No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days.pdf

No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days.pdf


Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling. Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors and much more. His motivating mix of fearless optimism and practical solutions to common excuses gives both first-time novelists and results-oriented writers the kick-start they need to embark on an exhilarating creative adventure.

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 nonserious, with an emphasis on summoning creativity and having a life-changing experience, this original approach will appeal to anyone up for a challenge. -Library Journal

Chris Baty founded National Novel Writing Month in 1999. He lives in Berkeley, California, where he works as a teacher, speaker and writer. His work has appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, The Believer and AFAR. For more information on writing a novel in thirty days, visit and


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