NaNoWriMo Day 1: Pantsing vs Planning

Words Written Today: 1,900
Total Words Written: 1,900
November 1, 9:00pm

NaNoWriMo is upon us writers once again. And I am ecstatic.

Well, kind of.

Every other year I get so incredibly excited for NaNoWriMo, to the point where I’m prepping my novel in September, and writing out details for every character and every chapter and just everything.

You see, generally, I’m a planner.

This year, however, I’m not gonna lie. November kinda snuck up on me. I actually completely forgot about NaNoWriMo because of all my stress about school, and midterms coming up, and projects, and extracurricular stuff and more. NaNoWriMo wasn’t even close to being in my priorities. But then, this afternoon, I just kinda decided to go for it.

I haven’t written in such a long time, so when I opened up some documents and outlines to write for this month, all my love for them had depressingly drained out. And I had no time to write an outline.

What was I supposed to do?

I pantsed my story.

This is something I’ve never done. Yet I had nearly 2,000 easy words down in around an hour. This is a more than rare occurance for me. But I’m kind of happy I’m doing it, as of now.

I think that if you prep too much for a story, it becomes less fun to write. Because then you feel you have to stick to the outline and the structure so much that the story loses all the surprises and the fun stuff to write. But now, I’m just kinda going for it.

Let’s hope I stick with it, though.

Happy writing,

Sarah

*Add me as a buddy! http://nanowrimo.org/participants/sarahkalmakoff

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2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day 1: Pantsing vs Planning

  1. I semi-planned this year. Wrote 1800 words at midnight last night. Woke up this morning, did NOT want to continue. So I started a new novel. By the seat of my pants. Good luck! It’s funner this way 😉

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