The First of NaNoWriMo Prep, Writing Efficiently, and Finishing Up the Current Project

By: Nathan Dumlao on

“Time escapes us, and I’ve been working to decide where my writing efficiently fits into my daily schedule, in a way that doesn’t feel daunting – in a way that allows me to enjoy the process entirely. With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, I really had to start thinking not only about what I am to write about, but the scheduling that comes with it, to make sure that I meet my goals. I’ve had a variety of interesting ideas over the last few weeks, and I’ve jotted them down to maybe explore them a bit more later when November rolls around. As it is right now, I am currently working to finish up writing this current novel, so that I won’t have an unfinished project on my mind when I have to begin another. Realistically, I know that it is rather difficult to find time to write with all of the time I spend on Uni work, but I’ve been keeping an incredibly strict schedule to ensure that I do something worthwhile. This NaNoWriMo, I want to challenge myself to write something that puts me out of my comfort zone, that feels different. With my current project, I’ve allowed myself to try a variety of different writing styles, tones, and genres that I’ve never really dabbled in before – and it certainly has paid off.”

We spend quite a bit of time trying to “fix” our schedules to make room for all of the things we want to do. We try to alter the rest of our lives so that we’re able to participate in the activities that make us feel good, but in doing this, we always feel as though something isn’t getting done. If there’s one thing that I’ve noticed in my day-to-day life, it’s that I always feel as though I am trying to do too much within the constraints of the time I do have. This really kills my creativity. When I sit down to write, and all I can think about are all of the assignments that may be piling up, or the stress to get all of my Uni readings done, I have to separate them both entirely. In order to pay attention to one, I have to make sure that I am making progress on the other. That saying, sometimes things get busy – sometimes we just cannot find the time. What I say to that, is to make sure that we take advantage of the time we do have to catch up and keep working. 

How I Plan to Finish This Novel on a Student Schedule

My schedule is only going to get busier, and I have to really pick up the pace if I am to do all of the things I want to accomplish by the end of the year. For a while, I stopped looking at my writing as a reminder or as something I needed to do and started looking at it as my wind down activity. This really took a lot of the pressure off, allowed me to really tap into my creative energy, and put down the words that excite me, that feed into the story, that make all the difference in the overall plot.

We’ve all heard the saying, “You’re the one holding yourself back,” and I can certainly say that this has been very true for me. I spent a long time looking for the answers to my problems instead of actively participating in making the necessary changes. Sometimes, we have to forget the pressing circumstances that may be standing in our way, and just write. Don’t ever begin a project thinking, “How is this going to be received?” or “Will anyone actually read this?”

Write that novel without the worry of the outside world. When it is in progress, all that matters is that it makes sense to you, that it makes you happy, that it leaves you with the fulfillment you may so desire. When things get a bit too busy, take the time to really remind yourself why you started writing in the first place. You haven’t lost interest in your passion, you’ve just allowed the rest of your life to cloud your mind a bit. For me, I cannot write when I’m stressing about other things. Therefore, I’ve been working to diminish that stress, so I can focus on the story-telling aspect of my life that makes me happy.

“What you’re doing, that writing of yours, it’s amazing. Keep at it, you’ll get to the finish line.”

Thank you for reading!


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