Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Keeping up with Writing Assignments


By  YA Author Andrea Buginsky

It’s official…Labor Day Weekend is over, and school is back in session. Whether today is your first day of school, or you’ve been back for a few weeks now, you know what’s coming: papers, homework, and more papers. You just had a glorious three-month vacation from papers you had to write, and were able to spend all that time on projects you wanted to write. But there’s no reason why you can’t blend the have-to writing with the want-to.

First, get yourself a scheduler. It can be as simple as a wall calendar to one of those fancy weekly planners, your choice. Utilize it properly by writing down all of your assignments and their due dates, test dates, and social obligations. Now you can see clearly what work must be done when, and when you have a free day or two to work on your own projects.

Second, talk to your teachers about your writing. Let them know it’s serious to you, and something you count on doing on a regular basis. Ask if there’s a way you can use some of your own writing as part of your writing assignments instead of having your teacher assign something you might not be as interested in. There’s a chance you’ll be told no, but imagine if you’re told yes.

Third, get busy. If you have writing assignments for school that have nothing to do with your own projects, make sure you take the proper time to work on them to the best of your ability. It will be great practice for the future when you may be working for a newspaper or magazine to make extra money, and won’t always have your choice of topics to write about. At this time, you’ll also have strict deadlines you’ll have to adhere to. The more practice you have with that now, they better you’ll be when it comes to working these jobs in the future.

So grab your calendar, get started on your projects, and don’t slack off in the new school year. Good luck!


Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen” was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea plans to write more in the series. She’s already done with the first draft of book 3 and has a concept for book 4. You can find Andrea on her website, Andi’s Realm. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Lmkazmierczak said...

Good advice...Just checking out your blog...best of luck juggling all your endeavors♫♪

Andrea Buginsky said...

Thank you! I hope you enjoy the blog.