Lengthening my word count

As a chronic under-writer (not to be confused with an ‘underwriter,’ which sounds much more complicated and outside the scope of my abilities) I’ve always struggled to hit word counts.  From 500 word essays in school to NaNoWriMo’s famous 50k finish line to the industry standard of 70k I always fall short.  As a result, I’m constantly on the lookout for shortcuts (longcuts?) to stretch my stories without being accused of fluff.

Unlike this double-coated cutie, who has no problem being fluffy and is very grateful that fall is coming

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The 5-3-1 Rule

I was first introduced to the 5-3-1 rule at an anime convention in college.  No idea when the concept was invented, but that was my introduction.

Anyway, as I was perusing the con’s schedule I discovered a full-page notice, recommending that all attendees follow the 5-3-1 to prevent the spread of avian flu.  (I think it was avian flu.  It was either that or swine flu.  Whichever it was, places with lots of people were very concerned about it spreading.)  Below the big, scary letters they outlined what 5-3-1 actually meant.Read More »