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
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
-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
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 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
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
Something else that irritated me about the book was all of the unnec...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
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!
Enter madman and creator of National Novel Writing Month (better known as NaNoWriMo) Chris Baty. If you must have ONE book on hand to inspire you to write a novel, this is it. There's no angs...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
This year, I psyched myself up and talked about winning NaNoWriMo to all my
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
Written by the founder of the famous event, No Plot? No Problem! provides a crash course and field guide to surviving the insanity of National Novel Writing Month. Baty recounts how the event came to be and walks the soon-to-be-novelist through a sketch of the word-loaded month. He pleads the case for crashing out a 50,000-word novel in a month (no matter how terrible it might turn out) and offers tips, strategies, and suggestions for making the most...more