“No Plot? No Problem!” Writing Guide

From the creator of NaNoWriMo, Chris Baty has written a great guide to accompany the NaNoWriMo website for assisting aspiring writers to overcome their own writing fears and get it down on paper (or computer, as the case may be!).


In preparation for teaching a homeschool class on Novel Writing, aptly named: ‘A Novel’ Writing Class, I read this pithy book to assist my writers.

What I enjoy about the book is the real experience, the internal conflict, Chris has helped writers overcome. I’ve found that putting away my own internal editor makes a big difference between writing and not.

To get started, you must start. You must start by getting your words out of your mind and onto the paper. It can be writing your grocery list, daily activity log, or an exciting novel you have bottled up inside. What about a memoir? Non-fiction about your family lineage? About a fictional character? It all starts with one word, then another, then another.

Like exercising your body and brain, writing regularly — maybe even short timed periods daily — can get you over the writers block. If you can’t write it physically, talk it out into a recording device (I use my smart phone as a video and voice recorder). Transcribe it yourself; if you’re willing, let someone else you trust transcribe it for you.

 So what’s keeping you from writing? Is getting the first word down the issue or are you fresh out of ideas? What could you use as motivation to encourage you to write? {Perhaps, NaNoWriMo?}


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