by Rachel Simon
So this past week, I had final exams. The joy of being a college student; I get to study my butt off and then take a test, which stresses me out for the entire few weeks prior to said exam! It also causes me to do less writing 😦 and empty my wallet because our college campus food is horrid during exams. By now, I think that the restaurant two houses down from my dorm knows my name personally.
Now I may have just said that I write less, which is usually true. However, during this fall final time, I actually was about to write 2k and not study. I do not recommend this plan. It gives you less reassurance you will pass the class. It gives you less time to make flashcards, reread your notes and study.
I recommend taking a breather from writing your WIP or novel or short story – whatever you like to call your piece. I do not recommend ignoring your studies and pumping out 2k. When you are stressed, you are usually worrying about the thing that is making you stressed (in my case, final exams) and also if your writing is any good. This does not make it easy to write when you are stressed. You’re constantly worrying about what you are writing and how it sounds in your head as well as how it could be read.
But if you do feel the need to write or jot down that amazing idea, here are some steps I recommend:
- Take a deep breath. Whether its because you are freaking out or because you’re excited about this sparkly idea, take a deep breath. It will help you relax.
- Use your writing notebook or a scrap piece of paper or Microsoft Word to write down that idea or sentence or paragaph.
- Come back to the idea later. Taking your time will help you breathe, study, do what you need to and then come back to the idea/sentence/paragraph and be ready to add it or change it if need be.
What steps do you take during a stressful period regarding your writing?
Rachel Simon is a college student in her sophomore year. When she’s not freaking out about finals or her grades or tests, she is avoiding writing her first novel by constantly checking Facebook, Twitter, her e-mail account and her blog, which can be found here.