Half of October is already gone and I’ve been working on planning and plotting my novel. I’m not sure I’ve succeeded. Well at least not in the way that I envisioned a “real planner” would. perhaps I’m a combination of planner and a pantser
Planner v. Pantser
They are two approaches to first draft story writing. Why Planner and Pantser? Planners are writers who plan their novels, and Pantsers write their stories by the seat of their pants. Detailed outlines are the purview of Planners, typically completed before a single word of the actual story is set onto page.
Most of my life I have been a planner, I love my check lists and I live by my calendar. I carefully make sure I have all my to-do’s organized and worked out every evening before bed and like most planners, I sleep much better when I know what is on my plate for the next day. I know, of course, that things change and I am fully capable of changing course if an unexpected issue comes up. Having said that, I was fully prepared to be the same way about my writing.
I should have known better!
Turns out, I’m not so much into knowing every single detail of my novel before I start writing it. I tried, but besides feeling completely stressed out and uninspired, I achieved very little else in the past two weeks.
Last night, I sat at my laptop while watching some NaNoWriMo videos and began working in Scrivener in cork-board mode and the excitement of the story began to resurface. So, for what I can tell, being a planner in some aspects of your life does not mean you will be a planner as a writer. Although, I would not say that I’m a pantser either.
I have tried to write many novels. I’ve had a million ideas for novels. However, this is the first time I am actually going to put myself out there and write something. I say all that to say that I’m not sure how or where I fit in and honestly I’m not sure I want to fit in any of the boxes already laid out for me. So what, I’m not a planner and know every single little detail of the story before I write the story? Also, so what I’m not a pantser and I can’t just sit at my computer and start typing something without some sort of “map” to show me at least a direction? the point is to write and discover who I am as a writer.
NaNoWriMo is almost here and I’m super excited.