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So, life is hectic sometimes, isn’t it? It feels like there are too many things going on to really find time for myself, let alone time to do something like writing. I often times end up going more than a week without blogging, even though I really want to do this daily.

And so, I am on a constant quest to find ways to incorporate writing into my daily life. xD Luckily (???) [I hope Luckily] I get to share the knowledge that I garner on that quest with you guys!

My tidbit of thought today is how it is so important to find your mobility in the world of writing. The simple fact is that the world today is so fast paced that you can’t afford to not have some sort of mobile way to at least jot down your ideas. Some people use pen and paper in the old school style, and some people take notes via phone. I have found a mixture of the two that I am really enjoying. I have a Note8 that I adore, and the stylus allows me to write via hand and store it onto my phone. I allows me to write as I go, including this blog post! I’m also going to get a mini bluetooth keyboard when I can afford one and it will hopefully up the productivity.

If you guys are interested I would love to do a blog post to highlight the positives and negatives of the Note8 as a writing tool. Let me know!

Until then,

Author Amanda Mccormick


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So, I don’t know what it was, but something possessed me last night. I couldn’t sleep (insomnia, as usual), and I started to contemplate what I could do to make my blog more easily accessible to everyone, easier to navigate, etc. I’d already planned on making a Masterpost for my Alphabet Writing Tips series once all was said and done… but I realized… what if I wanted to do it for my writing prompts, too? For my creative writing?

What if I wanted to do it for everything?

What if I wanted you guys to be able to go, “I want a writing prompt?”, and from there simply click on a page that lists all of the writing prompts I’ve ever posted…

For some reason, I really wanted to do that. So, for some reason, I started doing that last night at around 3am.

I thought that it’d be a small project that I would work on over time. I thought that I’d sort my 400 posts slowly but surely… but I became a bit manic about it. I couldn’t sleep until I was finished, and it’s bothered me all day that I had to wait until just now to format it and get it all up and ready for you guys.

But it is, and I have to say that I’m really happy about it. Now and officially on my main page is a link called Blog Masterpost.


There, you can access all of my blogs, carefully and easily sorted by Category/Year/Type. I really hope that it helps you guys to navigate through my writing, and I know that it helped me to take a look back on my life and the things that I’ve gone through and what makes me who I am today. I just really wanted things to be easier on you guys, because I know I personally love lists and ease of access.

So, I hope that you guys can enjoy it – I’m going to be including a link to it in my sign out information from now on, starting with this post today. I really hope that it’s as efficient as I tried to make it, and that you guys can get a good use out of it!

Let me know – I’d love some feedback.

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick (the sleepless one)

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So. Wow. Yesterday, I decided to delve into something that I should have been doing for a while. It’s something that I’ve put off, something that I’ve made every excuse in the world not to do.

Yesterday, I decided to delve into revisions of my 2013 NaNoWriMo novel. It’s a fantasy called Cerulean Darkness, and it’s one of my better developed stories/characters/premise/etc. The thing is, I’ve never actually edited anything that I’ve written before. I’ve gone over things for school, but even then… it was mainly for grammar checks.

I don’t even do that anymore.

I don’t let it off by how I act very often, but I’m actually pretty nervous about my writing, anxious, insecure. I think a lot of writers are. I’ve gotten to the point that I don’t even re-read my fanfics when I post them online. Instead, I simply put them up and hope that my friend who reads most everything that I write fanfic wise caught any grammar errors that I might have made (even though she usually doesn’t catch them until it’s posted up). I don’t edit.

It’s not because I’m lazy, or because I don’t think that I need to. It’s because I literally get so anxious and unhappy that I can hardly stand myself when I read my own writing. I started to re-read my novel two days ago… and I hated it. I hated every sentence, every word. I knew that I was being hard on myself, and that I was honestly being ridiculous. It’s a first draft, so it’s not good… but I know it’s not bad.

But, that nervousness, anxiousness, and down-trodden-on-myself attitude that I have about my writing actually forced my hand into something that I should have been doing all along. I’m editing it – I’m actually doing more than a simple edit. I’m re-writing it completely – I’ll be deciding if I want to completely change the perspective after I finish the rewrites of the first chapter. But I’m really getting into it and restructuring it. I’m fixing all of those little issues that I hate. I’m writing a second draft.

I have never written a second draft. Not in school, when my main goal was to get a Distinguished on my portfolio (and I did). Not when I entered contests for writing that I really wanted to win (and I did). Not when I was in college, and I wanted to 100% my creative writing classes (and I did). I’ve never written a second draft. I’ve never revised. I’ve always skated by.

I can’t do that with my novel. I can’t, and I won’t. If I want to really try this writing thing, if I want to grow, I have to take that next step. I have to set my babies adrift in the sea of Draft… and deal with the fact that I will be tearing them apart and putting them back together again as something new.

Something better.

That’s what I want, and what I strive for as a writer… to make something better than the last time I wrote. I’m okay with this – it’s scary, and it’s hard, and it’s stressful… but after one day and 3,000/100,000 words rewritten… I’m actually okay with it. I’m more than okay with it, I’m proud of myself. My second draft may end up not being that much better than the first… but it is going to be a little better. And a little is more than it was, just sitting on my shelf, untouched after NaNo.

A little is better than nothing, and a little is a step towards sending it out to beta readers and doing something with it.

I’ll probably post my progress on this every so many days, just to keep myself accountable. I’ll be learning as I go, and I would love to share the experience with you. Also, any tips, tricks, or drafting stories that you guys have? I’d love to hear them! Write a blog and tag me so I can repost, or tell me your story in the comments. More than anything, encourage yourself, guys! If you have a draft that you’ve been wanting to edit for a while… pick it up! We’ll take the journey together!

Until then, I can’t wait! (My next Alphabet Writing Tip blog should be out tomorrow or Sunday!)

Author Amanda McCormick

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