Pantsing NaNoWriMo

Who else out there is taking part in NaNoWriMo?

This is my first year, and so far, so good. In the weeks leading up to the start of November, I had several different story ideas floating around my head, and I agonised over trying to choose which one to develop, eventually jotting down basic structures for several ideas. What has surprised me though, is that since starting, I have followed none of these stories and a completely unexpected story has been born. It’s almost as though my main character is telling me the story. It’s quite exciting, if somewhat unnerving, because I have no idea where I’m going with this! I guess I’d definitely fall into NaNoWriMo’s “pantser” category!

The story is set mainly in Russia, from the perspective of a British teenager who moved there with her alcoholic mother and abusive step-father. Sounds depressing? Yes. Yes it is. As I say, it’s not the story I planned for or chose at all…I didnt even know I had this story in me! It is simply the story that began to unfold as I typed, almost possessed, words flowing before I even knew what I was writing.

What about you? Are you a pantser or a planner? What’s your synopsis? And feel free to add me as a writing buddy – I need all the accountability I can get!

3 thoughts on “Pantsing NaNoWriMo

  1. I had a whole outline, but then it felt like “why write it when I know what’s going to happen?” So, I added a new element and it totally shifted my story, in the best I-have-no-idea-what-will-happen-kind-of-way! I’m a bit behind in my NaNoWriMo word count, but no worries. Hope you keep pumping out those words! By the way, I think the unexpected stories are always the best 😉

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