Plan or Pants?

First day of Camp Nano, and if you’re smart, you’re already off and writing like the wind. You need to work to make your word count, and it’s wise to get ahead if you can so you’re prepared for any unexpecteds that life throws at you.

But, while you’re writing like the wind, have you given any thought to pants versus plan?….

Some people are natural planners. They start with a good story line in mind, character sketches, perhaps an outline. They know where they’re starting and where they’re going and all that they have to do is to fill in the bits in between

Some people, on the other hand, fly by the seat of their pants. The pantser may start with a rough idea of a character or a situation or a “what if…”; and begins writing, waiting with wonder along with the rest of us to see where the story will take her.

Both of these approaches to writing are valid. Each of them has its own strengths and weaknesses. And, as writers, most of us lean towards one or the other of these approaches.

I know that, in NaNo, the emphasis is on wordcount- on sitting down, pouring it on and see how many words you can put on a page.

I’d also encourage you to look on NaNo as a place of experimentation for you as a writer. Find out what incredible feats of discipline and word count you are capable of, yes. Discover how truly good you are at pulling a story out of the never never and slapping it down on the page

But also try a different approach to writing, just to see what it has to teach you. If you’re a planner, try pantsing. If you’re a pantser, delve into planning

and emerge from July with even more tools in your writer’s bag of tricks.

Write on

Catherine Kane


For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better” her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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