For those of us who do NaNoWriMo, I’m sure you have your own opinion on the Great Debate– Plotting Vs. Pantsing.
Being a now two-time WriMo (which I am so, so, so, so, so proud of), I just thought I’d toss my hat out to it and write a bit on my opinion.
Last year, I sat down at my computer on November first, and the only thought in my mind was “misunderstood chick with serious abandonment issues”. I built off of that.
I lost. I lost by about 10k, as I may have mentioned before. I hated my story and I had the worst, most random, totally irrelevant scenes in the history of irrelivant scenes. Seriously, guys, it was bad.
I did finish eventually. In February, actually. But that’s not the point. The point is that my story had absolutely nothing to do with nothing, and even now, I haven’t looked back at it, because I’ve never wanted to destory something that I’ve created so freaking much.
So I tossed it aside and promptly forgot about it.
And so, four days before April began, I figured I’d try my hand at script writing and see where it took me. So I sat down for three or four hours, and I made a quick storyboard, trying to figure out how I would time the script, when Act One would turn into Act Two, etc.
And even with just those three or four hours, my Screnzy script (entitled If the Sun Was Red, which featured a MC that died in the first scene) was actually pretty decent. Not in the beginning. But I mean… It got better as the month wore on.
I chalked it up to planning.
So I tried to test my theory when Camp NaNo rolled around. For July, I plotted, only a bit. I had a rough idea of what I wanted the conflict to be. I had some thoughts about where the beginning and middle would lead, and I had a clear storyline developed within a week.
And I won. And oh God, my July novel rocked for a NaNo Novel(:
But I didn’t plan for my August NaNo. At all. It was titled Burn and I worked with whatever came to mind.
And not much came to mind.
So yeah, August Camp sucked.
Anyway. As you can probably tell, I’m a plotter, tried and true. But I know some people *cough Melly and Ice cough cough* that swear by pantsing, and from what I can tell, they make it work.
I suppose it’s just a matter of opinion.
Although I would reccomend trying both(: *coughmywayisbettercoughcough*
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