No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty


No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days is a book by Chris Baty, the founder of NaNoWriMo.

Here Chris emphasizes how novel can be a great creativity outlet and to just have fun with writing it. Just as much as nobody expects your first drawing to be a masterpiece, your first novel won’t be either. So it is okay to just keep writing and first reach quantity, not quality. Quality comes at later part, when you knead and cut and throw the bad bits away, aka the editing.

The whole book is funny and fresh. It totally didn’t feel like a workout reading it. Made me feel that writing a novel shouldn’t be such a workout either. It should be fun! Fun! Seriously, if you allow and accept yourself to be imperfect, you could probably write a lot more (and do a lot more in life in general too). Hence, Chris says that it would be a lot easier if you just come out with a plot about a week before you start writing. That way, you’re not yet attached so much with the story that you’re scared to beat the hell living out of it. Don’t we all have a story in our heart/head, the one that we think might become a masterpiece one day when it’s time, but never get written because we’re just too scared to not be able to do the story justice? (or is it just me?) Well this kind is the one you need to avoid. It doesn’t get written now, it may never get written, ever.

I’m still a bit bummed out that I didn’t have a chance to join NaNoWriMo this year. I left the parts in the book with week to week guide when you actually have started writing. It’s recommended not to read ahead of the week you are in. Since I haven’t started writing, I didn’t read ahead. Surely I can have my own writing month if I want to, but it’s so much harder to do it when you’re alone. I find that it’s always quite easy to start about anything, but it’s hard to finish. So the push to the finish line is the thing I need.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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