You know the deal. Writers are supposed to either be Plotters or Pantsers. I started with my pants firmly on. They’ve been dropping by stages, and I think it’s time to take them off completely and run around in my brightie whities. Because frankly, when they’re round my ankles they trip me up.
Two Nanowrimos ago I opened the laptop with nothing more than a misty dream to try to convert into text. I won that Nano. But none of you would be surprised to hear the manuscript was TERRIBLE. So terrible, in fact, it’s still not finished. It was my first attempt at writing in YEARS and YEARS and YEARS, so I’m proud I managed anything at all. Some of it even sort of nearly made sense.
By my second Nanowrimo (2015) I’d found children’s books and fallen in love with them. I’d spent a year absorbed by writing. I did have a vague idea of what I wanted to write that November, but not much more. I won again. That manuscript I’m finalising right now, and I love it. But it certainly wasn’t happy-dance awesome at the end of the first draft.
I’ve been reading so much these last few years, I’ve learnt how brilliant it is to find a novel with twists and turns. I’m tired of adding those in after the first draft, of months of rewrites. I want them there from the start.
And this sounds suspiciously like Plotting to me…
So it’s time to change my approach. Take off the pants. I’m not going to go crazy and plot a longer plot than my manuscript, but this Nano I’m going to start writing a story I actually know the middle and ending for.
Let’s see if it will work… Bring on Nanowrimo 2016!
What works for you? Anyone out there tried to ‘change sides’?