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Hey, everyone! It looks like it is nearly that time again, doesn’t it? Camp NaNoWriMo is quickly approaching us all, and I find myself in a little bit of a quandary. I’m not completely certain if I want to participate.

In April, my husband and I are going to be moving; that of itself provides a challenge when ti comes to finding time to be creative. I have to add to that the fact that I am pregnant, oddly hormonal, and easily tired. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to find the time or energy to really complete a big project for Camp.

However, I’ve made the decision to go ahead and push forward. I sat my project amount for 15,000 words. I think I can manage that. I’m not working on a new project – I’m working on rewrites for a novel that I want to get properly edited. I think that I can do it, even with everything going on.

Regardless of if I can, I want to try. And that’s what is so important here; I’m trying to take the advice that I gave out so often to all of you – I have time to do it. It may not feel like it, but somewhere along the way, I can manage 500 words a day. I know I can. I know my limits, and I know how long that takes me to crank out. So, I’m going to push forward, even though I’m afraid for the first time that I might fail… and now that I’ve made that decision, I’m all the happier for it.

I guess this blog is here to encourage all of you who are teetering on the edge of doing Camp NaNo or not. Go ahead, go for it! The worst that will happen is you won’t hit your goal, but you know what? You’ll end up getting more words than you started out with. The only way that you can really fail is if you never try at all. So, push forward, strive for your best… and know that in this scary writing process that is attempting to better yourself, you are never alone.

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

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Oh, hey, what’s that sound? That’s the sound of this writer winning Camp NaNoWriMo with 100 words to spare!

Whoo!

Winner 2016 - Twitter ProfileAs you can see by my winner goodies swag right there, I managed to get my wordcount in. I’ve been struggling with keeping ahead, falling behind… and these past two days, I’ve just really put in the effort to get ahead, and therefore win by default. I actually went 100 words over my particular writing goal (on purpose, because the validation system likes to eat your words sometimes.

So, even though NaNo said I wrote 30071 words, I wrote 30100, and I’m damn proud of myself! Let’s go ahead and get those stats up one more time, and for the last time for NaNo!


When Flowers Fall – 10774
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 1019
Cerulean Darkness – 6522
Misc Short Stories – 2045
Untitled – 4032
The Siren’s Door – 1000
Untitled 2 – 3192

July Camp NaNo Total: 30100/30000. ❤ Winner~!


As you can see, When Flowers Fall ended up being my big project for the month. I didn’t realize that I was going to get so into it, but I did! I’ll probably take a tiny pause from writing it so that I can actually plot some of it out now… when Amanda doesn’t plot, we have a few drastic shifts in the story. Like going from third person to first person… and then going from a female main character to a male main character.

Oopose. Oh well.

I’m honestly really proud of myself. This month has been hard, and hot. And just terrible and wonderful all around… but I still managed to do my NaNo. Not only that, but I have over 70,000 words written for the month already… so honestly, I’m doing a fantastic job over all. I’m going to try my damndest to hit 90k before the month is over… so I’ll update you in a few days to tell you if I’ve managed that ridiculous feat… but all and all, I’m extremely proud.

Camp Nano, and NaNo in general is just such a fantastic event. It gives us goals, it gives us community, and it gives us the chance to feel like we accomplish something when we win. As writers – especially those of us who are struggling/haven’t tried to get published/are trying to finish that first novel/etc… we need that boost. We need that pat on the back, and the sense of accomplishment that we can surpass our goals if we put our mind to it. And even when we don’t win, we get to look back at all of the new words that we’ve written… and there is still a sense of validation, because we sure as hell didn’t have those words before.

So, for those of you still running for the end? You’ve got this. No matter how you do, you’ve got this… because you have more words than you started with. Do word wars over the next few days – participate in some crawls! Message friends and have them write with you! Have a virtual write in with your group! Do whatever you need to get in those last few days of words… and know that am proud of you, and I believe in you. You’re amazing.

Keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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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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Going to go ahead and throw my update out for the day. I may end up writing a little bit more before the afternoon is over and done with (it’s 5pm here), but I’m really thinking that spending the rest of the day curled up on the couch and reading a book is the ticket. I’ve been doing really well with my word count. I’m technically about 562 words ahead of where I wanted to be – I may go ahead and push to 9k tonight, so that I can be ahead (so to speak – remember, I skipped day 1 because I have a 30,000 word goal.) So, direct your attention to my NaNoWriMo Camp stats below!


When Flowers Fall– 3128
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 2271
Misc Short Stories – 836
Untitled Long Story – 338

July Camp NaNo Total: 8589/30,000


Today’s writing tip really relates to what I said above though. We’re a little over a week into NaNo, and I know that some people are starting to get tired by now. I’ll probably give you this same Memo a week from now, and I don’t feel bad about the repetition.

Take some you time. I know, it’s easy to feel guilty about it. “I should be writing” you say. Yeah, you should – I’m completely on the boat of you should be writing… but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take an hour our of your day to spoil yourself. Read a book, take a bath, eat some chips – do whatever makes you happy. Do something to relax, and remember that you don’t have to be writing 24/7. It’s NaNo, so we have to write more than usual… but it’s just as important to take care of ourselves mentally as it is to get that book done.

Think of it this way – our mind is kind of our production line for these fantastic words that we put out. Sometimes, you have to shut the line down and give it a little TLC, a little maintenance. You have to make sure that it’s capable of running, and that it is going to continue onward on the path to success. That requires shutting things down – that requires stepping away from your words and giving your brain a while to simply decompress.

Don’t forget that in your race to get to the end – don’t forget that your mind is a glorious pool of a million ideas… so you should treat it right and proper, before it throws up a ‘No Swimming’ sign and tells you that the fun is over. xD

Honestly though, take time for yourself – you’re worth it. You can still write your words for the day; I actually encourage you to do so before you allow yourself that break… but don’t forget that break, that reward – don’t forget that you deserve to treat yourself.

 

Until next time, guys, keep reading and writing! And don’t forget to treat yourself!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Okay, so I didn’t finish when I wanted to before, but I have exactly 6,896 words left, so I think that I can manage it today.

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How are you all doing for NaNo? I’ve really found it to be a completely different experience this year. With my mother passing away, there is a completely different drive for me this year… it’s almost like I’m rushing to the end of the novel, because I want to send her off with it. I know it sounds odd, but it’s how I feel. Writing this is really helping me to get through what would have probably otherwise been an impossible situation to deal with. I was so afraid when it happened, that I wasn’t going to be able to get any writing done.

I’m glad to find that it’s the opposite.

Today’s actual count is 20,004. You guys are at the point where you need to break that 20k goal, and let me tell you… it’s always a fun doozey to break! I know that week one has trickled away, and we’re nearing the end of week two. I know that the shiny new novel power is starting to wear off. I know, for some of you, you haven’t even started, or you’re behind. Guess what though, guys? You can still do this. If you started right now, you still only have to write 2,600 words and some change today. I know that seems like a lot, but it really isn’t. If you get ahead, it will make that number go down. If you’re behind, you can always catch up. You can do this.

The novel inside of you is something that no one else can give this world. Even if it’s the same story that’s been told, no one can tell it like you. No one can give it the emotion and experience that you can. You have an entire world living inside of you,  begging to be let out. You owe it to that world and this one, and most importantly, you owe it to yourself to do it.

Writing a novel is truly a labor of love. You’re putting your heart and soul into this piece, and sometimes… sometimes it gets a little exhausting, but just think about the end result. Thing about how you are going to feel when you cross the end of the month, 50k words richer, and able to say I did it. You can do that. I know you can. And if you ever think that you can’t, pop by here, and I’ll remind you.

You are an amazing human being. Not everyone can sit down and bring a world to life. Not everyone can really call themselves a writer and mean it. You have the fate of a world that has never been brought into existence in your hands, and you’re sculpting it. That’s impressive.

So, if you feel like giving up… remember, don’t. You’ve got this. You are amazing. You are a writer. You are going to win!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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So, I’m going to try to work up the gusto to do a vlog! I got my new webcam in, so it’s exciting. I wanted to set it up so I could do a tour of my desk and perhaps a few introductions on my writing style/method/whatever. I’ve been in a really weird mood lately – I think it might be something that most people who chase writing as their career feel. I mean, honestly… it’s a bit discouraging at times, because you know that there’s not a guarantee that you’ll be able to have the job that you really want. There’s no guarantee that your novel will ever be published. There’s no guarantee that anyone else will ever ask for a commission.

Honestly, I’d love to be a published author some day. I’m working on editing novels up so that I can actually pursue that dream, but knowing that there’s a chance that it could take a long time, that it could never happen? It can be depressing. I’ve noticed that when I get down about this stuff, I put in job applications for local stores. It’s honestly a little funny – I mean, I’m doing all write with my commission business. It’s not constant, but it’s enough to make a difference in my life. I’m going to be going back to school within the next few months (it took a while from moving to California, settling, getting married, but the time is right)… and I’m going to make something of my life.

But every now and then, I do job applications, because I know that my chosen career path isn’t a guaranteed thing.

That doesn’t mean, however, that I’m going to give up. I know that you, as a writer, get discouraged just the same… don’t give up. Never give up! Writing is a dream, a passion, it’s a thing that burns inside of me. It’s something that I need to do, that I want to do, and that I get extremely grumpy when I don’t do. Put in job applications, run around in circles, climb a tree, adopt a dog… do whatever you have to do to placate that feeling of listlessness as you continue to climb and struggle along your chosen career path… but never give up. Keep writing, keep trying. Your words mean something. Your words are amazing – your words are something that no one else in this world can ever produce, you know?

I tell myself these things. It’s hard, you better believe that I know it, but I’m always going to keep trying. I’m going to buckle down and take it seriously. I’m going to edit, going to talk to publishers, going to maybe self publish some short stories… and I’m not going to stop writing.

Writing is life, is breath. We, as writers? We can never stop.

 

-Amanda McCormick (The oddly musing writer).