So, you guys probably remember that I mentioned before NaNo started that i would be plotting the entire story?
Yeah, that didn’t really work out as well as I’d hoped. I mean, I did plot. I had an outline and everything. But things changed. Plus, I only ended up having the first 5(ish) chapters plotted out. Even then, so many things have changed, so many details have changed, that the plot is only a vague representation.
But that’s okay. Because I’ve realized that a writer doesn’t have to be a plotter to write the perfect story. And a writer doesn’t have to be a pantser to write the perfect story. In fact, I’ve discovered that that ever-mysterious Perfect Balance is probably something that has helped and many (if not, most) writers.
But the problem is that there is no perfect balance. A writer could choose to go 50/50 with plotting and pantsing and still find themselves stuck in a corner. That’s where you come in. In all honesty, it’s up to you, the writer, yourself to discover that perfect balance, that perfect mixture for you. Perhaps you prefer 25/75 (that’s probably more my area 😛 ). That’s fine! Or maybe your perfect balance is 0/100!
The point of writing your story is that you are sharing the story you want to share. So don’t feel tied up in “Oh, but plotting is so much fun. I just wish I could do it!” or “Pantsing is the only way to go.” or “I feel like my story needs a little something extra, but that would veer from my outline.” Be loose, be easygoing. Go with the flooow.
One day you’ll find your not-so-perfect balance (because, really, nothing in this world is perfect), or maybe you’ll spend your life experimenting. That’s fun too! I know I’ve had LOADS of fun planning for my NaNoNovel. Sure, it didn’t turn out exactly the way I’d planned, but stories rarely do.
Characters seem to have a mind of their own.