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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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