Chris Baty: “No Plot? No Problem” | NaNoWriMo


A bit of inspiration for NaNoWriMo. Chris Batty the founder of NaNoWriMo talks about the genesis of the movement, and about his new book, “No Plot? No Problem!”, which gives advice for writing a novel in thirty days.

StoryWonk Nano


Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens give advice and encouragement for NaNoWriMo 2014 participants in this series of short podcasts.

A Novel In A Month? It’s Totally Normal!


I just watched a Google Talk by Steve J. Martin describing ways in which small changes can produce big effects in persuading and influencing others. Communicating positive social norms seems to be important.

One example is HM Revenue & Customs, the UK’s tax authority, which wanted more citizens to pay their taxes on time. Rather than threats and television campaigns, it added a line to its letters. Appealing to herd mentality, it said a large number of people pay before the deadline. The result? Eighty-six per cent of respondents paid on time compared with 57 per cent the previous year. (Source: FT)

I’m thinking about how I can use this to help me get through NaNoWriMo. I’m going to try participating more in the forums, mixing with others who are trying to hit their targets. I was quite solitary in my last few attempts, and didn’t make it through to the end.

I’ll tell you in a month whether this change of practice helps me keep the momentum going. And in the meantime I’ll keep telling myself that it’s normal. Totally normal. Everyone does it.

BTW Steve’s book, which he co-wrote with Noah Goldstein and Robert Cialdini is “The small BIG: small changes that spark big influence“.

Tech Cafe | Writers’ Tech Tips


This is the slide deck from my recent presentation at Salt Spring Island Public Library.

The software packages mentioned in the presentation are:

Magic Number 1667


So, I’m going to be doing NaNoWriMo this year. That’s a courageous thing to say in public, after all I've participated for about three years in the past five and achieved various levels of abysmal failure each time. What makes it different this year is that I've found out there are others in my community attempting the same.

Groups tend to motivate each other. Either through support or rivalry. I'll be watching everyone of my neighbours word counts, giving encouragement whilst making sure that I stay on track for finishing my fifty-thousand words.

We are very lucky in having a supportive library where we've already held a training session on Tech Tools for Writers. I'll be posting slides for that session shortly. Many thanks to Danielle for arranging our use of the Program Room.

The library is setting aside some tables for writers to use during November, and each Thursday will be hosting a write-in. Watch the library calendar for details.

Photo Credit: Baloon Ride by Shena Tschofen