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Writer Habits

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I’m going to try to get back to a proper posting schedule, both for this blog and for writing in general. It’s been strange, the way that things have been going. Motherhood certainly shifted my life (for the better, because I couldn’t imagine something more joyful than my son and his sweet little smile!). Now I’m trying to figure out where blogging, writing, and everything in between that used to be how I identified myself.

Right now, my only identity is Mama.

I’m working on that. I’m going to get back to daily posting — I’m going to get back to themed posting. I have a journal that I’m planning that out in, so I’m really excited. Today is my first step towards that!

This blog is here for multiple reasons. Both as a declaration of my intent, so that I have you guys to judge me if I randomly fail… and also as an open suggestion box. Do you guys have anything that you’d like to see? I’d love to get blogs that you’re all interested in. Let me know!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, I’m sorry that I didn’t do this at the end of January. I got a bit distracted. However, I’m more than ready to post it now! I’m really, really pleased with my progress.


So, above is the full map of my writing for January 2016. I got 85,333 words in total, and I do have to say that this chart really helped me out! The other thing that helped a lot was my desk calendar.

^2B3BFED44200B6C5A70E14A5D4F1DC2F14146D5586289FB394^pimgpsh_fullsize_distr There that is for the month of January. As you can see, I wrote on it a lot. I have a new method that I’m trying to implement for February, and I’ll show that to you guys very soon! It should help me keep things in order a lot more. I managed something that I haven’t done before – I wrote 1000 words a day. Even during NaNo, I would have days that I skipped, because I was ahead. I can’t begin to tell you the confidence and relief that writing like this gave me – my stress levels went down, my ability to focus and write went up. Establishing a habit and keeping up with it is so key to good writing output. Writing is like anything else; you get what you give. If you put in the time, it’s going to show. It showed for me with my output in January.

Anyway, I got a lot of things accomplished in the month of January. Firstly, I wrote a ton. A lot of it was on fanfiction, but a lot of it was also on original pieces and my novels! Another huge step that I took was allowing a friend to read a rough draft of one of my NaNo novels – it wasn’t complete, wasn’t edited… and I took the plunge and let them see it. It was frightening and liberating, and insightful all at the same time. While they didn’t tell me it was perfect, they told me what they liked about it and what it needed improvement on… and best of all, they encourage me to keep writing. I think that getting feedback is one of the most important things that we can do, especially when we’ve finished a story and we find ourselves frightened to take the next step.

I have that a lot on my fanfics from my friend Tash, who is pretty epic in that factor. Having a writing buddy (or a writing group!) is so essential. As always, you guys can feel free to add me on skype (ego.dominustuus) to get added to my group! I’d love to have you!

I started working on some fanfictions in January for an event that is going to take place this month called Lupercalia. It’s all about psychic wolves, and it has been fairly fun so far. Of course, my fanfics are Fallout related (Paladin Danse, please. You know you live in my head.) But it’s been a fun experience, and it’s another way to seek out writing community during the off months of NaNoWriMo. Finding a way to get yourself involved is always SO important!

So, a recap of my tips – let people read your work, keep a calendar and a chart of your writing, and get involved in groups! I wrote over 80,000 words last month, and I can’t wait to see what the new month brings! Until then! I’d love to hear how you did writing wise in January!

Until next time!

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, I actually took yesterday off of the internet. My 102,000 word victory for NaNoWriMo this year was very satisfying – I completed a novel and started on a new one or two. It was completely gratifying and exactly what I needed.

I do have to say that this month was also extremely stressful. My mother passed away in the first of the month, and then one of my beloved pets passed away at the end of the month.

All and all, I decided that November was fairly determined to test me. But I came out the other side to December. So there.

As far as this blog goes, and what will be happening, that’s what I really wanted to talk about. Here’s the general layout of what I am going to try to do:

  • Daily Writing Prompts Posted in the Morning.
  • Responses to those writing prompts, of course.
  • At least one prompt a week will feature art from an artist – tell me if you want to be featured.
  • I want to put up at least 3-4 book reviews a month. I’ve fallen short on that, and it’s making me sad.
  • More Writing Tips and Advice – I love doing that, and the responses I get.
  • Weekly updates on my writing progress. I was holding myself accountable every day, and I may still do that. But I want to at least be accountable weekly. We can see how that goes.
  • Monthly screenshots of my spreadsheet. Gau made it for me. He’s amazing.

So, this is where I’m hopefully at. ❤ I’ll start doing these things tomorrow!!! NaNo has been amazing, and I’m glad you guys took that journey with me.

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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