In getting ready to write a marathon length manuscript, I wonder whether I need to plan meticulously or whether my overconfident self can survive by thinking up things as I write.
Usually, my approach is to think up of something I would like to write about, keeping that thought in my mind for a few hours, savouring it and anticipating the pleasure of writing. When I feel calm and ready, I roll up my sleeves and get down to it. Ideas and words come in a torrent, sometimes a trickle that does not dry up till the work is done. That makes me a pantster.
The only doubt here is whether that trickle can stay steady in the face of the gargantuan task of finishing NaNoWriMo.
Do I need to plan out my storyline, my characters, my plots and sub plots? Do I need to think of the voice, the mood and the imagery? Do I really need to create character profiles and mind map my story? Do I need to become a big time planner?
In midst of all this, I am taken to be a prankster by most of the people I know. They think that attempting the NaNoWriMo is like pulling off a prank. For one, I have been busy and maybe getting busier still. And for another, this seems too lofty a thing.
I think I would need skills of all three kinds.
What are your views on any piece of long form writing? Do you plan meticulously or go with the flow?