I’m almost finished with the first draft of my WIP (the sequel to KILLER ROUTINE), and I think I’m going to come up a little short. Like about 8000 words short (that’s somewhere around ten percent).
Here are some ideas I had for increasing the word count:
Add an adjective (or better yet, an adverb) to each sentence.
Use a dialog tag for every piece of dialog (you can never have too many “he said, she saids.”)
More backstory! Especially up-front.
Describe the settings really, really well. Also use “really, really” whenever possible.
Put in more characters sighing, nodding, smiling, and shrugging. Ideally, have one of each on every page! (Of course, limiting these to one instance on every page might actually reduce the length of the manuscript.)
More character ruminations. Ruminations are always good!
Use the word “that" more frequently. You can never get enough of that word.
What say you, blog readers? Any suggestions to add?