I found NaNoWriMo creator Chris Baty’s book No Plot? No Problem on the NaNo website about a week ago and found myself buying it on my kindle moments later.
Here is how Amazon described the wondrous book:
“Chris Baty, motivator extraordinaire and instigator of a wildly successful writing revolution, spells out the secrets of writingand finishinga novel. Every fall, thousands of people sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which Baty founded, determined to (a) write that novel or (b) finish that novel inkid you not30 days. Now Baty puts pen to paper himself to share the secrets of success. With week-specific overviews, pep “talks,” and essential survival tips for today’s word warriors, this results-oriented, quick-fix strategy is perfect for people who want to nurture their inner artist and then hit print! Anecdotes and success stories from NaNoWriMo winners will inspire writers from the heralding you-can-do-it trumpet blasts of day one to the champagne toasts of day thirty. Whether it’s a resource for those taking part in the official NaNo WriMo event, or a stand-alone handbook for writing to come, No Plot? No Problem! is the ultimate guide for would-be writers (or those with writer’s block) to cultivate their creative selves.”
And here is how I describe it:
No Plot? No Problem is one of the best books on writing a novel I have ever read. I could not put this thing down. I was even taking notes in a notebook for reference later. I want to buy this book in the paper form just because it would be easier to access the parts I want than a kindle.
I actually wanted to do the exercises set out in the book and I did do them. There is just so much useful information that is written in an engaging way. It’s not boring, lecture-like dribble on the page. It’s funny, though provoking stuff.
I plan on reading this again before NaNo in November and see how well the advice really works when I’m feeling great in week one, low in week two, and finally popping the champagne in week four because I will have written a 50,000 word novel.
I will be doing it this year, I can promise you that and this book will be by my side the whole way.
The thing I do love is that the book doesn’t just apply to NaNo in November it applies to anyone who wants to write a novel in a month, or really anyone who wants to write. There is invaluable information here that will have you coming back again and again.
I would definitely recommend this little beauty to all writers out there. The kindle edition is only $8.69, a bargain for such knowledge!