NaNo Day 6: Julia and the Anti-Boredom Device

TODAY IS ANNOUNCEMENT DAY.

WE ARE OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCING TODAY.

THREE PM EST ON THE CHAPTER ONE YOUNG WRITERS CONFERENCE BLOG.

BE PREPARED.

I was up until around two last night finishing the billion things I had to do yesterday, which primarily involved spending several hours on announcement stuff, finishing my YA lit paper, and and getting my scheduled 2K in for NaNoWriMo. Then I woke up early today to work on more announcement stuff. So I’m exhausted, but also caught up. Yay?

It’s weird how easy this novel’s been to write so far. I mean, I’m not doing GOOD writing by any means, but I wrote my 2K in about an hour and a half last night, and that’s been a pretty average time for it. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out.

Yesterday one of my roommates asked why I do extra blogging during NaNoWriMo when I’m already, you know, writing fifty thousand words throughout the month. And I said I like to blog every day because rambling on here’s a nice de-stressor. Which is true.

But it’s also that, to be honest, I was scared going into NaNoWriMo last year. Not because it would be difficult in the way NaNo traditionally is, but because I’d already done it, and won, five years in a row. Already once during college. And I was bored.

Getting bored is my Achilles Heel. If I’m bored, I stop trying.

NaNoWriMo means too much to me to let it become something I sign up for, then drop halfway through the month. So I needed to make it new again, somehow.

So: blogging every day. And I’m doing other extra stuff this month too that YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT SOON. (Well, some of it anyway.)

It’s important to always be excited about what you’re doing, I think. Especially if it’s a technically voluntary activity like NaNo (although, come on, it’s my seventh year competing; I have to do it). If you aren’t excited, why are you doing it?

No writing planned for today, because classes and Ch1Con stuff. But maybe I’ll slip in a little just to challenge myself.

Goal for today: 0.

Overall goal: 8,000.

Current word count: 9,143.

Don’t miss the big announcement post at three on the Ch1Con site, and reminder that the November Ch1Con Chat is tonight at eight PM EST! We’ll be discussing NaNoWriMo. Watch the chat here and tweet us questions to answer live with #Ch1Con!

~Julia

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