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Writing Prompt

Hey, guys! Sorry that this is a day late, but yesterday was my birthday, and I was busy for most of the day. I still managed to get my 1k (I’m not going to let that get ruined for anything), and then when I got home I found one of my pet rats had passed away. Suffice to say, I wasn’t really in the mood to blog. But… I’m going to take a breath, and keep going. So! For the prompt this week!


“Four hours. It’s been four hours since I jumped out of that plane. The Earth hasn’t come any closer.


Heh, so, that can either be a lot of fun… or you could take it to a really dark place. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Anyway, if you do the writing prompt, make sure to link back to me, so that I can feature you on the blog that I post up with my response this coming Saturday! I honestly can’t wait to see what you guys come up with for this one, and I hope that it’s something fun!

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

Author Amanda McCormick

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I’m sneaking this in here about 30 minutes past midnight, but it still counts for day 21. Honestly, I was out catching Pokemon for the last 4 hours. >_> Yes. Okay. I’m a little obsessed with the game, but it’s not stopping me from getting my writing done!


When Flowers Fall – 6854
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 1019
Cerulean Darkness – 6522
Misc Short Stories – 1045
Untitled – 2214
The Siren’s Door – 1000

July Camp Nano Total: 20170/30000


As you can see, I’m doing a great job of continuing to keep on track. I fall behind, and then I quickly step my game right back up. My total for the month is marching towards 60k words, so I’m really pleased with that. I was thinking about lowering my NaNo goal to 25k, but I decided against it. Don’t lower your goal if you feel like you can still reach what you’re going for. Don’t sell yourself short! You can do this. We still have about 10 days left. You can still hit all of your goals. Even if you only write 2000 words a day, that’s 20,000 words if you work hard and keep at it.

I believe in you. ❤

Markiplier believes in you, too.

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

Author Amanda McCormick

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All right, look at me, actually getting my update on time today! I did just get my writing finished for camp – I’d written a lot for the day already, but it was in RP and other such ventures, so it didn’t get to count towards my camp. However, I just finished a 15 minute word sprint that netted me 1230 words for my Cerulean Darkness revisions, so that topped me off for my Camp words, and I knew that I could start this update! So, turn your eyes to my count below!


When Flowers Fall – 3128
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 5716
Misc Short Stories – 836
Untitled – 865

July Camp Total: 12561/30000


Tada, I’m still right on track with where I’m hoping to be! And since I’m still participating in a crawl with my friends, I think that I’ll get past 13000 words today, so that I can be ‘caught up’ technically, as far as what the day is. Since I want to take the 24th off, I need to get a little ahead. I’m also going to be in San Francisco for most of the day this Saturday, so I need to get a little ahead for that as well. We will see if I can actually manage to bank a few words up.

In a completely non-related note (which is related, still), I went on a fat walk today. I was playing Pokemon Go, and I thought that going on a walk would help me clear my head and get reset for writing… and I was right! As soon as I got back from my walk, I did that fifteen minute word war with my friends, and the words came much quicker and easier than they would have otherwise. I really do think that the game is something fantastic – I might actually write a blog about it, because it’s helping me with my writing. Exercise can really help – getting out and clearing your head can really help.

So, for today’s tip, I’m going to recommend just that. If you’re feeling stuck, or blocked… go out and get some fresh air. If you’re like me, and you hiss at the feeling of the sunlight on your skin xD Wait until it’s starting to turn Twilight, and go then. It feels amazing, the air is fresh and cool… and it can really help you to get into the right frame of mind for writing. And Hell, if you can somehow manage to catch a Kadabra, Nidoran, and hatch an egg while you’re doing it… more the better!

 

Until then! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Oh, dear me. I didn’t post this yesterday. I wrote my NaNoWriMo Tips Blog, and I certainly wrote an update blog for yesterday… but I didn’t post it? I can’t even find it in my drafts. So, instead of writing a combination for Day 13 and 12, I’m just going to go ahead and rewrite my Day 12 update. Yes, I’m stubborn like that. So, let’s jump straight into my stats, shall we?


When Flowers Fall – 3128
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 4486
Misc Short Stories – 836
Untitled – 865

July Camp Total: 11331/30000


So, as you can see, my Cerulean Darkness rewrites have started to take over as the thing that I’ve worked on the most… and I’m not sad about it. I really would like to finish this second draft(ish) of this novel, because there will come a point in my life when I screw up the courage to try to get published.

Someday.

In the distant future.

But not any time soon.

Honestly though, it feels really nice to be reworking the writing, polishing it and improving upon it. It’s nice to know that I am still interested in it, after the few years that it’s been since I wrote it. I’m also really enjoying working on When Flowers Fall – that story is such a mess. I’m going to have to re-edit and properly plot it out sometime after this month, but I’m going to get as much as I can written on it first, if only to make it easier to start on the actual first draft whenever the time comes.

Of course, my NaNo writing isn’t the only writing that I’ve been doing this month. I soared over 30,000 words a few days ago, and I’m at 37,000 now. I’m hoping to get to 40,000 by the end of today. I can see my 1 million words in a year goal in sight, if I just keep up with the pace of my writing for right now. That’s all that I have to do! And that’s all that you guys have to do to fulfill your goals ❤ Just keep the finish line in sight, and know that you can do it. Even if you feel discouraged, even if you feel like giving up… keep pushing forward. The reward that you’ll get for winning in the end is so worth the effort that you put into it. I promise you this.

So, keep pushing forward for Camp! We’re almost halfway through, and you can get there.

I will see you all later today with my actual update for my NaNo. I hope that you’re all having a fantastic Camp so far. I’d love to hear how you’re doing!

Until then! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, today’s update is going to be pretty short, due to the fact that I’ve had an extremely busy day, and I wanted to get a little down time to read and play a few games before I go pass out. So ❤ Here is the NaNo update today. I’m proud to say that I am still perfectly on track!


When Flowers Fall – 3128
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 3275
Misc Short Stories – 836
Untitled – 865

Camp NaNo Total: 10120/30000


As you can see, I’m at 10k/30k, which is exactly where I wanted to be. One of these days soon, I’m going to have a big write fest to get myself ahead – I’ve actually not been just on par with a NaNo thing for a while. It’s really interesting. I do apologize for the extremely short update today… it’s been a long day, and I need sometime to relax and unwind! Expect more tomorrow, and I think I’ll do a blog focused on just some helpful tips and tricks for finishing up now that we’re about 1/3rd through!

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

Author Amanda McCormick

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Camp is still going really well for me. I’m managing to keep myself at just where I want to be – I’m at almost 10,000 words for the month so far. (My total wordcount for projects that aren’t camp is at 30,000 words, so that’s wonderful). I’m still managing to hit what I wanted to hit pretty well – I did another 1,000 words of editing on Cerulean Darkness. I’m going to try to just make sure that I work on that at least every other day, so I can get a good chunk of it edited before the month is up.


When Flowers Fall – 3128
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 3275
Misc Short Stories – 836
Untitled – 338

July camp Total: 9593/30,000


My tip for today is really simple: Don’t give up! I know that some people get discouraged when they haven’t hit their goal within the first third of Camp… but that doesn’t mean you should give up! You’ve gotten words – and that’s more than you would have done otherwise. More than that, you can still catch up! You can still win Camp NaNo.

The most beautiful thing about camp is that you set your OWN goal. So, if it seems like you overshot, or overestimated the time that you had this month? Adjust. You’re allowed to do that for Camp – the NaNo officials even encourage it. Set your goal to something that you hit, and shoot for it. I know that you can make it! I know that we can all make it. We’re going to come out of this month one way or another with more words than we started with, and that’s a pretty amazing accomplishment, in my book.

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

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, I didn’t write very much for Nano yesterday – I did about 120 words, and then decided that I needed to be calm and just relax after how long the day was yesterday. So, I only wrote a little yesterday. Today, I did about 1000 words on When Flowers Fall. I feel (so far) that it might be the story that I work on the most this month… even though it’s the one that is going to need the most work, come editing time. I did about 6000 words of it in third person, and I’m writing in first person now. Oh well, that’s what NaNo is about, just doing whatever makes us write the most.So, onward to my progress!


 

When Flowers Fall – 2128

(Untitled) Serial Killer – 500

The Second Realm 1516

Camp NaNoWriMo Total – 4144


As you can see, I’m doing pretty good on my NaNo count – it’s day 5, and I took day 1 off. I’m about 144 words over my target… and I’m going to try to get a few thousand words ahead tomorrow, at least, that’s the plan. We will see if I manage that.

I have a tip for you today, guys. Make sure that you treat yourself, if you manage to get ahead – if you manage to get your words – when you have a good writing day. Whether it’s with ice cream, video games, or just a long bubble bath… treat yourself. You deserve it, and it will make you feel better about writing.

Sorry about the short blog! I’m still trying to give my wrist as much of a break as possible! So, until tomorrow!

Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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affirmations

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!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Weekly Writing Update

So, this month has been going pretty well, as far as my writing productivity goes. I won’t take a picture of my calendar again until the end of the month, because it looks best when it’s completely filled out. I’m also going to do a Bullet Journal tour at the end of the month, so you guys can see how well the month of June filled the pages out.

But I will go ahead and show you my Excel document for the month, as of yet!

June Update

So, as you can see, my monthly word total is 35,561 wordsI’ve exceeded my monthly goal of 30k words, but I’m really going to be pushing for 50,000 for the month. That means that I need to really double down on my writing and get a bunch done. I’m still shooting for my 1million words in a year goal, so I need to get onto that.

I’ve been doing a lot of rewriting on my novel this month, as you can see in the little column. 10k words so far – rewriting is much harder than when I was originally writing it, but it’s been fun to look at it again and try to reimagine it through different eyes. I’ve been really wanting to get as much of it done as I could, and I’m going to put a lot of my effort through the rest of the month into getting as much of that complete as possible.

Depending on how I do will be what I do for my July Camp NaNo project. I’m either going to keep on with my re-writes, or work on finishing my Zombie novel from 2014 NaNo (I won NaNo, but I didn’t complete the novel.) Whatever the case, I plan on having another completed novel/rewritten manuscript by the end of Camp NaNo! I intend to do daily blogs to keep you guys updated on the progress of that, as well as throwing out writing prompts to help people who are stuck with their writing, so stay tuned for that in the month of July.

Other than that, my writing has been going extremely well. I’ve started a bullet journal, as I mentioned, and it’s been helping me to stay organized. I’m going to be doing a blog soon as an updated tour of my writing desk downstairs, because I have a lot of new elements to it that are really helping me to stay on task and stay organized, and you know that I love to share all of my organization tips with you guys, so you can see what helps me with getting my work done!

Also, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve started doing daily Creativity Affirmation blogs, and they’re really coming along well. They’re helping me to write, and I urge you to check them out – they aren’t just affirmations for me. They’re affirmations for us all as writers.

My fanfictions are coming along pretty well. I didn’t get the chapter that I wanted posted, but I’ve been working on it. I’m a little slow going, because that particular chapter is all about finding a perfect balance between two characters, so I need to make sure that I keep it properly aligned. I should have that done within the next week, and I’ll happily link it here when I complete it.

The only other thing that I can think to talk about is that I had a dream last night. I mentioned it in my latest Creativity Affirmation blog. I told myself a story for nearly 3 hours after I woke up, and I’m going to be writing it soon! If you guys are interested, I’ll post excerpts of it!

So, yeah. That’s basically all for my little scattered update. My blog has a bit more structure and a schedule to it now. I’ll list it out below:

  • Daily Creativity Affirmation Blogs
  • Sunday: Writing Prompt Posted 
  • Monday: Weekly Writing Update
  • Tuesday: Writing Tips or Thoughts
  • Wednesday: Writing Quotes or Flash Fiction
  • Thursday: Writing Tag/Book Tag Thursday
  • Friday: Book Review/Reading Update
  • Saturday: Writing Prompt Response

So, this is just a tentative blog schedule.  Only the things in bold are set in stone. If you want to participate in my weekly Writing Prompts (click it for this weeks), you can get your writing featured on Saturday when I post my response. Everyone who writes a response and links me (so that I can find you) will get a link to their blog and story posted on Saturday! It’s been really fun participating with you all so far, and I love seeing what you can come up with. We’re all such creative beings, so it’s amazing that so many different stories can occur from the same prompt! Make sure to check those out if you haven’t yet! If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see in the blog, just let me know! I’m always willing and open to posting about anything that you all are interested.

And finally, I wanted to thank each and every one of you for the support that you’re giving to this blog. It’s really inspiring and wonderful to know that the things that I post can help you all in your writing, and it’s been a real pleasure to interact and get to know all of you as well! Keep being amazing, everyone! And keep on writing.

 

Until the next blog!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Writing Preview

I wasn’t quite up to getting my Alphabet Tips blog done for the night, though I’m getting there and I should have it posted in the morning. I thought, instead, that I would share a piece of my writing with you all. Sharing your writing is truly frightening, daunting. It’s all the pressure that people won’t like it, that you made a mistake, that it isn’t perfect.

So, instead of fretting about all of that, I’m not going to read it a dozen times before I share it. I’m just going to write, and let it be. There might be mistakes, errors… but I know that there will be something else: creativity. Pure, honest creativity… and I think that, in and of itself, is worth putting out there. So, without further delay, here’s my writing Preview!

— (You saw the first of this in my writing prompt, I’m reposting here so you can have the full version of it, though there is more to come) —

In the gathering twilight, I could no longer make out his expression, but I imagined he looked pissed. Annoyed at the very least. It wasn’t as though I could blame him, but his fury was a thing that made me quiver inside. I wasn’t afraid of him, but I was afraid of the waves of disappointment, the hurt, the betrayal that would cross his features in the wake of his anger. I was afraid of spoiling the careful trust that I’d built between us – it was something that I couldn’t stand.

“Wait, please.” My voice came out soft, an echo in the twilight that was nearly drowned out by the gentle rain that had started to fall. His dark eyes were full of emotion – definitely more than annoyed. Fuck, but I was in trouble. I could see the way that the brown color was swirling to a near black; I was almost afraid to approach him.

Somehow, I screwed up the courage and did it anyway. My hand came forward, resting against the steely hardness of his arm. When he spoke, it was scathing, and it cut me deeper than any knife. “Don’t touch me.”

Oh, but I didn’t want to hear him talk to me that way. It wasn’t a snippy response, like you hear some people trot out. His words were a demand, nearly a vow signed in conviction. It was the termination of our relationship in three words, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to talk him out of it.

“Please, just listen to me, I–“

“Have no excuse for what you did. You killed them.” He turned to me, and his eyes were wide, so that the whites flashed in the darkness of the street. “You killed them all.”

I stopped. I frowned. I took a breath and started to speak, but found the words caught in my throat… because the simple fact of the matter was, he was right. I had killed them – every single one of them.

And I would have done it again, given the chance.

Maxson had gone crazy, and I knew it. He’d ordered the slaughter of the Railroad, though I’d begged him to let me at least try to talk them into leaving the Commonwealth – though Desdemona could be fanatic, they were innocent. He’d wanted to kill everyone and everything in the Institute, but there were children in there, women and innocent children, and men who were only doing what they thought was right.

He’d wanted me to kill Danse, who stood before me with contempt on his face and fury in his heart. All that I could do was step forward, bringing my hand up to touch his shoulder.

“Danse, please, I-” He was all that I had left. We’d confessed our love to one another, we’d slept together, and he’d healed the wound in my heart… the gaping hole that I’d thought would never close.

He jerked away from my touch before my digits landed, and the scathing response that he gave me tore that hole wide open again. “Don’t touch me, Quinn. Don’t come near me. I don’t want to look at you.” And then softer, but with a steely reserve, “You killed women and children, you killed my brothers and sisters. I can’t forgive you – I won’t.” Brown eyes flickered up, and his next words punctured through me like a knife lancing through my heart. “I don’t want to see you again. Get out of here, now.” His hand came to his laser rifle, to Righteous Authority that I’d given back to him, “And when you come back, I can promise you that I won’t be here. I want nothing to do with this damned place anymore.”

“Danse,” my voice was soft, so full of aching sorrow that I could hardly get out the words. “Do you hate me?”

“No, Quinn… I love you – I’ll always love you…” He turned on me then, and his next words cut me like a knife, “But I can’t stand the sight of you.” All of the Stimpaks in the world couldn’t heal the sensation that was ripping through my chest – it couldn’t heal the hurt in my heart and the hole that his sudden contempt of me had left behind.

I’d set the Prydwen to flames, because I could see the way that Maxson was allowing the power to go to his head. War never changed. There were casualties that didn’t deserve to die… but I’d made the decision that I thought would be the best for everyone; Preston had agreed with me. Preston, who didn’t want to hurt anyone, had agreed with me.

But Danse didn’t… and I’d lost him.

It felt like I’d lost myself all over again. I hurt worse than I did when I’d first woken up, when I’d first realized that everything in the world that I’d known and loved had been ripped away from me. It hurt worse, because it was opening both wounds – the wound that my past had left behind, and the wound that Danse had filled. All of the pain and agony that I’d felt since my childhood suddenly rushed to the surface, and a gasping sound punched out of my chest. A near sob, dry in the eyes, but so painful that my throat ached with it. My knees shook, and I fell to the ground with mud spattering up and against my legs.

Danse paused, for just a moment. Hesitation shook his shoulders, and my green eyes stared up at him as the last chance of redemption that I had.

The paused lasted for a beat – drops of rain on my face that were the tears I couldn’t spill – and then he kept walking.

I watched him disappear into the darkness, and with him, I watched the last vestiges of my self preservation disappear from the Commonwealth.

 

This is turning into a Fallout 4 fanfic by accident. But I wrote this a little earlier today, and I haven’t even taken the time to go over it. I decided that I needed a version of my story where my character is going to go through some very negative emotions, and thus this happened. I hope that you enjoy, and I hope that me posting my writing without even looking to edit gives you the bravery to do the same. Write! Post! Share. We are all going to make mistakes, and we have to realize that writing is a learning process; the minute that we close ourselves to learning new things is the moment that we stop improving! Strive forward! Write on, my readers! Write on!

Until next time,

Author Amanda McCormick

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