Now, there is a reason I started plotting manuscripts instead of pantsing them. My first manuscript was pantsed.
It was also 180,000 words long.
Just like my natural hair color makes me look naturally gross, my natural writing habits do nothing good for me or my manuscript. So had to tweak them- experiment and try out new methods, lengths and colors until I found one that fit my face. (You know what I mean.)
Some people have the opposite problem- They underwrite; write down conversations with sparse description and then have to go back and fill out their scenes.
For the first time in a long time I find myself writing a pantsed project for Nanowrimo. Okay- it’s practically pantsed. I only outlined the first three chapters and after that all I have are some vague overhead guidelines to follow.
However, my tendency to overwrite might end up coming in handy if I want to meet the 50k mark by the end of the month. Nanowrimo is definitely giving my natural writing tendencies some ugly dark roots.
Some (most) of the details aren’t necessary. Like what the MC has picked out wear or what she’s eating or the layout of her home.
Or the needless descriptions of the building.
Or her town.
Or the state.
Or the weather.
Or her physical health.
And I’m also indulging back-story galore.
Bad bad bad bad bad.
Will I keep most of the gibberish that’s twisting my plot into pretzel–like pieces? Probably not. But I’m having a hell of a lot of fun discovering this new world in minute detail.
What is your natural writing style? (You can be brave and include your natural hair color too if you want:) Mine’s swamp brown. It’s scary.) Would writing 50k in a month be a challenge for you underwriters? Overwriters?