Well, since NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, the Silver Pens have decided that this week we’re going to delve into the two methods of reaching 50,000 words in a month: Plotting or Pantsing.
Plotting is… well, it’s when you plot before. There are different methods to plotting. You could make a complete outline, detailing every chapter, scene, and so on down to the last word. Of course, an outline like that will take a while, and a mind that knows what they want to happen and when they want it to happen. This is definitely not me; I know some general things that I want to happen (i.e. Rosalind almost killed) but I don’t know how or when that will happen. There are such things as collapsible outlines as well; outlines that you follow, but if you really want to add that one scene that will change the plot for the next few chapters or so, it’s allowed.
Pantsing, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of plotting. The most extreme form of pantsing is sitting down at your computer, without the vaguest idea of a plot, and just typing away. This is great for those of us who don’t do too well at planning (notice the use of the first person). Oftentimes this can result in a great idea, but trust me when I say that it will take a lot of editing afterwards. Then there’s a lesser form of pantsing; having a vague idea of a plot, but not really knowing how you’ll write it or if it’ll even be worth saving after you write it. In my experience, this form of writing is perfect for seeing whether I can work an idea into something marvelous.
I’m doing an in-between approach this year; I know certain parts of it, but there are other parts that I know I’ll have to fill in with anything that pops into my head. Of course, this will hopefully turn out for the better… hopefully.