To plan, or not to plan? That is the question…

Posted: August 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
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With not having a clue where to start, I trawled the internet for basic novel writing tips. It seems that there are 2 main ways to begin. 1. Just sit down and begin writing. See where it takes you. 2. Make a plan. Plan the theme, plot, characters, ending etc.

I like the idea of option 1 but I tend to babble and go off topic. There is a very strong possibility that my novel could become long and boring with this option. On the other hand, by not planning, and going off topic could lead to something new and exciting with twists and turns. However, I’m going with option 2. Planning. Mainly because with a book about an apocalypse, I really do need a reason for the end of the world and an excellent ending to the book. Without planning, I would probably just drone on about people trying to survive whatever is bringing the world to an end.

I’ve also been reading through the forums on NaNoWriMo and it appears as if it’s pretty much 50/50 on what people do… some people wing it… some people plan everything in minute detail, to the point that they know their characters names, what they wear, every chapter, twist, climax and exactly how they want it to end. I think I’m going to be in the middle of the two. I’ll plan the basic plot and main characters but if new characters and twists appear as I write it, then so be it. The fact that I’ll be attempting to write 50,000 words in 30 days is stressful enough without being too cautious about not missing out any details of a really thoroughly planned plot.

So which way do you begin?

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