Cariad Eccleston

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Tips for Underwriters: How to Lengthen Your Novel (via Jenna Moreci)

05 August 2017

Ah, YouTube’s recommendation engine knows me so well.

These tips for underwriters from Jenna Moreci just popped up, and I’m gonna keep hold of ‘em.

To be clear, I’m talking about “underwriting” as in “not writing sufficient words to tell a story well”, and notthe process by which investment bankers raise investment capital from investors on behalf of corporations and governments that are issuing either equity or debt securities”.

I’m an underwriter, not an underwriter.

Underwriting has always been a problem for me. I remember having awesome ideas for stories in school, but just not being able to fill a page before reaching the end. Every story submission I’ve ever worked on has come up short.

Coming up with ideas for stories comes easy, but storytelling is a skill I’m still learning.

I’m not gonna rip off the video, but here are the five tip headlines, and you can watch it yourself for the details:

  1. Show, don’t tell.
  2. Set the scene.
  3. Attach bodies to voices.
  4. Subplots.
  5. Deepen your plot.

If you’re anything like me then this is great advice to plant in your subconscious.