Asked • 07/11/19

How can I make a story bigger?

I have written a first draft of what I want to be a novel -- aiming for 50-70K words. When the ending arrived I was at about 30K. So I essentially have to double the length. My list of notes scattered throughout the ms adds some scenes, but that's not going to fill the gap.FWIW, I started with an outline (20 chapters). Some of the early chapters are a little thin and I can make it deeper there -- these are where the bulk of my notes are.My questions:* Is there an effective technique for bulking up a story? I don't want to pad the length, I want to make the story bigger.* I have an outline for another novel that is not yet complete. How can I avoid falling short on the second one?

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Brianna M. answered • 07/11/19

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