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Here we are, once again! It’s time for Ego’s blog challenge! This time, we’re going to mix it up a bit again. I’m not going to ask you to write a short story. Instead, I want you to take a few minutes and think… write a blog about what your goals are! Why do you have a blog? What do you want to accomplish with it. Further than that, why do you write? Where would you like to see yourself as a writer 5 years from now, 10 years from now… really reflect on what you want to do, and get it down into words. Making a statement that other people can see is like making a commitment.

I want us all to commit to our dreams and ambitions — that way, we can keep each other on track.

I can’t wait to see what you guys say and come up with <3!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Oh, is it that time again? I think so! It’s time for another Blog Challenge! I wanted to switch this one up a bit again… so, instead of me giving you a writing prompt, I want you to make a list. Write down the last five things that you can remember dreaming about. After you’ve done that, use at least three elements from those dreams to make a short story! Doing this, you’re going to kind of delve into your own mind to write a story and practice what a lot of writers do to create new worlds!

(For those of you who will say: I can’t remember my dreams. I don’t dream. I don’t want to do this. Blah. Fine. https://wordcounter.net/random-word-generator Pick five words here and carry on as instructed.)

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

So, let’s get to it, shall we?

Author Amanda McCormick

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Today, we’re going to take things a little differently. The thing about blogs is that it isn’t all prompts! Sometimes, it’s doing things like tags, like challenges, or answering questions. So… for your challenge today, I want you to write a post giving your very, very best writing advice. Pretend you’re speaking to the writers of tomorrow, or your younger self… or whatever you need to do. Put a lot of thought into it, and make it more than a few sentences!

❤ This is going to reach out to a bunch of people, and putting all of our advice into one post is going to make for some amazing resources!

So, let’s get to it, shall we?

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey, everyone! So, the turnout for my first blog challenge was fantastic! I loved everyone’s responses and am hoping to get the same kind of turn out for this entry in the challenge!


Prompt #2: Make a list of five things you’re afraid of happening to you. Then write a story in which one of them happens to your character.


That’s right! We’re going a little personal this time. Honestly, it’s a good thing. When writing, being able to pull from personal experience and emotion will make for a fantastic story! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Remember, you can join in on this challenge at any time ❤ If you do, just link back to my page, and I will make sure to add you to the list of responses when I get mine posted up!

So, let’s get to it, shall we?

Author Amanda McCormick

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I guess I should probably get to posting my own response for this blog challenge #1, shouldn’t I? The prompt was to write a story including the following three elements: A stolen ring, a fear of spiders, and a sinister stranger. So… let’s get to it then, shall we?

–WARNING: Mature Rating–

“You shouldn’t have taken it, Kaleigh!” My voice was damn near an octave higher than usual, and I could hear the fear tremoring through the tone in nearly palpable waves. I knew it was stupid — legends were just that, stories that had no proof of truth. Maybe I was superstitious, or maybe I was smart. I wasn’t sure — but my girlfriend was looking at the ring that she’d snatched with reverence in her eyes. The stone was almost garnet, but the color was even deeper than that.

It almost swirled red like blood. From the moment that I’d seen it, I knew it was trouble. Every story that I’d ever heard as a child said that to take anything from the catacombs was to court a demon. The fact that we’d even come down here at all was almost more than I’d been willing to do, but Kaleigh had wanted to, begged me to… and in the end, I’d given in to her demands.

“Oh, Sarah, stop it. Nothing’s going to happen. See,” she wiggled her curvaceous body back and forth, “I’m still alive and kicking. There’s no demon.” And then, with a happy grin, she picked my hand up before I could stop her and slid the ring onto my left hand. “And now you have the prettiest damn engagement ring that anyone could ask for.”

I opened my mouth to protest, and I started to yank the band off… and then what she’d said hit me.

Engagement ring. My eyes widened, and my breath caught in my throat. She was asking me what I thought she was…

“Really, baby?” My nervousness was still there in the background, but I couldn’t hold back the smile that split my features. Suddenly, the whole idea of the curse wasn’t so bad.

“I love you, Sarah.” And her lips crushed against mine in a hot, excited kiss that made me all but forget the sensation in the back of my mind that something was going to happen.

I didn’t notice him until the next day. I was walking home from work when it happened; the dark shadow was a few blocks down, making sure to stay in the darkness so that I couldn’t make out his face. I had to assume that it was a he, because the figure was big and hulking. It was either that, or some Amazon Warrior had decided to follow me. My eyes continued to flick behind me, and I twisted the ring on my hand nervously. With my other, I quickly reached into my purse and wrapped my fingers around my mace.

I’d use it if I had to. Hopefully, whoever it was following me was just walking the same way that I was, and there wasn’t anything to worry about.

When I turned around again, the figure was gone. I breathed a sigh of relief, but it quickly turned into a scream that caught in my throat when I turned back in the direction fo my path. Before me stood the man that had been following me — of course, saying the word man was a very loose term.

The creature hulked at eight feet tall, and its skin was a solid, liquidy black that left him looking like he’d rolled in wet ink. Its eyes were slits, pointed and catlike, though blood-red in color.

The same red as the ring that I wore, which burned hot on my finger.

Its body was huge, though it wasn’t muscle so much as presence — and its spindle like fingers that stretched out towards me had two too many digits. I stepped back, raising my mace and spraying it, though I already knew it was pointless. Whatever I was seeing, which threatened to tear the sanity away from my mind altogether, wasn’t human.

I was hoping I’d simply gone crazy, but I could smell sulfur in the air and feel the cool sting of the night air sucking out the oxygen in my lungs from terror. I wasn’t dreaming. I wasn’t crazy.

The thing didn’t flinch when I sprayed it. Those long, needle-like fingers wrapped around my throat and lifted me into the air as though I was nothing more than a rag doll.

“You are the one who took my ring.” And though he spoke, the words that he said were whispered in my head. What came out of his mouth was dark, vicious speech that no human had heard before.

“N-no. I–” I struggled to choke out the words around its grip, to let it know that I hadn’t taken the ring at all… but my fiancee’s face sprang into my mind, and I knew that I couldn’t betray her. “Take it back.”

My hands struggled to pull the ring off, but it wouldn’t budge. It felt glued to my skin, and I yanked and pulled until my finger was raw and bleeding, and the thing was laughing richly in my face again.

“It’s too late for that now.” It leaned in, inhaling my scent and grinning — its teeth were stained the same inky black as its skin. “You smell like fear. I want more.”

Those red eyes flashed bright, and for a moment nothing happened. I felt it slowly — a soft trickle of eight legs trailing along my neck. I knew the sensation, and I brought my hand up to smack, a scream trying to rip from my chest around the choking sensation on my neck. I saw the fat, black spider a moment before another crawled along my arm. I tried to scream again, and I flailed in his arms like a thing on fire, a wild cat caught in a trap. I wasn’t afraid of many things, but spiders… spiders were on the short list. I screamed again, and felt something tickling on my tongue. Huge, fat, it crept from my throat and against my lips, all fangs and legs and itching, scraching hair.

I screamed over and over again, but the creature holding me seemed to drink the sound down, and soon there were spiders pouring out of my mouth, my nose, my ears. I could feel them trickling from between my legs — they were coming from everywhere. And then, with a rip of pain, they began to spill from beneath my nails, until every part of me was alive and crawling with them.

I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t think — terror made my heart throb so painfully in my chest that I thought I would die from it; the hot stream that soaked along my leg was evidence to that fear… and just as I felt I was going to faint from it… suddenly…

They were gone.

I was limp in its arms now, and it brought me forward to cradle me almost affectionately against its chest. Its words were a dark rumble, and its fingers held me tight when it spoke.

“Oh, this is going to be so much fun.” And, paralyzed by his touch, by my fear, by my trembling body and my aching throat, I couldn’t manage the strength to break his grip and get away as he took a few steps and walked into a swirling dark shadow, passing us through the world of humans and into his realm.

Uh… dang. That was dark guys. I apologize. Still, really fun prompt! I hope that you guys enjoyed it! I am going to be running this challenge for the foreseeable future, so if you want in on this awesomness, just start responding and link back to my page! You’ll get free shares out, and become part of our writing network for better exposure, blog comments, and just all around fun!

My Awesome Participants!!!:

http://www.readlistennibble.com/home/2018/6/5/blog-challenge-prompt-1

https://www.myloeyeager.com/2018/06/09/mirandas-ring/

http://torylynnwriter.blogspot.com/2018/06/escape-working-title.html

https://hrstephens.com/2018/06/08/the-duke-and-the-thief/

https://heretherebegames.blogspot.com/2018/06/egos-blog-challenge-1-all-for-wish.html

https://havenofchaos.org/2018/06/08/when-a-stalker-follows/

https://wp.me/p9W30w-1G

http://flyingkittystudio.com/?page_id=43

https://plotbunnywhackamole.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/ring-phobia-stranger

https://thewritingkennel.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/blog-challenge-2-tyra-part-3/

https://giannarobbin.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/challenge-prompt-1/

 

Stay tuned for the next portion of my blog challenge! I’ll be getting it up tomorrow! Until then,

Author Amanda McCormick

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Here we are, guys! I asked everyone to do an introduction of themselves for the first step of this blog challenge, and now we’re going to get into the actual juicy bits of it! For starts, we’re going to open with a writing prompt.

Writing prompts are very important, in my opinion. They help you to expand your writing capabilities, and they help you to put yourself into a situation that you might not have put yourself in otherwise. Some of my best novel ideas came from a writing prompt that took on a life of its own!


So, for our first prompt:

Write a story including the following three elements: A stolen ring, fear of spiders, and a sinister stranger.


And there we have it! There is our first prompt. When you’re done, make sure to link back to my blog so I can round them all up and post them when I post my own response! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey everyone! I decided to do a little challenge for my Discord Server, and it’s going to be posted here so you can all participate as well (though, feel free to clicky click here and join the server if you’d like). Anyway, I’ve talked to the members there quite a few times, and we frequently discuss the fact that having a social media presence is important if you plan on publishing. Whether it’s traditionally, in which case showing an agent that you already have a built-in audience is beneficial, or self-publishing… which, of course, having a built-in audience speaks for itself! Social media is important.

So, I decided that I would help the members of my group (and any of you who want to participate) by giving blog topics/prompts/etc to write on! So many people have trouble keeping up with a regular blog, so… I thought I’d make it a little easier by giving prompts and challenges for people to complete in order to help them jump-start their very own blog!

I’ll be pulling from multiple places: My mind, first of all. That means the occasional Currently, WIP, what are you reading, etc, blog!

https://www.creative-writing-now.com/short-story-ideas.html <– I’m also going to grab at least one of these every few days. I love writing prompts, and I think it’s a great way to showcase your talent.

https://randomwordgenerator.com/phrase.php <— I am also going to pull from here for more randomized prompts!

Hopefully, all of this will help anyone who is having trouble coming up with thoughts and topics to get a blog going. The most important thing is repetition, consistency, and building a habit! I’ll keep this running for as long as people keep asking me to! Until then (I should be starting this in June, so go ahead and drop a comment, Discord Messsage me, or email me if you want me to involve you as well!)

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Hey guys, so! It’s been an interesting week/weekend… and I have to say that I’m sorry for the delay in my NaNo update. The fact is, I went through a pretty big roller coaster of emotions that has me a bit off track for NaNo (I’m catching up properly today), and a bit behind on my blogging.

First of all, I had a fantastic birthday. I had a surprise party, I got to spend time with my friends and the people who I care most dearly for… and it was a wonderful time. The sad thing is, after that, one of my fur babies passed away. Little Darius was an adorable rattie, and I didn’t even think he was going to pass. It was sudden, so it was shocking, and I had to deal with mourning that loss for a bit. I’m still sad about it, and of course it’s still upsetting to think on… but I’m capable of properly coming back to blogging now that the ups and downs are over. So, let’s go ahead and get to my NaNo update. I’ve been writing a ton today, trying to get caught back up to where I should be. I have 5 days left to write (so the might NaNo front page speaketh), and I think that I’m going to be able to make that goal.


When Flowers Fall – 8562
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 1019
Cerulean Darkness – 6522
Misc Short Stories – 2045
Untitled – 4032
The Siren’s Door – 1000
Untitled 2 – 2313

Wordcount Total: 27009/30000


As you can see, I’ve made some really good progress over the last few hours. I was at 21000 yesterday, or a little over that? I can’t remember. Anyway, I’ve been doing the best that I can get to caught up, to get ahead, to get as close to winning as possible. We’re on the last little downward hill of NaNo, so it’s time to really kick it into gear. If you’re behind, do the best you can to get caught up! If you’re ahead, don’t let off now… keep going. If you’re right on time, you’re doing great xD And you’re probably more balanced and less stressed than most of us.

But the point is to keep on writing. Even if you can’t win, keep writing. Even if you’ve already won, keep writing. You are going to get more words than you had at the beginning of the month, no matter what you do… and that in and of itself is really and accomplishment. Even if you don’t win in word count, you still win NaNo (in my opinion) if you finish with more than you started.

So keep going – we’re all winners.

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

Author Amanda McCormick

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Oh, look at what I did! I’ve decided that I’m going to start trying to write/make my own writing prompts for you guys, so that I can always have nice pictures to go along with it. If any of you guys want to submit fun writing prompts that you made up, I’ll happily use them and link back to you! I just thought it would be a fun way to keep it within our community, instead of me grabbing them from big name sites!

Anyway, onward with the writing prompt! It is as listed above:


Your Guardian Angel appears before you- the thing is, this is not what you were expecting.


So, there’s the prompt. You can take it in whatever direction that you want, from humor to horror, or fanfic. Anything that comes to mind, I just want to see what you can do! I’m going to have to figure this one out for myself – I made a GoogleDocs document that’s full of writing prompt ideas, and I’m trying not to reread them, so that I don’t think about them or garner a favorite that I want to post. I like to be just as unprepared as everyone else until it goes up ❤

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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V is for Versatility, and I think that as writers, it’s something that we should strive to have. This, of course, is just advice that I try to live by – so, if you have something that’s working for you… you keep on keeping on!

For me, versatility is something that I strive to achieve. We all have things that we excel at, and we all have things that we’re not so good at… but I don’t want to be one of those writers that can only write one thing – one type of story, one genre, one real set of characters, you know? I looked up the definition to Versatility, and low and behold:

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1.

capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.:

a versatile writer.

A versatile writer… and that’s what I strive to be. I’ve written numerous novels (I’ve never even tried to publish them, shame on me), and they vary from Fantasy, to Paranormal Romance, to Historical Paranormal Romance, to Horror Romance, and a few other things in between. I like to write fanfiction for the sole purpose of versatility. If I write in other peoples worlds, from Hannibal Lecter to Kingdom Hearts, I’m getting to delve and practice my writing in multiple fronts. I like to write and try out as many different characters as I can, so that I can keep tuning in and keying up my ability to be a versatile writer. It’s part of the reason that I enjoyed the Roleplay community for so long – I was able to step into the minds of so many different characters, and it really helped me to develop a versatile voice with my own characters later in life.

I also try to make sure that it’s not just creative writing that I practice. I have recently been trying to do at least 2 blog posts a day, and I’m trying to make sure that they’re instructional and helpful (I really do love helping you guys out in any way that I can, so!). I do book reviews, I write for Textbroker in article format. I try to make sure that I can do more than just novel writing – I want to be a well rounded writer all around.

Versatility is something that can be a little hard to attain sometimes; I wasn’t always so wide ranged in what I wrote. My first novel was a fantasy novel… but after that, I would say that the next 5 that I completed were all supernatural/paranormal romance. While I really enjoy writing novels in that format, I sat back and thought about it… and I realized that it wasn’t the only thing that i wanted to write, the only thing that I wanted to ever be recognized for. So, I started writing horrorish novel, more zombies, less romance (though there’s still romance in there). It was completely different from my vampires/werewolves love stories that I did. I started writing about demons – extremely different to include devils and angels. I delved and dipped into post-apocalyptic. And I wrote a really big, really fat fantasy novel, which is something that I really want to strive forward with and publish. The point is, I looked at my writing, and I realized that I wanted variety, that I wanted to do something other than just paranormal romance. I wanted to be versatile.

This is part of the reason that I really enjoy writing prompts. I post them every Monday now, and I urge you to check them out and participate! The most recent one can be found HERE. Doing writing prompts can sometimes push you out of your comfort level, but that’s the point. Write something that you wouldn’t normally write – pick a perspective that you’ve never experienced before… pick a character that you aren’t comfortable with… and go for it. I encourage you to try to write at least one short story a week, and switch them up! Do something you wouldn’t normally. You can do it!

Write. Practice. Grow.

It’s so important that we do this – it’s so important that we allow our horizons to expand, because we might find that the next thing that we write is something more amazing than anything that we’ve ever imagined we could do. I’m urging you to push yourself, and I’d love to see the results. Check out the writing prompt I listed above, and write something that is completely out of your comfort zone. Post the link in my comments, or link me to it ❤ Be Versatile! Be proud of your writing!

And above all, never quit.

Until next time, with the letter W! Keep reading and writing!

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