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No Plot? No Problem!
No Plot? No Problem! is a book by Chris Baty on writing a novel in a month. Although the original proposal for the book was to be a NaNoWriMo survival guide, the result was a guide that can be used in any month, as shown by Form #30/31/50K and the daily word count goals, which do the calculations assuming a thirty-day month Baty proposed the idea to a literary agent in 2003, who liked the idea. The publisher wanted a completed draft by December, so Baty wrote No Plot? No Problem! in addition to writing his own November 2003 novel. Baty spent the next November on a book tour promoting the book and meeting Wrimos all over the country.
An expanded 10th anniversary edition was released in September 2014. Signed copies are currently for sale in the NaNoWriMo Store.
The book is divided into two sections. The first section deals with planning for the monthlong noveling adventure, including gathering ideas for the story, deciding how to tell family and friends, finding time to write, and stocking up on writing tools. One part of this process includes writing two Magna Cartas that give the writers ideas of what to include and what not to include in a book. The second section is filled with tips for each week of the writing journey and is designed to be read during that week. Each chapter is devoted to a week of the month and the challenges that week faces. The last chapter concerns post-noveling life and how (and when) to begin the editing process.
Table of Contents
II. Section One: A Round-Trip Ticket to Novel-land: Gearing up for Your Writing Adventure!
1. Secret Weapons, Exuberant Imperfections, and the End of the "One Day" Novelist
2. Time-Finding, News-Breaking, and a Step-by-Step Guide to Transforming Loved Ones into Effective Agents of Guilt and Terror
3. Noveling Nests, Magical Tools, and a Growing Stockpile of Delicious Incentives
4. Cruising for Characters, Panning for Plots, and the First Exciting Glimpses of the Book Within
III. Section Two: Write Here! Write Now! A Frantic, Fantastic Week-by-Week Overview to Bashing out Your Book
5. WEEK ONE: Trumpets Blaring, Angels Singing, and Triumph on the Wind
6. WEEK TWO: Storm Clouds, Plot Flashes, and the Return of Reality
7. WEEK THREE: Clearing Skies, Warmer Weather, and a Jetpack on Your Back
8. WEEK FOUR: Champagne and the Roar of the Crowd
- Baty, Chris. No Plot? No Problem! Chronicle Books: San Francisco, 2004.
- National Novel Writing Month history.  Accessed June 24, 2010.