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Daily Writing Question

Answering Daily Writing Questions on my Tiktok! CLICK HERE to follow along and maybe join in ❤ I can’t wait to see you guys there! If you do follow, let me know so I can follow you guys back ❤

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
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Writing Tips A-Z (Part 2)

Oh hey! It’s going to be a blast from the past! I was looking around my blog and I realized that it would be a lot of fun to revisit some of the writing challenges that I’ve done years ago and see how much I’ve changed and grown since then! So! I’m going to do my Alphabet Writing Series again (clicky click to check out the old one)! I’ll make sure not to repeat the advice that I gave before (unless I have a new take on it) and I’ll probably be cross posting this to my other social media platforms!

I’m really excited for this and I can’t wait! I’ll either be starting later tonight or tomorrow!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
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Currently – October 2020

 Hey there! We interrupt your scheduled Horror Prompts to bring you an update on the writer! I thought that it would be a good time to go ahead and get you another Currently Post put up, because it can double as an update for my MilWordy progress. I’ve been so into writing that I haven’t updated you guys on my writing? It’s bad… but at the same time… good for me for being so into it? 

Anyway, let’s get going with the Currently!

Loving

I am currently loving Among Us. It’s not even the game that I’m loving (because I rarely get a chance to place it). I’m currently loving WRITING about Among Us. I know, I’m such a little silly person, but it’s honestly been so fun to write fanfics for. I think that part of what makes it so great is that it’s such a… I mean, there isn’t really any personality or even storyline put into the game. The only thing that you have is the scenario given to you, so you have free reign to pretty much do whatever you want. I was inspired by a comic (I’ll link it HERE) and it gave me something to run with… and I’ve kind of gone really crazy with it since then. 

I’m not even upset, because I have friends who are doing it with me! (Shout out to Sushi and Scarlet <3) and it’s been a really fun writing experience. Anything that can get me super excited about words is honestly something that I like to chase as hard as I can, because the more I write, the better a writer I become. That’s how I always look at it.

Reading

I’ve been reading a lot of web comic stuff lately? I’m rereading Blood Bank (Uh, super 18+ warning there, folks. Read at your own risk). And then I’ve been reading my friends fanfics. It’s been a lot of fun. I’m obviously still reading Brandon Sanderson, but I’m going a little slower through that than I was since the last time that we talked on this blog about my reading… I’ve been picking and threading through a lot of things, so I know that I’m kind of falling behind on my reading challenge, but that’s all right. I’m still reading a lot — I’m just also writing a lot more than I’m reading. I’m sure that by the middle of the year, when the hype of MilWordy dies down, all of this will get a little bit easier on me and I’ll have found some kind of balance.

But until then, it’s not like I’m mad about the fact that I’m getting so much writing done, amirite?

Watching

I think that I have to just plead a case of what I said above. I haven’t even been watching that much, because I’ve been pretty consumed with the children. If you want to get technical, currently (and always) I’m watching a ton of CocoMelon, the ABCs, Micky Mouse Club House… >_> You know, all of those parenting essentials. 

I can tell you that before this month is over, I’m going to be currently watching a lot of horror movies. Halloween is seriously my favorite time of year, and they end up slapping a bunch of my favorite movies onto my streaming platforms. I love horror as a genre, it’s honestly just… *Chefs kiss* one of my favorite ones to watch. I really want to delve more into writing straight up  horror without any type of romance attached to it. I can do that easily enough in shorter stories, but I’ve never attempted a novel that was just a straight across horror story.

I might do that soon, who know?

Writing

Guys… didn’t we go over this earlier? It’s okay, because I actually have an answer aside from just Among Us fanfiction, and I would say it weighs in heavily enough that I can still talk about it. I recently picked up an old novel that I was working on a few years back. Because it had been so long, my voice always changes, and I want to put everything into first person, I ended up rewriting the first 13 chapters of it that I had. And because I can’t seem to help myself… what was supposed to be a stand alone novel has turned into a trilogy. 

A few days ago, I sat and worked on it all day long, and I ended up cranking out 25,000 words on it in one day… like, I’m pretty swept up in working on the rewrites and now fresh writes for this book, and I don’t regret it for even a moment. I just want to keep prodding until I’m finished, and I have full intentions of having this first draft done before October is over and done with. That will still leave me with two more novels that I need to finish (and I think the goal will be to finish them before 2021 <3), but that isn’t going to be all that horrible. I don’t have that much left of this one.

We’ll see how far I can get on that.

It’s honestly really nice, though, revisiting an old story. I’ve dropped off of multiple novels this way, where I mostly finish it and then I trail off at the tail end… and I’m using MilWordy as an excuse to really get things finished. I’ve been writing like a madwoman, and I’m at 250,000 words so far. I think if I just try to keep up and keep on how I am, I should be able to finish a few different novel drafts that I’ve been leaving hanging throughout this year.

That’s the plan at least.

So what am I currently writing? Novels. All. The. Novels.

Listening To

If you want to take this in a very, very literal sense, I’m currently listening to someone count to ten over and over and over again. Ha. If you want to take it in a less literal sense, I’ve actually here recently gotten into listening to people do covers of older songs and flip it from Major to Minor key. I’m a serious sucker for haunting melodies that sound like they could be really good backdrops in films for dramatic scenes. It’s the writer-brain. I want to think of how the things that I’m writing would look, if they were on film, and what’s a better way to do that than if you have the proper music for it. 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2pobb8oXPyHofe1Qekr8rS?si=7n7FC42_TPmetM1HXIYtXg

This is actually the playlist on Spotify that I’ve been digging a whole lot, so if anyone wants to check it out, they are more than welcome. 

Thinking About

Gosh, I’ve been thinking about a lot of things… and I can’t say that all of them are nice. There’s a really, really anxious and uncool climate right now, and I’m feeling like it will probably stay this way until November and a little after. I’m hoping it will get better by then. Other than that, though, what I am trying very, very  hard to do is just… think about my writing. Think about  my family. Think about creativity and positivity, because I have two small kiddos in the house, and the last thing that I want is for them to sense that Momma is stressed and take that with them.

It’s not something that I’m going to do to them. They’re too little to understand anything that’s going on. When they’re older, I’ll have a discussion with them about how to be a good person and how to be a shit person, with clear examples. But for now… what they need to worry about is telling me when they need to potty, and letting me know that they need more cereal and poptarts and juice, you know? 

Other than that, like I said… I’ve been thinking about writing a lot. I’ve really been delving into my books, to my thoughts about my books, and what I want to do with them. The trilogy that I’m working on right now is something that I am starkly aware would suit self-publishing more than traditional publishing. The other two Duologies that I want to finish with Milwordy are things that I think publishers would be more interested in. So I have this toss up of… what am I going to do with all of my novels. Should I spend this year and get a pretty kick-ass backlog of things done and then just try to do self-publishing with a bit of a blanket for a cushion so I can get things up frequently? Should I focus on those books that I know a publisher would actually have interest in and work on those?

I’m weighing my options a lot, because I want to use MilWordy as an opportunity to get those multiple options ready, and then at the end of 2021, I want to actually follow one or both of those avenues.

It’s time, right?

Anticipating

Ahhh… I am anticipating… what am I anticipating? Getting a house, I guess. The one that we were trying to get before ended up not passing snuff for inspection, so we had to let it go. Now we’re kind of just on the hunt for the perfect thing, and I know that once we find it we will be able to jump on it without hesitation.

It’s just the fact that now that we’re actually actively looking… nothing that we want is popping up. That’s kind of the way of the world, though, isn’t it? Once you’re actually looking, there’s nothing. I am aware of the fact that as soon as I stop looking, there’s probably going to be eighty thousand choices.

That’s my luck.

Nah, that’s the worlds luck.

I know that we’ll find what we’re looking for, though, and when we do… it’s going to feel really amazing to make hopefully our last move and settle into a house that is our house, one that will belong to us, that we can make our own. I want that a lot. I am 100% anticipating that a lot.

Wishing

I am currently wishing… that my children could find a moment to find some chill? Ha. No, they’re rambunctious and crazy and distracting… but they’re also both 3 and under, so of course they are. I don’t mind it, and I would rather them be active and crazy than unhappy. I am wishing that I could get at least a good hour of uninterrupted writing time, though, because that always feels pretty amazing for me.

I’m wishing that people will be smart about things in the next few months, so maybe we can actually make a better future for my kiddos to live in instead of the bullshit that’s been going on for the last four years.

I’m wishing that this novel goes smoothly. I really want to finish it up within the next week or so if I can, because I have the preference of starting on the second book sooner rather than later. I’m just really excited about it, now that I’ve gotten it all plotted out.

I’m currently wishing, more than anything, that all of my friends and the people that I care about stay safe and find happiness.

Making Me Happy

My kids. My husband. My family. My friends. My awesome writing server. Among Us. Fanfiction. Venom. Writing. Monster. Coffee. Dr. Pepper. My kitties and puppers. The weather cooling off. Fall. Horror movies. My kick ass three monitor set up, which I’ll have to do a blog on for you guys so I can desk tour you.

There are so many things that are currently making me happy, and it’s hard to list them all. The fact is, I’m really blessed in my life and I know it. I’m surrounded by amazing people and opportunities, and even though there’s a lot of bad shit going on in the world right now, there’s also some really amazing stuff… and I’m not going to forget that in the wake of the bad. 

So yeah, there’s my currently! I’d love to get a fun update on all of you to see how you’re doing, so if you want to, go ahead and fill it out and link back to me! I hope everyone is doing well, and I hope that you are getting in those words! 

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
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Weekly Update (9/1/20 – 9/6/20)

Let’s get to updating on what I’ve been doing this week! I was trying to spread my updates out, but I think that one of the best ways for me to handle it what with me doing a writing challenge will be to update reading and writing in one swoop. So first!

MilWordy!

I haven’t written today (oopse), so my total is 17,185, I am intending to get 3k today (at least), so assume that my count for the week is right around 20,000 words.

Not to shabby for one week’s work. As of yet, MilWordy hasn’t actually gotten all that hard for me. It might have something to do with the fact that I’m waking up pretty early and getting my words in before noon-time rolls around. It might be the fact that I’m on the wings of that first week and I’m feeling that high. I have a year to crash, so there’s a chance it will happen.

Whatever it is, I’m going to ride it out for as long as I can and enjoy the influx of words while they’re coming easily.

My Discord Server is doing quite a few things to help out with getting our word counts in. We’re doing daily check-ins, we have an amazing spreadsheet, and we are doing blog challenges and events! I’m really hoping that we can keep our momentum going by being a community, because honestly… there’s nothing better for a writing event than a bunch of your friends doing it with you!

As to what I’ve been writing, I’ve spread it through 7 Projects so far. 2 of them are novels, I have RP going on, a journal, this blog, and then commission work and a short story collection.

That’s really one of my tricks in this particular adventure — I’m trying to have a wide variety of things that I can work on. I usually want to put at least 1k into the novel that I’m currently working on, more, if I can manage… but having little other things to dart to while I’m in the process really, does amazing things for keeping my creativity flowing when it might otherwise stagnate.

Reading

I’ve been a bit lax on my reading this week, though I’ve still gotten plenty done. I’m chugging right on through Pet Semetary, I ordered a copy of The Stand, and I am working on reading a physical copy of The Shining.

I’m doing a pretty good job of picking through Words of Radiance as well, though I really want to just sit down and have a good binge session with that. I think if I can get a 10k writing day in soon, I might reward myself in that fashion. That could be a lot of fun, and a great motivator for me.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I eventually get off of my Stephen King kick. I’m really wanting to re-read all of the Anita Blake books, so probably that? I should fly through those pretty quickly as well, so that will be a fun little boost for my reading goals!

Anyway, that’s pretty much all that’s going on with my reading and writing. Life is going how it always does. I went and got some Halloween decorations and put them up today (fight me), and I spend most of my time taking care of some very clingy children.

It’s pretty good, all things considered ❤

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
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MilWordy – Day One

Oh goodness, it’s that time, isn’t it? MilWordy has started today (I talked about it in a previoius blog post HERE)… and I have to say that I’m more excited about it than I have been for a writing event in a while. I mean, don’t get me wrong… I get the real hype every year when NaNo comes around… but this is something different. This is even more exciting to me.

It’s a year long thing, and we have so many people participating in my Discord Server that it really feels like a group event, group accountability, group activity! I know that there are tons of other people participating as well, so I’m hoping to make some new friends via Instagram and here while it’s all going on.

I have my spread sheet made up and set out. I’ll share it with you guys, in case you want to get some ideas!

My very colorful google docs spreadsheet. I’m a bit odd, ignore me.

Basically, I have it split into a few categories:

New Stories

In Progress Stories

Creative Writing

Blogs/Essays

I could have just kept it all as one big running track, but I really like to see where I’m putting my words, and how I’m utilizing my time. I think that a combination of the spreadsheet, and then keeping track by hand (I’m going to be getting a notebook set up for just MilWordy, so that should be really interesting to see how that goes) is going to give me the stats and information that I want out of all of this.

I think that one of the main things that I’m hoping to get out of this, at least on a personal level, is the fact that I’m going to be getting into a properly consistent writing habit again, for one… but secondly, I’m going to be finishing the handful of outlying projects that I’ve had sitting for a while.

I have a duology that I want to publish — probably self publish… and I’ve been putting off working on that because I want to write the second one before I really start working on that. I should finish it because of MilWordy.

I have a horror/romance that I want to try to traditionally publish… and I’ve been putting off that as well, because I just wasn’t sure if I was ready to try to publish… and I’m going to finish that.

All of the projects that I have listed are in varying stages of “I want to be working on this, I know that I should be.” And even though I have around 10 finished drafts of stories, for one reason or another (the series isn’t complete, I need to rewrite, etc) I haven’t been working on it.

Well… Amanda… welcome to the fact that you have a year to get one-million-freaking-words, so if you don’t finish them in that time, you’re doing something wrong.

I’m really going to just take this as an opportunity to finish everything that I want to finish, and to get myself in gear and ready to publish. I think it’s a good goal.

I hope it’s a good goal.

I’m ready to find out.

What about you guys? What are you doing for MilWordy, what are you hoping to get out of it? I’d love to hear all about it!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
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Keep Active <3

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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How Are YOU Handling It?

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!
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Blog Challenge!

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!
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Not Enough?

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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!

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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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