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Weekly Currently

Currently Wednesday

I found a blog post over on Katyupperman’s blog, and I found that it was something that I really wanted to do! It’s a thing called Currently – it informs people of what you’re currently up to… and I thought that it would be a fun little update to do on Wednesdays!


Loving

Pokemon Go. Yep, that’s right. I am currently loving the Hell out of that game. It’s been really fun, because I have these compulsions to collect things – and to fully collect them. So I’m having one of each type of Pokemon (all versions of evolution included) in my bag, and it’s been really fun. More than that, though… I’m enjoying what it’s doing to my town. I don’t live in the best neighborhood, but I can honestly go out at midnight to one of the shadiest parts of town… and there are 100 other nerds there to make sure no one jumps us.

It’s pretty awesome.

Reading

I just finished reading Fight Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes and writing my Review for it. I’m in the process of selecting a new book to read. Of course, I am re-reading the Harry Potter novels, but I’m doing that a bit slower than usual, because I’m writing about each chapter as I go!

Watching

I am currently watching an anime called Parasyte, and it’s pretty damn amazing. I am really, really… alllllllll about fun, horror, violent animes. I’m awful, I know.

Listening To

xD Spotify. I guess if I’m listening to anything a lot, The Horror of our Love by Ludo. I’ve been flipping back to that baby quite frequently. It’s pretty amazing.

Thinking About

I’m thinking about Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m about 18,000 words in, I need to get another 1k for the day, but I’m not sure what project I want to work on. I may randomly pick a number and just go with it that way. My professionalism in my writing projects is astounding, no?

Anticipating

My Birthday! It’s this Sunday, and I’m really excited. I’m going to go and see a horror movie, get some delicious food, and just enjoy time with people who I care about… which makes me realize that I should probably get to 20,000 words today in Camp NaNo so that I don’t have to worry about it then.

Wishing

Oh, this is a hard one. I’m wishing that the world would just chill out. I’m wishing that people could stop being so hateful. I’m wishing that I could find the strength to try to publish my books. I’m wishing that a goddamn Eevee would show up so I could get a flareon. You know. Just things.

Making Me Happy

Josh. My husband. ❤ He’s always making me happy, so don’t be surprised if that’s the answer here a lot. He’s amazing and supportive, and he always encourages me to do more and push myself with my writing, and that’s exactly what I need. ❤


So, that was pretty fun! I think I’m going to make a habit of this every Wednesday, if only to keep a record of my moods and what I’ve enjoyed. So, thank you for tuning in! If you decide to pick up doing this, comment and let me know! Link me in your post! I’d love to come and check it out!

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!~

Author Amanda McCormick

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Alphabet Series Writing Tips – Q is for Questions

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Q is for Questions, and as writers, we can never ask enough of them. Maybe this ties into research, but I think that it’s more than just that. Part of what made me a writer is because I couldn’t ask enough questions. I had the why? I had the how? I had the who? And more than that, when the normal answers given didn’t satisfy me, I had the But What If?

What if? That’s the question that writers as the most, and I think that it’s the question that initially started us all on our creative journey.

What if there were aliens that invaded the planet?

What if there were dinosaurs walking the Earth still?

What if an experiment happens that transformed man into beast? What if there were a serial killer in this city?

The What if is the most important question that we ask, and it’s generally the beginning of all novels. The fact that we ask What if? is the reason that there are so many fantastic stories in this world, and so many new thoughts that spill forward every day. So, I guess this particular letter is about making sure that you never forget to ask What if?

I ask What if when I have dreams, I ask What if when I see people doing something strange. I sometimes ask What if when I hear dialogue from random strangers that I pass on the street. What if I followed their story for the rest of the day? What if he asked her what she was doing later because he had something nefarious in mind? What if… what if… what if…?

It’s an extremely important question, so as a writer, never forget to ask What if, because it’s going to get you to places that you never realized it could.

Of course, it’s not just a question of What if. Once you get to the What if, you have go go to the why? and the how? and the who? We have to figure out all of the different elements of our story through questions – and answering those questions (especially writing them out) can help you with an outline and character references for later on in your story.

Of course, it’s not just those basic questions that you need to ask. If the government is keeping track of my google searches, I’m sure they’re going to be coming after me any day now. I’ve certainly typed a few questions into google that people would quirk a brow at.

How long does it take to strangle a person?

How many liters of blood are there in the human body?

What does ____ amount of liters of blood look like on the ground?

How long does it take to bleed out from a puncture wound to the femoral artery?

Research is really important. Of course, not all of the research is so macabre. I’ve also looked up names that fit the setting, history of the United States during the different wars, all sorts of things. You want to make sure that, when research is necessary, you do it. You don’t have to have to go back and fact check later, only to find out that it impacts your story in a way that will have you editing far more than you want to.

So, always ask questions. From the start of your novel until its ended, ask questions. And when you’re done with it, ask the question of how you can make it better – how can you improve it? What do you need to edit? Who are you betas? Where will you get betas? How can you edited it more?

Ask yourself the question of who will read it? Where will you publish, how are you going to approach it?

And finally… ask yourself… are you ready to write your next novel?

Questions are important – they make us writers, they drive us further. Keep asking them!

 

Until the letter R!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Alphabet Series Writing Tips – N is for NaNoWriMo

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N is for NaNoWriMo, and it’s a subject that I could touch on all day, every day… and I’d never get tired of it.

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is an event that takes place in November, every year. Thousands of writers come together online to drive themselves crazy and attempt to write a novel (also known as 50,000 words) in a months time.

Now, there are many reasons that I think this particular event is something that all aspiring (and even established) authors should participate in. Expect this blog to be long, and full of NaNoWriMo promos, as much as I can, because it’s truly changed a lot about my writing, about the people in my life… and about me, in general.

First of all, so many people ask this question: Well, what do you win?

You do get prizes – discounts on writing programs, editing, publishing, etc… you also get some cool free stuff, like a copy of your novel, or a chance for someone professional to look at it. The prizes change every year, depending on what the sponsors have to offer. The fact it, isn’t not the prizes that really make NaNo worth it to me. While they’re cool, and enjoyable, it’s really much more about the experience, and the things that you take away from NaNoWriMo.

I first participated in NaNo in 2012… and I didn’t get in to the community. I worked on my novel for about 3 days, and then got distracted with my every day life… because I didn’t have any real life friends that were also writers.

The next year, I did something sensible, and I visited the forums. I made NaNo friends through tumblr, and expanded that to posting about my Skype Chat group (open if you guys want to peek in) in the NaNo forums… and it’s turned into something amazing.

I truly don’t know if I would have won NaNo all of these years without the help and support of my chat room – and that’s one of the first and most important things that I think NaNo has to offer…

Community.

There is an entire community of writers out there, and they’re all rooting and cheering for each other. You can truly get lost in the support, lost in the waves of helps, tricks, tips, suggestions, and friends. As a writer, I think that one of the most important things that you can do is have a writing group – a support group… a list of individuals who understand the insanity in your head and help you to move along with it.

I found that through NaNoWriMo, and I’ve won every year since I established that group. I’ve made some amazing friends! Some people, I don’t talk to that much. There’s a few that have become extremely good friends, even venturing into some of the best friends that I have both in real life and online. I’ve also pushed forward with connections that I have in the real world, because some of my friends that I know personally have participated in NaNo with me!

I think that NaNoWriMo is especially important for writers who need help starting a pattern, starting a habit. I’ve spoken so many times, and I will continue to sing the song that forming a writing habit is one of the most important things that you can do. Writing every day is key to making writing as commonplace to you as breathing – something that you do, even when you have writer’s block. Even when you don’t feel like it. (If we didn’t go to our normal jobs every time we didn’t feel like it, we’d get fired. If you’re approaching writing as something you wanna do professionally, give it the same respect <3) With NaNo, you’re required to write 1,667 words every day to hit your 50k goal at the end of the month. Now, whether you wanna do that every day, every other day, or whatever… you have to establish a pattern. Just blowing if off won’t work. And after writing consistently for a week, you’ll start to realize how comforting, how compelling, and how fulfilling it is. I did NaNo for a few years, before I realized that I wanted to make every day a NaNoish day – it’s what helped me to establish my 1k a day rule.

Honestly, there are so many benefits to NaNo – like I said, I could touch on it all day, every day, and still have things to say about it. The last thing that I will say is that it can help you to finally finish that book. The difference in your confidence once you’ve finished your first book is phenomenal. You are one of those rare, fantastic people who can say I wrote a book. So dive in, participate! Add me on there, if you want to be writing buddies! I am EgoDominusTuus ❤ Just looks me up! I hope I see you there next year!

 

For those of you who aren’t ready to tackle NaNoWriMo in full just yet, try checking out Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s basically the same, save for the fact that you’re already sorted into a cabin of similar writers (they did the connections for you <3) and you can set your own word count! The next camp starts in July <3!

 

Until next time, with the letter O!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Posted in Creative WRiting, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month

NaNo Day 22 – When You Almost Rage Quit

Oh, my. That’s right – I almost rage quit NaNo. I mean, I’ve already won… so I suppose that what I almost rage quit on was finishing my novel this month. The reason might seem silly to you, but it wasn’t to me.

I only wrote 5k words today. I agonized over the first half of those words. The scene was hard to write, the chapter was worse. It was a deeply emotional journey for my characters, and therefore it was hard on me. I save my document, come upstairs, pop open my laptop…

And find that my Scivener word count has gone from 85000 words to 83000 words.

I know, it’s only 2,000 words. It’s maybe an hour of writing for me, tops… except that it wasn’t. It was hours of agonizing, and pumping out a scene that I wasn’t even pleased with. But it was there.

And then it wasn’t.

I have lost more than this before, in terms of writing. I’ve lost over 20k words before. I don’t know what it was about today, but I nearly lost my shit. I think this novel is just something different to me, and even my bad scenes are precious.

Thankfully, Scrivener is amazing. Though the words were lost within the document, I could go into the actually file, sort through the individual Microsoft Word Compilations of my writing. On document 94, I found my 2,000 words. I put them back into my novel, and I damn well saved in about 12 places.

I guess the lesson of this blog is back it up, back it up… cause your daddy taught you good. Honestly though, don’t risk your work! Always do backups!

 

Until next time,

Author Amanda McCormick

 

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October Horror Writing Prompts – Prompt #18

Hey everyone! It’s less than half a month away til NaNo is here. Who all is extremely excited? I know that I am. That hype keeps getting to be more and more, like something wound tight in my chest. I can’t wait til November 1st comes and it can snap! Until then, satisfy yourself with writing prompts!

Photo Source – Garett Photography

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Graveyards! Anything about graveyards that you want, whether it’s a supernatural experience or zombies, or something mournful. Just elicit a horror-eqsue emotion! I can’t wait to see what you do!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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

A New Writing Schedule, Day One Progress

All right, so I got a little bit of a later start into today’s writing… but I am trying to keep the exact schedule that I was talking about prior, and so far, so good! Like I said, I started a little late, so I’m not finished like I would normally be. However, let me give you an update of what I have done! 

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I got myself completely organized, got my Scrivener document prepped for the new writing schedule, etc – as well as redoing my calendar and mirror sticky notes (oh yeah, I do those things). And so far today, I have written 5,000 words! I started at 1pm instead of the 9am that I’d intended. I wrote for 2 hours, from 1pm until 3pm to complete that word count. The idea of spending that hour to begin with, getting rid of the things that I dread? Really great idea! 

I did do a little personal writing, but I’m not counting it towards word goal because it was in a notebook. After that, I took a bit and did the dishes and made myself something to eat (read yogurt and tea. Shhh.)

Finally, because it was on my schedule, I did something that I’ve been avoiding with a vengeance since November; I sat down and properly did edits on the Prologue to my novel Cerulean Darkness! 

So… altogether, 5000+ 6000 if you count the personal writing in notebook) words, chapter edit, good blog. I’d say that was a successful day! I’m going to write another 1,000 words after signing off of here. Honestly, this new organization and schedule feels like something that’s going to work! It’s structure, it’s meeting goals one at a time… and it’s great for me.

 

What about you guys? What works for you!? I’m still going to do a blog (probably Monday) featuring some of what you guys say as feedback! Let me know!

 

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick (Follow me on Twitter to keep up with me throughout the day!)