Hanging Up My Pantser Ways

NaNoWriMo take

Honestly I can’t be sure, but I think this year will be my fourth attempt at the ever elusive NaNoWriMo crown. My Eleanor. My unicorn. For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie Gone in 60 Seconds starring Nicholas Cage, NaNoWriMo is akin to a “mythological creature. Totally unattainable”.

In all fairness, prior years of missed opportunities have had their fair share of complications. Lack of time, means, and yes, even electricity. But they’ve also been justified by empty excuses. Writers write, and that is the underlying message behind National Novel Writing Month.

However, unlike prior years, I decided it was time to try something different. Change things up a bit and see if the delta would produce more favorable results. Therefore, this year I’ve put in an extra effort to prep for a month-long writing sprint which included making an outline. But, pantsers don’t outline. Yeah, but this pantser is all for adapting to win. Even if it means embracing techniques I once frowned upon.

But the formidable outline is not the only way I’ve been prepping this month and below are a few of the tools I’ve utilized for my ultimate attempt at success. Feel free to check them out:

The Ultimate Novel Planning Workbook makes novel planning fun and fresh.


A spreadsheet tracker helps track writing progress for number junkies like me.


My Write Club hosts real time word sprints that give a whole new meaning to daily word count accountability.


Lastly, The Better Novel Project offers in depth writing tips to help make your writing better. There is even an interactive outline app.


One thought on “Hanging Up My Pantser Ways

  1. Write write write! I have never done NaNoWriMo, HOWEVER I had to turn in my thesis of 100,000 words (a historical fiction novel) on November 24th of last year, so I do associate November now with feverish writing. It’s great!! 🙂

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