Dun dun duuuuuuunnnnnnn! Every pantser's worst nightmare! *insert mysteriously unidentifiable evil laughter in the background here* After thinking about potential plot lines and plot bunnies and all sorts of plot-related crap, I've come up with a (probably) somewhat solid idea. Maybe. I don't know, but I'm going to give it a shot.
To do that, I've sort of picked apart several different plot types and mashed them all together, sort of like when I made that Jell-O cell back in my 6th grade biology class.
"This looks like a nucleus? Great! It'll go here! And that can be the mitochondria right there!"
The reason for this is because, yet again, I'm trying something new with this WIP: I'm writing in dual first person past POV. Not only am I dealing with two characters from vastly different economic backgrounds and with vastly different goals in mind, but they can't both be neatly tucked into one plotting style. Both their character arcs, as well as the overall plot arc, are different in their own ways, which means that each of them will be following a different style. You'll see what I mean in a minute.
For my overarching plot style, I went with the 3 Act structure, not because it sounded good or anything, but because that's just naturally how my plot fell. So it was sort of accidental, really.
Then I took things a wee step further by picking out plotting styles for each of my main characters' arcs, as well. To make things easier. Sorta. For one, I chose the Hero's Journey style, which, again, was sort of an accident because all of the major bits I've planned out just sort of fall in line.
For my second main character, I chose the Save the Cat style because, yet again, many of the major bits fall in line already. It's quite convenient.
(Or maybe I've spent so much time reading all these blog posts on plotting that it all happened subconsciously? I have no clue. But I'll take it!)
Like I was saying above, I've chosen these varying plot styles because of how my WIP ideas naturally fell. For MC One, she's going on something akin to the Hero's Journey and has moments like the Meet the Mentor, the Reward, and the Resurrection. That wouldn't work at all for MC Two, who is already a "hero" in many ways herself because of her status in society. For her, I needed a style with more wiggle room plot-wise, which probably isn't what most people think of when they think of the Save the Cat style, but it works for me. MC Two is actually the leader of her nation and is dealing with things entirely different from either the 3 Act or Hero's Journey talk about. Save the Cat also has these handy spots for false victories and false defeats which actually work perfectly with what I've planned so far. *grins like the Cheshire cat*
One little addition: While working on a major plot point in the 3 Act structure, I found myself in need of some horse-related facts that I just didn't know, and I don't know any endurance riders, either, so I didn't have anyone to ask. I hit up Google and I found this handy Writer's Guide to Horses, put together by the Long Riders Guild Academic Foundation. They're basically a bunch of horsey folk who love to ride their horses long distance, which is also perfect for a lot of fantasy writers out there! Much thanks to them and their handy statistics because now I know exactly how long my short endurance race should be distance- and time-wise (bearing in mind gaits and how long each can be done for and when to rest, etc.), as well as what kind of stuff MC One will be feeding her horse on said endurance race. It's really quite exciting! :D
Anyway, since today is Friday, I've got all my plotting business done, and NaNoWriMo technically doesn't start until Sunday, I'm going to go take a nap. A long one. And maybe have a drink or two before shit hits the fan & NaNo begins. (Did I mention that my aunt & uncle are coming to visit some time next week? *gulps, waves goodbye to word counts*)
Good luck, fellow NaNo'ers! May the word counts be ever in your favor!