Here are excerpts from Baty’s four wisdoms gained that first year of NaNoWriMo.
1. Enlightenment is Overrated – “…I had high hopes of delaying any novel writing attempts until I was older and wiser, and had achieved a state of complete literary enlightenment. …Having written a not-irredeemable novel as a twenty-six-year-old made me realize that ‘sooner’ definitely trumps ‘later’ when it comes to writing. Every period in one’s life…bustles with novel-worthy passions, dilemmas, and energies specific to that age. …With each passing era, a new novel is possible.” (pp. 15-16)
2. Being Busy is Good for Your Writing – “A rough draft is best written in the steam cooker of an already busy life. …noveling in the midst of a chaotic life makes ‘book time’ a treat rather than an obligation. It’s a small psychological shift, but it makes all the difference in the world.” (pg. 17)
3. Plot Happens – “If you spend enough time with your characters, plot happens. …Ray Bradbury said it best: ‘Your intuition knows what it wants to write, so get out of the way.'” (pp. 17-18)
4. Writing for It’s Own Sake Has Surprising Rewards – “…writing a novel simply feels good. …No matter what your talent level, novel writing is a low-stress, high-rewards hobby. …The single best thing you can do to improve your writing is to write. Copiously.” (pp. 18-19)
Baty, C. (2004). No Plot? No Problem!. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.