Survival Guide for NaNoWriMo: No Plot? No Problem!

Last year, I introduce the challenge of NaNoWriMo. It is the challenge to write a novel within a month. It is a challenge that many people may have on their bucket list. It is on mine. I haven’t accomplished it yet, but after finals, I am thinking of taking the challenge. But until I can undertake the challenge. I looked into tips for writing. That is where I came across No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Bay.

If you are not familiar with Chris Bay, he helped start the movement of NaNoWriMo and wrote this book as a guide to mastering the challenge of NaNoWriMo. I like this book because he offers good encouragement to new writers and breaks down the challenge into stages such as Week 1, Week 2, etc. He explains the explosion of emotion one can experience in the first week. The challenge of pushing through week two when it seems like ideas are not coming to the surface. The new found high authors go through when finishing in week four. He includes personal notes to authors and advice on what to do. At the end of each chapter is a quick recap of topics covered, and what to expect. He even includes a sample dedication letter so you can write yourself a contract to meet your goal.

I like to call this book as the starter kit to NaNoWriMo or aspiring writers. If you ever had an interest in writing, get this book and you will not be steered wrong when challenges and celebrations appear.

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