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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"No Plot? No Problem!"


Hello fellow writers!

Last night I did as promised and finished going through my romance novel manuscript to fix glaring errors and tighten up the dialogue. I now have 200 pages to go through and put the revisions into the computer - then I can print out a fresh copy for the writing class that I am taking starting next Wednesday, 9/23. So that's my goal for today - put as many of those revisions into the computer as my baby Jake will allow.

I wanted to review a book for you that I really enjoyed. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I have read it about three times.

The book is "No Plot? No Problem! A low-stress, high velocity guide to writing a novel in 30 days".


Have I ever written a novel in 30 days? No. Do I even really listen to the basic instructions of the book, which is to ignore your inner editor and write as quickly as possible? No. If that were the case I would be writing a book every week!

I do, however, love the idea that I could just write without stopping, and worry about revisions later. I imagine writer's block would cease to be an issue. However, I have a very hard time writing that way. I'm more the slow and steady type. My few attempts at stream-of-consciousness writing ended up as boring disasters with tons of filler that no one, not even myself, would want to read. Even the author, Chris Baty, admits that several of the "novels" he has written using this method have been practically unreviseable.

So why do I love this book, you ask? I think it just inspires me. It makes writing seem like a grand fun adventure, and gives me all the permission I need to hole myself away with the laptop and just write write write.

Wish me luck, and good luck to you!

Yours Truly,
Shoshanna Evers

2 comments:

  1. Good deal. I can see where the 'stream-of-consciousness' style of writing would be disastrous if you depended on it for solid work.

    I can relate it to sketching for artists. There's no clear goal in mind and you tend to end up in an area that's completely ridiculous. The plus side is that you tend to stumble upon elements that can be revisited in a more deliberate way.

    Being slow and steady clearly has its advantages, but if one was to write 'loosely' for the sake of 'freeing up the mind' it yield some benefit.

    I think.

    Good luck on those revisions!

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