During the month of November I will be reading through materials helpful to both budding and seasoned authors alike. We’ll be looking at reads to help with the craft, editing, and publication of writing, all with the aim of inspiring you this NaNoWriMo month.
This week we’re discussing a book read written by Chris Baty, the founder of National Novel Writing month. If you’re still struggling to get your act together in tine to write a complete novel before the end of the month, this is a manual to help with that.
No Plot? No Problem! A Low Stress, High Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel In 30 Days is a comprehensive read that takes you from the earliest stages of the novel process to the finished product all under a tight time constraint. Chris Baty takes writers through each stage of the process, from the planning and outlining, to the actual writing process. He does an excellent job of giving you advice for each week of the NaNoWriMo month, detailing the difficulties that writers will face during that time. From the point of view of someone who has written a book in under thirty days, I think his advice is pretty spot on. He does an excellent job of really breaking down what the accelerated writing experience will be like for writers and sprinkles this read liberally with plenty of advice from others who have already been there.
As someone who has never participated in the official NaNoWriMo event before but has written books in under thirty days, I definitely found this book to be a great piece of advice, even having completed the challenge before. Beginning writers will definitely find this to be a useful guide as they work their way through NaNoWriMo.