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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!
Author Amanda McCormick
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July Camp NaNo – Day 5


Hey! It’s Day 5 of Camp NaNo, and I’m actually keeping on a decent enough track that I feel good about what I’m doing. I hit a stride writing for a day and got some fics finished up/some things posted on my A03 (which I haven’t done in months!) I’m only at 2,000 words… but since I have a 5,000 word goal, I’m pretty pleased with it. I plan on being at 3,000 minimum before the day is out, so we will see how all of that goes!

I’d love to hear how all of you are doing as well! What are your goals? How far are you into them?

My favorite thing about Camp is the fact that those goals are adjustable! I was talking about it to a friend earlier, and it just got brought up again today. Even if you start the month out with a 50k goal, you can end up lowering that to 10k, if you realize that you bit off more than you could chew. Camp isn’t about banging out that novel as fast as you can without taking a breath to notice your mistakes (AKA: NaNo in November, which is all about the novel xD). It’s about getting some writing done, getting your stride, and completing a goal… and more than anything, it’s about enjoying the community that NaNo provides, in this particular case via your cabin and cabin mates. My Discord Writing Channel has a great environment for writing and community. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them. I’ve made some amazing friends through it, and I know that my writing has improved because of them.

Writing is a cumulative experience – we are always growing and changing. People come in and out of our lives, and they influence how we write, what we do, what we strive for ❤ So I think that it’s a good thing to surround yourself with people who have a common and equal goal of writing, of creating, if you can! That’s what makes Camp so damn awesome… because there are thousands of other people who are working towards the same thing that you are… and that thing is creation! 

Anyway, there’s my little pep talk for the day! I really would love to hear how you guys are doing so far in Camp. I’m going to try to get a few words banged out this morning as well! I had a sip of my husbands coffee before he left for work, and I felt my inspiration flicker its head >_> I really do think that there is a direct correlation between the flavor of coffee and my muse.

She must be a coffee whore. It’s just too bad that she has to wait a little while longer before I can properly start her engines like I used to! Ah well! Off to writing I go, and you guys should do the same!

Until next time, guys! Let me know about your Camp NaNo plans!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Writing Tip – Your Unique Story


I’ve touched on this particular subject before, but I wanted to have a blog specific to it, so that you could find it easily in my directory. I’ve recently had the subject brought up again… and it’s something that I think a lot of writers worry about.


I swear, if I could somehow make that a four letter word, I would. As writers, we are always worried about being original, about our ideas being out done, out played, out written, over saturating the market to the point of being completely redundant to write.

Someone’s already done this idea. Maybe I just shouldn’t.

Oh, I hate hearing that. Even though I have the thought myself sometimes, I hate hearing it.

I’m going to give you a solid piece of advice, and it’s something that I need to follow just as much as everyone else.

Yes, someone has already done it.

No, someone has not already done it in the way that you can.

There’s nothing wrong with doing an idea that’s already been done, because I can promise you that most things have already been written about. In a platform that has existed for as long as people had the capability to tell stories, I can promise you that every story has been told. The difference is, every story hasn’t been told in the way that you can tell it.

The fact is, there are formulas for every type of story telling. Example:

Fantasy Plot – there are dragons, someone in distress, a quest, and epic magic/and or battles.

Romance Plot – Person A meets person B. They don’t love each other at first, but they fall in love over ____ event.

Horror – The blonde always dies first. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself with that one.)

But, you see… those things are only formulas… they’re bare bones guidelines, but that doesn’t mean that they’re going to make your story generic, just like everything else. In fact, they’ve existed for so long for a reason. 

People like to read stories that follow those formulas.

Yes, we want something different to happen within the parameters of those formulas… and that’s where you come in. You are bringing something unique, that only you have. You’re bringing something that no one else has ever brought to the table before – and that’s your uniqueness and creativity. No one has been inside of your mind (unless you have something you need to tell me about o-o), and no one can make the characters or bring the experiences and emotion that you can bring.

Therein lies the core of this topic – your story will be unique, because you’re the only you who could ever write it.

So, if you’re worried about someone else having your idea? Yeah, they probably have… but that’s not what matters. What matters is the uniqueness that you can bring to the table – what matters is the fact that you’re telling a tale as old as time, and we all want to hear it, because you’re telling it in a new way that only you can bring to the world.

Don’t be afraid – don’t let your fears stop you from writing something that could be amazing. Don’t let your doubts hold you down. You take your idea, and you run with it, my dear writer, because I for one believe in you and everything that you’re capable of doing.

I want to see your story.

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Creativity Affirmation #15


Oh, hey. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, hasn’t it? I’ve been extremely busy, and it’s actually for this reason that I’m taking the time to do one of these. It’s gotten me down, and I’ve been more stressed than I’m letting on. So. Ready? Here we go:

The hard work that I put into my writing will pay off.

That’s right. Sometimes, I feel like I’m almost floundering around and not really doing anything. I put a lot of effort into my blog, into honing my writing skills, into doing everything that I can in order to better myself as a writer… and sometimes, it feels like I’m wasting time. Sometimes, I feel like I should just drop the entire thing and go do something else with my life.

But I know better than that. Each day that I write, I better myself. Each time I post a blog, I am bettering my writing. Each time I strive to do something and achieve it, I am bettering myself.

Never let yourself feel down. Never let yourself feel like what you are doing isn’t enough. It is. You’re amazing. Don’t forget that.

This is a short affirmation, because I’m going to use my own self motivation to get some more writing done right now.

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

Author Amanda McCormick

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Creativity Affirmation #4


Oh, these are turning into such a habit, but I’m not sad about it. It’s kind of a nice little boost to post these things – it’s almost better than saying them in the mirror, because I’m saying them to all of you – which means that I can’t just pretend it didn’t happen. I did it. I said it. I have to mean it.

So, for Affirmation #4:

My writing is important to more than just myself. My writing could change someone’s life.

Oh, that one was a bit hard to say. The thing is, I post things online, I get responses to my blog, I have had multiple people tell me that my writing helps them and they really enjoy reading it… but at the end of the day, it’s sometimes hard for us to think that the things that we write are ever going to be important to anyone other than just ourselves. It’s not true – someone else will care. You could really make the difference in someone’s life with your story, with your advice blog, with just a positive comment that you leave them. Never discount yourself. Never forget that you are important, you will make a difference in the world.

You are a writer, and you hold so many worlds in your heart, and so many words in your mind. You have the power to change a life.

Until next time and next affirmation! Keep reading and writing!

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Weekly Writing Update



So, I’ve been keeping up extremely well with my writing for this week! And I finally took a little picture of my calendar as well!


So. Here are the two methods that I use to keep myself on track and motivated! My desk calendar is – of course – on my desk! For the calendar, I can specifically write down which stories I work on, and where my words came from. It’s a bit of a mess, and I’m looking to keep it more organized for next month, but I’m still really happy with it.

As far as my words go, I’m already up past 58k, and quickly zooming towards 60,000. I’m just really pleased with how well my writing has been going. Even with some of the emotional issues that I’ve been having, it’s still really successful. Sometimes I end up getting my words at 2am when I can’t sleep…

But words are words are words!

I’ve also started posting my daily writing prompts, like I want to. The responses to those will go up either here, or on my patreon! So please, feel free to click a link to that at the bottom of this post! Also, I want to start featuring other forms of art on here, probably on Sunday or Monday? Poets, artists, photographers, sewing, etc. Anything that is an outlet for creativity. We are all one big community of people trying to get noticed – it starts by us helping one another! So if you have someone to recommend, or want to be featured yourself, let me know!!!!


Until next time, guys! Keep up the creativity!
Author Amanda McCormick

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