Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Road Trip Wednesday: Finding Time To Write

When I checked YA Highway today, I found this week's RTW question quite relevant to my life. Not because of Thanksgiving; I'm Canadian, and even though you Americans tend to forget this, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. (Which I consider much more appropriate, because I get to spread out my massive eating seasons!)

But that doesn't mean I'm any less busy.

I'm in the International Baccalaureate program, which means I am basically committing academic suicide. I'm in grade eleven and have an average of four hours of homework every night, plus a constant, overwhelming flow of papers, essays, and orals, I spend about 10 hours at school every day, and I have to have at least 50 hours of each creative, active, and service extra curricular hours.

And let me tell you: it's really, really hard. 

Finding time to write is pretty damn difficult. 

Luckily for me, when I write, I write a lot. I once pounded out 25k words in three days, and if I was on a roll, I could probably do more. I don't really get to write during the week anymore; I write on weekends, sometimes; whenever I'm on a plane or a train; and very late on weeknights when I'm too stressed to sleep.

Does it work? Sort of. Do I need to work on it? Hell yes.

I can't really go into some detailed explanation of finding time, because at the moment, I haven't really, but all I can say is that if you want to write- if you really, truly want to write- you will find time, no matter how busy you think you are.

How do you find time to write?


  1. I'm in college and a theatre major and let me tell you it does not get easier. I would fill all of my free time with sleep and being lazy because I could not will myself to write after classes. I was just too darn tired.
    Because of NaNoWriMo I found pockets of time where I used to rest during the day to write. When those pockets have to be replaced by school work I find a few hours before I go to sleep a good time to write. Soon I got into the groove of things. Thanks for sharing. Good luck in school.

  2. Wow 25k in three days! I've written over 10k in a day before, but that usually leaves me burnt out for days afterward so I try not to make a habit of it.

    I'm in college so I know how hard it is to balance all that homework and extracurriculars and friends and everything else with writing is. I generally carry my laptop with me everywhere so if I have time to write in between classes or while I'm eating, I can get some words down.

  3. That's actually pretty awesome! Getting that many words on paper at once!

  4. Wooza! 25h in 3 days...that´s really amazing! You do sound very busy, hope you still manage to find some time for yourself :D