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I Always Come Back

Ha, you guys knew I’d end up coming back, right? I try to keep consistent on this blog, but life does occasionally get in the way. That’s part of what’s so good about a blog though — I can come back some time later and enjoy the fact that there are still people here, ready and waiting to read.

So, for a few updates for this blog. I won Camp NaNo. I finished the draft that I was working on (Committing Murder), got it printed, and worked on another draft for a bit of the remainder of the month. I’m pretty pleased with the progress that I made.

I’m also reading a lot more. Libby (which I will do an entire blog on) is a lifesaver, and I’ve started The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson… so. Good. Oh my God. Entire blog about that one happening as well.

I’ve also gotten a new gaming computer and a new laptop, which… again, blog about those later xD and started using Instagram <— Clickclickyclick to see.

I’m using a planner, and hopefully I’ll be starting off with 3 posts a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). So… Friday is updating about my reading ❤ I’ll see y’all then!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
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Posted in Creative WRiting

Doing the Minimum


Hey everyone! It’s been just a bit, but I had a thought as I was working on 4thewords today — I have a maximum amount of words that I want to get written every day, and I usually end up hitting that max… but… something you might not know about me is that I’m actually pretty bad at social situations. Like, I have a battery, and if I use it all up… well, I have to let it recharge for quite a bit of time.

Yesterday, I was out all day. In the morning, I played Pokemon Go for hours to get a black Charizard (Yeah, I’m one of those nerds xD I don’t care to tell you as much.) After that, I was home for a few hours (getting some work done), and then we went right back out to a BBQ to hang out with some friends that we haven’t seen for a while. We were there for 6 hours.

My battery not only died. I think it exploded. I don’t have a battery… I’m having to reorder one, and it’s taking a month to ship, I swear.

Honestly, though, I’m so peopled out and exhausted today that I just kind of wanna hang out with my baby and play some video games. So… I’m doing the minimum.

4thewords has given me a perfect minimum. 444 words. I have to do that many to get my streak for the day. Sometimes, doing the minimum is the best thing that you can do. Sometimes, you have to take care of yourself and not push it. It’s important to have multi-tier daily goals. The small one that you know you can get, even during a bad day… and then a big one that you strive for.

I have 444, and I have 2k. Today is a 444 kinda day. It’s still so important to have a daily goal and to hit it every day, because that’s how you form the habit of writing… but it’s also important to have in a net of self-care. It’s about finding that balance.

So, find your balance! Set your goals. I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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!

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Writing Tip: Getting Past Guilt


*Eyes header* Daily writing… oh, I’m supposed to be doing that, huh? I’ve finally hammered myself out a proper schedule that I want to start with again, and I am determined to keep with it. That is one of the hardest and best things that you can do when you’re really trying to establish a writing habit.

You (and when I say you, I mean me xD And it might work for you, too) need to have some sort of game plan when it comes to your writing if you are trying to take it seriously and make it a job. I’m not saying that you have to have a strict and stringent amount that you always stick to. I’m not saying that the world will implode if something happens and you can’t do it.

But having a plan, mapping it out, figuring out your goals for the day? It helps a lot. It gives you boxes to check when you’re done and a feeling of accomplishment when you’ve done it.

It’s more than that, though. I’ve talked about goals a lot, but they aren’t just to show you the finish line so you have something to work towards. They’re there to show you when it is okay to stop, and when it’s okay to not feel guilty that you’re done. That sounds weird, right? But, as someone who writes for a living… I pretty much feel guilty any time that I’m not writing. I could have done 5,000 words for the day, and if I take time to play a video game for a few hours (Hello, Stardew Valley Beta, you beautiful thing you) I feel guilty. I think to myself, “I should be writing right now. I could get more words.”

You can’t do that to yourself. Yeah, writing can consume your mind. Yeah, you can draw storylines from things as silly as Stardew Valley… but, sometimes, you have to give your brain a rest. Sometimes, you have to know that it’s okay to stop. That’s what goals are good for. If you hit that 1k, 2k, 3k goal — if you hit that 250 word goal — if you hit that 1 page goal…

You did it. Congrats. Yes, you can keep going. Yes, it’s awesome if you do. But you don’t have to. You can rest, and you can rest without feeling guilty.

I don’t know if this is a problem you guys run into a lot, but I know it’s something that I’ve had issues with more than once.

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!

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Posted in camp nanowrimo, Creative WRiting, NaNoWriMo

July Camp NaNo Update – Day 7


So, Camp has been going really well so far. I’m 7 days in, so I’ve done a weeks worth of writing, pretty much. I still have my writing for today to do (I was waiting until closer to tonight, so that I could write when it was cooler), but I am past where I want to be. Day 7 – over 6,000 words. My goal is 30,000, so I’m really excited with how things are going. Someday before the 24th of this month (my Birthday!) I’m going to have to get at least 1k ahead, so I don’t have to NaNo on that day. Anyway, below are my so far stats!

When Flowers Fall – 3128
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 1134

July Camp Total – 6278/30,000

It seems like When Flowers Fall is still my huge thing for this month. The story itself is about 10,000 words so far. It’s a mess, and I’m certainly going to have to go through and edit, rearrange, break into chapters… figure out what in the world I’m actually doing with it, but for the moment, I’m enjoying the bit of free writing and rambling I’m doing. It’s really nice to just get some words out. I may not keep any of them, I may keep a lot of them… but it’s a really fantastic character exercise.

I do intend to get more done on Cerulean Darkness throughout the month as well. I feel like When Flowers Fall and that will be my two big hitters, as far as wordcount goes. I will be working on my other projects, because I can’t help myself, but we will see how everything turns out.

As it is, NaNo is going well… and 7 days in, what I’d really love is to hear how you guys are doing with your NaNo! Has it been going like you hoped it would? Better? Worse? Just remember, if you’re behind, you still have time to catch up. And regardless as to whether you’re behind or not, the point is that you are writing. Whether you have 100 or 10,000 words, you’re writing. You have more than you started with, and that’s a pretty amazing thing.

Until tomorrow’s update, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Creativity Affirmation #13


Hey guys! I am moving on up in the number of affirmations that I’ve done, and I really do think that each and every one of them is helping me to improve my self esteem and ability to have confidence in myself as a writer. I had a pretty busy day yesterday, as far as everything was concerned… and that is what led me to today’s affirmation! So! Creativity Affirmation #13:

Even on days when I find myself busy or tired, I can always find a few minutes to sit down and get my daily writing done.

I’ve talked about this so much, but I’ve never really taken it as an affirmation, as a point of pride. Even on days when I feel like I’m falling apart completely, I somehow find the time to sit down at my computer and get my minimum word count out. Even on days when I’m so busy that it feels like I don’t have a second to breath, I sit down and get my minimum word count done. Even when I feel like I can’t, I sit down and get my word count done. I feel good after I do it, and like a strong and accomplished person. Managing to get my daily word count is something that I am proud of – something that I should be proud of – because I know that it isn’t always easy.

Writing isn’t always easy, but it is always rewarding after we’re done. Dorthy Parker says, “I hate writing. I love having written.” I don’t hate writing, but sometimes it is harder than others… but I always love the feeling of finishing, of getting my words, of knowing that I accomplished my goal and I am nurturing my art each and every day. So, never besmirch the effort that your words took – always tell yourself that you are an amazing, strong person for having done your writing.

Because you are.

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

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Camp NaNo Approaches

And I’m planning on writing a Fanfic for the majority of it. That’s right – a fanfic. I don’t usually do fics for NaNo, but since this is Camp, I figured it could be fun. I only have a loose goal set of 30,000 words, instead of the usual 50,000. That’s part of what’s so fun about Camp though, you can set your count to whatever you think you can accomplish. While I don’t think I’d have trouble doing the full 50,000, I wanted to make it so that I could have off days of only 1k if I needed.

What are you doing to prepare for camp? I, personally, haven’t done much yet. I may actually walk you guys through my prep process as I go, if that’s something that you’re interested in? For now, Step One in preparation was simply deciding on what I wanted to do.

I picked a fanfic. And then I picked a character to focus on for the Fanfic – Arthur Maxon from Fallout 4 was my decision!

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Ahem. Introducing the three main characters in my upcoming NaNo fic. In order, Paladin Danse, Arthur Maxon, and my own creation River Wren Malcolm. River is a smarmy, fun, sarcastic ex-sniper in the military, and there’s gonna be some gorgeous polyamorous relationship happening. I can’t help myself.

So, I’ll post how I plan and work for NaNo as I do it myself – that way, I can take you guys through a step by step process. If you’re interested, I can actually post the fic here. Just be aware, it is gonna be NaNo quality!

Let me know what you think!
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Daily Writing Prompt 2/4/2016

Writing Prompts

We are getting very close to the bottom of the list! For all of you who have been keeping up with this, great job! Write either a poem or a short story from the following list of words!!!

81. Pen and Paper
82. +
83. Heal
84. Cold
85. Sick
86. Seeing Red
87. Hunger
88. Pain
89. Through the Fire
90. Triangle

I can’t wait to see what you get up!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Daily Writing Prompt 2/3/2016

Writing Prompts

I’m getting so close to being finished with this list, and I’m actually a little sad about it. It’s been a lot of fun! But! As usual, write a poem or story with the following list!

71. Obsession
72. Mislead
73. I. Can’t.
74. Confrontation
75. Mirror
76. Broken
77. Testament
78. Drink
79. FUCK
80. Words

I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Also, I decided to just do my January Writing Recap on Friday when I do my normal recap blogs! I can’t wait to fill you guys in on how it went, and I can’t wait to see what this prompt helps you to come up with!


Until then!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Weekly Writing Update!


So, I am really pleased with my writing progress. I only have two days left in the month, and I will have completed an entire month of writing at least 1k a day. Clearly, there have been plenty of days that I’ve done more… but the fact that I’m consistently writing, and consistently hitting my goals has been pretty fantastic.

For my bit of advice, I’m going to rehash something that I’ve said before. Having a group, a few people who will hold you accountable and cheer you on is so important. That encouragement, someone telling you good job when you get your words…? It really helps. Even if you’re just writing silly things, knowing that someone acknowledges the fact that you’ve been consistent and meeting goals will help a lot.

I try to return the favor with the people that I talk to. It’s a nice feeling to encourage others just as much as they encourage you.

Anyway, I re-worked my writing space in my bedroom, and that’s been pretty lovely. I’ll have photos of that up for next update, perhaps. I’m also working on getting more consistent with the daily writing prompts, and I’ve been pretty good with that. It’s been a bit hectic, but I’m working on it!

Sorry that this blog is kind of rushed – I actually want to get some more words done for the day, so I wanted to crank this out. Just keep writing, guys! You’re doing something amazing. Every day that you meet your goal, whether it’s 250 or 1000, or 5000 a day, you’re accomplishing something huge.


Until next time!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Daily Writing Prompt 1/28/2016

Writing Prompts

I feel bad, because I know that I’m not getting these every day. But I’m getting into the habit. I think that next month, I will have a fairly decent system to help remind myself. Until then! Here is your prompt for the day! Make a poem/story out of these words!

31. Flower
32. Night
33. Wrath
34. Moon
35. Walk
36. Precious
37. See
38. Abandoned
39. Dream
40. 4:29 PM

I can’t wait to see what you do! Until next time!

Author Amanda McCormick

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