So how do I fix this? Well, the answer is, I don't really know. Am I telling instead of showing? I feel like I am showing? Is my plot still not big enough?
This is one of the most frustrating things for me. I write an essay 200 words short of the minimum word count, not because I don't have enough to say, but because I said it all quickly. I write short blog posts because why make it long when you can make it short? I write short books because I don't know how to make them long. Like seriously, how do you magical long winded writers do it? (Though should it be long winded if you're writing?)
Last week, I had this grand idea for this post. I was going to embark on an epic quest to discover the secret of writing a long book. It failed. Epically.
And so here I am, asking for advice. How do you write a novel? One of those brilliant, 80k (or at least 60k) word novels.