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.
Author: Bree Crowder
Bree Crowder is a writer and editor with interest in fiction (MG, YA, and fantasy), and lifestyle. Writing, reading, photography, and travel are a few of her favourite things.
She went to university to study English, and then went to college at the post-grad level to study creative writing. Her work has been reviewed by HarperCollins editors. Now, she writes for publications like HelloGiggles, Quirk Books, and Bustle. She is also an Editorial Literary Assistant with P.S. Literary Agency.