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If you're here for I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This, well, you were warned, but no worries; it'll be back in December.
So, without further ado:
No Plot? No Problem!
By Chris Baty
Baty begins by telling the story of how NaNoWriMo came to be. Back in 1999, Baty decided, on a whim, to write a novel in a month. He had no story ideas. He and his friends, book-lovers all, decided to hell with it: they were going to write (probably spectacularly bad) novels over the course of July, 1999. They agreed to define a novel as 50,000 words, and took off with gusto.
Then reality hit: novels written quickly suck. And sucking is bad for motivation. Some people dropped out, but those who pushed through picked up a second wind. And in the end, six people won that first NaNoWriMo.
Baty headed NaNoWriMo for years after that, only stepping down in January of 2012 to become a full-time writer, so you see? It works. Or it can. And in his years of running NaNoWriMo, he had four revelations he shares in the introduction:
- Enlightenment Is Overrated: waiting until you're brilliant and wise won't get your novel written.
- Being Busy Is Good for Your Writing: you fill the time you have, so the more time you have, the more time-wasting you'll do. I can attest to this; I have a hard time focusing on my writing at home, for one thing.
- Plot Happens: have a couple good characters and push through, and plot will work itself out.
- Writing for Its Own Sake Has Surprising Rewards: getting into the zone is awesome, you appreciate your favorite novels more, and you get better at writing in general.
Baty wraps up the introduction by explaining the format of the book, and ends with his good luck wishes.
So... I just came up with a story idea, but I'm willing to be swayed. How about you? Are you doing NaNoWriMo?