We're going to be in Italy for Canadian Thanksgiving, so we're having it...today! Yep, the turkey's going in the oven, I've made the cranberry sauce (recipe will be posted here while I'm gone), and I'm heading off to buy a pumpkin pie.
I'm also working on my sixth draft of my book that's due Friday. I thought I'd be done with the fifth draft, then discovered it was too short. By 7,000 words.
So what do I do? Well, I go through the manuscript again, looking for places where I can add new material. There's always several places. For one thing, I tend to write very lean and neglect description, so that's a place to start. Sometimes I find a place for a whole new scene; not in this case, but there's a very obvious place near the end to expand a scene.
Does this mean I don't cut anything from the next draft? Nope. If it doesn't fit or feel right, it's going out - because I can always find places to add. And so far, after seven chapters, I've added 2,000 words.
And let me just add - what the heck is up with Chapter Twelve? I swear that chapter, or the next one, ALWAYS needs more work than almost any part of the book except the first page. Which I've revised about oh, say, fifty times. That's par for the course, though.
Now, to work with me!