As you know I’ve been talking about Camp NaNo a bit here on The Dark Globe. I’m entering in the June camp next month and I’ve been working on my plot and other ideas for my novel.
I’m sure a lot of people who decide to do NaNo have already got ideas in their mind of what sort of story they want to do.
The rules of NaNo say that you can do as much plotting and character development as you wish before the event, you’re just not allowed to write the story.
My question is: How much plotting do you do beforehand?
Some people are religious with the way they plan out their whole novel from start to finish so they know exactly what to write when the time comes. They know the character’s entire life stories, how they will act and react in every scene and what will happen to them in the end.
Others think too much plotting will spoil the story for them. These people do a little planning; a basic idea, some characters, some scenes perhaps; but ultimately they want to come up with the rest as they go along.
And then there are those who do no planning whatsoever and write the first thing they think of when NaNo begins. They let the story guide them and appear in inspirational bursts.
Which one are you when it comes to writing?
For me I tend to be a little bit of all three. The first novel I ever finished was one I wrote without a plan at all. Everyday I sat down and let my characters take me on their journey.
I suppose I’m usually the middle type of plotter. I prefer to come up with a basic idea, some characters and perhaps how I want it to begin and end, but the rest of the story I like to see how it pans out.
As for June NaNo I feel like I’m slowly becoming the first type of plotter. I’ve had this idea that I really wanted to write, but June seems a while away and I keep planning the scenes and the characters and everything is going to happen because I’m so excited. But I think I’ll end up not wanting to write it once June comes around because I will have done too much planning.
I’ll end up bailing on the idea and coming up with something off the top of my head.