This year, more than other years, I seem to have a lot of unplanned characters, scenes, and plot points that were never a part of the plan. Most writers place themselves into one of two categories when it comes to NaNoWriMo:
Planners: People who plan out their stories in great detail, from start to finish. They often have everything planned and set to go before NaNoWriMo starts.
Pantsers: People who fly by the seat of their pants. They have no plan, really. Sometimes they’ll have an idea of what they want to do, or the very basics of a plot, but for the most part, they just let the story write itself.
I don’t consider myself part of either group, though I do lean more towards Planner. I consider myself a combination of the two groups:
Planster: People who combine planning and pantsing. They have a plan, but are more than willing to let the story take itself in a different direction.
In previous years, I’ve had a random character show up and eventually become a main character in subsequent novels just because she demanded to be there. I’ve have scenes come out of nowhere and turn things around. One of the aspects of writing that I adore is the story’s ability to grow and change.
But this year, more than any other year, I’ve had a lot of unplanned things happened. I could just stick with my timeline of events and say “no” to the story, OR I can go with the flow. Personally, I think going with the flow is more fun.
What all this comes down to is: I have a lot of new and unexpected aspects adding themselves to The Priest of Tears every day…and I love where it’s going.
Current word count for The Priest of Tears: 17,000/50,000!
Until the morning sun rises,
Andrew Ronzino, The Master of Masters