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Writer Habits

Hey! Look, finally a use for one of my tags!

I’m going to try to get back to a proper posting schedule, both for this blog and for writing in general. It’s been strange, the way that things have been going. Motherhood certainly shifted my life (for the better, because I couldn’t imagine something more joyful than my son and his sweet little smile!). Now I’m trying to figure out where blogging, writing, and everything in between that used to be how I identified myself.

Right now, my only identity is Mama.

I’m working on that. I’m going to get back to daily posting — I’m going to get back to themed posting. I have a journal that I’m planning that out in, so I’m really excited. Today is my first step towards that!

This blog is here for multiple reasons. Both as a declaration of my intent, so that I have you guys to judge me if I randomly fail… and also as an open suggestion box. Do you guys have anything that you’d like to see? I’d love to get blogs that you’re all interested in. Let me know!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Scrivner up, baby monitor on, writing group active on the other side… I have my headphones on, even if they are only covering one ear. I’m trying to learn how to write at my desktop again while I have a baby.

Life gets a little complicated once you’re a Mama, doesn’t it?

I can write while I’m in bed just fine — my amazing and supportive husband bought me a new laptop to make it easier than it was before, even. However, I really get into my best flow when I’m at my desk. There’s something about the setup here, and the fact that I feel like I’m actually working instead of just tapping around while laying in bed. I’ve recently decided to double down on working (though I’m not actually working on RipTide right now, I was just organizing files xD), and part of committing to that is getting out of the bed and working at my desktop again instead of just working at my laptop.

It’s a bit difficult, and I know that any new parent, anyone who is going through a big change in life, anyone who has moved and is trying to get organized… anyone who is going through anything really can attest to this. The matter is though, it’s about taking a deep breath and deciding that you’re going to really commit to the goals that you set for yourself. I’ve always been a huge advocate for goals, for setting them, and for going with them.

This is the exact same. I’m going to try to spend at least 20 minutes a day at my desktop working on writing things, even if it’s just composing a daily blog until I’ve gotten more into the swing of it. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you have a nearly 8 month old clinging to you ever moment of the day… trust me, those 20 minutes can come few and far in between.

But I’m going to do it — and I think that this is a lesson that anyone can take to heart. Even if it’s just you trying to get into a habit of writing. You just have to tell yourself that you’re going to do it. You’re going to take those twenty minutes. Whether it’s 20 minutes to get writing done, twenty minutes to plot, to plan. Even if you’re only taking ten minutes.

Say you’re going to do it.

Do it.

You can do it, I believe in you!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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limboOh, look it’s Zombie time! What’s that? You guys haven’t seen this cover in a little bit, have you? Well, I wanted to give a small update on what I’m doing!

I’m narrowing down the novel that I really wanna go forward with. It’s a toss up between my fantasy novel Cerulean Darkness and Limbo! The thing about Limbo is that I need to finish it.

_> Yeah. I did like 50,000 words, but it’s not done. Oopse.

So, I’m going to be prodding to get it finished. At the same time, I want to finish my rewrite of Cerulean Darkness. Once I’m all done, I’ll do some edits and then look for beta readers. O_O It feels crazy, but I really wanna crack down on getting these things done and getting things going. There’s an odd urgency to me now, a desire to feel like I’m accomplishing things.

I’m going to ride that as hard as I can and get this done. I’m excited.

What are you all working on? I’d love to hear about it! Let’s work together!

Until then, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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21430430_10212951907566235_7660145199798381790_nSo, floppy necks make for really bad writing time, as my title says. I was expecting to be able to get some writing done while the baby was fresh and new… but alas, he has a distinct radar for a few things.

One: He knows when I’m eating. He senses it and finds complete indignation in the fact that I would feed myself and not feed him.

And Two: He knows when I’m trying to write. He can sense it. He wants to be held. Now, I don’t think he would mind, if it weren’t for the fact that I can’t write and hold him unless he’s laying in my arms. He doesn’t want to lay. He wants to sit up and see the world.

He can’t sit up and see the world when he has a floppy, floppy head and a penchant for trying to give himself brain damage if I’m not supporting it. Ergo… floppy heads make for pretty poor writing. Still, he’s getting bigger and stronger every day, and I know that he’s gonna be able to support himself soon. It’s crazy, because I’m both excited and terrified for that fact. He’s growing so fast ❤ and I know he’s gonna be this little only for a while. I’m excited to get a proper writing habit re-established. I’m ready for it – I’ve been ready for it… but I’m going to enjoy all of the tiny baby cuddles while I can.

So, that’s really the update of what’s been going on with me. I’ve been holding a baby, and have progressed to being able to play Fallout 4 (slowly) while holding him if I’m on the PS4. I know I’ll end up improving and being able to write soon. Hell, NaNo is just around the corner, and I intend to get writing done then no matter what. I do think things would be easier if I had a decent laptop x.x mine is busttteedddd, so writing while in bed isn’t so easy.

Ah well, things will work out and I will be back to regular writing soon!

Until next time, guys! Keep writing!

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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Life and Writing

Hello! So, that thing that I’ve been talking about forever (not the baby thing xD yet) has finally happened. I’ve moved, and I have to say that I’m really pleased with it. There is, of course, still a lot to do. We have to get the rest of our stuff (It seems like there is always more stuff to get, eh?) and we need to clean the old house a bit… but our room, our new little home base? It’s set up.

And honestly, I’m really happy. I’ll go ahead and give you a little tour of my general writing area – if you guys want, I can give a better tour in a different blog post. I’m pretty pleased with my setup though.

So, if you check it out… above is my writing desk. I have my screens up, my M&M’s ready, my Fallout, Borderlands and DBZ (and copious pandas) all set up… and it feels really great. If you check it out, right beside my writing desk is the baby’s area! I thought that it would be best to set it up right by where I’d be most of the time so that I can still (hopefully) get a lot of writing done after little Elijah arrives. ❤ He has an adorable little nautical theme, which I am loving so much. He will be within arms reach whenever I need to get to him!

If you direct your eyeballs to the third picture, that’s the view from right beside my desk. It’s a little cloudy today, but living on a lake with a gorgeous deck that I can walk out to… it’s nice. It’s writing with a beautiful view, which is something that I find to be pretty important and helpful when it comes to getting things done.

So, that’s my tiny little tour there. Like I said before, if you want a more in-depth one I will be happy to provide. But… I’m really happy. I feel so peaceful here, and even though there’s still quite a bit to get done before we’re completely done with the whole moving process. We can take it at a nice walk now, instead of running.

And finally… finally… I feel like my writing mojo is coming back. I’m going to dive back into it as best I can, and I’m more excited for that than I thought I would be. It has been stressful to not get writing done; it really does physically and emotionally strain me not to get words out. I’m hoping that I can get back into a pattern of daily writing. I don’t have a solid plan of exactly what I’m going to do – I think some writing prompts, some RP responses, and I’m going to start looking over my novels again. I’m also wanting to get my fanfics going again since they’re a lot of fun to leisurely work on.  All and all though, everything looks bright and it feels good again.

That, my friends, is worth quite a bit!

Anyway, that’s all for this post. Hopefully, I will get back to posting multiple times a week on here as well! I truly miss getting to communicate and interact with all of you!

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Life and Writing

Hey, everyone! Sorry it’s been a bit since my last update (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately), but I’m still trying to make sure I poke my head in here to let you all know that I’m still alive.

I’ve just been ridiculously busy!

We’re setting up the new place to get moved in, which requires new carpet, paint, curtains, a ton of cleaning, etc. Doing that when I’m on my 8th month of pregnancy is pretty crazy… but it’s going to be worth it. The room is coming together, and we should be moved in by the coming up weekend. That means (fingers crossed) that I will be around a lot more to get writing/updates done. I think I’m gonna dive back in by doing a week of writing prompts, so I’m hoping that some of you guys can join me!

Other than that, things have been pretty slow as far as writing goes. I’ve been prodding at it a little, but a lot of my time and energy is spent either doing the moving thing or sleeping (this baby apparently loves making me lay down.) The weird thing is, my insomnia hasn’t gone away…. but I still need to get like at least 6 hours of sleep to even think of functioning. I end up laying in bed for hours and hours and hours just to attain that. Once we’re moved, I’m going to have my desktop setup in my bedroom… so it’s going to be a lot easier for me to use that insomnia for writing fuel.

I’m honestly very excited, and I’ve been missing blogging. My goal is to get both Limbo and Cerulean Darkness finished and edited before the year is out. It’s gonna be crazy, what with a newborn around… but I’m going to stick to it. The thing is… I have to keep setting these goals. With Elijah coming, it’s even more important that I achieve them, because I want to show him that you can fill your dreams as long as you push hard enough and don’t give up.

I may end up going back to doing some commission writing as well. I’m not sure. Things are certainly changing… but I’m excited for it!

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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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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Monthly Wrap Up

(Warning, I’m having typo brain today xD)

Hey, I at least hopped onto here to get my monthly update out! Though, in all honesty… I should be getting back to normal now that March is rolling around. This month when I said that I would, I forgot that my husband’s sister was visiting. She lives out of the country, so she was here for quite a while… which means that we were distracted for quite a while.

Anyway, as far as the monthly update goes, I haven’t gotten that much writing done. Thankfully, I’ve gotten a bit. It’s mostly been RP replies, and a little bit of this and that… but the point is I was getting some writing in. All told, I only hit about 6,000 words for the month, which is a far cry from my normal 30,000 word goal (28,000 for this month). But, it was something… which makes me feel a little bit better.

As far as everything else, I’m feeling really well now. My morning sickness is all but gone – I’m actually starting to get a little bit bigger xD So I’m assuming that I will eventually get uncomfortable from that.

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As a fun little thing, here’s a picture of my baby. We went for a gender/health scan and found out he’s a perfectly healthy baby boy.

Anyway, I’m hoping I’ll get back to regular posting in March.

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

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Hey, everyone! It’s Tag Thursday, and I’m trying to get back into the habit of properly doing my blogging! So, I found a writing tag over on this blog! Make sure to check it out! Anyway, onward to actually answering the questions!


1. Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?

I like to have something that is easy to eat, like chips, or sunflower seeds, or something like that. Sometimes when I’m having a writing binge, I’ll have a ton of candy, or actually  get my dinner/lunch while I’m writing. I usually have a ton of coffee while I’m writing, but I’ve had to cut out on that since I got pregnant. *eyes wordcount* I wonder if that’s why my amount of words that I usually write has gone done? Hm, questions… questions indeed.

2. When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?

It depends, honestly. I have a huge variety of times that I like to write. I used to write a ton at night, but again… the whole being pregnant thing has changed up my schedule. Now, I tend to start writing around 8pm every night. I don’t know why, exactly. But it’s getting to be a habit – if I haven’t gotten my words out by then, I’ll tackle them, because I know that I don’t want to be waiting until I’m tired to do it.

3. Where do you write?

I either write at my desktop, or recently at my laptop in the living room. I have a little writing corner where I have my laptop/all in one/keyboard, etc all set up. It’s my second writing home, for when I’m not feeling like getting off of the couch.

4. How often do you write a new novel?

At least once a year, since I started doing NaNoWriMo. Now, if you were to ask me how often I start a new novel, that would be a completely different answer. I start new novels constantly, plot them, get excited about them. I’m actually hoping to complete 2 novels this year… but we’ll see how that is going to go. Everything is kind of up in the air right now, depending on how I handle this whole being a Mama thing.

5. Do you listen to music while you write?

I do! I actually listen to my Spotify a lot (Oh, look a link here!!) At least, I think it’s a link. I have different playlists for different moods, but I tend to listen to my Fallout writing playlist a ton while I’m writing.

That could be because I’m writing Fallout a ton of the time when I’m writing. Who knows xD

6. What do you write on? Laptop or paper?

I’ll plot occasionally in a notebook, but for the most part all of my writing and plotting (and everything in between) happens on my laptop or desktop. I used to handwrite (my first novel that I wrote was handwritten), but I have a lot of wrist issues, so I can write by hand for about 5 minutes before everything starts to hurt and go numb. It’s really put a damper on the whole “plotting by hand” thing that I had going on.

But, honestly, with Scrivener and how organized it is now, I really just love writing on the laptop/desktop anyway. If not there, I’m generally on googledocs, cause I can access that even when I’m on my phone, so if I’m out and I needed to take notes, there they are.

7. Is there a special ritual before/after you write?

Uh… I don’t really have a ritual. If I’m writing creativly, I do like to get my music on to block out all of the other sound. Other than that, I just write. I guess I could say that writing on mywriteclub has become a ritual for me, because it gives me those fancy little stars so I can keep track of how much I’ve written. As to a ritual after, I do get up and record how much I’ve written. I need to know, after all. But all and all, I don’t really have something that I have to do before or after – generally inspiration just takes me, and I follow whatever whim it leads me along.

8. What do you do to get in the mood to write?

Sometimes I have a dream. Sometimes I am in the middle of writing a story of a novel. Reviews to fanfics that I’m writing always get me in the mood to write, because it’s amazing to see that people are enjoying what I write.

But… in truth… a lot of the time when I write I’m not in the mood to write. I am of the firm belief that sometimes you have to start, even when you aren’t feeling it. I find that after I get those first 500 words out, the writing is flowing, whether I was in the mood or not. It’s all about getting yourself going, even if you don’t feel like it. At least, that’s how it is for me.

9. What is always near the place you write?

A drink? Generally. I have water, or gingerale right now. Other than that… pens, paper, my calendar to see how much I’ve written. My laptop, if I’m in the living room. I don’t know o-o

10. Do you have a reward system for your word count?

It’s kind of just rewarding for me to get my 1,000 words every day. I will reward myself afterward sometimes, like, “If you finish your words, you can go take a nap.” or “you can have a tiny drink of that soda”… but usually, I just do it. It’s such a habit now that I just do it.

11. Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

Hmm… I don’t know. I mean, usually I’ll sit down and just get at it. If I don’t know what I’m going to write, I’ll just start with a random scene – I let whatever is in my mind at that very moment form the first words, and then I make it work from there. My writing process is a very strange thing, full of ups and downs.

I do have to say, if I don’t feel like I can be creative, one of the most helpful things that I’ve come across is to practice stream of thought. Basically, I open a document and just write whatever I’m thinking and feeling. It really helps to get the words flowing, and then I can usually get down to the creative writing fairly easily after that!


So, there we go! Tag Thursday! If you end up doing this, link back to me so I can know!!! I’d love to read your thoughts and answers!

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

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