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Life and Writing

Oh dear… I really am going to figure out how to get my writing consistent again someday. I do have to say, the break that I took is solid proof about everything that I’ve been saying – it takes weeks, months even to properly establish a habit. It only takes skipping it for a few days to unlearn all of the things that you’ve taught yourself. I intended to start fresh yesterday, but I was exhausted.

Baby makes me exhausted. So I didn’t.

But I’m starting today. I don’t know if I’ll immediately jump into daily blogs, but I’m going to try. More importantly, though, I am going to get back into writing every day. Just gotta take a deep breath and dive back into it, right? I have to push aside the mountain of snacks on my desk to check out how much I wrote last month, and I know it was a completely dismal number.

… and shockingly, I still made my word count. *Blinks* 16,013 words written for the month of January. I boosted my word goal down to 500 words a day… so I was still about one thousand words over. I’m actually not as disappointed in myself as I thought I would be – I’m going to take that lack of disappointment, and I’m going to use it as my fuel to get back into the groove of things again. At least, I’m going to try my damn hardest to. We will see how much I can get written today.

So, other than my little update right there, I wanted to go ahead and let you guys know what blogs you should be expecting! I’m going to get back into my tags, and my writing prompts. I should also have a book review up soon of the new A.G. Howard novel, RoseBlood. I mean, honestly, did you expect me to see a Phantom of the Opera retelling without immediately snatching it up? I needed it – I got it… and I do have to say that so far, it’s been completely amazing.

I also want to get a right and proper baby update blog – clearly, with my lack of writing every day, we can already tell what the topic of choice is going to be for the blog, and how the little one is changing my writing flow… but that will probably come up tomorrow. For now, I will give you a small, brief update. Things seem to be going well – I’m damn near 18 weeks. I have another appointment on Valentine’s Day, so I can let you guys know more about the physical aspect of it then! It’s been truly amazing so far, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. But, as I said, that’s for a full blog… probably tomorrow, maybe the day after. I really need to look at my posting schedule and see if I want to rearrange it.

For now, though, that’s all. I hope you guys are doing amazing, and I’d love to hear life updates for all of you as well!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Monthly Wrap Up

Scratch the month in the photo and bring it up to the word yearly, and you’ll have exactly where I am! I’m going to go ahead and get my Yearly Writing Update, and I apologize for the fact that I haven’t give you monthly updates for the past little bit. Like I said (like I’ve said way too much) I’ve been busy and having things going on a lot… but all of that should be coming to a head soon, and I should be able to go into what’s actually been going on! I’m excited for that.

Anyway, no need to explain those things. Let’s get on with the update!

yearHere it is. It’s just a small chart, and it seems like it doesn’t hold that much… but goodness me, it holds all of my writing for the year. I can’t believe that I got so far. Let’s start first with the goals that I set for myself.

Main Yearly Goal: Write 1000 words every day of the year. I am super proud to say that I accomplished this! There were times when I thought that I wouldn’t be able to, and times when I wanted to cheat and count writing that really shouldn’t count… but I sucked it up and I made it through. I stuck to my personal goals and the parameters I set myself at the beginning of the year… and I made it. I had to fight for it some months, and some months it came completely effortless… but I made it. And more than that, I really learned a few things about myself. Writing every day helps with my stress, and it truly does form a proper habit. On the days that I didn’t get to write my words until close to the end of the day, I felt stressed, I felt unhappy, I felt incomplete. Writing is a part of me, and this year of experience taught me that.

2016 Stretch Goal: Write 1 million words in the year. As you can see, I didn’t accomplish this goal, but I’m not upset about it. I set my stretch goal as something that I will have to perform excellently to achieve, as something that I will have to super push myself to do. It’s something that I can work towards, so that I have the ability to push myself and to better myself. I didn’t make it, but I made it extremely far. If I’d have kept my goal of only 1,00o words a day, I would have had around 400,000 words.

Instead, I have nearly 850,000. I doubled what I wanted to do, I doubled my minimum goal. I damn near got to my 1 million. It gives me hope, and it gives me something to work even harder towards in 2017.

Reflections:

Overall, 2016 was a pretty amazing year for writing. I ended up getting back into fanfiction fairly hardcore throughout the year, and I’ve made some fantastic relationships and expanded my writing ability over it. I’ve started on a second draft for my novel Cerulean Darkness, which is something that I’ve never ventured into before. I’ve also set a pace for myself for my writing this year.

I’m going to do at least 500 words every day in creative writing – original creative writing – throughout 2017. I’ve gotten more comfortable with short stories, with writing prompts, and with blogging. I’ve expanded my readers by so many, and I really have to thank all of you for that. You’ve been amazing, and an inspiration. Getting to talk with all of you and get your input as well as getting to know you has been a real pleasure.

I feel like I’ve grown as a writer in 2016. I feel like I’ve expanded my abilities, and opened so many doors for myself… and I’m so excited to walk through those in 2017 and see where they lead. I’ve set myself some fantastic goals, and I can’t want to start striving for them!


I would love to hear about your year in review. How did you do on your writing goals? How have you grown as a writer? Let me know!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey everyone! So, the New Year is going to be ringing in here at California very soon! I’ve been talking to a few of my friends about Resolutions, and I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting their opinions on them via facebook and other social media… and actually putting them into a negative light. I figured that a good way to get my blog on would be to go ahead and talk about resolutions and how I handle them.

In truth, I think that they’re fantastic, if you approach them realistically. People who swear up and down that they’re going to go to the gym every day, twice a day when they’ve never gone to the gym in their entire life >_> Hmmm… see, that’s jumping the gun a bit. I think that making the resolution to exercise at least twice a week is more plausible. For me, I always set two goals, because it makes things easier.

I’ve talked about this before, but this just seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about it again – I have a few goals for myself, and I’m pretty happy with them. I’ll lay my goals out!

Goals Number One: Write 1,000 words a day, every day for 2017. (A note that this may be adjusted up or down accordingly, depending on how things play out over the first of the year.)  Write at least 500 words in creative writing every day. – Stretch Goal: Write 1 million words in a year.

Goal Number Two: Read at least 1 book every month in 2017 and get a review up! – Stretch Goal: Read a book a week for 2017.

Goal Number Three: Finish the first Draft of Limbo, and pick between Limbo and Cerulean Darkness to finally edit for a second draft. – Stretch Goal: Finish both second drafts.

Goal Number Four: Blog Every Day. – No Stretch Goal, but go easy on yourself on the days that you can’t. Try to get out a minimum of at least 3 a week, as long as things are going all right. 

 

So, as you can see, I handle my goals a little differently than a lot of people that I know. I put two levels to my goals – a minimum… something that I know I can handle. It’s still pushing myself to do something new and something that I might not otherwise do, but it’s not so stressful as going all out on something that would be super taxing and easy to fail. The stretch goal is in place so I will push myself. I shouldn’t be taking it easy. I should be trying to better myself.

I look at it this way – if you’re gonna to try to go to the gym… give yourself two levels of it,or a midpoint goal. Say: I’m going to exercise twice a week, even if it’s just a walk. Midpoint to: I want to go to the Gym twice a week and work out for an hour. And your stretch goal can be going to the gym every day. You might not make that stretch goal, but working towards it, I bet you’ll at least hit that minimum goal you set for yourself. Don’t think of Resolutions for the new year as something that you have to do, and the end all to everything. Think of it as something you can do to better yourself, and something that you can accomplish.

And most importantly, don’t beat yourself up over it. You can make the year amazing just by staying positive and having a good attitude!

So, I’ll see you in the New Year, readers! I’d love to hear about your Resolutions and goals!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Monthly Wrap Up

So, it’s been a fantastic month! As anyone who has been in my blog knows, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo this month with a goal of 30,000 words of original writing. I’ve been updating everyone daily, or almost daily, and it’s been pretty damn fun. I ended up meeting my goal with 30,100 words… but that’s all that you guys have heard about. I wasn’t just writing for Camp.

I ended up completing the month with 90,046 words total, and I’m completely and utterly pleased with those results! I told myself that I wanted to really step it up again this month, because I’ve been having a lot of 50k months… and I did!

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As you can see (other than my little flub), I did pretty damn good on my calendar. I also have my excel document, which you can check out below!

July Total

My writing went really well. I got a lot of blog done, a lot of RP done, a lot of original writing and some fanfiction. But, my writing isn’t the only thing that I was keeping track of during this time.

It’s been a long time since I’ve paid attention to my goodreads, so I went back to that and checked out my how many books in a year goal. I was behind, but I had a goal of 30 books to read for the year. I made a small goal, and I remembered doing it… and I feel okay with that now. If it looks like I’m going to surpass that, I’ll actually raise it up.

I am currently at 10/30 books! With my new e-reader, I’ve been able to get a lot more done. So, my monthly updates will now include how I’m progressing with that!

Overall, I’m pleased with myself… both in my writing and reading. This month has been good, and I hope that everyone else had a good month as well. I know that Camp NaNo can make things hectic ❤ But I’d love to hear how everyone did in their writing and reading for July!

If you write about it, link me! I’d love to hear!

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

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, I’ve realized that a lot of this is concentrated versions of little bits of advice that I’ve sprinkled through my blogs. I’m probably going to make one master post of this all when I’m done with the series, so that people can find it and look through everything easily – I certainly want people to understand that I’m giving this advice and encouragement as just that… I know that everyone can succeed, if they put their mind to it, and if they figure out how to properly motivate themselves.

That’s what today’s blog is about. G is for Goals, and I think that everyone should have some.

When I was writing aimlessly, with no actual goal or intention in mind… there were days when I would write a ton. They were great days – fantastic days. They made me feel great. And then, there were the times when I wouldn’t write anything… for days. Maybe even weeks. And I honestly found myself more depressed/irritable/less fulfilled when I went on a big writing hiatus like that. I am literally one of those people who have to write frequently in order to function in a way that keeps me happy and positive. Writing is my stress relief, it’s one of my drugs of choice (the other being video games), and it helps me to feel like I can do things, and like I can function when the world gets crummy. I realized that, multiple times, but I was never sure as to what to do about it until recently.

I was on… tumblr? Or youtube. I’m not sure – but I saw someone posting about having a calendar with little stars on it, to tell you how much you wrote, which goals you accomplished, etc. I’d already come into December of 2015 deciding that I wanted to start the new year with a goal of writing 1,000 words every day. By making a calendar and holding myself accountable of my goals, I was completely capable of matching them, surpassing them, and feeling fantastic about myself at the end of the day. Step one of finding a way to meet your goals quite often comes from finding a way to keep yourself accountable, and to be able to see when you have and haven’t done them. For me, it’s brightly colored stars that help along the way – for you, it might be stars. It might be candy. It might be a bullet journal, or simply writing it down on a calendar. Whatever it is, make sure to do it.

Now, the other thing that I’ve learned about goals is that you have to make sure that they’re realistic. If I decided – my goal for every day is to write 15,000 words, because I’ve done that in a day before… that’s ridiculous. Yes, I can do it. Does it mean that I want to? Every single day?

Absolutely not.

A lot of people say that you should challenge yourself, and I absolutely applaud that. But I don’t think that you should push yourself so that your writing goal for the day is so hard to do that you’d rather avoid it than to get it done, or avoid it rather than to feel the guilt of trying to do it and failing. This is why I kind of have my goals set up in multiple ways.

I picked a number that I was comfortable with – that I knew for a fact I could write every single day, even if I only had a free 20 minutes to spare. We all have 20 minutes somewhere, whether it’s while we’re eating, while we’re on the bus, while we’re waiting at the bus stop, etc. We all have it. Take what you can get done in a short amount of time, and make that your goal. If you know for a fact that you can write 250 words in 20 minutes… that’s you. That’s a page a day, and that’s damn respectable. Don’t make your minimum goal something that you will fail at – because succeeding feels so much better.

I do, however, have two sets of goals. I have a minimum of 1,000 words a day – this is what I have to get done. And then, I have a stretch goal of 3,000 words a day. This is what I would like to get done. I don’t always meet or surpass that stretch goal; when I do, it feels amazing. If I don’t? That’s okay. I got my 1k.

So, what I’m saying is, set yourself a goal that you know you can attain, and have a secondary goal of what you want to attain. You aren’t copping out, you aren’t being lazy. You’re making sure that you don’t set yourself up to be disappointed. Raise that secondary goal as often as you feel like you can. If you find yourself constantly and easily meeting that secondary goal, raise the first one up by a bit – challenge yourself, but do it within reason!

I think the last thing that I want to touch on here is that goals are important for building self confidence and habit. I’ve written at least 1,000 words a day every single day since the start of 2016. It was harder to do at first, but now that I’m 5 months in, its like breathing. It’s perfect, and it makes me feel really good about myself to know that I can achieve what I put my mind to. Repetition is key – you form a habit after doing it for a few weeks. Once you’re in the habit of writing – whether it’s every day, a certain amount a week/per month, etc, it will come easier to you! Goals are important for both writing and your every day life, so strive towards setting and keeping them!

Set goals, achieve those goals. Surpass those goals. Get into the habit of it! Your writing will thank you!

Until next time, with the letter H!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey hey, everyone. I didn’t have very many set writing goals today. I wanted to get my prompt done and decide what tips and blogs I was going to do up until NaNo started. I think I have everything prepared… so… let’s get this going!

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Words Written: 500-ish. I had wrote some things.

Goals: Finishing my prompt, planning out. Goals accomplished!

That’s all though, guys. This one will be short, but you’ll be seeing a lot more tomorrow! I can’t wait!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!
Author Amanda McCormick
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So, just as I said I was going to do… I’m posting my wordcount for the week. On top of that, however… I figured out something else that I thought would be a lot of fun. I’m going to post the number of pages I’ve read every week! 

So, first of all.. I didn’t quite manage the 2000 per day that I wanted, but I still got a decent amount written! 5675 words!

This was split up over the course of 2 days, each with me doing in the a little less than 3000 range. I would have written more… but after those two really great days… my room mate brought me home whatever sickness it is that he contracted from the kids this week (he works at a school). I’ve been coughy, sneezy, sore throat and headached… Which makes me want to curl up with a good book. I’m hoping that I will be able to write more in this coming week, and I will keep you all updated! 

However, on the page front, I did much better. Altogether I read 1270 pages for the week! I think I’ll probably shoot for around 1000 pages each week to be read! 

 

How about all of you? How much did you read and write this past week? What are your goals and plans for this week? I’d love to hear about it!

 

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick