Day 5; 26 days remaining
Total word count: 8989
Today’s goal: 10k?!
Hello my fellow NaNo-ers and welcome to another update post! Yesterday was a pretty hectic day and since I wanted to hit my word count I didn’t do my update post, so I’ll discuss my progress for both yesterday and today now (: Also, towards the end of this post I’ll be discussing my experience on NaNo so far as a college student so stay tuned for that!
Yesterday was a full day of classes (from 9am to 8 pm) and although I had breaks, it was difficult to get my word count in since I kept running into people I knew. I wrote in my ‘dream notebook’ (a story for another day :P) whenever I had an idea for a scene during my classes and when my three hour break came up I transferred the scene onto Scrivener and continued with my writing. I was about to do my first #1k30min sprint when one of my sister’s friends came and sat with me, so I had to skip it :/ On the bright side my 6-8 class was released an hour early so I was able to sprint for 25 min with some two lovely (and Australian!!) ladies, which was really fun- I love word sprints. When I finally got home I finished up my writing and ended the day with 1,937 words bringing my total word count to 7,036 (:
Today I only have one class at 12:30, but since I want to practice driving (don’t judge) I woke up early and drove to the train station and got to school around 7:40. I went on the interwebs until 8 and then participated in a few word sprints and- here’s the exciting part, participated in my first #1k30min sprint! I ended up only getting 816 words instead of 1,000 but I’m still proud of myself. My story is really coming along and I’m still in the honeymoon phase <3 I did one more sprint after that and around 9:30 I decided to break from my story to do an update post and to do some homework.
The best part of all the sprints is that I already completed today’s word count! I wrote 1,953 words bringing my total word count to 8989 (as you probably saw at the beginning of this post). I am going to another write-in today and I still have time before my class so I’m hoping to reach 10k words today; if I do I’ll be so happy because a) that’s a huge milestone and b) papers and tests are coming up so I’m going to need as much of a head start as possible.
Okay so I wanted discuss how NaNoWriMo has effected me as a college student because frankly, I don’t see too many people discussing this and a few weeks ago I thought it was impossible. Please note that this is my first real try at NaNoWriMo and that I’m an English/nursing major so my experiences will not be identical to yours or any other student. I am in no way an expert, I just want to record my experience so far and share what’s been helping me.
November is crunch time in the world of college, the semester is coming to an end, teachers are assigning final projects and papers, students begin to study for finals, and the pressure is HIGH. Throw in the fact that you want to write a 50k book and the month seems even more unbearable. When I was debating whether or not to join NaNo I looked online for help and to be honest I was not happy with what I saw. The top two answers I saw were:
♦ Yes, but expect your grades to drop
♦ You can try, but you’ll most likely ‘lose’
I found these answers ridiculous because I know that there is a way to do it without your grades suffering, so I decided that from now on I will update how much time I spend writing for NaNo as well as studying and doing homework. I think it’s important that students don’t get discourage before they try something, so hopefully my updates will encourage them.
Since it’s only day 5, there isn’t much that I could report but I think it’s important to note that NaNo has actually improved how I organize my time. Before NaNo, I would wait to do my homework until the day before and I would waste countless hours a week watching The Walking Dead (however I don’t really regret that) at the train station or between classes. Since November started, I haven’t watched a complete episode of TWD and I’ve been doing my homework ahead of time. Just yesterday I used the time before my first class to start to do a discussion post for class and my lab reports so I could use my two hour break to write.
For the remainder of November I have three exams, one presentation, two 5+ page papers, and a final. Not including an 8+ page paper that is due early in December and the finals that take place the first two weeks of December. I also want to blog at least 4 times a week and continue to read. I’ll be honest, I’m overwhelmed and scared but I’m going to give it my all, even if I have to have some late nights and early mornings. But I have a plan of how I’m going to balance everything and we’ll find out soon if it works. As of now I have A’s and B’s in all of my classes and I know that if I work my butt off I can get all A’s- which is the goal. Even though it’s only been 5 days, I haven’t been falling behind and I think the reason is because I set a time to do my writing.
Write-ins are a HUGE help because I am in a different environment so all I focus on is writing, but if you can’t go to one I recommend getting out of your house/favorite spot and sit somewhere that you can focus on writing. I also recommend writing sprints which is when you write as much as you can in a certain amount of time, those are really fun to do and you’ll be surprised how much you’ll get done after an hour of sprints! There is a twitter account dedicated to giving sprints all day so if you’re interested definitely give it a follow. What I do is turn on my twitter notifications for the account so when I’m writing I’ll get the notification on my phone when it’s time to start/stop a sprint without being on the app (:
I hope that this post was somewhat helpful! As always, let me know if you’re participating this year and how you’re doing so far.