"No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days"

Nov 10, 2014

Every fall, thousands of people sign up for National Novel Writing Month (or, if you like, "NaNoWriMo"), which happens each November, and which was founded by our guest today, a freelance writer and writing coach in the Bay Area named Chris Baty. Baty's program has helped countless people -- over the last 15 years or so -- finally write that elusive novel and/or get down a workable first draft of said novel to the tune of 50,000 words.... Now, Baty offers a book to share the secrets behind his long-running novel-writing course -- which are, in effect, the secrets to belting out such a novel. With weekly overviews, pep talks, practical suggestions, grounded approaches, and survival tips, this book -- it's called "No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days" -- offers all would-be novelists a results-oriented, quick-fix strategy to finally getting the dang thing down on paper. And per Library Journal: "Every November, tens of thousands of people sign up for National Novel Writing Month and attempt to write a 50,000-word novel. Baty, the brains behind this competition, has produced an uproariously funny motivational manifesto so readers can get a leg-up in his race or in the larger publishing game. The key is to lower your expectations 'from "best-seller" to "would not make someone vomit,"' says Baty, who maintains that stress and a deadline are important parts of writing. Aimed at the non-serious, with an emphasis on summoning creativity and having a life-changing experience, this original approach will appeal to anyone up for a challenge." Also on today's ST, commentator Barry Friedman is thinking about a friend -- who also happens to be a writer, actually -- who went on food stamps recently, and then got off of them.