Book: No Plot, No Problem!
Author: Chris Baty
National Novel Writing Month is the crazy, insane, and wonderful brainchild of Chris Baty, author of No Plot, No Problem. In this book, he outlines how this idea (affectionately dubbed NaNoWriMo) came to be, and ways to succeed in it, and in your noveling career, with your sanity mostly intact.
Let me start by saying that this book is awesome! While it is geared mostly toward those who have no idea what NaNoWriMo is, or those who are novices at it, it is a really great inspiration for those of us who have been there, done that, and are stuck in just a bit of a rut. Not only did it give me ideas, but it also got me excited about writing again, something that I hadn’t felt in a long time. Chris’ use of humor, as well as his chilled out approach makes the book, overall, a pretty easy read. My only real complaint about the book is that it gets a little repetitive at times. Some of the chapters seem to go over the same subject again, and again, and again. It’s not enough to be a huge problem, but it does make a couple of the chapters seem a bit long and tedious. Overall I give this book a 5 page review. It is great for those wanting to participate in NaNo, those who need a bit of inspiration, or simply those who just want to write something, even if they just want to take their time with it.