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Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Pantser Depantsed
So I think of myself as a pantser, but the idea of pantsing for NaNo makes my knees shake in my fashionable knee-high boots. I like to discover the journey as the characters move along, but as far as I can tell, there are two problems with this for me:
Keeping up with the 2000 word/day target average.
Making sure I maintain the increase in tension from scene to scene.
Well, yesterday I downloaded Scrivener. It inspired me to spend quite a bit of time last night outlining chapter ideas, writing character sketches, and generally trying to organize myself. It all equals work I wouldn't have done otherwise (most likely) before Monday. I've got names for characters that I hadn't considered before, notes for the first 7 chapters, and backstory that I hadn't worked out earlier.
I'm so excited about NaNo. Can you tell?
How do you do your writing prep? How do you keep track of all of your notes and ideas?