Camp Tip #2: Planning vs. Pantsing

March 18, 2013

Howdy ho, Camperinos!

Are you a Planner or a Pantser? For those of you new to this novel-in-a-month business, a quick summary: Planners outline their novels ahead of time, with various degrees of intensity, and Pantsers wing it by the seat of their pants.

As I have established previously, my slightly neurotic personality and I are onboard the Planners train. But just because Pantsing doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t for you.

Are you a spontaneous person who goes with the flow? Do you revel in the blank page and delight in the unexpected? You might be a Pantser.

Do you love spending time with your ideas before diving into writing them down? Are you a logical person who thrives on creating a plan? (Are you way more fun than this description makes you sound?) You might be a Planner.

You Pantsers obviously don’t need my advice; you’ll dive into your novels on April 1 and frolic amongst the unfamiliar terrain.

For those of you new to the Planners world, fear not! I wrote about my process here, and the comments are jammed with other great suggestions. And the Plot Doctoring, Character Cafe, and Reference Desk forums can untangle just about any sticky dilemma.

Still not sure where you belong? Talk it out in the “Planning?… or Pantsing?” thread on the Camp forum. Then, fill out your novel information under the “Camper Profile” tab so everyone knows you’re ready for the mayhem.

And no matter what, the end result is the same: wild creative abandon in the sunny fields of Camp NaNoWriMo. We can’t wait.

Sarah Mackey
Director of Community Engagement

P.S. We’re cooking up something extra-special for Saturday April 13! Save the date, and more details will be forthcoming soon.