Some of you may know that I have finals at the moment either from complaining about it on twitter mostly. This period of time is difficult in many ways and other than putting a great deal of stress on me, it detracts from my writing. I find that exam times are always when I am the most inspired to write and I think that it is because I can't do it. I generally don't write during exam times unless I discover I have a spare hour with my head out of textbooks or I cannot help myself. I want to share with you my story and how I keep writing my book a priority even when I cannot put pen to paper.
There was an issue at the beginning of the year when I enrolled in my classes for this semester. The law school decided to put a quota on the amount of students who can enter into a class. Luckily for me, after progressing through a lot of red tape, I was allocated into three classes out of the original five units I wanted. Despit the small amount of classes I have had this semester they are the hardest law units in the whole degree.
I started studying for these tests about three weeks ago and for some people this is either to early or late. For me it's in between and is generally enough to study for everything. It was hard to keep up with work, blogging, writing and studying, so I decided to prepare all my blog posts beforehand and for social media. I attempted to do this to the best of my abilities but that didn't happen and I did most of them, but then I ran out of time. In fact, I am writing this post on my phone half an hour before I sit my last exam for my finance degree ever. I never study the hour before my exam as this is time for me to relax and get my mind ready.
At the beginning of the month in my May Wrap Up article I mentioned that in light of my exams I will cut my monthly word limit in half to 5000. This is good for me and makes me feel less bad for not writing my book in over a week. In the first few weeks of studying I wrote, but as the week of exams approached I had to put it aside. I have not stopped thinking about my story at all and in fact, I have had sleepless nights as my mind is filled with ideas to occupy nagging questions about my plot. I have even figured out an initial idea for a second book to my stand alone fantasy. All these ideas and more came to me at 1:30 am when I had to get up at 6 am for an 8:30 exam. Nevertheless, I wrote those ideas down half asleep.
I have one more exam next Thursday and then I can finally unleash myself upon my book. I am counting down the days! I want to be writing everyday because I want the first draft finished. Once the first draft is done and I begin my cooling of period, I will start my next fantasy series entirely unrelated to what I am doing now.
Friday 19th of June is my last exam and I am staring at that date in my calendar, not only because it will be the end of weeks of torture, but that I can dedicate time to my characters. I am looking forward to adding a little bit to my word count this week end.
I think my tips for studying exams and continuing writing is to know where your priorities lie. Overall my main priority is my book, but my short term goal is to not fail. You have to understand that it is okay not to write during the exam period. Therefore, the best thing to do is to keep your story in mind and not let it be buried under everything else in life and know that time from your book during this time is temporary.
Anyway I have got to sit my exam! Wish me luck! Good luck to all those students out there going through the same torment!