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Monday, November 7, 2011

College Tip: Be Early, It's Okay

In college it's perfectly okay to be a nerd. In high school it was an art form to be able to show up exactly before the bell rang for class to start. If you were there even a few minutes early, you could be teased for "being a nerd."

In college (at least mine), everyone is at class early. It's not uncommon for people to be sitting outside of a classroom as early as twenty minutes before the class even starts. My sociology class does this every time because we like to sit around and talk before class starts.

I highly recommend showing up early for class the first week, at least. It only takes me five minutes to walk from the dorms to the academic halls, but for the first week I left the dorms a half hour early to go to class just because I was terrified of getting lost and being late to class.

If you have the opportunity to explore the academic halls prior to classes starting, take it and find all your classes ahead of time. Don't be afraid to try alternate routes to class once you have the layouts of the buildings hammered out or to ask for directions if you need them.

Friday, November 4, 2011

NaNo Tip: Write When You Can

As a college student participating in NaNoWriMo, this tip is twice as important for me. You'd be surprised where you can pound out a couple hundreds words.

I write...
- To give myself a break between study sessions
- At meals if I'm eating alone
- While I'm waiting for class to start
- During class (highly not recommended)
- During commercial breaks for my favorite shows
- When my homework is done in the evenings
- During the weekends

Take a look at your day and if there is any time when you have a few extra minutes in writing-distance to a laptop or notebook, take that as an opportunity to write a bit. All those little bits and pieces will add up quickly and soon you'll be well on your way to 50,000 words.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

RTW -- Writing Coaches

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic:
What kind of writing coach do you need? When you have to coach friends, what kind of coach are you?

NaNoWriMo is in full-swing and, for the first time ever, I am participating along with some real life friends. I love college! What I really need is a writing coach that will make sure that I keep up with things besides writing. Like, you know, homework. If I have everything else done, then I'll have more time and freedom for writing. I also need a writing coach that I can bounce ideas of off when I get stuck and one that won't let me quit because I can't figure out where to go next.

I'm a very encouraging writing coach. I'll be cheering all my friends this year on to that 50,000 word goal while making sure that they don't fall behind on their homework.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 Has Begun!

It's that time of year again! National Novel Writing Month has started and all over the world people are racing towards the 50,000-word goal.

I won in 2009 and completely failed at even trying last year so this year I'm back and going for it once again. NaNo is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet other novelists. If you don't know what it's about, I suggest checking out the NaNo website and considering joining in.

I have a feeling this month is going to be the ultimate lesson in time management for me. I haven't been able to sit down and write since I got to college so this could be very interesting. I'm about twelve hours in and already considering changing my idea because the one I have just isn't working out at the moment.

Are you participating in NaNo? How is it going so far?