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
In essence, what you get if you follow Baty's program and do the Nanowrimo challenge is a microcosm or truncation of the usual novel first draft: a laying down of the bare-bones of your intended book as fast as you possibly can regardless of how embarrassingly awful the outcome. Chances are you'll be left with a lot of words on the page and very little structure, an am ...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
50K or bust! : "No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days" by Chris Baty
“Anyway, whenever people express their reluctance to invest time in something that won’t have proven results, I ask them what they do for fun on weekends. Invariably, the time they spend running around on basketball courts, rearranging Scrabble tiles, or slaying video-game monsters is not done in an effort to make millio ...more
The NaNoWriMo is an event that some of my friends really do. Maybe this book is not for me, but I have seen it works for my friends (OK, this book slap me, if I cannot write a novel, it could be due to my lack of willpower. But that's another story). ...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
So why do I do it? Why will I try it again this year after having won the last two years? Last november I wrote a novel so dumb, no one ...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
A fairly quick, light read, sometimes amusing with a few helpful ideas, in general of interest to those who have or would like to participate in NaNoWriMo or otherwise write a novel in a month, and about writing in general. There's some language, and the humor is of a particular type you need to be in the mood for, so it's not for everybody, and has stuff/advice that hopefully nobody takes seriously, because it's intended to be tongue in cheek. XD But otherwise it was enjoyable and a ni ...more
But despite the fact that I'm not very well versed in NaNoWriMo and don't have the memories many other have, I enjoyed the book and couldn't help but wonder if this also was a NaNoWriMo project for the author. Why? Because I felt like at some points he started to blab away and forgot to cut unnece ...more
Let me get the negative out of the way first, which ironically may be the most positive aspect of this whole endeavor. NaNoWriMo is just a little too cheery for me. Yeah ...more
Having participated in National Novel Writing Month for about 10 years now, I get like I needed to read this book by the founder. It was a fun, lighthearted, and enjoyable take on the novel-writing process. I enjoyed reading Chris's anecdotes of his experiences, like writing some lousy first drafts or how the event first came to be. It was an easy read, broken down into checklists and quotes at times, and something I could pick up easily whenever I had a few extr ...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
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
Something else that irritated me about the book was all of the unnec ...more
And explain Baty does—with humorous enthusiasm and a great exuberance for adjectives.
The point of NaNo ...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
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
The author mostly talks about “pantsing” and there’s not a lot o ...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
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