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October 31, 2013

Nanoplans or Nanopants?

by limebirddennis

National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo 2013 starts in just over 24 hours.  Every time I think about it I get a little panicky inside.  I have neither an outline nor even a name for my main character (I have a problem with that, I wrote a novel last year and have yet to name the main character).  All I have is a title and like many other pansters, precious little else.  I only decided a short while ago to even do Nano this year.  My computer can’t find my Scrivener (I‘ve decided to try it), I don’t have Word and I never got that Dragon software either.  In other words, I’m starting in exactly the same place I did last year.

That’s right, I am a Nanopantser.  I admit I was surprised to find that out.  I wanted to be organized like so many I’ve read about, plotting chapters and making character maps and making my word count every day and then some.  I began a week before and did the synopsis and then tried to think of some characters.  Nothing. I sat down on November 1st to start and soon that first sentence came to me.  Quickly pieces of the female main character began to reveal themselves and off I went – or should I say off she went.  It didn’t take long to realize that my writing was like a block party – I never know who is going to show up until they walk through the door.

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