- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 16, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452124779
- ISBN-13: 978-1452124773
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 307 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days Paperback – September 16, 2014
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"No Plot? No Problem! offers suggestions on how to participate in something as crazy as writing a short novel in a single month, as well as why you'd want to do so. Baty gives practical tips peppered with humor, recognizing that this endeavor is both enormous and somewhat ridiculous, but still worth doing. Baty walks you through things like how to find time to write, what tools and foods you should keep handy, and the benefits of planning (or not planning) your novel ahead of time.
The second half of the book is a week-by-week guide, intended to walk you through the first week exuberance, second week slump, and so on. Baty's been at this for 15 years already, so he knows what he's talking about-plus he has quotes and advice from many other NaNoWriMo winners as well."
About the Author
Chris Baty founded National Novel Writing Month in 1999. His work has appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, The Believer, and AFAR. He lives in Berkeley, California, where he works as a teacher, speaker, and writer.
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Sometimes, it read more like a memoir of the novel-writing experiences of Chris and his friends. It was fun to read and hear about how NaNo influenced them, but I had gone into it expecting more writing help or advice than was given. It'd be great if there was a chapter or even a page of prompts or scenarios to put your characters in. There's a lot of talk of things you can do (like describe the weather or have a character sing a song) but a chapter dedicated to prompts and challenges would have made this a fuller resource. As someone who has participated in NaNo for years, it was mostly things I heard before. If I was new to the event, it would probably have been a good resource to follow along with. It's definitely not intended for writing advice outside of the event, but for getting down to business and getting that 50k goal written.
I also thought the advice was sometimes a little strange. It was probably meant to be for laughs at times (like the joke about printing your novel on the company printer), but things like calling in sick to finish your novel and contacting an agent every other week on the status of your novel don't seem like sound advice to me. The humor grew a little old for me and while there were gems of insight, I felt like it was lacking some depth.
All-in-all, a fun, easy read that could be a good resource for a WriMo.
This is the ONLY Kindle book I have EVER returned for a refund. It was THAT bad.
I did not have an issue at all with the quality of writing. The issue is that the "guide" is simply not there. I was looking for some sort of strategy or suggestion at how to go about writing when you have no plot. Perhaps the advice would be to flesh out one of your characters and see where that takes you. No such luck. As others stated, this is pretty much a long-winded version of the FAQ on the site.
There is no guide here, which is what the title promises. It is more of a meandering recollection of what worked in the past for the author. If it had been titled "No Plot? No Problem! The Story of NaNoWriMo and How I Win the Competition" than the book could have delivered on its promise.