It is my pleasure to share the spotlight with author friend and fellow Go Teen Writer member, Adriana Gabrielle.
Making time to write, For me that’s a hard thing to do.
I’m a homeschooled high-schooler, I take ballet, I do weight training, I play volleyball, I attend church and youth group on a weekly basis and I spend a lot of time with my family and friends… Oh yeah, did I mention that I am the oldest of 8 kids?
As you can tell. I’m a very busy teenager. So, how do I fit writing into my schedule?
I have found that in order to get the best out of my writing I wake up early. It seems to work out very well for me and my busy schedule because A.) I write better in the mornings and B.) There is just those times where I am too busy throughout the day to find time to write or my siblings are running around making lots of noise and it’s hard to focus. (I have learned to focus with all the noise but early mornings are more preferable…and peaceful…)
So everyday, to get my writing in, I wake up at 4:45AM and by the time I put on a warm comfy sweater, get upstairs, make some tea (I'm an Twinning's Earl Grey kinda Gal ;) ), power up my laptop and get my youtube playlist going, it's 5AM..or shortly thereafter depending how sluggish I am that morning.
My family's morning routine starts around 7:30AM which gives me time to write my novels, plot, write blog posts, chat with some of my friends (who are up at weird hours in the morning as well) or sometimes just dance around to music when I should be writing. (Because I'm cool like that )
Let’s be honest most of the time when writing it’s 99% being distracted with writing related things and 1% actually writing a novel or whatever. Anyone else know what I mean?
So, back to my point…Everyone has different times where writing fits best into your own schedule. So maybe a writing schedule that works for me might not work for you (or vise versa). All it takes is those few extra minutes in your day to sit down and just figure out, ‘Okay when does writing best fit in my schedule?’
I know that once I figured that out I something.
Having a consistent writing time eventually helps you have a good writing session.
I find that now that I automatically know that when I wake up early in the morning the creative juices start doing their job a little more therefore helping me get the most out of my writing session.
If you have a consistent time then your brain will eventually learn to go: “Okay it’s [insert time here] it’s time to write.”
So, as I mentioned a little earlier in the post, I write at 5AM every morning. You’re probably wondering why it’s so dang early in the morning that I write. Here are two reasons. The first reason I explained earlier about wanting to get some peaceful writing time and the second reason is NaNoWriMo.
Who here has done NaNoWriMo before?
Well, November 2013 was my first year doing NaNoWriMo and writing for an hour in the afternoon was not helping me get my word necessary count in so I decided, about a week in to NaNo, that I was going to experiment waking up early and see if that would help me get at least my minimum word count in. The first few days I wasn’t noticing a difference (but believe it or not, I am NOT a morning person…Okay, well I am now…) because I was getting distracted but once I buckled down and actually did it I found I could get the minimum word count in (and sometimes a little more).
Every since NaNoWriMo I have woken up early and had some of the best writing sessions ever.
My suggestion is this: Look through your schedule, pick the same time everyday to write, and once you have done that, watch your writing show up on those blank pages like lightning and see your novel finished. Yay!
So I only have one thing to say:
(Warning: Teen nerd girl alert) Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor. (If you don't get the reference, read The Hunger Games immediately)
About Ariana's WIP: Unbreakable is a YA Christian Contemporary novel and is currently in its second round of edits.
All of Billie Crane's memories, as far back as she can remember, are tainted by abuse. Never once had she considered running away, but all that changed when friend turned on friend and she became not only a victim of physical abuse but also a victim of rape. She avoided telling her father, knowing he would blame her, but when she found out she was pregnant she realized that she couldn't hide it forever. Left with few options, she abandoned her home and hunted down relatives in a city nearby.
They took the poor girl in with open, unquestioning arms. While with her family Billie meets Kenton McCarthy and his sister Finley, both of whom befriend her easily. Billie confides in Finley but pushes her brother away in fear of what he – or any young man – would do to her.
With the help of her supporting family Billie finally faces the phantoms of her past, battles bitterly against depression and stands against the pressure of deciding what to do for her unborn baby.
Will this God she's been told about truly love her again? How could a God who supposedly loves her allow all these horrible things to happen? What about him? Would he find her? Hurt her? Can she really trust her newfound family and friends?
Adriana Gabrielle is a 16 year old writer and has been writing fantasy novels since the age of 9. She started writing contemporary novels at the age of 13. Adriana hasn’t had any published novels but it is a goal she has made in her life to get at least one of her many WIP’s published. When she’s not writing she is dancing, spending oodles of time at the library, watching the occasional TV show, drawing and reading. She has alos loved the whole process of making movies. Usually, Adriana spends more time reading about the process behind making her favourite movies and watching all the bonus features than actually watching the movie…
She lives in Alberta, Canada with her Amazing parents and 7 younger siblings.
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I'm a self-published author (because being a college student wasn't hard enough!) and spend most of my time doing homework. I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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