No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
Let Chris Baty, founder of the rockin' literary marathon National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), guide you through four exciting weeks of hard-core noveling. Baty's pep talks and essential survival strategies cover the in ...more
-Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem!
I read this book several years ago and loved it. I had participated in NaNoWriMo several times and found it a thrill, even when I only managed to get 4500 words down on paper instead of the targeted 50,000.
I think some of the negative reviews of this book come from people who wanted or expected something something different. So let me begin by ...more
This book is the companion monkey, printed tour guide, and pocket personal adviser on how to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, written by no less than the founding father of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) himself.
The official NaNoWriMo is November. But you can choose any month you'd like and follow the advice in this guide. However, it's bound to be more fun when you know there are tens of thousands of other people all over the country—the world even—doing the same thing. You...more
The problem I have with it is two-fold.
The project’s goal is to just get 50,000 words –any words -- onto paper within a month, and that will supposedly create a basis for a novel , and quality doesn’t matter at all, because you can “fix it” later. For me, however, the act of writing involves some pride and pleasure in choosing the right words. In a first draft, they ...more
What was this? I was not going to attempt something so ridiculous as writing a complete novel in 30 days. I was a serious writer.
Now, years later, I still haven't written a novel, a ...more
The only quality I didn't much care for is the tone affected by the author. Most of the book is written in the manner of the "Dummies" books, lightly ironic with a come-on-you-can-do-this-madcap-zany-writing thing.
It seems clear, as mentioned by Chris Baty himself, you MAY ...more
I say it's misleading, first, because it's not low-stress, as all the advice on coping with the stress suggests. NaNoWriMo is fun stress, but it's a fair dose of it. The second reason I call it misleading is that it would be more accurate to subtitle it ...more
Something else that irritated me about the book was all of the unnec ...more
The author mostly talks about “pantsing” and there’s not a lot o ...more
Along with Writing Monsters by Philip Athans, this was an impulse buy from Foyles. At the time, I never considered whether or not I'd ever get involved in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I just figured this would offer some advice to just get through writing a novel. Now that I've finished the book, however, I wish I had finished it sooner and started July with a mission to write 50,000 words by the ...more
I am not against NaNoWriMo, in fact, I participated last year and 'won', however, this does nothing more than explain what NaNo is and how to 'prepare' for it. And by Prepare, I mean, waste time doing things that are not writing to prepare yourself to write.
Do you like spending time thinking about what food you eat, and how to shirk respons ...more
I did NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2002 and had my first (and only) win in 2003 during the days when Baty was still at the helm. Nowadays, the pep talks are done by successful authors, some of whom first drafted their bestsellers during NaNo. But, back then, all the pep talks were done by Baty himself. They were encouraging, funny, clever, and caring, and for me they were one of the highlights of the NaNo expe ...more
I managed to get through about two weeks of my novel before I ended up giving up. Yes, two weeks. I feel into the trap that so many others fall into. I let my inner editor run around and critique everything that I wrote.
When I read No Plot? No ...more
Both title and theme hadn’t convinced me at first. What, writing a novel in 30 days? Just like that? But but but! Writing is serious business!
...Except that it was such serious business that I never got down to actually write more than a few chapters, no matter the story.
This book isn’t for everyone, just like the event it concerns (N ...more
Are there things I advise people against in this book? Yes. I think the strongest books come from plotting, not from blindly writing whatever you feel like ...more
On another point, if you're thinking of doing NaNoWriMo, the event that's behind the book, this is a good companion to have with you. The first half is about NaNoWriMo, writing and p ...more
Awesome little how-to book that doesn't want to make you roll your eyes all the time or "waste" your time with little exercises when all you really want to do is read and write. It's down to earth and straight to the point. A must for anyone who writes, and specially those who dream of writing but just don’t dare to JUST DO IT!
NaNoWriMo is a wonderful thing. It's a challenge, a community, and a much-needed injection of delirious creativity in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, ranging from novices who have never even written a short story before to seasoned professional writers. It's also more than a little crazy-making, so anyone planning to attempt it really should get some ad ...more
-My by far biggest problem was the writing style. Baty was way too sarcastic and trying to be funny but it was all stale humor, and rude. There was even a joke about suicide, which is so not funny in the slightest. So I was not a fan of his style, even though it did have a lyrical kind of prose, but he made me mad.
-I was expecting there to be more prepping kind of things on NaNoWriMo.
-He treated the reader like a dumb person.
-Some of ...more
The book is broken up into several sections and is meant to be read week-to-week as the writer progresses through the month. Instead of presenting the technical, grammatical how-to of writing a novel, the book basically prepares the aspiring author for the ups and downs of attempting somet ...more
Chris Baty effectively kills your inner editor for a month, giving you a chance to write that novel you've always talked about. November's the perfect month to give noveling a shot--you'll be doing it with thousands of other people who all want to accomplish the same impossible feat: write 50 000 words in 30 day ...more
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