(Listening to - Vanessa Mae - (I) Can, Can (You?) )
November the first approaches people! Are you NaNoing?
A quick explanation for those in the dark, but can't be bothered to click the above link -
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The idea is simple: You have the month of November (30 days) in which to write 50,000 words. That's it. There are no real rules, and no prizes for completing it, other than a small banner picture to display on forums, websites, etc.
Now, I find that, much like writers, there seem to be two kinds of NaNoers: Pantsers and planners.
The planners prepare (at least part of) an outline prior to November the first, so that they know where they're going come the first day, and are less likely to write themselves into a corner.
Pansters write by the seat of their pants. They don't write much of anything at all down until November the first and then plan as they go.
I'm a planner. Though I often find myself veering from my outline, I still write faster and more coherently with one than without.
Currently, I have about 20% of the plot planned and a few thousand words of the story written down (though I'll have more than 50k left come the 1st). I'm a little concerned that I'll hit the end of my plan and not know where to go from it, but I'm sure that by the time I get to that point, I'll have a bunch more ideas floating around.
My reason for doing NaNo is simple: I'd be writing anyway, so why not? At best, it'll help with my writing routine and at worst nothing will change.
So, your turn. Are you NaNoing? What's your genre? Any tips for a newbie?