Chris Baty

Chris June 10, 2012 No Comments Writers

Chris Baty

founder of National Novel Writing Month, author of “No Plot? No Problem!”

Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo, is our lunch keynote this year

He’s been called the devilishly young granddaddy of writing inspiration* and has helped motivate hundreds of thousands of (literal, literary) people to go hard after the almost foolish dream of writing a novel in just one month.

Though most folks would have only ridden something like National Novel Writing Month into a short-lived internet fame, Chris Baty turned it into a growing community of writers who challenge themselves and each other to overcome the single greatest problem writers face: writing.

Yes, it’s the most daunting thing: doing the work. Ideas? We can come up with ideas. Quirky characters, fun plot twists, cool settings? Not a problem. But taking them from the cranium to the page? Yikes. You could argue no one has done that better than Chris Baty.

He’s written the book on JUST WRITING too. His “No Plot? No Problem!” is a great guide to putting your focus on making the words trickle out of your fingers. Let perfection come later. Shape the story once it’s on the page. Just get the dang thing out.

“Well name two folks who participated in NaNoWriMo and turned out something besides a crappy draft,” you demand.

Fine: Sara Gruen, author of “Water for Elephants” (heard of it?) and Erin Morgenstern, author of “The Night Circus.” Not saying Chris Baty is responsible for their success, but between you and me, I kind of think so. Dude is great. Seriously.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. You can check him out yourself at the 2012 Crossroads Writers Conference, October 5-7, at the Centreplex and Marriott City Center.

Mr. Baty will be our lunchtime keynote speaker on Saturday, October 6


to sample Chris Baty’s way with words, check out this video from the 2011 Night of Writing Dangerously


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