No Plot? No Problem! – Chris Baty
Two years ago I have read this book in order to prepare myself for NaNoWriMo. I really wanted to know if it would be possible to write without a plot. How do others do that? How can I write something without being stuck all the time? Is it even possible to write 50,000 words in just one month? Yes it is possible and at the same time it is really hard. This novel will help you to prepare for this crazy but awesome month!
What the book is about
You’ve always wanted to write, but . . . just haven’t gotten around to it. No Plot? No Problem! is the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for.
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 initial momentum and energy of Week One, the critical “plot flashes” of Week Two, the “Can I quit now?” impulses of Week Three, and the champagne and roar of the crowd during Week Four. Whether you’re a first-time novelist who just can’t seem to get pen to paper or a results-oriented writer seeking a creative on-ramp into the world of publishing, this is the adventure for you.
So what are you waiting for? The No Plot? approach worked for the thousands of people who’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo, and it can work for you! Let No Plot? No Problem! help you get fired up and on the right track.
What I thought about the book
This book will guide you through the ups and downs of NaNoWriMo. Every participant knows what the book is talking about. We all recognize how every week has it’s own problems. For me writing without a plot seems to be a problem, as I can produce loads of text but it won’t be any good. Editting is not necessary, as it just belongs in the trash can. That doesn’t mean I didn’t learn from writing that much. It is valuable to learn to shut down your inner editor and how to just keep writing, even when the words are not there.
If you need something to prepare yourself for the crazy ride we call NaNoWriMo and you need some entertaining, then this book is awesome. If you expect yourself to write a masterpiece in just 30 days, then you should not bother reading this. It is just not going to happen, as writing a novel is more than just writing 50,000+ words. What the book will do is tell you to just start writing. sitting and staring at your screen never helped anyone who wanted to write a novel.