NaNoWriMo is a great tool for those wanting to attack a new work-in-progress (WIP) or those first wandering into the writing wilderness. The last couple of weeks I’ve talked about the planning I’ve embraced this year.
Though inspiration may scrap part of my efforts in November, that’s okay.
I’m not going to argue pantsing vs. plotting, for the truth is I do both. I’m a plotter bookended with pantsing. I’m continually pantsing in my head, brainstorming characters, plots, and scenes; reworking them; and tweaking as needed. At some point I commit the ideas to a hard or cyber copy and move on. That’s the plotting part. When I write I have all that as backup. I still allow the characters to lead, but always with an eye on structure. It’s like hiking without a map, but knowing where the sun rises and falls, recognizing landmarks, and having plenty of supplies.
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