TIME.

I wish there were 25, 30 hours in a day.  This past week I have been stressing myself out over everything I have to do, everything that needs to be done, and everything that I want to do.

At work, there is reams of paperwork to do, plus essays and projects to grade, plus lesson-planning to accomplish.  All this on top of actually, you know, teaching.  And interacting with the students and my colleagues.

When I get home, there is an apartment to clean (who knew I would be such a neat freak before I moved into my own place?), books to read, writing to do, generally more stuff from work that I brought home.  Plus, I need to work out.  And cook.

Of course, all of this is if I’m not tired.  If I am tired?  Forget about it.  I don’t get anything done.

The worst is between the hours of 3 and 6.  I feel so drained that I am lucky if I can do anything with myself besides stare at a computer screen.  This three hours of dramatic nothingness puts me off schedule, which just stresses me out even more.  Then I work to quickly get things done, and it’s always a mess.

How do we find more time?  I want to write, I want to relax, I want to feel like I am not running from one place to another all of the time.  I hate being stressed.  I am done with being stressed.

So give me more time.  Please?

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The problem with genres

Since starting this website, I’ve labelled myself as a Contemporary Romance and Chick Lit writer.  To an extent, that is exactly what I am.  The only novel I’ve completed is definitely contemporary romance.  The novel I was working on when I opened this site (which has since fallen by the wayside) was also a Contemporary Romance.

My next novel?  Fantasy.  Young adult fantasy.

For now, I figure, this is an okay thing.  I’m writing this for fun before if I see if it goes anywhere.  I am writing it for National Novel Writing Month.

But when I publish, if I publish this, is there going to be a problem?  The genre is quite different than what I usually write.  Assuming I build up some notoriety, is it smart to switch genres all of the time?  Even when I want to try my hand with someone else?

Or should I focus on one?  OR should I come up with pen names for each?

Why isn’t this all easier?

NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year folks!  Time to get ready for National Novel Writing Month.

If you don’t know what National Novel Writing Month is, I suggest you look it up.  One whole month of a lot, and I mean a LOT, of writing.  50,000 words in the month of November.  It’s insane.  And it’s glorious.

This will be my fourth time participating.  I’ve won the other three times (I’m a crazy person.  If I set a goal for myself, I do NOT give it up), and it’s always a terrifying start.  I mean, 50,000 words?  Who says I can even write 5?

It can be a slog too.  There are days when I don’t feel like writing.  When everything I put down on the page I feel awful about.  It almost hurts to write.  But I do it.

Because at the end, I have an almost shiny new novel.  And bragging rights.

Of course, I always take the month of October to prepare (and last year, I was preparing through September as well).  I like to jump right in on November 1, get as much done as possible so that I can just write for those thirty days.

I’ve done very little planning so far.  I guess I should get started, huh?

Does anyone else do NaNoWriMo?