Someone asked me if it's easier to cut or add words. Personally, it's easier to cut words. Adding words means new writing and editing is always easier for me.
Most of the time, when I write my first draft I'm laying down the suspense part of my book. Then I go back and layer in the romance, emotions, scene details and make sure the Inspirational element is solid. If I still don't have enough to meet my word count, I'll think about adding another subplot, with or without a POV character.
Another way to add words is to flesh out your main characters. Give them another problem to deal with. Or, in the words of Raymond Chandler, if you're writing along and the going gets dull, bring in a guy with a gun.
It doesn't have to be a literal gun. It can be anything unexpected--an accident, a phone call, an illness, a burned meal, a body...you get the picture--any type of sudden shock will do.
I also go back and make sure I don't have talking heads. Characters talking back and forth without a setting. Readers like to picture where your characters are and what they're are doing. This is also the time to give your POV character interior monologues. Let the reader know what the character is thinking. It's also a great place to have her to say one thing but think another.
So these are a few of my tips for increasing word count. What's your favorite way? Or are you a writer who never needs to add words?
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