it be to have a spreadsheet for the entire year?

I think it’d be cool.

Anyway, tomorrow I’m going to post another motivational blog, since we’re on the 15th day, the hump day, the downward slope of NaNo month! ❤ I can’t wait to see how you guys are doing! Let me know your wordcounts!

Until then, keep on writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

Posted in Creative WRiting, nano pep talk, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, Writing Advice, writing pep talk, Writing Tips, Writing Tricks

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.


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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NaNo Prep Countdown -2 Days… Tag It Up!

So, my prep advice for today is going to coincide with what I’m about to fill my blog with… and it is this! Do NaNoWriMo Tags!

Do all of the tags that you can find! They’re going to be fun, they’re going to get you hyped… and that hype factor is so important! We are 2 days shy of NaNo, and it’s time to be so excited about writing that you can hardly stand yourself. It’s time to get so excited about your novel that waiting for November 1st is getting hard to do! It’s time to drive yourself NaNo crazy!

So, get your NaNo tags searched up! Check my page because I’m going to do a few! NaNo is coming soon! I hope you’re ready!

Until next time! Keep reading and writing,

Author Amanda McCormick

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NaNo Prep Countdown – 4 Days… Pinteresting…

So, this particular Countdown Tip is something that I have recently decided to try out myself. Much like saving pictures to your desktop for inspiration, the website Pinterest allows you to do just that. Now, I’m not saying that you should spend your entire NaNo time glued to your phone or web browser by any means… but especially in these few days that we have left until NaNo begins, it’s a great way to get yourself hyped and get some visual ideas in your head.


Above is a picture of My Pinterest, which I just started today ^_^

If you don’t like Pinterest, there are other options. Some people like to create a Tumblr specific to their novel to reblog photos, quotes, etc. Some people go the old fashioned route and actually make a pin board in their room. The point isn’t necessarily how you do it, but the fact that you’re doing it. When you find yourself stuck at 1,000 words, looking at your inspiration board (through whatever venue you chose) could give you that extra push that you need to keep on going.

How I do this is a little funny. I mostly pin faces. I pick what my main characters are going to look like, and then I search the internet far and wide for people with those appearances. I like to have expressions for sad, angry, elated, miserable… because I can look at that and get a bit of an actual feel for how my character is feeling in a particular scene if I’m having trouble. Of course, doing fantasy novels, I also love to pin pictures of potential locations, magical-awesomeness, etc. But that little burst of inspiration does help!

So, I know that Pinterest isn’t for everyone, but think about having some kind of inspiration section for your novel, so when you’re having tough times in that third week of NaNo, you have something to help push you along! NaNo Prep is there to get you through the tough times!

That’s all I have for now. I’ll be doing little posts like this until NaNo begins. I can’t wait. Only 4 more days! Are you ready?

Until next time, keep reading and writing,

Author Amanda McCormick
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Posted in daily writing prompts, nano prep, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, write every day, Writing Advice, writing forums, Writing Tips, Writing Tricks

Daily Writing – October 26th

All right guys, so this is my last little post for the night, and I have a few things that I wanted to say before I did my accountability. First of all, you’re all amazing. I am loving the feedback and enthusiasm that I’m getting over my prompts and advice. I love being able to connect with each and every one of you. That’s why I wanted to mention the fact that I have a writing forum going now. CLICK HERE and sign up – me and some of my friends are on there. It’s just a forum to post writing, post for word wars, post for rants and creativity… anything you want. I’d love to see you there.

Now then, about my daily writing!!!

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Words Written : 2201

Daily Goal: To get caught up on blogging – ACHIEVED!

I only had those two things to spill about, but I’m really happy with everything that I got done today. I can’t wait to see you all for the prompt tomorrow!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!
Author Amanda McCormick
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NaNo Tip #12 – Sometimes You Disconnect


So, this blog comes from a very true place. I have had internet access for a day and some change. It’s probably going to happen to you that you find yourself in a situation at some point or another during November that you aren’t going to have your internet. Whether you’re stuck doing family things, your provider goes down, or you have a long trip… it’s probably going to happen.

So, what do you do about it? I can tell you what you don’t do… you don’t give up and choose to not write. You don’t lose potentially thousands of words because you ‘can’t write.’ Here’s a little tough love, guys… that’s bullshit. You can ALWAYS write. How? How, when you don’t have your internet to post, to check forums, etc? How when you’re on a road trip? How if (god forbid) you can’t get to your computer for a day? It’s okay, let me tell you.

  • Do it the old fashioned way and write it out. You might not be able to get your full amount of words, but take notes, write ideas, just keep writing so that when you get back to your computer, you can get your writing out extra fast.
  • If you don’t have internet access for a blog… write offline. I know, that’s weird, but you can do it. Prepare your posts for when you can post! This is for those of you who blog during NaNoWriMo.
  • Get applications on your phone to help! Come on now, we all have smart phones now a days. Do you know what program is a life saver for me? Evernote. (I will blog about Evernote tomorrow). Seriously. You can sync it everywhere, and when you’re out on that super long car trip, you can put your texting skills to the test. It may not be the prettiest 1,667 words you’ve ever written, but they’ll still be there.
  • Alternatively, use a tablet if you have one. They have writing programs. It might not be the fastest you’ve ever done, but you can do it!

I know, it’s a little weird to think of writing without your computer. I hate it. I hated trying to get my blogs ready without internet access, but I did it! On the trip to No Internet Land, I wrote on my phone. When there, I wrote offline, and I worked on my NaNoWriMo plot in a notebook. The point is, we don’t have to be hooked in. There are always options!

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Prepare Yourself – Take Two

Heh. So, a huge influx of blogs was supposed to come last night, but I was really sleepy so they didn’t. However, they will be coming today. I’m not going to spam them all at once… because that would be a lot. Here is what you can expect throughout the day:

  • Writing Prompts for the 25th and 26th – To be posted directly after this. This I just the actual prompts, not my responses to them.
  • Response to the prompt from the 24th. I have this done already, I just haven’t had internet access for the past little bit. So.
  • NaNo Writing Tip – I have a lot to say on a certain non-internet subject.
  • Response to the 25th’s prompt.
  • And at the end of the night, I will post a response to today’s prompt and my Daily Writing – I’m going to just lump together the last few days for that post, because it will be easier, and I’ll also talk about internet-less-ness a little more.

So, there’s going to be a lot of posts going up on the blog today! I hope you guys are ready for it!

Until then,

Author Amanda McCormick

Posted in Creative WRiting, daily writing prompts, nano prep, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, writing accountability, Writing Advice, Writing Tips, Writing Tricks

My Daily Writing – October 23

So, today I set a shorter goal for myself. I knew I’d be busy, so my main desire was to get up a tip blog, and my writing prompt. I’m pleased to say that I filled all of my expectations today. If I end up writing something else before the night is through, I’ll just come back and adjust my total words written today, because I don’t want to post an entirely new blog just for a few hundred more words. Still, I’m proud of myself, and happy to be staying on track!

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My Total Words Written Today: Around 1,000, give or take some that I deleted.

My personal Word Goal: To Finish My Prompt – got it!

Daily Writing Prompt Completed: Yes!

That’s all for today guys. These posts aren’t going to be long unless I did something super awesome. I certainly hope during November I will be meeting my goal every day! We will see!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!
Author Amanda McCormick
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NaNo Prep Tip #11 – You Gotta Be You

NaNo-2015-Participant-BannerRead, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

-Stephen King

   This is advice that I take to heart. I read voraciously, and I try to read without bias. As writers, we absorb everything that we read. It’s through reading and just writing (a lot) that we hone our skills. We study the art that we love this way. However, I sometimes find that people take this a little too far. It doesn’t just happen with authors that we love. We see people’s style in life, people that we’re around… and we’re impressed. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, they say.

   Well, I say that originality is the key to your writing success.

   I am in no way implying that you’re going to be able to come up with an all new, completely original idea. I know what you’re thinking. It’s like this…

   But, I had this great idea about people who were living underground and then they–

   No, that’s been done.

   Okay, so maybe I write about mermaids who–

   It’s been done.

   Fine! I have a completely original idea about a hobbit who–


   I’m not saying that you should be discouraged and never write. I’m saying that this is where originality comes in. You are going to write about something that’s been done before. I’m writing about a half-demon stopping the apocalypse and mermaids this year. It’s been done. Multiple times… but what I can bring to the table is something solely and completely unique to me. I can bring my voice. No other writer in this world can tell the story the way that I can, the way that my characters will, the way that my voice can. This is where you shine – this is where you become an author who will stand out. Now, the problem arises when we read and find ourselves coveting the way that an author writes. We love their tone. We love their voice… and so, we try to emulate it.

   We can’t do this as writers. We have to take a breath and realize that our voice is our own, and nothing is better than us using our tone. We will pick up little nuances from our favorite authors, and that’s okay. However, if you do your damn hardest to sound just like Stephen King… the only thing that you’re going to do is make sure that no one ever gets to hear you for what you are, for your originality… and that is a damn shame. You’re the only you this world has… so do everyone a favor and let your own writing flare shine!

That’s all that I have for right now, and I hope that you guys were able to take it to heart! Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick
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NaNo Tip #10 – Sometimes Life Happens


So, I’m sure that you guys have noticed that I haven’t been around so much for the past few days. I’m going to use this as an opportunity to go forward with my next NaNo tip. This one is really important, because it can make or break whether you finish your novel. I don’t recommend doing it on purpose, but sometimes you are going to fall behind. Sometimes life happens. Sometimes the world that you live in and the life that you’re responsible for will get in the way… and that’s okay.

Like I said, I don’t recommend getting behind on purpose. I don’t think that you should intentionally put off your writing if you’re in the right state of mind to do so. However, if something happens and you need to take a few days? You take a few days. Your writing isn’t going to disappear if you take a day or two to get yourself back into sorts. What will disappear is your inspiration if you force yourself to, and writing suddenly becomes associated purely with that bad thing that was happening.

Sometimes you have to take a break.

It may be that half way through NaNo, your pet… goldfish… yeah, your pet goldfish Flippy dies. Take a day or two. Yeah, you’ll get 3000 or so words behind, but as long as you don’t let that overwhelm you, you can come back from it in a day or two when you’re feeling better. You have to know that sometimes it’s okay to breathe. You are a writer, but you are also a person! Don’t make writing something associated with that pain.

That’s all for my tip today, guys! Breathe, take it a step behind, and never let falling behind make you think you can’t finish. ]

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick
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