Amanda Witow

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I graduated in 2012 with a BA in psychology and classical studies, both of which heavily influence my works. I've won several NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo sessions and continue to participate in the events every year. With a love of world building and research, I am constantly expanding and refining the universes in which my stories are set.

I'm a nerd, a book lover, a wife, and a ninja.

No really, I'm a ninja ;)


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Amanda Witow In my experience, writer's block is the result of one of the following: too many ideas, too few ideas, self-doubt, or lack of motivation.
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In my experience, writer's block is the result of one of the following: too many ideas, too few ideas, self-doubt, or lack of motivation.
Too many or too few ideas can certainly feel crippling, but I just find the right bit of inspiration to focus me and suddenly the extra notions buzzing around my head fall away and the necessary ideas unfold.
Self-doubt and lack of motivation are the real killers that I struggle with. My favourite authors are absolutely amazing and it's hard to not compare myself to them. I know (intellectually) that they all sit down and write crummy first drafts too, and that they have to rewrite and edit and revise. Just like me. Doesn't make it any easier know (emotionally). So I'll read some of the nice things my critique partners said about my last chapter, or make my husband read something and reassure me that it isn't utter garbage (the trick there is to not give him something that is, actually, utter garbage). A little bit of reassurance goes a long way to soothe the self-doubt.
As for the motivation, 8 times out of 10 it's tied up with the self doubt. 1 out of 10 is the too many/few idea issue, and the remaining 1 time out of 10 is because I'm tired from day-to-day things. Work/volunteering was draining, or the renovations around the house aren't going as planned so I'm frustrated, or I'm physically tired from lack of sleep or illness. On those days, I give myself a pass. Sometimes I do need a bit of down time to recharge and relax, and forcing myself to write isn't always the answer.(less)
Amanda Witow They say a reader lives a thousand lives (actually, George R. R. Martin says that), but I find I live a million as a writer. Not only do I go on the…moreThey say a reader lives a thousand lives (actually, George R. R. Martin says that), but I find I live a million as a writer. Not only do I go on the adventures of my protagonists, but I also 'live' the lives of the supporting characters, the barmaid they talked to for five seconds, their dead relatives, and the family cat. It's both incredibly daunting and gloriously heady.
It's a freedom I don't think can be found in any other profession.(less)
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“I’m glad you could make it,” she quipped, her voice not quite as steady as she wished.

“When you issue an invitation to your bedroom, it’s common practice to make sure the door is unlocked,” he returned without a pause. He looked beyond her and said, “It’s also common to wait until your partner’s here before you start getting the sheets hot.”

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