chris_taco_smallerMarlene Cullen, a cheerleader for writers, a writing workshop leader, published author and founder of Writers Forum of Petaluma, sent along this information about Chris Baty’s upcoming appearance in Petaluma.

Want to write a novel but don’t know where to start?

Chris Baty has the answer with National Novel Writing Month, a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing.

The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in a month. It doesn’t have to make sense, can have character flaws and a plot that needs help.

Baty says, “The only thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.”

Started in 1999 with 21 participants, NaNoWriMo has grown to almost 120,000 participants in 2008.

NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

“Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down,” says Baty.

Chris Baty, Founder and Director of National Novel Writing Month (, is also the author of “No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days.”

On August 20, Baty will discuss how to write a novel in 30 days at 7:00 pm, at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 No McDowell Blvd. $15 at the door. For more details visit

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