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Today, I am having a small write in with my friend. We’re a bit late to getting started, because my oldest son has decided that he will stay up until the sun is up and shining and bright every morning… but we are having a write in.

We set ourselves some goals — 3k minimum, 5k stretch. Do we know if we’re actually gonna hit those goals? Nah. Are we gonna try our hardest to? Of course we are.

The thing is, especially in a time like right now when you can’t hang out with the people that you usually do, and when your entire schedule is getting thrown for a loop… it’s still important to do things like this. You still need to hold yourself accountable, and you still need to try to schedule events when you can.

I personally have been slacking in this department. I am on Day 5 of getting back to a writing schedule, and it’s starting to feel really good for me again. I hadn’t been writing consistently, and I was letting the depression of being stuck inside and everything that was going on halt me in my passions.

Not anymore. ❤ And I really encourage you to do the same thing. Take charge of your creativity, even though things are weird… and even though you might not actually feel like it. One of the great ways of doing that is with things like virtual write ins!

There are a ton of groups out there (My Discord Server) (Yeah, you can click that to join xD) is just one of them. We try to keep each other active, even when we can’t see each other in person. People say that writing is a lonely, lonely job… but it doesn’t have to be. I would honestly even wager that having a support system makes it a million times easier.

So, today I’m doing a virtual write in with one of my very good friends. We are going to check in on each other throughout the day. We are going to do some sprints, maybe a crawl. We set minimum and stretch goals. Hell, we might even hop into a voice call if we get frisky. But… we’re doing it. We’re writing, and because there is someone keeping track and keeping tabs, I know that we are both more likely to succeed.

So… grab yourself a writing buddy — heck, if you need one, I’ll be your writing buddy! Try to schedule something like this, because I can promise that it will make the writing easier, and it will make you feel less isolated in this time of…

Well…

Isolation.

You’ve got this, and the world needs your creativity now more than ever.

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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Because I can admit that I kind of let Animal Crossing just eat me for the last couple of weeks. Things have been weird — let’s not try to dance around that. Whether you suddenly have no job, suddenly have your family/significant other constantly home because they have no job, or have a family member who is out constantly because they’re essential… things are strange.

So, how are you handling the pandemic?

I let myself have a few weeks to kind of just hide. I was playing Animal Crossing like it was the only thing I could do. I wasn’t really writing, I wasn’t really working on much of anything at all…

And then yesterday, I realized how icky I was feeling because I hadn’t been writing.

I don’t know about you guys, but when I go a while without getting something done creatively, I start to actually feel icky/depressed. Writing is therapeutic for me, and it really helps me to manage my stress and emotions. It’s been a bit harder lately — my kids are constantly stuck inside, our entire routine is completely thrown off from how it usually is, and nothing is the same.

But… I sat down, and I downloaded Microsoft To Do… and I am going to try to get myself back into a routine that includes writing, reading, and the things that I need to do for my own mental health. It actually gets me into an extremely depressive state to not be creative; even though I’m having a ton of fun on Animal Crossing, I’m ignoring the things that actually help me to function as a happy human.

Time to quit that.

So, how are you handling things changing? Because it’s not to late to re-establish a routine, or even set up something altogether new in these changing times!

Let me know how you’ve been ❤ You’re all on my mind and in my heart!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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I was talking earlier with a friend of mine about how I wanted to start posting more consistently on my blog. I thought that one of the best ways to do that was to start up a fun little challenge for the blog. I can’t do a month long one, since the month is already going… so… instead, I’m going to pick ten topics, and I have the month to get something written about them! I’ll do it every month, if I can manage this month.

So! February Blogging Challenge! Let’s go!

  1. Writing Prompt! “Two strangers meet for the
    second time.”
  2. Write a blog about yourself. Tell the story of
    how you started writing.
  3. What is your greatest strength as a writer? What is your greatest weakness?
  4. Writing Prompt! “Use these words in a story: Ocean. Onyx. Shine.”
  5. Give your best writing tips that you learned in 2019!
  6. Writing Prompt! “Choose a picture from your phone and write a story about it!
  7. Where do you draw the most inspiration for your writing? Share your secrets!
  8. Author Interview: Where do you write? Share some pictures of your writing space and tell us about your daily habits!
  9. Writing Prompt! First sentence prompt: “I/He/She never expected things to turn out like this…”
  10. What are your goals for 2020? Write them out now so we can help each other keep on track!

So! There we are! Try to get a blog for all of these things done this month! Let me know if you will participate, and link back to my blog! I can’t wait to see what we all come up with!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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So, yeah… as the title might imply, what do you do when it isn’t enough? And by this, at least in my situation, I mean… when what you’re writing, or how you’re doing it… just isn’t enough for you anymore. I still make my money by doing commissions, and I adore that. But there’s a part of me that really just isn’t completely satisfied with it anymore.

I love writing for other people — I love how much they enjoy their stories once I’ve finished them. I adore hearing how I’ve brought to life an idea that they thought would be forever stuck in their head… but…

I want to be putting my own stories out there. I want to have my original writing seen, more than just through fanfics. SO… what do you do when it isn’t enough?

Easy, you look for what is and you go for it. It’s gonna be hard, but I’m going to do my darn hardest to have two books to decide between for querying by the end of the year (I said that before in my goals). I’m also going to get some stuff put out there via amazon or smashwords. I can’t just sit around and not anymore — I have to try. Maybe it will work? Maybe it won’t.

But at least I’ll be going for it, as opposed to just sitting in a safe zone.

So… today my thoughts and writing advice are this: push yourself. If you’re feeling stagnant, like it isn’t enough… go for it. Yeah, you might fail. But… do you know what would be worse than failing?

Never trying at all.

So, I’m going to challenge you. Write a blog — state what your goals are, where you want to go, where you want to be as a writer. Link back to me.

Let’s do this together!

Until then, you guys! Keep reading, and keep writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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*Stares at the title of the photo she picked out* Daily Writing Blog. Yes, I’m going to try to get back to that. Things have been kind of beyond crazy on my end. I made a cross country move, didn’t have a house to move into (yay for sisters who love you <3), found a house to move into… had the roof in that house caved-in in the living room… (yay for sisters who still love you, lol), waited for the roof to get fixed… found out the carpet was trashed… >_> (Yay for my sister. Lol.)… but finally, finally we got everything sorted and settled!

Now we’re just working on still getting everything in the house totally homey. We recently finished getting my kids room baby proofed, so the only room left is…

MY OFFICE. That’s right, guys. I have a writing room, an office, a place for me to get all of my writing things done. >_> I just need bookshelves! (If you would like to randomly donate a bookshelf, check RIGHT HERE xD) I’m honestly really excited about it, because I’ve never had a space that was specifically and solely for writing before. I’ve always had to work at a desk in a room with other people, in my room in a corner somewhere… never in a place where I could go in, shut the door… and that be my world.

Having that area is going to make me really buckle down for this. I have a goal to have my rewrite of Cerulean Darkness finished by the end of the year, as well as Limbo; I want the two books to choose between for publishing. I’m also going to start publishing short stories, and I intend to have one of those up by the end of the year as well.

Basically, once I get that office done, I’m going to really give it my all. And ❤ I hope you guys are happy and willing to see me around a lot more, because I plan on getting back to blogging full force.

 

Until then, you guys! Keep reading, and keep writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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So… I tried to do Camp NaNo with a newborn and a 21 month old.

Ha.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Hahahahahahahahahaha.

Ha.

No.

While I did better than expected, meeting the actual goal was nearly imposible. I have only just gotten to the point that I feel like writing consistently again within the last week. Pushing that when I knew that doing so might ruin that fragile momentum was simply not an option. So, I have decided that it is important to get started again… but to take it slow.

So.

Goals:

1 blog a week.

100 word prompt a week.

250 a day.

Yep. I am going to push for a page a day until I get my speed back. I know it is good to have low end goals. My high goal will be 1k a day.

I think I can do it. I am just excited to be back to writing in general.

A picture of my 1 month old, to keep it cute ♡

Until next time!

Amanda McCormick

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Oh, is it that time again? I think so! It’s time for another Blog Challenge! I wanted to switch this one up a bit again… so, instead of me giving you a writing prompt, I want you to make a list. Write down the last five things that you can remember dreaming about. After you’ve done that, use at least three elements from those dreams to make a short story! Doing this, you’re going to kind of delve into your own mind to write a story and practice what a lot of writers do to create new worlds!

(For those of you who will say: I can’t remember my dreams. I don’t dream. I don’t want to do this. Blah. Fine. https://wordcounter.net/random-word-generator Pick five words here and carry on as instructed.)

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

So, let’s get to it, shall we?

Author Amanda McCormick

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Here we are, guys! I asked everyone to do an introduction of themselves for the first step of this blog challenge, and now we’re going to get into the actual juicy bits of it! For starts, we’re going to open with a writing prompt.

Writing prompts are very important, in my opinion. They help you to expand your writing capabilities, and they help you to put yourself into a situation that you might not have put yourself in otherwise. Some of my best novel ideas came from a writing prompt that took on a life of its own!


So, for our first prompt:

Write a story including the following three elements: A stolen ring, fear of spiders, and a sinister stranger.


And there we have it! There is our first prompt. When you’re done, make sure to link back to my blog so I can round them all up and post them when I post my own response! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Author Amanda McCormick

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New beginnings are always tough, but I’m more than experienced in starting over. I’ve done it a thousand times before, with a thousand different faces.

I guess that sounds a bit… well, odd, does it? Don’t worry, I’ll explain myself. If you want to understand, though, you have to abandon all of your conceptions of what is real and what is not. You have to give up on your silly, human notions of what is possible and what isn’t.

I am not a possibility — I am an inevitability.  I am what your life will eventually come to, whether you will it or not; I am that long sleep and an earthen embrace.

I am death.

Of course, your very conception of what I am is skewed. I am not a creature who roams in a robe with a scythe. I am not a singular entity. There are thousands of my kind, and we all reap the souls of the humans around us. We are unseen, but sometimes felt — you equate us to ghosts when the memory of your loved ones resonate within us. You equate our presence to the chill that spills down your spine, and to the shimmering shine that you call ‘orbs’ within your photos.

It isn’t just a ghostly presence, however, that you can attribute me to. Humans have trouble understanding when someone that they know had a sudden change of personality — humans blame it on an imbalance of hormones, on shock, on trauma. Sometimes, it is these things… but…

Sometimes, it is one of my kind.

New beginnings are always tough, but I’m more than experienced in starting over… because I’ve lived a thousand lives. When a human succumbs to death, I sometimes choose to slip into their skin, to assume their life. Their soul flees and flits, I absorb it into my being… and I become who they are — who they were.

Sometimes, I enjoy living life just as much as you do. I want to feel; I want to experience. When a young girl has suddenly become sexually promiscuous without cause, perhaps I am to blame. When a rich man tosses aside his fortune to travel the world and live life to the fullest? That’s me, too.

And when a seemingly innocuous and innocent individual suddenly goes on a murderous rampage.

Well, sometimes I like to cause a hassle to my brothers and sisters.

Guilty as charged.

Just a writing prompt I did for my discord server! I’d love to see what you guys could come up with for this though!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Deciding a project is always hard to do… and I’m having that issue right now. I’m doing my commissions, and I’m working on getting a very good rhythm going with those. I’m pleased on that front… but I’m still torn about which project I want to select as the novel that I really focus down on and polish until it shines.

And that’s just the thing — sometimes it isn’t always an easy decision. And sometimes you need to get some outside advice. I’m going to finish rewriting one into first person, and I’m going to add the last few chapters onto the other… and then I’m going to give the manuscripts to some very well trusted people to ask them which one they think has the most potential. It’s honestly so important to have people that you can trust, and people who you can go to for an opinion. It’s not me going for a critique, or for editing. It’s not even me going for constructive criticism (which is so important, trust me), it’s me trusting a small group of people who I know can read the book without me having to edit it and tell me, “Hey, this idea is better.”

You need to surround yourself with people who understand your needs, and who understand your desires. Look for a writing group, make some writer friends ❤ You won’t regret it!

So, that’s my bit of advice for the day ❤ I hope it helps, and I’d love to hear your thoughts! If there’s a subject you want me to touch on for the next blog, leave it in the comments or email me!

Author Amanda McCormick

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