November is halfway through, and my novel is, too! This year hasn’t been nearly as easy as 2013 was, though.
I’m now a senior in high school, and finishing up my AA at the same time. Next semester shouldn’t be too bad, unless I end up working too many hours, but this fall I’m taking 8 classes. Five of them amount to 14 credits. I’m not quite sure about the other three classes.
This means I’m at school from either 7:30 to 4:30 or 8:30 to 4:30 everyday, with only an hour and forty-five minutes of not-class. Most of this is spent either eating lunch or walking to and from the college campus. Let’s not forget that it takes approximately an hour of travel time to get to school and an hour of travel to get back, since I ride the bus.
I got a job about two weeks ago, too, so this means that 2-3 days a week I have to leave my last class a few minutes early. I go to work, get home at around 8:45, eat a really late dinner, and then I have homework to do. There hasn’t been one night where I’ve actually completed my homework, but I generally choose to be done by around 10. Sometimes I’ll just drift from homework to the utahwrimos chat room and back to homework and then to the open draft of my novel and then to gmail and then to the NaNoWriMo site, and sometimes I won’t even get anything done in there… But more often than not I’ll participate in some word wars and get a couple thousand words written, finally getting to bed sometime between 11:30 and 12:30.
It hasn’t been easy to keep up on NaNo this year. I’ve basically sacrificed my sleep, since I have to get up at 5:30 or 6:30 every morning, and I haven’t been giving my homework as much attention as I should have. So far my grades haven’t suffered too much…
NaNo is a commitment for me, though. If I say that I’m going to write 50,000 words in November, I’m going to write 50,000 words in November and I’m going to do something every day. Whether that means pushing off bedtime a little farther so I can take that 50 words to 150 words for the day and call it good, or meet the daily deadline, I’m going to do it.
Being a professional author is all about being committed, and I may not be very committed during any other month, but I’m certainly going to try now.