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MilWordy – Day One

Oh goodness, it’s that time, isn’t it? MilWordy has started today (I talked about it in a previoius blog post HERE)… and I have to say that I’m more excited about it than I have been for a writing event in a while. I mean, don’t get me wrong… I get the real hype every year when NaNo comes around… but this is something different. This is even more exciting to me.

It’s a year long thing, and we have so many people participating in my Discord Server that it really feels like a group event, group accountability, group activity! I know that there are tons of other people participating as well, so I’m hoping to make some new friends via Instagram and here while it’s all going on.

I have my spread sheet made up and set out. I’ll share it with you guys, in case you want to get some ideas!

My very colorful google docs spreadsheet. I’m a bit odd, ignore me.

Basically, I have it split into a few categories:

New Stories

In Progress Stories

Creative Writing

Blogs/Essays

I could have just kept it all as one big running track, but I really like to see where I’m putting my words, and how I’m utilizing my time. I think that a combination of the spreadsheet, and then keeping track by hand (I’m going to be getting a notebook set up for just MilWordy, so that should be really interesting to see how that goes) is going to give me the stats and information that I want out of all of this.

I think that one of the main things that I’m hoping to get out of this, at least on a personal level, is the fact that I’m going to be getting into a properly consistent writing habit again, for one… but secondly, I’m going to be finishing the handful of outlying projects that I’ve had sitting for a while.

I have a duology that I want to publish — probably self publish… and I’ve been putting off working on that because I want to write the second one before I really start working on that. I should finish it because of MilWordy.

I have a horror/romance that I want to try to traditionally publish… and I’ve been putting off that as well, because I just wasn’t sure if I was ready to try to publish… and I’m going to finish that.

All of the projects that I have listed are in varying stages of “I want to be working on this, I know that I should be.” And even though I have around 10 finished drafts of stories, for one reason or another (the series isn’t complete, I need to rewrite, etc) I haven’t been working on it.

Well… Amanda… welcome to the fact that you have a year to get one-million-freaking-words, so if you don’t finish them in that time, you’re doing something wrong.

I’m really going to just take this as an opportunity to finish everything that I want to finish, and to get myself in gear and ready to publish. I think it’s a good goal.

I hope it’s a good goal.

I’m ready to find out.

What about you guys? What are you doing for MilWordy, what are you hoping to get out of it? I’d love to hear all about it!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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MilWordy Challenge!

I’m going to try to do do Kate Cavanaugh’s MilWordy challenge. Oooo, what’s that you ask? Well, I just so happen to have a video that will explain exactly what it is, handy and dandy!

So, once you’ve watched that, you’ve garnered the fact that this is a challenge to write one million words in a year. I thought about doing this before, but I got distracted.

I’m honestly crazy for trying right now, what with the fact that I have kids who distract me so frequently that I know it’s going to be really hard for me to do.

But… I figure… even if I only get half of it? Even if I only write 500,000 words in a year.

Dude, that’s 500,000 words in a year. That’s a big whopping amount of words.

I have a few things that I’m going to use to get through this – first of all, I’m going to let the people on my writing Discord (INSERT LINK HERE) know what I’m doing. I think that having them keep me accountable is going to be a great way to get things going.

Secondly, I have a pretty cool spreadsheet that I plan on working with, tweaking, and hopefully making perfect for the situation. I really enjoy my stats, writing down things. Seeing how I’m doing.

And third… I’m going to be telling you guys all about it. I’ll probably update y’all once a week, and then one overall update for the month. I figure that the best way for me to do this is to just make sure that I’m accountable on as many venues as possible.

So… I’m also going to have it on my Instagram (INSERT LINK HERE) if you guys wanna to follow along there. There will probably be short videos as well, on that front.

So, if you want to follow along or participate with me, just check out my discord or Instagram! I can’t wait to see what we can get accomplished in 12 months!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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Weekly Writing Prompt: 7/24-7/30

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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July Camp NaNo Update – Day 20 and 21

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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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July Camp NaNo Update – Day 13

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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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July Camp NaNoWriMo Update – Day 12

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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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July Camp NaNoWriMo Update – Day 11

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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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July Camp NaNo Update – Day 10

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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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July Camp NaNoWriMo Day 5

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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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Creativity Affirmation #13

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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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