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
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
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
The title itself is a hair misleading for someone seeking a dedicated how-to volume on no-plot fiction writing. The focus is decidedly the NaNoWriMo challenge itself, especially Parts 1 and 3. Part 1 is a...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
-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
The book gives y...more
Some writers need this kind of motivation, so the book shouldn't be discarded as nothing more than a glorified advertisement for NaNoWriMo. For those who need and want the daily writing goal motivation, this book has some useful tips.
Since NaNo came into inception in 1...more
I picked up this book a couple of weekends ago at a used book store at the LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA. It was nice to see that Chris Baty had managed to monetize the Novel-in-a-month schtick in this book. I met Chris in 2002 when he convinced me to join his NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) crusade and jump into my own novel. And for a crazy month that I sti...more
The writing is fun, funny, and so clearly NaNoish I had to stop several times to freak out about it. The wild metaphors, the nonsensical comments... NaNo. All NaNo. It's how I do NaNo, and apparently it's how Chris Bat...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
Further confession: I was, thankfully,...more
Both years, everyone in my write-in group won EXCEPT for me. My write-in mates gave me much helpful advice and encouragement. This book, however, gave me the experience of what it feels like to complete NaNoWriMo. I realized I wasn't "getting" it. I was going about it ALL WRONG!
For example, fellow loser, d...more
REV: I love Chris' humor, of course. His guilt monkeys and superhuman literary cyborgs. Certainly I don't think it's entirely necessary for people to read this book in order to succeed at NaNoWriMo, but it is a witty guide that will help you through the trickier parts of the month, where all you want to do is give up, or maybe curl...more