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So, I’m sorry that I didn’t do this at the end of January. I got a bit distracted. However, I’m more than ready to post it now! I’m really, really pleased with my progress.

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So, above is the full map of my writing for January 2016. I got 85,333 words in total, and I do have to say that this chart really helped me out! The other thing that helped a lot was my desk calendar.

^2B3BFED44200B6C5A70E14A5D4F1DC2F14146D5586289FB394^pimgpsh_fullsize_distr There that is for the month of January. As you can see, I wrote on it a lot. I have a new method that I’m trying to implement for February, and I’ll show that to you guys very soon! It should help me keep things in order a lot more. I managed something that I haven’t done before – I wrote 1000 words a day. Even during NaNo, I would have days that I skipped, because I was ahead. I can’t begin to tell you the confidence and relief that writing like this gave me – my stress levels went down, my ability to focus and write went up. Establishing a habit and keeping up with it is so key to good writing output. Writing is like anything else; you get what you give. If you put in the time, it’s going to show. It showed for me with my output in January.

Anyway, I got a lot of things accomplished in the month of January. Firstly, I wrote a ton. A lot of it was on fanfiction, but a lot of it was also on original pieces and my novels! Another huge step that I took was allowing a friend to read a rough draft of one of my NaNo novels – it wasn’t complete, wasn’t edited… and I took the plunge and let them see it. It was frightening and liberating, and insightful all at the same time. While they didn’t tell me it was perfect, they told me what they liked about it and what it needed improvement on… and best of all, they encourage me to keep writing. I think that getting feedback is one of the most important things that we can do, especially when we’ve finished a story and we find ourselves frightened to take the next step.

I have that a lot on my fanfics from my friend Tash, who is pretty epic in that factor. Having a writing buddy (or a writing group!) is so essential. As always, you guys can feel free to add me on skype (ego.dominustuus) to get added to my group! I’d love to have you!

I started working on some fanfictions in January for an event that is going to take place this month called Lupercalia. It’s all about psychic wolves, and it has been fairly fun so far. Of course, my fanfics are Fallout related (Paladin Danse, please. You know you live in my head.) But it’s been a fun experience, and it’s another way to seek out writing community during the off months of NaNoWriMo. Finding a way to get yourself involved is always SO important!

So, a recap of my tips – let people read your work, keep a calendar and a chart of your writing, and get involved in groups! I wrote over 80,000 words last month, and I can’t wait to see what the new month brings! Until then! I’d love to hear how you did writing wise in January!

Until next time!

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, I’m really pleased with my writing regimen so far. I’ve been consistently pumping out words since November, but my plan for 2016 was to write a minimum of 1,000 words a day. It’s been Friday to Friday, and I’m really pleased to give you guys a report on how I’m doing.

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So, for anyone who is confused – this is my little spreadsheet that Gau made for me! Basically, I can input my words and keep track of how I’m doing/how much I have left to do. I’ve been working on this in tandem with a desk calendar (which I do not currently have a photo of).

On the desk calendar, I’m writing down what projects I work on that day, and how much I’ve written on them! I’ll have a picture of it next week so that you can all see… but all and all, I’ve surpassed 1k every day, and usually soar easily over 2k. I still have some writing to do today… but it’s been such a pleasing, liberating experience. I can tell the difference in my stress levels just from writing. I’m still doing some fanfiction, but I’m also starting to process through finishing Limbo (my NaNo novel from 2014), while editing my Novel from 2016. I am hoping to incorporate fixed editing dates into my calendar as well… but I’m taking it one step at a time!

I should be able to start blogging more frequently soon. I’ve just been lost in writing (and being ill x.x) this week, so I haven’t been on much! But I’m glad to be doing my update! My best advice to you all is this – keep track of what you’re doing. Keep track of how much you write. Keep track of what you’re working on! It really does help. Having that physically written down so that you can see your accomplishments is a wonderful thing!

 

Thank you all so much, and I’ll see you next post! Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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