I’m not a pantser. I tried it once and it was an absolutely terrible experience. Not necessarily because I didn’t enjoy the chance to find out as I wrote. I actually enjoyed that.
What I didn't enjoy was what happened next...
I’m still working on the revisions to piece together the story so that it’s manageable.
I’m a planner by nature. Everything needs to have a plan. Our family recently received some disheartening news last month, and it was difficult to adjust to our new situation. However, as I began to think about it, and with some wonderful friends who encouraged me, I realized that this was exactly what I’d wanted, though not in the way that I wanted.
Now, I know exactly what to expect for the next two years. I know where I’m going to live, I know where I’m going to work – I can make plans in a semi-long term fashion. In fact, my husband and I have made a 2 year plan, and it’s a relief to know exactly what I need to do to achieve our brand new goals. It’s something visible, something I can follow and know if I’m on track or not. If something new comes alone, I can figure out if it fits into the plan, and if it doesn’t, then I can discard it or adapt it to the plan.
I need the same thing in writing. If I don’t know where the story’s headed, all sorts of sidetracks are taken. I get lost easily, so my writing is full of dead ends, u turns and slippery slopes. I need a map to figure out the journey before I even start.
I started working on my NaNoWriMo outline this week, and I’ve got to say, I’m starting to get excited. The story’s coming together – slowly but surely. There are already those rough starts, the accidental side road, but I’m fixing it now so that once I get to November, it’ll be nothing but a smooth, exhilarating ride.
Honestly, what could be more frustrating than getting lost or even stuck in the middle of nowhere when you’ve got somewhere you want to be?