Writing: Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That

The past couple weeks have been a little busy.

That’s an understatement. The past two weeks have been beyond hectic.

As a little life update, I started my MA program in linguistics about a week and a half ago. And I’ve hardly had a chance to catch my breath since.

School, and especially grad school are naturally busy. But this semester I’m particularly overloaded. Due to a weird scholarship thing, I’m taking an extra class for a total of sixteen credit hours (9 is considered full-time). I’m also working fifteen hours a week. And interning at the agency.

I also seem to have developed shin splints, which doesn’t really affect my writing but is annoying anyway.

What I’m getting at, is all this stuff has zapped both the time and energy I have for writing. Even when I find a spare minute to write, I feel too tired. I basically wake up in the mornings and start a count down to when I can sleep again.

This is really discouraging, because this summer I had a lot of time to write. And I have a novel that’s so close to being ready. I can hear my rather sassy protagonist saying, “Pardon me, but don’t you think you ought to finish revising my book? I’m not getting any younger.” I can practically taste the book’s potential.

I just can’t manage to finish writing the book.

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this post, but I think I should probably wrap it up so that I can take these precious moments and write rather than about writing. And yeah, I guess that writing this post has made me feel a little less guilty about not writing.

No doubt some of you have found yourself in similar predicaments. So if any of you have advice on how to keep the creative juices flowing when all you really want to do is sleep for a year… Let me know.

For now it’s four months in the fast lane.

Wish me luck.

P.S. I had the great foresight to build up a back log of posts for this blog. So there will be new posts about twice a week til the end of the year. So that’s good.

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6 thoughts on “Writing: Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That

  1. Fellow college student/author here! My number one strategy for keeping things going while school is busy is to set really basic daily goals. Last semester, I finished a book by writing 300 words a day at a minimum. It’s small enough that I can definitely set aside ten minutes a day to get it done and large enough that it adds up really fast. Maybe something like that could help you?

    • That used to work really well for me, but hasn’t been great lately since I’m in revisions. And 300 words of revision is harder to measure. I am making a point to go to the library on Saturdays and write for a couple hours.

  2. I know how you feel. When I was in school I had zero time to write. All of my huge writing projects happened over the summer (except NaNoWriMo). Since I graduated, I’ve had tons of time to write, edit and revise. I finally have a good thing going and BAM, real person job. So I start working next week and I’m worried that my writing will fall to the wayside.
    I know it’s not the best advice, but just remember you’re not alone. If this is what you want to do, try to make it work. I know I will.
    Good luck with writing and school, I hope you find a rhythm.

  3. To keep your creative juices flowing, try brainstorming about new stories or ideas you have already written down. It helps if the person you’re doing it with is a good storyteller as well (not necessarily a writer, mind you).
    You can also lower your daily writing goals to more smaller and easier achievable. For instance, write a page of new material for something you’ve already started. As long as you maintain your daily writing routine (regardless of word limits, if you have any) you should be okay.

  4. To keep your creative juices flowing, try brainstorming about new stories or ideas you have already written down. It helps if the person you’re doing it with is a good storyteller as well (not necessarily a writer, mind you).
    You can also lower your daily writing goals to smaller and easily achievable. For instance, write a page of new material for something you’ve already started. As long as you maintain your daily writing routine (regardless of word limits, if you have any) you should be okay.

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