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No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
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Jan 16, 2012

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Want to laugh while writing 50,000 words in 30 days? This book is for you. “No Plot, No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days” by Chris Baty puts your inner insanity to work for you.

Baty, who founded the National Novel Writing Month contest, writes this book assuming the following:

You want to write a novel.
Having knowledge of how to write a novel is optional.
The book’s writing style is engaging and casual with enough sarcasm and off-beat humor that made me smile and, at times, laugh out loud. It is one part motivational speech, two parts coaching and one part tutorial on how to psych yourself up to get you write.

The book is short (about 50,000 words… hmm coincidence?), punchy and has lots of excerpts from people who have experienced NaNoWriMo (as National Novel Writing Month is called) first hand.

There is one excerpt in particular that strikes me as the most important in the entire book. “A Writer, Recharged by Gayle Brandeis” on page 163 demonstrates how this insane technique, writing a complete novel in 30 days, can recharge and revitalize a published author breaking the crust of publisher and audience expectations by writing with complete abandon.

One last note: Baty takes the noun novel and uses it as an action verb: I novel; you novel; he, she, it novels; they go noveling (gerund form), etc. And why not? Writing a novel is an active process that is different from writing a letter or a twitter update. So why not?

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