Walking on Sunshine

Chris Baty – No Plot? No Problem! – 2010/040

The Back of the Book: At midnight tonight the train departs.  Fifty thousand words.  Thirty days.  An unforgettable ride.

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 (aka 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.

NotJustLaura’s Review: I’m an honest writer so I’ll tell you straight up that I haven’t read this book from beginning to end.  It’s a book of two parts and I’ve read the first only.  The second is a week-by-week journey through NaNoWriMo and Mr Baty suggests that you wait and read them when you’re participating in NaNoWriMo.  And I’m not participating just now and I won’t be participating in November as I’m committed to AA100 which starts in October.  Now we’ve got that out of the way, on to the review!

Mr Baty writes with honesty and wit about his experience of writing a novel in a month.  There are lots of practical hints and tips from author NaNoWriMo participants too and all seem to be offered in the spirit of ‘take what you want and leave the rest.’  I found reading this book to be a very motivational experience and am looking forward to the day when I can start on my project and the second half.


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