Eventually I realized I needed to lengthen my 67K manuscript. So I went back over it adding 10K. This is actually an interesting point. How to make a short manuscript longer. I've come up with a few steps that helped me:
1. Look for places where you’ve summarized a scene. Dramatize it instead.
2. Look for scenes where a character has a lot of interior monologue. Bring in a second character for them to talk with.
3. Look for time gaps. What happens in them that you could make into a scene?
4. Add another character. Perhaps someone your main character doesn’t want to see, or wasn’t expecting to see.
5. Add a subplot. Are there any existing characters you could give scenes? Maybe your villain?
So writers and readers ... what say you?
The CFBA blog tour this week is for Robert Liparulo's Deadfall.
Read a great review of the book here.
And read an interview I did with Robert awhile back here.