Let’s face it, us writers want to write as much as we can. Every idea that creeps into our mind wants us to write it down. You could be in math class and you see a scene in your head from your story that you’ve been working on for months. What about gym class? I’m sure ideas pop into your head when you’re about to strike the volleyball over the net. Or what about track as you run down the lane, trying to beat the other person, showing that you can do better. We all get ideas when we are busy, even I do.
I remember back in high school I use to sneak my story underneath my book and write, hoping I wouldn’t get caught. Sometimes I didn’t and it was a relief. And other times I did get caught and it was taken from me until the end of the day. That was torture for me as a writer.
So how do you balance school work and writing? I put a hard thought on it and came up with a few tricks that can help you.
- Schedule out your days: If you plan out your days it can help you throughout the week. If you want to plan out your week and fit writing in then you can buy a planner or a calendar. Or just a notebook. In your planner, you can write down all your classes and write down what time they start. If you can get to class five or two minutes early just write a small paragraph or just a book idea down, then that’s great. You don’t have to stress yourself out because you didn’t meet your goal. There’s plenty of days in the week. Even the weekend.
- Wake up early: I know most kids hate getting up early. They don’t even want to see the sunlight. They just want to sleep and not even get up. But here’s the thing, if you’re passionate and serious about being a writer then you have to get up and sit at the computer and write your heart and soul out. When you do this, it will show on paper. At first, it won’t be easy because you have a schedule to keep, but in time it will be worth it. If you are a coffee drinker, get up early and drink coffee to wake up.
- Stay up late: After you had a long day and all you want to do is just sleep, it’s not a bad thing. All writers get this. if you get home from school and you’re wanting to write, but you’re tired, its okay to feel this way. But if you want to get that story wrote then you have to write it. So, how do you do this? You can leave all the lights in the room to keep you awake as you type. Listen to music. Leave the tv on. Let the dogs in the room to keep you awake, but if they are too hyper and loud and you can’t focus or think of anything then you might want to release back into the hall. I’ve had that happen to me, but sometimes having a furry friend lay beside you can help.
- Always find time to write: Like I said before if you want to be a writer, you have to write every day. Or try every other day. Just make sure you write at least twice a week so you can get into the feel of doing it.
- Sacrifice something: When you get home from school I’m sure some of you want to relax and watch a movie or listen to music. Are just lay there on the bed until you fall asleep. I’m sure all kids want to do this, but you have to remember you still have that story that you’ve been bragging about what you want to write, why not do it now. If you get home and you have twenty or fifty minutes to yourself before you have to leave again, then believe me when I say this here’s a great time to get your creative juices going. if you have any free time in your daily life then write. The story will not write itself, even thou some of us writers get so stuck with writer’s block we want the story to write itself, but in the real world, that won’t ever happen. 😦 So free time is the time to write.
- Stay off social media: If you have social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even Pinterest try and stay away from it for at least an hour. I know for a fact that I have that problem till this day and I still struggle with it, so what I do is to leave my phone on my desk and put it on silent or vibrate to it won’t distract me. if I’m sitting at my computer then I still put it on silent or vibrate and flip my phone over so I can’t see the screen. I don’t turn my internet off because I research a lot when I write.
- Avoid distractions at school and at home: If you pay attention to everything that’s happening at school it will kick you off your writing path. Distractions in school I mean watching what everybody else is doing and how great they are at it. If you pay attention to what others are doing and you’re having self-doubt in yourself, it will tear you down and blind you from what you want to do. When I was in high school I started to write from 2005 to 2007 I remember I was jealous of all the popular girls. I wanted the perfect hair and the perfect body. I wanted to get all the cute boys. I wanted to play sports and have clean skin and get all A’s. Those are the distractions I’m talking about. If you let those get in your path of being a writer, then you will be self-doubting yourself and you won’t get nothing done. Don’t pay attention to those things. Focus on your story and what makes you want to write it.
- Journal it down: If you can’t write every day and you know deep down that you want to then write in a notebook how much you want to write and why you love it so much. Then later in the week if you’re having a bad day or you’re frustrated or you’re stressed out you can go back to what you wrote and you will feel the need to write. This happened to me before when I was in high school. I had a bad day and when I got home I saw the computer and I sat down and started to type. As I was typing I wasn’t so stressed or upset because writing gets me through the day.
- Where to write: If you are at school where do you like to write the most. In the hallway outside of your class. In the library in the far back corner. What about by your locker? I think I did this once when I was in high school. I got to school and class didn’t start yet so I stood by my locker and wrote on a piece paper what idea I had then put it in the far back of the locker so kids couldn’t see it when they walked by. When I first started out to write I didn’t want people to know because I thought they would think I was weird or make fun of me. So for a while, I kept it a secret.
- Be Positive: When you write you always must be positive. When you’re in school and your grades are slacking or you’re fighting with your friends, don’t let that get in your way of writing. You must block all negativity out because it will distract you. Being positive and excited about your writing will help you write and get you in the mood.
Well, that’s it for this blog. I hoped this helped you and gave you an idea on how to balance school and your writing.
God bless and have a great day. 🙂