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How to Keep on Track With School

This is tricky. Keeping everything else on track while working on school. Some of you may find that it’s easier to do anything when school’s around because it puts a schedule in your life. Others of you find it harder because school takes up your life. Either way, here are some tips to keep writing while doing school.

calendar-graphicSchedule a time. Yup, you heard me. Schedules. I know, I know. Schedules are evil, fanged monsters who belong on horror shows. But the truth is… if you use your schedule right, you can tame the evil, fanged monster into your loyal friend and protector. It’s all how you use it. Now obviously, you have to make sure your homework gets done. Your math teacher is not going to take it nicely when you explain that math homework couldn’t be done because you were busy writing the next New York Times Bestseller. When that’s done, and you’ve adequately fueled your body with food (authors frequently forget about that when writing), then you can write. And hopefully, that stuff didn’t cut into your scheduled writing time.

Mobile Objects. iPads, iPods, iPhones, anything Android or Windows. Laptops, notebooks, binders. The only way to get every little second you can with writing is to literally take it with you. NOTE: if you do said thing, make sure to have a backup!! Anyways, I have a folder with notebook paper in it. Whenever I have a spare moment or a new idea, I can pop it open and start a-writing! If the folder starts to get a little too full, I have a binder I keep upstairs that I can empty written up pages into. I’ve also loaded the last chapter of my stories onto Google Docs (I typically write in Scrivener, but it’s easier to share cross-platform with Google than Scrivener) so that when I can’t access my computer, I can grab the iPad with a keyboard and set down for writing.

keep_calm_and_write_on_tshirtLunch break. When in a lunch break, cram the food in your mouth as fast as you possibly can and then spend the rest of your time writing. No one’s gonna care. At least, not when you’re a famous author, and they’re still stuck goofing off in the cafeteria.

Study Hall. Get all your homework done there so that as soon as you get home, you can write! Yay!

But… but… but what if you’re homeschooled (as I am) and don’t have all these fancy public school things like… study hall and classes where you don’t have to pay attention to the teacher and can write through? *cue twinge of jealousy*

Well, my friends… what can I say? You’re homeschooled! All you gotta do is either A) ask your teacher (aka Mom) if you can write a novel for creative writing class and at the end of the year, she can grade you and such, B) find a creative writing course that will let you do assignments that you can translate over to your novel, or C) be a trooper and create your own course, complete with short story competitions to enter, assignment due dates and of course, everything linking back to your novel… that way you get credit for creative writing and creating a course! It’s a win-win all around! Eh?

I hope something in that crazy post helps y’all out. Have a great day, guys, thanks for reading, and make sure to watch out for wooden nickles!

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Author:

Jaylee Morgan is a teenage author with her sights set on publishing. She’s written short stories since–uh… um–before she can remember. Her family isn’t quite sure what to do with her (mental hospital, maybe?), as she carries around a folder that she’ll randomly open and start scribbling in. She grew up (er, is still growing up) on a little hobby farm. She was basically born riding horses and hopefully will continue to ride horses for the rest of her life. She loves, loves, loves the cowboy lifestyle and might actually write about it someday. (Right now, she’s too scared that she won’t do it justice.) She reads. Like crazy.

3 thoughts on “How to Keep on Track With School

  1. Nice. But on homeschooling. I depends. There are different ways to be homeschooled you know. 1 a parent teaches you 2. Homeschool co-op. 3 online school. You probably should’ve done some research before writing this post. Other than that, it was good

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    1. I do know the different types of homeschooling. In all of these scenarios, the different methods I suggested would work. When you teach yourself, or your mom teaches you, you could do any of the methods I suggested. When you are a part of a co-op, you could do Method A on your own, or do Method B or C with other kids in your co-op. When you do online, you could again, do Method A, B, or C. It might not be part of the online schooling, but if you are homeschooled, put enough time and learning into it to come up with the credit hours, and your mother/homeschool advisor agrees, you CAN count it as part of your school.

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