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How to Write a Novel: For Non-Pantsters — 5 Comments

  1. I am actually trying to find a happy medium for NaNo. I have done much more planning than I ever have before. I even did character sketches the other day. I have no doubt I can get the word count, but I would really like it to be salable when all is said and done. I don’t want 100,000 words of nonsense that my mother wouldn’t even read.

    See you at the write-ins. Good luck.

    • Thanks, Jack. Good luck to you, too. You’ve got reams of short stories under your belt. This isn’t much different. You can do it. Last year was my first time at it, and I managed it. You’re already on your way.

  2. Rachel, you never fail to make me giggle – #1, #2, and #13 had me laughing out loud. But I would never dare mock you, because obviously your process works! It’s interesting because I’ve tried writing stories both ways: obsessive outlining and completely pantsing it. Both have had varying degrees of success. I’ll let you know if I ever figure out a happy medium!

    • I’m glad it made you laugh. 🙂 I think I scared Jack half to death. I know it’s extreme, but my brain is such a mass of disconnected thoughts, I have to wrangle them into order. You’ve written a novel now, and I’m so proud of you. You’ve already got a process!

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