No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days: A High-velocity, Low-stress Way to Write a Novel in 30 Days 01 by Chris Baty. Always wanted to write a novel? Short on time or inspiration? Surrounded by angry marmots and need something to throw at them? This is the book for you!. NaNoWriMo Founder Chris Baty is a writer and teacher. His books include No Plot? No Problem! and Ready, Set, Novel.

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It helped me realize that creating a less than perfect rough draft of a complete story is infinitely better than agonizing over an emacculate first chapter of a book that will never be completed.

You will never chriz sufficiently ready to jump into your novel, and the more time you spend planning and researching, the more likely you’ll feel pressure to pull off a With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, this is THE book to plog you prepare! Here we have the brain-parent himself to explain its idealist college student origins.

Why was I not doing this? Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad concept, forcing yourself to write a rough draft within 30 days.

probelm Stay up to speed with Times editors’ favorites in books, authors, events and more. I had participated in NaNoWriMo several times and found it a thrill, even when I only managed to get words down on paper instead of the targeted 50, Not effecting the rating, but do a quick Google search; research guy, and see that Hendrix lit a Stratocaster on fire, not a Tele.

In essence, what you get if you follow Baty’s program and do the Nanowrimo challenge is a microcosm or truncation of the usual novel first draft: Especially good haty King fans looking for a little autobiography. Great motivation and inspiration to do the unthinkable. The aforementioned impetus should be coming from your natural desire to write. So NaNoWriMo may be just the therapeutic immersion opportunity your writing aspiration needs.

Read it if you are participating in NaNoWriMo. It’d be great if there was a chapter or even a page of prompts or scenarios to put your characters in.


It covers topics like exuberant imperfection, the Time Finder, and getting your loved ones on board chriis the idea.

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If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. It’s perfect for the NaNo-only writing crowd, but not necessarily for those also hoping to commit to writing long term.

NaNoWriMo tries to make it possible. Filled with stories from Nano’s over the years it was simply joy to read. But low-stress has nothing to do with it. Dec 19, Bethany rated it really liked it.

Now, years later, I still haven’t written a novel, a The first time I started reading this book — several years ago and before I had ever heard of this thing called NaNoWriMo — I was disappointed to find that it was actually a guidebook to surviving this crazy annual event that Baty had started, in which bo commit to writing a novel of 50, words in one month.

Baty does a great job of following the psychology of taking on the challenge and facing its biggest hurdles. It’s short 50, words, actually or so Baty claims, it’s not like I countedwitty, and it gives you permission to write a messy terror of a first draft. It’s 50, words of pep talks and encouragement. NaNoWriMo is just a little noo cheery for me. It’s definitely not intended for writing advice outside of the event, but for getting down to business and getting that polt goal written.

View all 5 comments. Baty writes in a friendly, humorous tone, never taking any aspect of the process too seriously except the goal 50K words and the deadline 30 days.

Notify me of new posts by email. I didn’t discover Chris Baty’s book until the last year. Aug 08, Stephanie rated it did not like it Recommends it for: This book played a key role in stimulating my writing process. You will never feel sufficiently ready to jump into your novel, and the more time you spend planning and researching, the more likely you’ll feel pressure to pull off a masterwork that justifies all your prewriting work.


You may even find time to connect with some of them via Chrid forums or in person through your local Municipal Liaison. Past a certain point, novel planning just becomes another excuse to put off novel writing. Or because they think it will make them famous. Don’t the authors have the upcoming holidays and such to take away writing time?

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And then I fall asleep for three days. I found that np motivating than any thought of accomplishment or positive reinforcement, and before I knew it my first draft was finished. Baty brings that same voice to this book, where he equips you with the basic tools you’ll need to rearrange your life and survive the ordeal of writing 50, words in a month.

I went for it inand although I was derailed by major household repairs, an illness, and the aftereffects of a death in the family, I did come out of it with about 80 promising pages of a novel I’ve been thinking about but not quite writing for years.

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Writing Tools: No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty

I enjoyed reading Chris’s anecdotes of his experiences, like writing some lousy first drafts or how the event first came to be. I realized, even though I knew it all along, to be successful, I need to let that go. This book was the most useful book on writing I have ever read. Before, I was pretty good at drafting as long as I knew where my story was going. That’s not necessarily a flaw of the book, I just thought it was interesting to consider how much the way we read, write, and work has changed since View all 13 comments.

The only quality I didn’t much care for is the tone affected by the author. This book is the reason I can draft quickly and badly and enjoy it.