This will be my fifth year doing NaNo. Well, except that I can’t really count last year. Although I signed up, I spent most of November in Buenos Aires dancing tango and shopping for shoes, not writing. And the two years prior to that felt like an absolute failure, even though I managed to complete 50,000 words. One year, I used NaNo to do re-writes (not really a valid word count) and the second year I abandoned the story shortly after NaNo ended. And haven’t looked at it once since.
So this year, I’m taking a different approach. Or more accurately, the same approach I took the first year: write with absolutely no idea what the story is, who the characters are, or even if a plot exists. You see, I’m a pantser. The inner critic in me (and many other websites supporting her), have tried to turn me into a plotter. And all either have succeeded in doing is turning me in to a non-writer.
But in order to quiet my critic, I’m intending to trick her. You see, I’ve told her that I’m not writing a story, I’m writing an outline. And a large detailed, 50,000 word outline. I haven’t heard a word from her since.