Five reasons why you need planning in NaNoWriMo 2015

These are some great things to keep in mind. I know that I am, for the first time, actually trying to plot out what I’m going to write this year.

Matthew Wright

I’ve been posting about ways of keeping free-form creativity going while still keeping on track in NaNoWriMo. Or – indeed – on track in anything you’re writing.

Writing fuel! Writing fuel!

That doesn’t avert the need to plan, though. Planning pays dividends – big dividends – when you’re working to timeline.  Here are five reasons why.

  1. Planning keeps you on track. It means the story doesn’t wander, and it’ll have the right structure. Even if you revise the words later, that first-time-right structure means a LOT less re-writing, later.
  2. If you’ve got a plan, you’ll usually do the ‘creative writing’ part a lot faster, because you’ve already done the hard work figuring out where the story’s going and how it will develop. That’s vital for any writer on a deadline.
  3. Plans act as a ‘bad first draft’. You can shake out the wrinkles from the story before it’s written. Guess what –…

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