I’m definitely a plantser. I have a vague idea of the story, or sometimes scenes, but really no plot direction. I haven’t known the ending of my NaNo books yet. In fact, I’ve never started a book knowing the ending to any I’ve begun or finished writing.

I did a pre-NaNo after I discovered it last summer, just to see if I could do it (before I knew about Camp, though it was too late to participate). I had a vague idea of things that could happen in my head, an idea of what my characters were capable of, but nothing more — and absolutely no experience writing a novel before. Partial plan, felt like a pantser. Then, for NaNo, I wrote the sequel — which meant I had the characters — but I didn’t have a plot direction. I just kept typing until I found something! Came about 20K words in, just as I was giving up on ever stumbling across something that could keep the story going.

This NaNo, I’m much more prepared as I’m writing the third in that series (probably a trilogy, but I’m letting the momentum decide for me). Need to make sure I’m up to date on all the information that I’ll use in this book. I’m really excited!

Creator. Writer. Author. Join my tribe and learn about my fiction writing plus free stories. https://linktr.ee/authorlaurawinter

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store