Here’s the deal, readers. I want to write. I really do. I want to work on my latest project day in and day out until it’s done and I can finally say I’ve finished at least one draft of a novel. But here’s the other thing: I’m a teenager. I’m still in high school, and as such I have other responsibilities. Six hours of my time is spent every day at school, and then in winter I have swim practice for three more hours, and then I have homework and on the weekends, like now, I’m trying to study for the midterms that are fast approaching.
Readers, my question is this: how do I find the time to write when every second I spend actually writing just feels like it’s pulling me away from the work I’m legally obligated to do? Seemingly, the only solution would be to have a set schedule for homework and writing and keep the two separate (not to mention stop going on meaningless Internet sites when I’m supposed to be doing either).
Maybe I’m just feeling stressed lately, what with all the tests my teachers want to fit in before the holidays and aforementioned midterm study-guide-making and whatnot.
The truth is, though, finding time to write is always a big problem for me during the school year. During the summer, sure, I can spend hours with my characters, but I can’t just spend my summers writing. I have to write more often if I want to get better at it.
And that means balancing school and writing more effectively.
Readers, this is a short post today, and I realize it’s not up to my usual standards of quality. Sorry about that, but I have a parting question for all of you who are still in school: how do you find the time to write when you have other obligations that take up your daytime hours? I’d love to hear some of your strategies while I try and figure my own out.