No Plot? No Problem!

No Plot? No Problem!

A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing A Novel in 30 Days

Book - 2004
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The founder of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which is conducted each fall, reveals the secrets writing a complete novel in only 30 days. This handbook is the ultimate guide for would-be writers (or those with writer's block) to cultivate their creative selves.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2004
ISBN: 0811845052 (pbk.)
9780811845052 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 808.3 BAT
Characteristics: 176 p. : ill. ; 19 cm


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Jan 25, 2016

I liked it. Describes how to set up an environment and mental state conducive to writing a draft novel in 30 consecutive days, without any ideas about the plot or characters. Does NOT talk about plot and character development. Small Courier font on grey background is hard to read. Self-published as evidenced by missing and reversed words, but still a comfortable and easy read. I bought my own copy. Author founded the National Novel Writing Month, see Enjoy.

Oct 01, 2013

Contemplating rereading this once more in preparation for this year's NaNoWriMo! I loved this book the first time I read it and found it inspirational (and a good way to procrastinate on my daily word count). It's also fun to see the "behind the scenes" on how NaNo was formed.

Library_Dragon Dec 11, 2012

I've participated in NaNo 5 times now, and I've enjoyed it immensely every year---and I would have never even known about it if I hadn't picked up this book. While decidedly NOT a how-to-write tutorial, Baty's book is a fun, helpful mini guide through the crazy month of insane, frantic writing that is Nanowrimo.

dzomberg Dec 11, 2012

Didn't like it. This book doesn't show how to actually write. It's more a book about tips. I do not recommend it at all.

Jan 12, 2012

This is written by the founder of the National Novel Writing Month (in November). Laugh out loud funny and inspirational - it saw me across the finish line with 50k words on Nov 30th.

bidbid Mar 18, 2011

This is a how-to book. I have participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for a couple of years now with a group of friends, and it has been a blast and freeing coming up with outrageous stories for a 'novel' in a month without the pressure of it being some great work of art. Definitely worth a try.


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adgrace Jan 10, 2012

The biggest thing separating people from their artistic ambitions is not a lack of talent. It's the lack of a deadline. Give someone an enormous task, a supportive community, and a friendly-yet-firm due date, and miracles will happen.


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