No Plot? No Problem! by Christ Baty

Filed under:Art,Writing — posted by Randolph on September 26, 2020 @ 8:31 am

This book walks a writer through the process of participating in the National Novel Writing Month each November. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel during the month.

The book does deliver on its promise. It discusses the process of getting started, strategies and psychology of each week, and a winding-down process when done. Each chapter includes a key take-away recap.

The book has a lot of good points and uses her style of humor to help drive them home. She uses stories of several past participants to illustrate her points, and adds inspirational quotes from a number of participants in the key chapters. However, the humor is used to excess, even getting a bit old at times, and the points are few. With fewer than 200 pages, there isn’t a lot of content in the book.

The book is an easy read, it is enjoyable and the points it makes are good. I believe it should make more points and fewer jokes.

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