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NaNo Day 1 Update

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Hey, everyone! I’m here with my update from Day One of NaNoWriMo. As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, I was attempting to do my First Day 10k. It’s my new little habit that I’ve developed over the years, and I find that it’s extremely  helpful in making sure that during those weeks of NaNo when you’re starting to get tired, you have a little cushion to lean back on. Since I like to finish my novel during November (and most of my novels are around 100k), it’s extra useful for me.

So, yesterday was a really productive day. I certainly could have written more, but the thing about my writing is… I want to make sure that it’s usable. I write 10k, but I do it with the intention of being able to use at least 9/10 thousand of those words. I never write with the intention of ditching 20% of my work (I think that’s what a lot of professional authors actually recommend.) If anything, I write more of a skeleton than a full body. I want something that I can add to, not something that I have to hack apart.

Er.

I’m not a serial killer, I swear.

Anyway. I accomplished my 10k First Day yesterday, so that my Day One total was: 11,151 words! 

I was super pleased with my progress. I finished my introduction chapters for both Kyle and Thara, and then chapter two for each of them as well. The thing that I’m learning is… this is going to be one of the more complicated books that I’ve written. In case you weren’t sure about what I’m writing, I’m doing a novel that’s basically built to be flipped over – I’m writing the same story from two character’s perspectives.

I’m doing that in Scrivener, because I have to keep the chapter that I wrote previously up for the sake of making sure that I keep the story the same. I hadn’t realized that so much work would go in to making sure that each character told the same story… but it’s going to be really interesting to write, and I’m experimenting with how I want to handle it. I’m thinking if I want to write all of one person’s story first, and then go back… or if I want to keep going chapter by chapter.

There’s even a part of me that’s thinking of going scene by scene within the chapters… I might actually try doing that today – but I will certainly keep you updated!

But, aside from that, I really want to  know how everyone else’s NaNo is going! We ran a lot of crawls in my Discord group yesterday (click if you’d like to join), and it really helped a lot of people hit their wordcount. So, that’s going to be my little tip for you today. It’s a reminder of a tip that I’ve given you a thousand times before.

Get Involved In The Community. 

It will really do wonders for you, if you can find people to do sprints and crawls with, I promise. You’re going to have people keeping on pace with you, and people who care about if you’re making your goal or not. It’s going to make you feel nice, and it’s going to give you some accountability to make sure that you keep going.

Anyway, that’s all that I have for you today. I hope that everyone’s NaNo is going well, and I’d really like to hear about it in the comments below!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Posted in Creative WRiting, nano prep, nano tag, nano tips, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, writing tag

I figured that it would be a lot of fun to go ahead and do some tags today and tomorrow, since NaNo is only 2 days away!This tag was created by Kristina Horner on youtube and I found it on Annette Read’s blog!

NaNo Tag

  1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

This will be my fourth year doing NaNo, though my very first year doesn’t really count. I started doing it and then had a lot of things going on and literally had to stop a few days in.

  1. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

I honestly can’t remember where I first heard about NaNo. Probably from one of my writing friends. I can remember the first time I really got hyped about NaNo was from a bunch of youtubers videos!

  1. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

The Highwayman was the first novel that I attempted to do during NaNo. It’s also the only novel that I never won with. Hm. I still finished it at least.

  1. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.

Erm. Let’s see. One run on sentence coming up! Angel Blade is my first novel, and it’s about a boy who finds out that he’s half demon and he is the only one standing between the world and the Apocalypse, while RipTide is about genetically altered humans who have turned into mermaids after the threat of the polar ice caps melting. Heh. One sentence, baby.

  1. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

I’ve gotten a lot of writing advice, but I think that the best advice is just to write every day. Write when it’s easy, and write when it’s hard. Make it a habit, because only you can tell your story.

  1. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

That very first year, I wrote about 3000 words and then stopped. Personal reasons as to why.

  1. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

A lot of things really influence me, though lately it’s actually been my husband. I go up to him and say, “Hey, Josh. Give me a fun idea pertaining to _____” and he’ll go off. Sometimes it’s really silly stuff, but a lot of the times, he comes up with fun things.

  1. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.

Oh. Oh dear. Erm. Okay. Let me find one.

The dream that had plagued her for as long as she could remember woke Nevaeh from a deep sleep.

Heh.

  1. Why do you love writing?

Oh, that’s a hard question. Writing is my passion. Writing is that thing that I go to when I’m upset, or that thing I go to when I’m happy. It’s at my very center, and making people happy with my writing? That’s about the best feeling in the world.

So, that’s my NaNo Tag (at least my first one). I hope that you enjoyed, and please, do it as well! I’d love to see your answers!

Until next time, keep reading and writing (and prepping!)

Author Amanda McCormick

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New Blogs Coming Monday!

Starting Monday, I’m going to be getting back to my daily blogging! I’l have my Creative Writing Challenge, updates on NaNo, and book reviews (I have a few to get up). I’m also going to start my vlog with book hauls, discussions, writing advice, etc! We’re finally getting everything unpacked and organized, and my desk area is starting to look like a desk again, lol.

Until Monday!

Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick