See how I did that-the opposite of Stephen King's "kill your darlings" advice?
It's because every single manuscript I've ever written comes up...short! Yeah, all you over-writers, I'm sticking my tongue out at you.
I think it happens because I need to get my bare bones draft down before I pass out or die or something. It's that painful for me. I enjoy revising so much MORE. SO SO SO much more.
*Helloooooo out there*
Does anyone else shares my "specialness"?
Then, to really beef up my manuscript I take some of my cues from author Alexandra Sokoloff.
1) Sensory details. In each scene, try to describe things using taste, touch, smell, sight and sound. This helps with setting and character descriptions.
2) Suspense. Every manuscript, no matter the genre needs suspense. Am I creating it enough with my pacing and dialogue?
3) Emotions. What is the reader getting out of each scene? What do I need them to feel? Is my character showing enough interior dialogue (and physical descriptions) to meet my objective?
4) Desires. What does my character want in each scene? What is opposing them?
5) Crucial genre elements. What genre are you writing? Is there enough mystery, romance, sci-fi in your story, etc. etc.
HAVE A GOOD DAY!