Welcome to Day 13, WriMos! This week, I thought I’d tackle an issue near and dear to my heart: NaNoWriMo as a student. Whether you’re in elementary, high school, college or university, the pressures and demands of school are always an obstacle for writing, particularly during NaNoWriMo. You’ve got school work to do; how can you expect to write 1,667 words on top of the writing you already have to do for school?
I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo as a student in the past. In fact, I was working towards a Bachelor of Arts when I had my most successful NaNoWriMo. I wrote 75,000 words in 30 days, and that is still incredible to me. To think that I was writing 5 papers and tackled that huge personal writing goal is an accomplishment I’ll always be proud of.
So, how on earth did I find the time to accomplish all of that and have a life? I won’t lie; I had to make changes to my daily routine in order to accommodate that writing. I had to cut out television, schedule my writing and school time (sometimes down to the minute), and I had to stay on task. That was the hardest part: taking the time I had and actually using it efficiently. Even now, when I’ve allotted an hour for writing in my day, I need to make a conscious effort to actually write during that hour; to not get distracted.
It’s one thing to set the time aside, and quite another to actually use that time.
I really feel for students who want to take on NaNoWriMo. I applaud you. NaNoWriMo as a student is one of the hardest and most rewarding things I’ve ever done, because it took real work to get things done. I woke up early, stayed up late, and put as much effort into my writing as I did my degree. I know it’s hard, but if you really really want to participate in NaNoWriMo and do well in school, you can.
You can do this. I believe in you.
Need a little inspiration to keep going? I’m posting NaNoCoach inspiration over on my Twitter every day, so come on over. :)
Are you in school and participating in NaNoWriMo? How are you juggling all of the responsibilities? Let’s talk about it in the comments.