How do you Nanowrimo?

Camp Nanowrimo is here!

It was a last minute dash on Sunday to finish the last of my prep and planning before April 1 hit but finally a blank Word document sat in front of me and a stack of notebooks beside me. For me, the first couple of pages are always the hardest. There's so much in your head to get out but you're so aware that the first couple of pages need to grab your reader or you'll lose them forever. Thankfully I'm past those first pages now!

How do you Nanowrimo?

There's two camps as far as I can tell from our writing cabins on Camp Nanowrimo. Those who pants it   (fly by the seat of your pants) & those who meticulously plan.

I'm a reformed pantser. I wrote HUMAN NATURE in university classes or sitting by the duck pond waiting for my ride. I wrote it late at night and I wrote it when I was meant to be writing assignments - to be fair, I'll write anything other than my assignments. I have a uni assignment due for my Masters of Forensic Behavioural Science on 15/4 and do you think I've started yet? You betcha ass I haven't! For this novel I wanted to be super organised, have everything planned and have the entire novel plotted out in my head. I bought fancy leather-bound notebooks and downloaded a Writers Planner from Etsy. I had become a meticulous planner.

Except, as I've been writing ARCHANGEL ONE I've found more and more that I'm still flying by the seat of my pants. Scenes add themselves out of nowhere and plant trails that I can see being vital in the rest of the book but they were never planned for. I'm still referring to my plot notes and the world building I did but then that's it. I'm not sticking to the plot notes I wrote out so neatly and with so many different coloured pens - one for each character!

I'm not complaining because the alternative to sitting and writing for long periods of time is being stuck with writers' block, something no-one wants. I'm really thankful that I'm not sat there staring at the wall, but right now existing in that state where half the time you're in the real world and half the time you're in your own world.

But is it true that no-one really reforms from flying by the seat of their pants when they write?

Are all my promises to myself to be the meticulous planner who knows everything before it happens in my novel a lie?

And if it is, do I just give in and accept this?