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Life and Writing

Oh dear… I really am going to figure out how to get my writing consistent again someday. I do have to say, the break that I took is solid proof about everything that I’ve been saying – it takes weeks, months even to properly establish a habit. It only takes skipping it for a few days to unlearn all of the things that you’ve taught yourself. I intended to start fresh yesterday, but I was exhausted.

Baby makes me exhausted. So I didn’t.

But I’m starting today. I don’t know if I’ll immediately jump into daily blogs, but I’m going to try. More importantly, though, I am going to get back into writing every day. Just gotta take a deep breath and dive back into it, right? I have to push aside the mountain of snacks on my desk to check out how much I wrote last month, and I know it was a completely dismal number.

… and shockingly, I still made my word count. *Blinks* 16,013 words written for the month of January. I boosted my word goal down to 500 words a day… so I was still about one thousand words over. I’m actually not as disappointed in myself as I thought I would be – I’m going to take that lack of disappointment, and I’m going to use it as my fuel to get back into the groove of things again. At least, I’m going to try my damn hardest to. We will see how much I can get written today.

So, other than my little update right there, I wanted to go ahead and let you guys know what blogs you should be expecting! I’m going to get back into my tags, and my writing prompts. I should also have a book review up soon of the new A.G. Howard novel, RoseBlood. I mean, honestly, did you expect me to see a Phantom of the Opera retelling without immediately snatching it up? I needed it – I got it… and I do have to say that so far, it’s been completely amazing.

I also want to get a right and proper baby update blog – clearly, with my lack of writing every day, we can already tell what the topic of choice is going to be for the blog, and how the little one is changing my writing flow… but that will probably come up tomorrow. For now, I will give you a small, brief update. Things seem to be going well – I’m damn near 18 weeks. I have another appointment on Valentine’s Day, so I can let you guys know more about the physical aspect of it then! It’s been truly amazing so far, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. But, as I said, that’s for a full blog… probably tomorrow, maybe the day after. I really need to look at my posting schedule and see if I want to rearrange it.

For now, though, that’s all. I hope you guys are doing amazing, and I’d love to hear life updates for all of you as well!

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

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Going to go ahead and throw my update out for the day. I may end up writing a little bit more before the afternoon is over and done with (it’s 5pm here), but I’m really thinking that spending the rest of the day curled up on the couch and reading a book is the ticket. I’ve been doing really well with my word count. I’m technically about 562 words ahead of where I wanted to be – I may go ahead and push to 9k tonight, so that I can be ahead (so to speak – remember, I skipped day 1 because I have a 30,000 word goal.) So, direct your attention to my NaNoWriMo Camp stats below!

When Flowers Fall– 3128
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 2271
Misc Short Stories – 836
Untitled Long Story – 338

July Camp NaNo Total: 8589/30,000

Today’s writing tip really relates to what I said above though. We’re a little over a week into NaNo, and I know that some people are starting to get tired by now. I’ll probably give you this same Memo a week from now, and I don’t feel bad about the repetition.

Take some you time. I know, it’s easy to feel guilty about it. “I should be writing” you say. Yeah, you should – I’m completely on the boat of you should be writing… but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take an hour our of your day to spoil yourself. Read a book, take a bath, eat some chips – do whatever makes you happy. Do something to relax, and remember that you don’t have to be writing 24/7. It’s NaNo, so we have to write more than usual… but it’s just as important to take care of ourselves mentally as it is to get that book done.

Think of it this way – our mind is kind of our production line for these fantastic words that we put out. Sometimes, you have to shut the line down and give it a little TLC, a little maintenance. You have to make sure that it’s capable of running, and that it is going to continue onward on the path to success. That requires shutting things down – that requires stepping away from your words and giving your brain a while to simply decompress.

Don’t forget that in your race to get to the end – don’t forget that your mind is a glorious pool of a million ideas… so you should treat it right and proper, before it throws up a ‘No Swimming’ sign and tells you that the fun is over. xD

Honestly though, take time for yourself – you’re worth it. You can still write your words for the day; I actually encourage you to do so before you allow yourself that break… but don’t forget that break, that reward – don’t forget that you deserve to treat yourself.


Until next time, guys, keep reading and writing! And don’t forget to treat yourself!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Goodness, sounds like an impossible feat, doesn’t it? I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to make a writing log, I wanted to do something to time myself, to see how much I wrote, what were the best lengths of bursts for me to write in, etc. I got a nice, regular composition notebook and wrote “Writing Log” on the front of it with green sharpie, so I could feel official. 

So, I’ve only been doing it for one day, but I noticed something pretty awesome. Keeping a log like that actually helped! Seeing my writing, the numbers, on a chart? Well, it made a difference! Not only holding myself accountable, but being able to see my progress on a paper as I went… there was something about it that inspired me to write more, to write faster, to write better. Allow me to copy my log for you below so you can get an idea of what I did.


July 29th Writing Log

Start time, 8:30PM

8:30-8:45 – Warm up Free writing, 1,000 words.

8:45-9:00 – Word Sprint, 1,247 words.

9:00-9:15 – Free writing, 750 words.

Break from 9:15-9:20.

9:20-9:30 – Free writing, 820 words.

9:30-9:45 word sprint, 1,200 words. 

Word total: 5017 Words

Writing Time, 1 hour, 15 minutes.


So, you can see that I managed to accomplish quite a bit of work during that time. I was able to see what strides I did, what writing bursts were the best. Allow me to explain that free writing is writing that I could do while taking a break at any time to chit chat with friends, to browse facebook or tumblr, etc. Word sprints were writing without stop, without checking anything, without anything else going on. I gave myself a small break in between to completely close down the document and look at something else. I am hoping that, by keeping this log, not only can I accomplish quite a bit of writing… but I can establish a pattern of what works best for me, what doesn’t, what times I write the most, etc. 

I think that, as writers, we should look at our writing like anything else. People often times pay attention to when they are most productive, how they manage things the best, etc. We should do the same! We should hold ourselves accountable for word count, for how much we work, for the amount of time we slack off and get distracted, etc. If we could do that, we’d get more done. More than that, if we could establish a pattern of what worked best for us… think of how much more we could get done?

That’s my tidbit of advice for the day – try keeping your own writing log journal. If you have, if you have thoughts on it, or anything else, drop me a comment! I’d love to see what you think!


Until next time, keep reading and writing!
Author Amanda McCormick