Writing a Novel in 30 Days

by Mike Shea on 12 October 2007

Lately I've been reading "No Plot, No Problem" by Chris Baty to prepare for my own writing of "Seven Swords" in November. While lacking some of the strength of better books on writing like Stephen King's "On Writing", Ray Bradbury's "Zen and the Art of Writing", or even Strunk and White's "Elements of Style"; "No Plot" helps empower amature writers to throw away all the mental bullshit and self doubt that plagues every writer and tells us to just sit down and do it.

I have my own strategy for writing my book in the month of November. It's going to be a very hard undertaking but I'm going to try the following:

There are a lot of good ideas throughout "No Plot, No Problem", most of them built around the idea that the deadline is king and everything else is just bullshit. Here are some of the more valuable ideas I got from this book:

Here is my list of things I don't like in fiction:

Here's an incomplete list of things I like: