NaNoWriMo Journal: Day 2


Successfully introduced more important characters and did some more valuable worldbuilding. The suspense is climbing as the mystery thickens, and already by Chapter 3 I plan to have readers begging for answers. Read on to find out, I guess. That’s the strategy with any book, especially one as small as 50,000 words. Sorry these posts are so late: I have to wait until I’m done writing for the day to post them.

Today’s hot tip: Don’t think about suspense the wrong way. As Jack Reacher author Lee Child put it: [I’m paraphrasing] “How do you bake a cake? That’s the wrong question. The real question is: how do you make your family hungry? The answer is that you make them wait four hours for dinner.” Asking “how to create suspense” is like asking “how to create cake”. Give your readers something to look forward to. Something that will get them hungry for more.

I don’t think tomorrow will go as well as today did, so we’ll see.



Published by Van Ghalta

A cold, dark, mysterious character who purposefully wrote a story so that he could fit into it...A story where he himself WRITES stories, practices martial arts, blogs, plays airsoft, collects MTG trading cards, plays outdated video games, and writes weird, third-person bios for himself...

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