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Camp Care Package: Planning, plotting, and pantsing

Your daily Camp Care Package is brought to you in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. Author Sona Charaipotra brings us this week's Camp Care Packages:

There are two kinds of writers (and people, I’d say) in this world: plotters and pantsers. And for either type, crossing over to the other side is the stuff of nightmares.

When it comes to tackling a big, fast drafting project for something like Camp, though, even the most die-hard pantser could learn a trick or two from us outlining Jedi. Luckily, as a screenwriter-turned-novelist (and back again!), I’m definitely a plot devotee. I've even managed to convert a pantser or ten in my time. This week I'll be giving you some smart—and painless—tips to get you grounded on plot before you kick off your Camp NaNoWriMo adventure.

The first is simply this: Don't be afraid to try something new. (Camp is supposed to be a time of exploration, after all!) If you're a pantser who's never made an outline before, I'll talk you through it this week. And if you're a fellow outline aficionado, just remember: nothing is set in stone yet. If a rogue idea sweeps you up during the process, don't be afraid to run with it.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Share your thoughts with Sona, or thank her for today's #CampCarePackage!

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Today's Prep Challenge

Make a writing date with yourself for Saturday. July 1 is going to be here before you know it, and being intentional about making time for your writing is a huge part of starting your project off right. Section off an hour, half an hour—whatever will work for you—and set a reminder so you don't forget.

Sona Charaipotra

Sona Charaipotra is not a doctor—much to her parents’ chagrin. They were really hoping she’d grow up to take over their pediatrics practice one day. Instead, she became a writer, working first as a celebrity reporter at People and (the dearly departed) TeenPeoplemagazines, and contributing to publications from the New York Times to TeenVogue. These days, she spends a lot of time poking plot holes in her favorite teen TV shows—for work, of course. She’s the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent, and the co-author of the YA dance dramas Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces. She’s also proud to serve as the head of content for the non-profit We Need Diverse Books.

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