It’s NaNoEve!

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NaNoWriMo is less than a day away. Are you ready? I’m not.

Well, I am, but it doesn’t count for much. I’ve gone in with a plan before and either had it fall apart or threw most of it away within the first few days.

I like to call myself a planner because I spent a lot of time thinking and writing things down before I start writing, but I’m not the sort of planner than sticks to the plan. I like making new plans all the time. I see what works and change accordingly. I wasn’t always like that and sometimes it would take my months to write just a chapter or two because I was fighting my own instincts about the story. I stopped doing that and my productivity has increased. I still lose time every once in a while when I need to stop and figure out what isn’t working and what needs to change to keep things moving forward, but it’s a much shorter and less painful process than forcing a story to be something it isn’t.

I’m just not sure if what I do counts as planning. Is it plantsing? I know I’m not pantsing. I know too much ahead of time for it to be pantsing.

Does any of it matter? Probably not. As long as I write my novel whatever I’m doing is the right thing. Having a label for my particular way of doing things is good for finding like-minded writers, but worrying about fitting into a particular box is more of a distraction than anything.

November is going to be a very hectic month without adding extra worries to my list. I’m still working on wrapping up The Dreams. There’s still at least a few chapters left to go so I’ll be focusing on that on top of writing a fresh, new draft of Inbetween.

It’s going to be a fun novel to write. Exorcists, demons, two worlds where magic works in very different ways… all good stuff if you ask me. I can’t wait to see where this draft will take me. I first tackled the original version of this idea back in 2007 and I’ve changed so much as a person and a writer since then I don’t know what to expect. I know I’m more confident in my writing skills than I was at 19 so I think things will be better this time around.

My patrons will be the first ones to see Inbetween. I’ll be posting my first draft every day during November on my Patreon. Sign up with a $1 pledge and you can see it all too.

Are you ready for NaNoWriMo? I think I am. Maybe.

4 thoughts on “It’s NaNoEve!

  1. I’m not ready either! At the middle of October I had a rough outline, but I’ve changed so many things since then that I only know where my first four chapters are going now.

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  2. I started writing book 5 in my Redcliffe novels series earlier this year but didn’t get very far, so that is my NaNoWriMo challenge. I am a pantser. I have the story playing out in my mind, so I just copy it straight onto the computer. Funny thing is, it always comes out different! See you in NaNo Land! 🙂

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    • Pantsing can be really exciting! I’d love to try pantsing again, but I spend too much time thinking and not enough time writing when I try to create a story that way. Even just a few days of planning can prepare me enough to let me keep up a quick writing pace for a while.

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