Write 365- Day 2: Making a Plan

write 365 day 2: making a plan to write

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A few days ago, a friend mentioned that she was challenging herself to write every single day for an entire year.

And I thought, hey I can do that.

I should do that. I will at the very least try to write every single day for a year.

Since last November, I’ve been struggling to motivate myself to write. Last year was the first in 4 years that I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. I was depressed and couldn’t find that creative spark within myself. This year, I decided to rewrite my entire first novel as a young adult novel because the story worked better that way. The progress with that has been slow the last few months.

Write 365 might just be the thing to get my brain acclimated to writing every day, to accomplishing some words in a WIP every single day. And I understand that this may be hard, that there may be some days were the words just don’t flow. I’m prepared for that. I’m also prepared to not get myself down if there’s a day that I don’t write. Continue reading

Quarterly Goals: Jan- March 2017

Quarterly Goals: Jan- March 2017It’s very easy for me to set huge lofty goals for myself, often ones that I never end up accomplishing. However, when looking at the short-term, it’s much easier for me to create goals for myself.

The purpose of making quarterly goals is to look at things in chunks of time and what you would like to accomplish in that smaller chunk of time vs. an entire year. This helps to break up your goals and make them more manageable and therefore you’re more likely to be successful!

This year I will be making quarterly goals. That way, I can change, keep, make new ones as I go. Many of the YouTubers and writers I follow do this and it seems to work for them. So with a new year upon us, it’s time to see if the Quarterly Goals thing works for me.

Amanda’s Nose in a Book – Quarterly Goals for Jan – March 2017

  • Edit one chapter of The Girl in the Glass Coffin each week
  • Revise one chapter of The Source Chronicles: Book one, each week (and maybe finish draft 2).
  • Query 2 agents a week with TGGC
  • Read one book a week

Sounds like a lot, huh? Well I’m pretty flexible and if I manage two chapters in one week and not all of one the next, I will be okay.

The purpose of these quarterly goals for me are to keep writing, keep pushing on, to get out of that rut I’ve been in for a while.

And then there are some personal/non writing related quarterly goals:

  • Post to Bookstagram at least four times a week
  • Blog at least once a week
  • Exercise 3 times a week
  • Use my planners to keep track of when I exercise, blog, IG, write, etc.
  • Do 3 new things that I’ve never done before (can be anything– traveling somewhere new, trying a new recipe, going out of my comfort zone).

What do you all think of my goals? Do you think making quarterly goals (short-term goals) would help you achieve your overall goals?

Hope all is well. Much love from this snowy little winter wonderland in Central New York!


Monday Motivation: August Goals


Last month was a very productive month for me writing wise!

I set a goal of 15k words for Camp NaNoWriMo and began writing draft 2 of The Source CNW_Winner_555-1Chronicles. Without that goal I would have never gotten as far as I did.

If you don’t know this about me by now, I am big into making goals for myself and creating to-do lists. It’s how I got through college and even afterward, it helps me to organize my thoughts so that I can get stuff done.

One of my favorite Author-Youtubers, Jenna Moreci made a video not long ago about Quarterly Writing Goals. It made me realize that having those longer-term goals to complete in a 3 month period might help me visualize how much I can accomplish in that length of time. Since we’re a month into the 3rd Quarter of 2016 (yikes), I’m not going to make any quarterly goals. But I am going to make a list of 5-7 goals I would like to work towards in August.

Goals for August:

  1. Revise and send 2-3 chapters of The Source Chronicles a week to my  critique partners. (Another 15-20 k added to current word count of 15k).
  2. Query 10 literary agents with The Girl in the Glass Coffin (2-3 a week)
  3. Blog at least 3 times a week— this one will likely be one of the most difficult for me, as I’ve gotten out of the habit of blogging.
  4. Read 4 books
  5. Exercise 3 times a week
  6. Journal more

So there ya have it! Things for me to accomplish within the next month. And I think I can do them all too!

What are your reading and/or writing goals for August? Let me know down in the comments.

Monday Motivation: Setting Realistic Goals

Monday Motivations- Setting Reasonable Goals

Goals are important, especially to me as a writer.

Without goals. I would get nowhere with my book, or my blog, exercise routine, cleaning my house. I wouldn’t get anywhere really. With anything.

3631831Goals helps me to prioritize the things that are most important. They help me get stuff done! But it’s important to realize that while we should set goals for ourselves, it’s more important that we set goals that are realistic. If we set goals that aren’t realistic it’s likely that nothing will get done. At least that’s how it is for me. Continue reading

Setting Manageable Writing Goals

setting manageable writing goalsThis week I am starting another month of writing insanity, Camp NaNoWriMo. While my goal is only 10k words for the entire month, I know I won’t get anywhere without setting smaller goals for myself. I want to make that seemingly impossible task of writing that much while I’m trying to get ready for a craft show, running a creative writing group, and practicing for roller derby twice a week— that much more manageable.

You can set all the Writing goals you want, but if they aren’t manageable, you won’t reach them.

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A Walk Down Memory Lane: My very first "book"

writinggifThis morning I ran into my 2nd grade teacher, the woman who helped me discover, and fostered my love of creative writing.

Mrs. Barnes was a god-send. She saw in me a love for reading and writing and made sure that I excelled in both. It is actually because of her that I wrote and illustrated my first “book.” And my love for writing just went on from there.

I was a bit of a nerd in 2nd grade. I read more than most, actually liked school, and loved learning. So when Mrs. Barnes gave us a new assignment, I was thrilled to see that we would be writing and illustrating our own books. I went right to work, writing a story about a very unlucky leprechaun who just couldn’t seem to find his pot of gold.

An 8 year old me thought I’d written a masterpiece.

After writing a “sloppy copy” in pencil on lined paper, Mrs. Barnes helped me to find and correct all of my spelling mistakes, and once my story was deemed “perfect” I was ready to make it into a book.

She handed each of us a book, with a manilla cover and inside were blank pages, with a space for an illustration at the top of each. I was in heaven. I began writing my story inside, placing a finger between each word for the perfect spacing. My illustrations came next, colored as carefully as a 2nd grader could possibly manage to keep in the lines.

And then she told us that we would be sharing our books with the rest of our class and their parents.


I panicked.

Even then I was terrified that people would make fun of me, or even worse, hate my book. (Some things never change even though I’ve gotten a little better about that now.)

When it came time for the dress-rehearsal, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t read my book out loud to my class mates. I teared up. But Mrs. Barnes saved the day. She asked me if I would like her to read my book for me at the celebration that night.

And somehow, that made everything so much better.

That night I sat in front of all my classmates and all of their parents and held my book while Mrs. Barnes read my story. Sure I was embarrassed because I was too shy to read it myself. But it went off without a hitch. Everyone clapped for me at the end.

excitedminionsI was so proud. People liked it!!! It made me want to write more.

I went on to write a couple of stories about the misadventures of twins named Karen and Susie. My Aunt gave me a huge notebook in which to write all of my stories and ideas for stories. Every time I got writing assignment in school I did it without complaint.

My love for writing grew and grew. Even though it seemed impossible and so far away at the time, I wanted to have books of my own alongside the ones I read every day. To this day, that is still a goal of mine.

So thank you Mrs. Barnes. Thank you for instilling this love in me and for giving me an experience that I will never forget.

SOPVrWith out you, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Still writing. Still with the dream of one day, being a published writer.


Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015. I’ve decided to do a mixture of goals for this particular theme. There will be some reading/blogging/writing goals as well as other, personal ones.

So here we go…

1. Finish revisions for The Girl in the Glass Coffin and have it ready to query agents with.



As you know, this has been my project since NaNo 2013 and I’ve shared it with 2 CP’s so far. I’m having a blast working on it, making it better, and simply writing. I would love to begin querying in 2015.

2. Read 50 books

merlinbooks50 was my goal for 2014, and I didn’t make it. I only read 36 books, which isn’t bad at all! But 50 books would be stellar. Let’s see if I can do it! Check out which books I read here

3. Blog more consistently

patrick-harris-this-is-so-going-into-my-blog-gif-funny-humor1Lately blogging hasn’t been as consistent. I’d like to write at least 2-3 posts per week in 2015.

4. Participate in a blogging challenge

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I tried to do April A-Z in 2014, and didn’t make it ( mostly because of a lack of planning on my part). But I would love to try again, and/or participate in another blogging challenge and try my hardest to finish the challenge!

5. Build an author website/ social media platform.

Whether it is this particular site, or another one, I’d like to build a site for my author information. I’d also like to make this blog www.amandasnoseinabook.com at some point in 2015.

6. Walk at least 500 miles (that I consciously keep track of).

Last spring/summer/fall I used Map My Walk to keep track of my walking (when I thought about it) and it helped with my fitness and such. Since I’d like to be healthier and lose weight in 2015, I want to keep track of as many walks and work outs as possible!

7. Learn Yoga

I always have a goal to learn something new in each New Year. I figure something to do with both relaxation (because I need it) and fitness can’t hurt!

8. Become a better cook

I can cook a select few dishes very well, but my cooking skills are limited. I’d like to learn how to cook more (healthy) dishes in the next year. Bonus points if I can get the boyfriend to eat them too.

9. Buy a car

I’m not going to explain my issues with driving, but I’d like to become a more confident driver in 2015 and buy a car too!

10. Get a job more related to my field.

I like the job I have now, but I would like to at least look for something more related to my field or my interests.


Bring it on 2015!!!

I hope that you all have a safe and happy new year! What are your goals or resolutions?