Imagine that you have a huge (home)school project due at the end of the semester.
It’s the first week of school, and you know this project is going to be a bear.
It’ll take research skills—there’s TP for that.
It’ll take reasoning skills—there’s LD for that.
It’ll take writing skills—there are speeches for that.
If you break the project into manageable steps and do one each week, you should be able to finish the project without too much stress. So you separate the project into its components and schedule completion dates for each one…
…but you won’t do anything this week, because you just finished summer break and it’s too early for big projects.
Then next week is crazy and you don’t finish your normal schoolwork, let alone speech and debate stuff—and who has time for that project?
The week after you’re almost caught up, although you still have some speeches unfinished.
And before you know it…the end of the semester has come! The project is due in a week and you haven’t done anything yet! Now, you just have to work harder than ever.
See, there’s no speech event that teaches you how to stop putting off work. You just have to stop putting it off, lest your mom give you an “F” grade on that big project.
A similar thing to school project procrastination often happens in Apologetics. You think,”It’s the summer—yay! I have all the time in the world! I can do so much Apologetics preparation! But not yet….”
And before you know it, competition season is here.
You have to prepare for Apologetics (and other speeches, and do schoolwork) in a highly compressed, often stressful period of time. That’s something I want to help you avoid.
By the way, I’m speaking from experience here. I decided to do Apologetics a few weeks before the first tournament of my third year in speech and debate. So, I spent several weeks of crunch time writing dozens of cards and getting everything ready. It was worth it—I had a great time and made it to Finals—but I wouldn’t repeat that process.
You can be better than I was. You can start your preparation now, during the summer.
Write an Apologetics card a week, and you’ll be ready for the competition season in no time!
I could type out the entire explanation of how you can do this…or I could just point you to the articles and videos that already answer all the questions! That sounds a lot less redundant (and more fun), so I’ll go that way.
If you want to watch a video of my computer screen as I talk you through my process of writing a card, check out the How to Write an Apologetics Card video series (free for everyone).
If you like easy, read The Easiest Way to Write an Apologetics Card (free for everyone).
If you like easy, but in video, watch How to Write an Apologetics Card Easily video series (expansion on the previous link for VIC members).
And if you like another easy way to write a card, try Use Creeds to Write Apologetics Cards (good tips for everyone, bonus content for VIC members).
At the end of the day, it all comes down to commitment. If you commit to spend 2-5 hours each week working on an Apologetics card, you can easily write one a week and be well prepared when competition season rolls around.
If you need some motivation to commit, here’s one of my favorite quotes of all time. I printed this out and hung it next to my computer screen when I was taking some online college courses, and it helped me persevere in working when I really wanted to do something less difficult and more immediately gratifying instead. It’s still hanging right beside the screen I’m typing this article on. Hopefully it will prove as beneficial for you as it did for me.
Commitment is a choice.
It’s not something that arises within you like courage.
It’s not something that comes upon you like fear.
Commitment is simply a choice.
Are you willing to pay the price of commitment?
The things to which you must say “no” are the price of your commitment.
The things you must walk away from are the price of your commitment.
The things you will deny yourself are the price of your commitment.
Commitment comes at a price.
~ Roy Williams
Don’t waste your off-season. Go write some cards.