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I think I might enjoy this…

So, as most of you know, I have been preparing for NaNoWriMo in November.

    As I had begun my preparations, I thought I’d just write a short synopsis and be done with it. But I was wrong. I realized that being a “pantser” the last to NaNo’s has not worked well for me. So I decided to try something different.

    This year, I’m converting myself into a plotter.

    And I think I might enjoy it…

    I’ve come to believe wholeheartedly that plotting is awesome. It’s really helped me become an organized writer. When I pants, I do everything by the seat of my pants and I don’t really know what’s going on, or what’s going to happen.

    For you pantsers who are sticking your tongues out at your screen as you read this, thinking “Plotting is stupid and boring!”, you might want to think twice. For a long time I thought plotting to be tedious and boring, but I’ve found it to be quite enjoyable.

    Plotting also helps you to know your story, world, and characters before you begin to write. This is a great tool to use, especially when you have one month to write the whole thing.

    Plotting can indeed be fun. And if you’re worried about losing your inspiration, browse the internet for pictures that are perfect for your story, make collages.

    Most importantly: have fun!

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4 thoughts on “I think I might enjoy this…”

  1. Former Pantser here! Great post and good luck!
    Plotting works, especially for fantasy novels. It doesn’t mean you give up all of your freedom. Despite heavy plotting, I still pantsed quite a few scenes in the first draft of my novel. Plotting is just a roadmap. You still have the freedom to take the characters on a short detour every now and then, as long as they get to the next stop on the road to the finish line.

  2. I decided to plan for the first time this year, too:) I love it! Im going with the post-it method and keeping it nice, color-coordinated, and neat:) Pansting was my style for a couple years, but I will definitely be a planner from now on!

  3. I don’t plot very often, but my NaNo book was falling apart and I had no idea what was going on, so a friend helped me plot everything out. It is rather fun. I don’t know how often I will end up doing it, but every now and then one comes across those books which need plotted out to the last detail.

  4. Hey, this is just to let you know that my blog (s)you follow, The Wordsmith’s Shelf and Quasars and Feathers have moved to Tell Me a Story, Raggedy Man at ofquasarsandfeathers.blogspot.com.

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