Chris Baty is the founder of National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), a six-year-old literary contest that began on a whim in the Bay Area and now involves thousands of participants nationally every year. How does it work? Simple all one needs do is craft a 50,000-word novel in a month's time. It sounds a little kooky, but in fact there's probably a huge upside to this hardcore, guerrilla-style approach. After all, nothing succeeds like doing, and the fearless NaNoWriMo methodology incorporates an enforced boot-camp mindset that yields results, however imperfect. Baty's No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days stylishly describes the NaNoWriMo regimen plenty of music and lots of coffee are included and dispenses handy advice on tapping into instant inspiration, hammering out plot and getting the job done. Or, as one NaNoWriMo winner says, "I don't wait for my muse to wander by; I go out and drag her home by the hair." They say there's a novel in each of us; if so, this volume may be the key to unlocking that ominous door. Baty's surface frivolity is underscored with serious intent, and his book's handy sidebars provide good realistic advice for all writers.

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