Writing a novel is an enormous task. Writing it in 30 days requires a how-to book.
Enter No Plot? No Problem! A Low Stress, High-Velocity Guide To Writing a Novel In 30 Days. After reading this book, anyone with any inclination to write fiction can find motivation to start – and rejuvenation to continue – writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Baty helps to break down the process into manageable, bite-sized ways to achieve success.
Its title comes from the mantra that many participants echo each year with the belief that if there really isn’t a plot of value to work on, then perhaps the characters will unfold the story for the writer. Baty quotes author Ray Bradbury, who spoke the NaNoWriMo truth when he once said, “Your intuition knows what it wants to write, so get out of the way.”
This guide is written with an air of frivolity, a dash of humour, and a huge helping of tactical support. Drawing on the anecdotes of previous participants and personal suggestions, Baty assuredly illustrates ways to avoid procrastination and burnout to finish a novel at 50,000 words by the end of the month, and still finds a way to work in publishing tips for those so inclined.
By breaking down the month into weeks, Baty structures each chapter in the second section of the guide into a weekly pep talk, expected issues, survival tips, and exercises to stay on track. In week one, writers are encouraged to check their Inner Editor into a kennel for the month, while in week two simply staying focussed on the plot arc of a novel that is barely off the ground is the most difficult task at hand. Week three is the time to make up for any lost time that occurred in the first half of the month, and then week four is tying up loose ends to complete the story.
From readying oneself with the right tools and support network to learning how to reactivate the writing jetpack, participants in this writing challenge have never had a better compendium to the pandemonium of a writing marathon.
And to top it all off by staying true to the NaNoWriMo spirit, No Plot? No Problem! weighs in at around 50,000 words. A fun and motivational read for novelists-to-be.
Please see Rachel’s article on NaNoWriMo here.