Managing Time (and Energy) as a Writer

"Most people don't keep writing after college," my Creative Writing professor told us in several of the many classes I took with her. I don't know if she meant to warn us or galvanize us—or simply to make us set realistic expectations—but writing is the only thing I've wanted to do with my life ever since I was a little kid. I knew it would be tough to balance the responsibilities of adulthood with the demands of writing; I was going to have to beat the odds and become one of the people who did continue to write after college. I didn't feel intimidated because thanks to the online writing community, I knew about a lot of writers who balance their creative careers with day jobs. (I'm in awe of anyone who can write while raising children and paying the bills—you're truly inspiring, folks). However, I knew it would be difficult.

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My First NaNoWriMo: Things I Regret and Things I've Learned

Writing 1667 words every day is hard.

Call me naive, but I didn’t realize that until about halfway through November. 1667 words is not that much, so I thought it wouldn’t be a problem, but the thing with NaNoWriMo is that you have to write every. single. day. Skip one day and you feel the repercussions of it for the rest of the week, maybe longer. Have a bad day and only get 300 words and it doesn’t just mean one bad day—it means that hitting your 1667-word goal the next day is just keeping you from falling farther behind, and you’re still not on track.

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