Another year, another NaNoWriMo, and me urging people to do at least a little prep before they start writing on November 1st. For the numbers? A little, but more for learning to be a writer. In the end, what’s vital is not quitting.
This will be my fourth NaNo. I passed 50K each time, but more important to me is that I wrote for 30 days. My approach changes a little from year to year, but some level of planning is the constant, as is allowing for inspiration. It’s a balance. Whether you choose to weight the scale a little more one way or the other, both elements are necessary.
Inspiration is the spark that starts the engine. Planning is the fuel to carry you over distance.
Unfortunately, until someone is in the situation it’s difficult to visualize why planning is so important. One reason people ignore planning is because they’re told to plan and aren’t shown the alternative.
Let’s look at that a little more…
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