NaNoWriMo Journal: Day 4


Wrote an emotionally heartrending scene to counteract the disgusting horror sequence that introduced some of the villains. Worked pretty well in my estimation, as a fast-paced story to get as much of the worldbuilding out while being as interesting as possible is incredibly important. If you’ve got only 50,000 words to make a novel, you might as well plot and pace it like a 160-minute movie.

Today’s hot tip: Go back through a few of your favorite movies. See how much time it takes to pace certain scenes and introduce characters. Then, basing your estimation at about 300 wpm, tailor every scene in your book to match the time spent watching in a movie for maximum effect. If a fight scene takes nine minutes on the big screen, you should use 2,700 words total to create it.

It’s going okay. I’m gonna have to go dark over the weekend, so don’t expect an update for a while.



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story where he himself WRITES stories, practices martial arts, blogs, plays airsoft, collects MTG trading cards, plays outdated video games, and writes weird, third-person bios for himself...

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