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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?

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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!)

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey everyone! It’s been just a bit, but I had a thought as I was working on 4thewords today — I have a maximum amount of words that I want to get written every day, and I usually end up hitting that max… but… something you might not know about me is that I’m actually pretty bad at social situations. Like, I have a battery, and if I use it all up… well, I have to let it recharge for quite a bit of time.

Yesterday, I was out all day. In the morning, I played Pokemon Go for hours to get a black Charizard (Yeah, I’m one of those nerds xD I don’t care to tell you as much.) After that, I was home for a few hours (getting some work done), and then we went right back out to a BBQ to hang out with some friends that we haven’t seen for a while. We were there for 6 hours.

My battery not only died. I think it exploded. I don’t have a battery… I’m having to reorder one, and it’s taking a month to ship, I swear.

Honestly, though, I’m so peopled out and exhausted today that I just kind of wanna hang out with my baby and play some video games. So… I’m doing the minimum.

4thewords has given me a perfect minimum. 444 words. I have to do that many to get my streak for the day. Sometimes, doing the minimum is the best thing that you can do. Sometimes, you have to take care of yourself and not push it. It’s important to have multi-tier daily goals. The small one that you know you can get, even during a bad day… and then a big one that you strive for.

I have 444, and I have 2k. Today is a 444 kinda day. It’s still so important to have a daily goal and to hit it every day, because that’s how you form the habit of writing… but it’s also important to have in a net of self-care. It’s about finding that balance.

So, find your balance! Set your goals. I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

So, that’s my bit of advice for the day ❤ I hope it helps, and I’d love to hear your thoughts! If there’s a subject you want me to touch on for the next blog, leave it in the comments or email me!

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Deciding a project is always hard to do… and I’m having that issue right now. I’m doing my commissions, and I’m working on getting a very good rhythm going with those. I’m pleased on that front… but I’m still torn about which project I want to select as the novel that I really focus down on and polish until it shines.

And that’s just the thing — sometimes it isn’t always an easy decision. And sometimes you need to get some outside advice. I’m going to finish rewriting one into first person, and I’m going to add the last few chapters onto the other… and then I’m going to give the manuscripts to some very well trusted people to ask them which one they think has the most potential. It’s honestly so important to have people that you can trust, and people who you can go to for an opinion. It’s not me going for a critique, or for editing. It’s not even me going for constructive criticism (which is so important, trust me), it’s me trusting a small group of people who I know can read the book without me having to edit it and tell me, “Hey, this idea is better.”

You need to surround yourself with people who understand your needs, and who understand your desires. Look for a writing group, make some writer friends ❤ You won’t regret it!

So, that’s my bit of advice for the day ❤ I hope it helps, and I’d love to hear your thoughts! If there’s a subject you want me to touch on for the next blog, leave it in the comments or email me!

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*Eyes header* Daily writing… oh, I’m supposed to be doing that, huh? I’ve finally hammered myself out a proper schedule that I want to start with again, and I am determined to keep with it. That is one of the hardest and best things that you can do when you’re really trying to establish a writing habit.

You (and when I say you, I mean me xD And it might work for you, too) need to have some sort of game plan when it comes to your writing if you are trying to take it seriously and make it a job. I’m not saying that you have to have a strict and stringent amount that you always stick to. I’m not saying that the world will implode if something happens and you can’t do it.

But having a plan, mapping it out, figuring out your goals for the day? It helps a lot. It gives you boxes to check when you’re done and a feeling of accomplishment when you’ve done it.

It’s more than that, though. I’ve talked about goals a lot, but they aren’t just to show you the finish line so you have something to work towards. They’re there to show you when it is okay to stop, and when it’s okay to not feel guilty that you’re done. That sounds weird, right? But, as someone who writes for a living… I pretty much feel guilty any time that I’m not writing. I could have done 5,000 words for the day, and if I take time to play a video game for a few hours (Hello, Stardew Valley Beta, you beautiful thing you) I feel guilty. I think to myself, “I should be writing right now. I could get more words.”

You can’t do that to yourself. Yeah, writing can consume your mind. Yeah, you can draw storylines from things as silly as Stardew Valley… but, sometimes, you have to give your brain a rest. Sometimes, you have to know that it’s okay to stop. That’s what goals are good for. If you hit that 1k, 2k, 3k goal — if you hit that 250 word goal — if you hit that 1 page goal…

You did it. Congrats. Yes, you can keep going. Yes, it’s awesome if you do. But you don’t have to. You can rest, and you can rest without feeling guilty.

I don’t know if this is a problem you guys run into a lot, but I know it’s something that I’ve had issues with more than once.

So, that’s my bit of advice for the day ❤ I hope it helps, and I’d love to hear your thoughts! If there’s a subject you want me to touch on for the next blog, leave it in the comments or email me!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Life and Writing

Hello, everyone! You haven’t heard from me since the end of NaNo (I won with around 112,000 words!), and that’s because I needed a break after all of that writing. Well, that and the fact that my little one has been majorly fussy for the past week. I wanted to go ahead though and let you guys know what the future of this blog was going to be, what with the baby, the new year, and everything else!

No worries! Of course! I’m actually going to try to get back onto a daily posting schedule, while maybe taking the weekends as a “could post, but might just nap” time. I will be featuring weekly “What I’m Reading/Author/Book spotlights” or Book reviews, if I’ve finished the novel. I’ll be doing weekly writing prompts again. I’ll also have up writing tips/writing with kiddos tips, more about books and reading, and my overall thoughts! I’m really excited to dive back into it! I’d also love to hear from you guys!

Have you written a book and you want to be featured on the blog? Just hit me up here, or send me an email – amandaleannemccormick@gmail.com! If you have any blog suggestions or any tips that you’d like for me to discuss, I’d love to hear about it. Part of what I adore so much with this blog is getting to interact with all of you! I can’t wait to dive back in to posting every day!

Until then!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Life and Writing

Now that things are settling down, I’m hoping that I can get back to blogging again. I do know that it probably won’t be an everyday thing for a little while… because I certainly have some distractions that are stopping me from being able to commit to sitting down every day and formulate a coherent blog xD but, things are finally calming to the point that I feel like I can post one or two times a week again without fail.

I have to say that life with a newborn and still trying to write is challenging, to say the least. Hell, life with a newborn and trying to do things like eat regularly and get showers when I want is a challenging thing. Still, I’m managing to do those things (mostly)… so I think I can do this, too!

Things have been so strange and different! I do want to thank all of you for the congrats on the baby ❤ I’m sorry that I couldn’t get back to them sooner… hectic. Things are hectic when you’re a breast feeding mother; all that the kiddo wants to do is be on my chest. Most of the time, when I finally get him settled down to nap, if I get time to go to the computer (I’m usually scrambling to do laundry, eat, clean while he’s down), he’ll manage to wake up because he can sense that I’m wanting to be a little creative.

It’s just how he do. I’m not upset about it – I actually expected myself to need a month or two to adjust to everything. Hell, I expected to need to take a month or two to just heal up and want to be doing things. Thankfully, I felt pretty good the day after I had the baby, so I’m not having to worry about that. I just have to worry about the fact that I need to figure out a new writing routine… and that’s what this is all about, really. I am going to figure out a new writing routine. I know things are going to be a little easier when I get a mobywrap, because I’m going to be able to wear my little monster. He’s a mama’s baby, so he will be a lot happier on my chest. But, I’m going to figure it out. I am determined, and it makes me excited that I’m determined. My writing mojo kinda disappeared for a while during my pregnancy, but it’s come back in full swing.

It’s just a matter of figuring out where it fits into my new life. I know things are different, but just because things in your life change, that doesn’t mean that you have to change your passions.

You just have to figure out how to adjust.

I know for now I’m probably not going to be doing any in depth work on my novels, as much as I’d like to. For now, I’m probably going to work on fics when I can and try to get some writing prompts done. I’ll be doing RP replies. It will help me get back into the proper swing of writing, without being a novel that I’m just gonna have to tear apart again if I end up doing something poorly because I was stressing myself into doing my novel.

I do think that by November, I will have things figured out enough that I’m going to be able to participate in NaNoWriMo. I’m excited about it, even though I’m not sure what I’m going to work on. I had hoped that I would have finished my two novels that I’m wanting to option for actual publishing so that I could work on their sequels…

I don’t know that I’m going to be that figured out… but that’s the point. I’m going to take it day by day, until I figure out how to get my writing into my schedule again.

I’m going to take it day by day and remember that we need to always make time for ourselves and for our passions, no matter what is going on in our lives. I want to teach my little sweet miracle baby that it is always important to pursue your dreams, even when things get hard. I’m not going to fold now and let him be the excuse for me to not be a good role model. No, I want to teach him that dreams are always worth striving for, and passions are what make us burn on the inside.

So, hopefully, when I write my next blog, it will be with an update of the things that I’ve gotten done!

Until then, though! Keep on keeping on! Keep on writing, and I hope that you’re all doing fantastic!

Author Amanda McCormick

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So… the July Camp NaNo that may or may not be won… that’s what I’m calling this particular Camp. You see, the thing is… I’m due to have my little baby July 7th >_> The fact is, I don’t know how much writing I’m going to be able to get done in the month of July…

But that’s exactly why I signed up for Camp. I sat my goal relatively low, and I want to see if I can hit it. I very much want to try to push myself to still get writing done, even when things are so chaotic. I’ve just gotten settled into my new writing environment where I can actually sit and write again. I’m really, really ready to get back onto a schedule.

It’s just going to be a matter of figuring out that new schedule once the baby gets here!

I am definitely going to take you guys on a strange journey of trying to figure out how to write while I have a newborn, but I figure that Camp is a great dry run for actual NaNo. My goal is to be able to still win in November.

I think I can do it ❤

Until next time, guys! Let me know about your Camp NaNo plans!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Tag Thursday

What is today? Today is a Thursday >_> and apparently the day that I decide to get back into my blogging. I’ve feeling great! I’m going to do an update blog after I finish this, but I wanted to get back into this exactly how they’re supposed to be going… so, Tag Thursday it is! I grabbed this tag from Jenna Moreci’s vlog! Enjoy, because here we go!


What kind of writer are you?

I am taking this to mean what genre do I write in? I dabble here and there, though you’ll mostly find me in the young adult area. However, amongst that I’ve done horror, paranormal romance, and high fantasy. I also wrote most of a lesbian sci-fi romance for NaNoWriMo this last year… I pretty much go wherever my muse takes me; it’s my favorite thing, exploring avenues that I haven’t been down yet… because you never know what surprises you’re going to find!

When did you start writing and what made you want to try it?

Shoot, I’ve written for a long time. I’ve always, always loved to read, and even before I was physically putting them down… I was writing entire novels in my head to put myself to sleep, finishing up books the way that I wanted them to end. I wrote my first novel in 6th grade though. I guess what made me want to try it was just the knowledge that there were so many worlds out there that only I could make. I also really, really wanted to make other people happy, the way that books made me happy.

What inspires your stories?

There is no one thing that inspires my stories. Sometimes I just have a dream, and realize that it needs to be a novel. Sometimes, it’s a writing prompt that I see. Sometimes, I go to my husband and I say: I want to write a novel about zombies. Tell me something that would make this interesting… and then he gives me a twist to it, and it turns into a novel. My creativity more than anything else inspires me, and the world around me.

What themes do you explore in your writing?

No particular theme. I feel like those are kind of something that you discover as you’re plotting your story out, isn’t it? I’m not the kind of person who is centric to one theme and one theme only as a driving force. I’m everywhere.

Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser?

I would consider myself a plantser. I plot, but I don’t plot so heavily that I don’t have wiggle room. I try to leave myself space for discovery while having a clear route from beginning to end – if I just so happen to deviate and see something along the way? Well, all the better, yes?

Where are you in your writing journey?

I… am… in a weird place. I have two novels that I really feel like I could seek publication with if I ever got them properly polished up. I have an amazing support system in my husband and family, and I’m pretty happy with the social media presence that I am very slowly garnering. I don’t know… I’m just on the teetering edge of really going for it, I guess. But being pregnant and wanting to really show my kiddo that you can go for your dreams may be the push that I need.

Have you entered any writing contests, and have you won or lost any?

Uh? Yeah, I’ve entered a few in my lifetime? I’ve won the few that I entered, but it hasn’t been too many? I’m really weirdly private about my writing… which I should get over, since I wanna get published.

Who are your writing heroes?

L.J. Smith and J.K. Rowling. – L.J. because she’s the one who really got me into the genre that I started writing in. Rowling because she was turned down so many times, and look at her now. Honestly, everyone who strives for and acheives their dreams inspire me.

Have you been to a writing conference?

Nope. I should change that.

What are your top three tips for newbie writers?

Ohhh, top three tips, huh? Well, lesse.

  1. Keep writing – that’s the hardest part. It isn’t always going to be good, and it certainly isn’t always going to be easy… but the best thing that you can do is keep writing, whenever you can, because it’s going to make you better, and it’s going to help you to grow as a writer.
  2. Don’t be afraid to take constructive criticism – I’m saying this to every form of artist, from writer to musician to someone who draws. You have to be able to take constructive criticism (not people being a dick, never take that). But when people tell you how you can improve, you need to listen. Never become complacent. Do not stop striving to better yourself. The moment that you think you’re the best you can be is the moment that you will never improve again. The only person you are in competition with is yourself, but you should always try to be a better artist than you were yesterday, and most often than not, constructive criticism and always trying to learn is the way to do that.
  3. Give yourself a break, but only in moderation – Sometimes, things aren’t going to work out the way you think. Sometimes, your book isn’t going to get accepted. Sometimes >_> you get pregnant and are so sick/distracted you can’t write for over two months. It’s okay to give yourself a break, but do it in moderation. Don’t let a necessary break turn into excuses. You know yourself, push yourself as hard as you can without breaking.

And there we have it! That is the Author’s Life For Me Tag! I challenge you all to complete it and link back to me, so I can see your answers!

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

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