I have just finished reading a very interesting book with the title “No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide To Writing A Novel In 30 Days”. The author is Chris Baty, who is also the founder of National Novel Writing Month.
The reason I bought the book might be kind of obvious. I want to write a novel in 30 days. I have been sort of writing a little now and then for a long time, and it doesn’t really go anywhere. My plot changes, the characters changes, and everything is just one big mess. Actually, I have started writing about 10 books, because when everything changes, I am thinking that I am starting a completely different book, therefore, I have switched to a new notebook and a new file on my Mac. And like before, everything changes in after a few new weeks.
I am tired of this, and that’s why I bought the book by Chris Baty. I was hoping that it would help me solve some of my concerns, and help me find a way to just write and stop thinking about all the other stuff regarding the story.
That’s exactly what it did. I am so excited at the moment, and I just want to stop working and start writing. I want to tell my wife that I will stay in my office for 30 days (this is not an advice of Chris Baty) and just write. This book was brilliant for inspiration, everything just seem so easy and I still believe it is easy to write a book. It’s not easy to write a great book, or to get the book published. I believe it’s easy to write a 50,000 pages book about one of my stories.
And that’s what I am going to do.
No Plot? No Problem! has a lot of great advice and it has some awesome details about what you should be doing each of the four weeks (remember, it’s about writing your book in 30 days). It seems that weeks two will be the most challenging week, because that’s when you start questioning your plot (if you have one) and your characters. This is probably the part where I have created a new book instead of just continue to write. But after reading No Plot? No Problem! I strongly believe that this won’t be a problem anymore.
What you need to understand, is that your book won’t be finished in 30 days. Your first draft will be finished, but most likely, you will need to rewrite your book. The process of rewriting might take a year. What’s important is that you have finished the story, and that’s what makes you proud… and least that’s what will make me proud. I believe that the process of rewriting will just be a lot of fun.
If you are looking for a book that’s straight to the point about how to write a novel, or any store for that matter, I suggest you buy No Plot? No Problem! It’s only 176 pages and you’ll be finished reading it in a few days (or just one if you are a fast reader). But even though you have finished reading it, you will keep it by your side, because most likely, you’ll keep reading some of the pages over and over again.