I’ve done NaNoWriMo technically twice, but last year I did not truly participate due to my mother-in-law passing away on November 2nd. However, last year I did do writing prep in October, and if you are curious about previous blogs, click here for a list of them. I won in 2014, but I wound up completely scrapping my project half way through (20ish thousand words) and starting over. In the end I wrote over 50k, but I only kept about 30k. Sad days.
This year, I’m hoping not to do any of that craziness. I’m going to start working on my story now, and it is a project I started earlier this year. A friend has been helping with some research, I have pinterest board, and for the first time ever, I’ve almost completely plotted out a story.
So when prepping for battle, be aware that nothing goes as planned. Some people may argue that since I scrapped what I had and restarted, I may not have won in 2014. To me, I did. I wrote all of that, even if I went crazy, switched perspectives, added characters, and completely rewrote what I had to the point of adding new scenes and a new narrative. Not at all what I planned. If you cannot tell, I do not usually plan much.
This year, I hope to change that. The story I wrote in 2014, actually came from a short story I wrote about Dragons, and a dragon ride (the first in centuries). The short story was great. I pantsed it and went on with the story. I decided instead of third I wanted to do first. I fleshed the story out so much more. Then after NaNo, when I was trying to finish it, I hit a wall. A friend read it, and reported to me that I had no real villain. Oops. I had been so focused on the character, and the war, that I did not think about the fact that I needed something more central to focus on. I still love that story, but I’ve put it aside for now. Once again, I’m going to have to rework what I have and I just need a break.
So pantsing may work for some people, but right now I need a story I’ve planned. Enter “We Witches Three.” I’ve planned and plotted and am researching. I’ve started the beginning of it. I know where I want to go. I’m going to hash out what I have tonight, and really start reexamaning. I had meant to all this craziness starting in October, and really get used to writing every day again. Starting a new job in August, with this being one of two of my busiest months of the year, made things hectic. Why can’t Nano be in like July? There are hardly any kids here in July…
So are you a pantser or a plotter or both? I’d be interested in hearing your tales!
(Side note – I submitted a new book review last night for “The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter.” 2.5/5 – I will link it when it is published.)