How I Balance College and Writing

Hello, lovely readers and writers!

Lately, I’ve been struggling to figure out what blog posts I should write besides reviews. I would categorize my blog as me sharing personal experience more than informing or teaching readers anything new, and I’ve been wondering if I need to change my focus. So my blog might change in the next few months while I prepare for that, definitely, after I graduate in December and will (hopefully) have more time to dedicate.

This post for today is more of just a life update. I’ve spent the last month messing around and relaxing, knowing three to four weeks isn’t exactly long enough to start a whole new routine if it was going to have to change in a few weeks anyway. Now that school is back and my priorities have changed again as my schedule becomes much busier.

What’s the point of this post?

To share my experiences with any other writers out there who may be struggling to balance both. I’ve been in college for a while now (six years), and it’s honestly hard to imagine what life will be like after graduation. I know I’ll have much more free time, but will I be as productive?

Sometimes I feel like my strict schedule during the semesters is what keeps me sharp. During breaks, I end up just laying around and mostly just catching up on reading more than anything else which makes me feel like a lazy piece of crap. I would like to assume after graduating that I’ll be able to stick to a schedule of mostly writing and live off that, but I know I’m just dreaming. It’ll take a while for me to get to that point.

How do we balance our time?

Okay, so I’m sure you’ve been wondering how to prioritize your time. There are assignments due, tests to take, and your WIP is just screaming at you to work on it, and when you do finally find a moment, there’s no inspiration. How do we combat that?

Literally, writing every day. I know it’s something we hear a lot as writers, and we often shout back, “It’s not that easy!” And you’re right, it’s not that easy. Other things get in the way, and being tired is one of the least inspiring modes to be in. Trust me, I get it.

But we only write our best work when we’ve been forcing ourselves to get in the mood over and over again. A few days of crappy writing will lead to a fantastic day filled with inspiration and words.

So even if it’s only a few moments each day, write. Even if you have to write from your phone, do it. It doesn’t have to be a whole big event where you need to have everything set out perfectly before you can even start. Nope, this is guerrilla writing, and what comes from those fingers of yours is merely just what comes out.

Where can we find inspiration?

In everything. Always have two books you are reading that have nothing to do with school. One of them will be writing related, and the other will be for entertainment. Both can lead to a lot of inspiration and keep your brain focused on writing, even when you have other stuff going on.

Think of your writing career as another class where you are the teacher. Make yourself assignments, and a schedule then stick to it! You’ll be meeting your semester goals in no time. And don’t forget to be patient with yourself. No rushing!

Thanks for reading!

I’m currently looking for other like-minded individuals to join my reader’s group on Facebook. Right now, there are only a few people interacting, and I’d love to have some more romance lovers in there.

I’m also still looking for ARC readers if you’d be interested in signing up! Just click here.

Until next time 🙂

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