No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days: A High-velocity, Low-stress Way to Write a Novel in 30 Days 01 by Chris Baty. Always wanted to write a novel? Short on time or inspiration? Surrounded by angry marmots and need something to throw at them? This is the book for you!. NaNoWriMo Founder Chris Baty is a writer and teacher. His books include No Plot? No Problem! and Ready, Set, Novel.

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I remember this book has good message for persisting in writing a novel, and mental-related techniques in writing a xhris. If you want to learn more about NaNoWriMo, you can visit their site here. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,word novel by This book was our guide. Dec 07, Moa rated it really liked it. It’s a big target, lpot very doable although I wish it didn’t arrive in the heart of football season.

I may take some notes on things I know need to be fixed, and I am going to take some time to study the structures of my favorite books to see how my own can be improved. The complete calendar is here. And hey – I hit my 50k on 25 Nov ! It mandates starting from zero and writing an average of 1, cogent words a day — that’s counting every day, all month long, no days off, not even on Thanksgiving.

Below are links to how-to books I’ve enjoyed. However, a mess of a rough draft is often what you get if you start a novel at your own pace anyhow.

Here we have the brain-parent himself to explain its idealist college student origins. And then the plkt I’m assuming tried making the book entertaining by adding extra little activities to do whilst writing a novel. Editing can polish, but a total train wreck can usually not be rebuilt into a serviceable vehicle.


11 spoilers from the NaNoWriMo guide ‘No Plot? No Problem!’

No matter peoblem your neighbors might say. I think some of the negative reviews of this book come from people who wanted or expected something something different. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I was a serious writer.

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. 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 millions of dollars from corporate sponsorship.

Baty does a good job of creating excitement and enthusiasm in his appeal to the inner author, who’s always wanted to write a book. I will never get a novel written if I continue to backspace and delete everything that I type. This book was a very freeing, encouraging excercise in lowering your standards just enough to remove the fear from sitting down and working. This isn’t a book on grammar or style.

Or because they think it will make them famous. Vacuuming the stairs always seems more important. P And besides, it felt vaguely appropriate to read it this month. Jul 13, Jason Koivu rated it it was ok Shelves: But that’s another story. And infounder Chris Baty published ” No Plot?

Are you a Pantser, Plotter, or Quilter?

View all 5 comments. Dec 06, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. NaNoWriMo is great in the sense that it gives you permission to write a bad first draft.

I was, thankfully, so very, very wrong, and I’m glad another GoodReads member ventured the recommendation. But know you can’t possibly overdo the whooping, hollering, and carrying on. This does nothing to prepare anyone to do anything except for NaNo, and I mean the month, not the work that lies ahead.


Personally, the approach preached by this book totally opened up my writing process.

11 spoilers from the NaNoWriMo guide ‘No Plot? No Problem!’ – Los Angeles Times

You should be grinding your teeth at having to go to your 9 to 5 job and counting off the minutes until you’re able to leave that job and return to the work you love. Writing is serious business! In addition to the book, the NaNoWriMo online communities are robust and engaged; they’re full of old hands and newbies, people to answer questions about character and plot, the nitty-gritty of sentence structure or factual details, or just to provide a friendly ear.

That sounds both doable and brutal, and it’s part of the point.

Baty does a great job of following the psychology of taking on the challenge and facing its biggest hurdles. You will give yourself permission to write, as Anne Lamott succinctly describes it, the shitty first draft.

And if I hadn’t read this, I wouldn’t have tried NaNoWriMo, and – slight sidetrack here – if Bo hadn’t gotten involved in that, I probably wouldn’t have run across Scrivener, a writing software package I tried and liked so much I bought three copies for my office PC, living room PC, and laptop.

He has hit on the one thing that keeps so many talented writers from ever making any progress: It has to be done.

Some people like an adrenaline-infused project; it makes them feel alive, and I can appreciate that that can be fun sometimes.

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