The countdown to NaNoWriMo has begun and it’s time to prep. When signing up this year, I went to claim a Pantser badge when I noticed a new one – Plantser.

This intrigued me – what is a Plantser?

A Pantser is one who flies by the seat of their pants – he or she sits down on November 1st with a blank screen and no plan.

A Planner is one who has, well – a plan. Usually an outline of the plot, descriptions of the characters, etc.

A Plantser draws from both worlds. This badge describes a Plantser as one who will start on November 1st with a comfortable mix of improvisation and loose structure.

That’s me this year!

I have a story idea and a logline. I have a protagonist and an antagonist. I have a beginning and an ending and a couple of plot points between. The rest will unfold as I type.

So I’m declaring myself a Plantser for NaNoWriMo 2016.