This post was written for the Author Toolbox Blog Hop where we share our new discoveries on the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, and blogging tips. Posted every third Wednesday of the month. For rules and sign-up click here.
A new year and I’m hoping for new ideas that lead to new outlines. I’ve been throwing around an idea about dissecting and expanding some shorts and seeing where they might go as novellas or novels.
Obviously the short would be the core of the story but adding words means adding new ideas or/and adding sub plots.
Here’s what I’ve been considering:
- add a reversal into the main plot line
- add subplots and characters complications
- dig, sift, and seek out places for more tension
- deepen the point of view, descriptions, atmosphere, arcs
- transform summaries into scenes
- dig into the layers of the character’s past and add some regrets, grudges, and unresolved issues
The biggest challenge of lengthening a project is making the additions intricate parts of the story, to move it forward and not be bits of fluff I’ll land up cutting on my next round of revisions.
How do you add to your word count? Any advice for me.