No Plot? 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 Paperback – 29 Oct 2004
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Every November, tens of thousands of people sign up for National Novel Writing Month and attempt to write a 50,000-word novel. Baty, the brains behind this competition, has produced an uproariously funny motivational manifesto so readers can get a leg-up in his race or in the larger publishing game. The key is to lower your expectations "from 'best-seller' to 'would not make someone vomit, ' " says Baty, who maintains that stress and a deadline are important parts of writing. Aimed at the nonserious, with an emphasis on summoning creativity and having a life-changing experience, this original approach will appeal to anyone up for a challenge. -Library Journal
About the Author
CHris Baty is a freelance writer and writing coach whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Village Voice, SF Weekly, and Lonely Planet guidebooks. He lives in Oakland, California.
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Thinking that the whole concept is what I need, to actually force myself to start, I thought I'd get up to speed and buy the book. I fully had the intention of reading it now, doing the writing course I've been procrastinating on for 3 years and then do the challenge in 2007.
Well I read the book in an evening.
Ok, you won't gleam much insight into actually how to write a novel (there are plenty of other books to do that, plus the website has some great information in the forums).
What you get is a very witty (it made me cry with laughter in places) walk through how to prepare and cope through a stessful, painful, delightful, enjoyable etc month whilst you do a, possibly very bad, first draft of your novel.
With tips from past winners, the authors own struggles and the fact that you really are going for quantity over quality. This really has motivated me into contemplating actually entering this competition this year.
Plus how to use fear to get yourself to succeed is a particular useful bit of information I will be using in other aspects of my life.
If you have any interest in writing (or art or music for that matter), then this is an enjoyable romp through how to temporarily motivate yourself to a concentrated burst of creative output.
Lets hope my novel isn't as waffly as this review!
Inside the kit you will find:
- a 'novelist' button, so everyone will know what you are
- a progress log sheet, to keep track of your daily input of words. And a set of gold star stickers, for every day you exceed your daily target
- 'ask me about my novel' stickers, to put on your desk, your door, your novel writing note pad...
- I owe you notes, to make you pay for every day you fail to meet your daily target
- a contract binding you to finish your novel
- a sealed emergency envelope, for if you are about to quit the project
- a set of playing card sized daily assignments
- a small handbook, to get and keep you going.
All in lovely colours, mainly orange and a beautiful colour blue.
The aim of the kit is to have fun writing your - probably trashy - novel. Quantity is what counts, and not giving up, in stead of quality (you will judge the quality after you have finished, if you like, that is).
If you want to go for quality from day one, buy 'a book in a month', by Victoria Lynn Schmidt, or better still, buy them both. And buy the just as wonderful, highly motivating 'no plot, no problem' guide book, too, if you can afford it, also by Chris Baty. All available at Amazon.
7 non fiction books, a stack of articles, and now a novel?
Plot? Character? Story Arc? Dialogue? I'd never even thought of it, let alone tried the genre. So I sent quite a few authors here on Amazon some money to help me move forward.
And instead of moving forward, imagine a rather large Rabbit and rather bright Headlights.
Where I had been comfortable putting words together that told readers about events, I now had to learn to show a reader a scene, and where in the past words just seemed to flow, now I became obsessed with getting the story right; which in turn led to untold frustration as I found I was doing anything rather than 'get on'.
I bought this book thinking it was about helping me with a plot (which it doesn't - other reviewers here have pointed that out very clearly), what it did do was sit me down and talk to me about letting words just come out.
His Inner Editor analogy was in itself worth the price of the book for me, as that is exactly where my problem lay.Read more ›
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Very good book and would recommend to anyone. Quickly delivered and in good conditionPublished 4 months ago by cc smith
Pretty slight and silly, repetitive and very,very irritating. Ironic that the author only seems to have written a book about writing a book, rather than an actual book.Published 8 months ago by Bookworm
If you are considering writing a novel, try National Novel Writing Month ("NaNoWriMo") where the challenge is to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November... Read morePublished 9 months ago by T. A. Donnelly
These people sent only part of the product. The main book was missing. I sent an e mail of complaint. There was a the promise of a refund. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book inspired me to actually get writing. As a result i took part in Nanowrimo, when you write a book in November - sounds difficult but with this approach it isn't. Read morePublished 14 months ago by TraceyMarie