How Do You Choose a NANO PLOT?
I’m MLHGL, checking in with you to talk about choosing a NaNoWriMo plot.
For those of you older NaNos, you’ve more than likely already gotten your plot idea. For those of you who are just joining us and have no idea what you want to write about, I’m here to tell you about some of the methods by which both Planners and Pantsers figure out what they’re writing.
First, I want to tell you about a tiny difference that makes a significant amount of information change for every step. Planners and Pantsers, and then Rebels are the three NaNoWriMo participant types. Planners plan out every step of their writing process – and generally are working from an outline or a storyboard. Pantsers have two or three forms; but generally are known as the ones who either have no idea what they’re writing until November starts or just know their Main Character. A Rebel is a person who isn’t starting a whole new work for NaNoWriMo – but is either editing, adding to an older WIP, rewriting, etc. Most Rebels fall into the category of being a planner, because they’re already more than halfway there, usually.
But for the Planners who aren’t rebelling and the Pantsers, how do they choose a plot?
Most of the Planners ML_kitkatt and I have spoken to usually indicate that they choose something that they more than likely have made note of earlier. Either a news item, a picture, conversations, something one sees triggers a thought that can expand into an entire story idea. Some planners even write full time throughout the year, and use NaNoWriMo to get plots that they had to shelve throughout the year off the ground. Planners are generally getting ready for NaNoWriMo between one to four months early. Why? Because they’ve determined how long it takes them to get their plot outline written and a character list.
Pantsers fall into two sub-categories really. The first one is a blend of planner and pantser (a plantser)– and they’ll generally start with an idea, or the basis of a plot (which pretty much is more like a one sentence plot start), or a character and go from there. A total pantser doesn’t even bother to do anything except maybe pick a genre in advance of starting writing on Day 1. I myself am more of a plantser. ML_kitkatt generally is a plantser as well, but she may argue with me about it. ( ^__^ )
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