Friends, I have been working too hard lately. I admit it. I have a problem.
But due to circumstances completely out of my control (and for once, I don’t mind), a solution has come forth and I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!
As you may already know, I’m doing a lot of things this year, including writing a lot for charity and three WriMos and finishing school and working, and don’t get me wrong, I love every minute of it. I am grateful to be able to write for good causes and to cover tuition and student loan costs (trust me). But sometimes, we get so caught up in working that we forget the REAL purpose of writing: TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN IT HURTS!
Okay, maybe not hurts. Anyway, what I’m trying to get at here is that I, the workaholic extraordinaire, am finally going to start writing for fun again … for real!
Grace Helbig is partnering with AT&T Hello Lab this and next month to, pretty much, write a novella with the entire world. Which is AWESOME and TERRIBLE TIMING FOR ME but I’M GOING TO PARTICIPATE ANYWAY. Why? Shall we count the reasons?
I started working on my version of Chapter 2 of Freak Week yesterday, which I begged myself not to do because PRIORITIES, but let me tell you something. Between watching the prompt video and reading Chapter 1 and typing out about 400 words to see what I could come up with, I spent about an hour on it, and it was THE MOST ENJOYABLE HOUR I have had all year. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN.
I still have so much to do. I will always have a lot to do: it’s in my genes (I don’t know). But I feel so much more energized and positive today, just from that hour I spent writing something completely for fun. We forget what it feels like to have fun when we’re so focused on getting published or being liked or writing a good story. Just do something for fun every once in awhile, all right? It’s good for you. Who cares if no one ever reads it? JUST HAVE FUN!
I haven’t published anything yet (coming soon), but if you want to follow along as I and thousands of others write along with Grace (or try writing your own chapter or two), you can follow me on Wattpad. I’d love to read some of your work too!
How do you make time for “fun” writing? Or, how do you think you could incorporate more “fun” writing into your schedule this month?
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Meg is the managing editor at College Lifestyles magazine, a freelance writer and an eight-time NaNoWriMo winner. She has published work in Teen Ink, Success Story and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter.