NaNoWriMo – Hot Compost Your Novel

It’s November again. The post I’m about to write would have been better written before the start of the month, but the fact that it’s the second of the month and I’m only now sitting down to write it does rather underline why it’s needed.

In November we grow moustaches, and we write novels. Unless you’re one of those people who hates NaNo, or is a less-than-optimally hirsute type. I don’t think I could manage a moustache worth sponsoring (maybe in a few more years), so I’m concentrating on the novel thing.

There are as many ways to approach NaNo as there are NaNoers. Over 200,000 this year. But there are two broad types that you can fit people into: the planners, and the pantsers. The pantsers, as in fly-by-the-seat-of-your, are happy to sit down with no idea what they’re going to write about, wiggle their fingers joyfully above the keyboard, and set to. I’ve done it that way. It’s a lot of fun. However, if you want to practice shaping and developing a novel, it helps – I’ll refrain from underlining this three times, but imagine I have – to do a bit of planning in advance.

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