Fleshing, not Flensing: Bulking up without Waffling.

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This is a follow-up to the ‘Flensing the Manuscript’ blog post. Just so you know, this article is about adding content to a manuscript, and not just adding to the word count.

Let’s say you’ve just finished your first draft. You have your story down! Congratulations are in order, because many people never get to this point. You can enjoy the glow of a true accomplishment.

BUT! (And this is a big but.) Your journey is only half over. Now you have to edit your masterpiece.

Editing isn’t all about taking the ‘bad’ writing out (also known as ‘killing your darlings’), it is also about fleshing out those parts of the manuscript that might be a bit sketchy. Don’t deny it … everyone has a writing black spot. Mine is setting; these days I try to think of the setting as another character with a ‘dialogue’ and with interaction with the other…

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