The founder of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which is conducted each fall, reveals the secrets writing a complete novel in only 30 days. ...Show synopsisThe founder of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which is conducted each fall, reveals the secrets writing a complete novel in only 30 days. This handbook is the ultimate guide for would-be writers (or those with writer's block) to cultivate their creative selves.Hide synopsis
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If you've ever wanted to write a novel, just for the sake of it, "No Plot? No Problem!" is a great motivating tool. The writing is very funny and relevant. If you're looking for a book to teach you how to write an intelligent satire on American popular culture, you're out of luck.
First of all, you don't have to participate in the NaNoWriMo challenge to benefit from this book. It's targeted towards anyone who wants to write a novel. The review below is a bit misleading. This is a wonderful book and it helped me achieve what I thought was impossible, writing a complete novel. I've bought tons of books telling me how to write a novel but none of them motivated me in the manner that this book did. Baty makes it plain and simple: sit down and write until you reach the goal of 50,000 words. If you want your character to be abducted by a UFO, go for it. If your protagonist wants to dance on tables in Paris go for it. Essentially you write in a white heat, allowing the momentum of the novel to propel you along. When you're done, you may have a junky piece of work but it's a rough draft. Something you can flesh out and hone into a fine piece of work if you choose to do so. Now, I didn't do it in 30 days, nor did I reach my daily word quotas. However, having a word quota to reach every day was great motivating factor although sometimes I didn't reach my word quota for weeks at a time but the ultimate goal of writing a 50,000 word novel is what compelled me to continue. I had a clear and definite goal in sight for me to reach. After three months, I had a complete novel in my hands. It's an incredible feeling. I highly recommend this book for any aspiring writer who thinks finishing a novel is impossible. I have many incomplete novels I tried my hand at writing but this is the first time ever I actually completed a full fledged novel.
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