It's early days, I know, but the December issue of Writing Magazine is already on the street. And if you buy nothing else, you should at least get yourself a copy to read over the festive period and gee up your writing buds.
My 'Beginners' page is called 'Layer it On', and is all about building your story gradually with layers of detail. Rather like a form of editing, it means going back and reading over what you've written, but instead of merely correcting typos, look for where you can improve what you've got.
This not only helps with adding depth and colour to your writing, be it characters, dialogue or scenes and so forth, but it's a belter for quietly building the word count (and I don't mean with padding).
As an aside, I think I started doing this a long time ago, mainly to improve what I'd done (naturally), but because I found attaining the word count to be the most depressing part of the whole business of writing; thinking I'd written XYZ thousands of words, I'd discover I'd done half that.
But when I came to the editing bit, I found putting stuff right, while losing some words, actually increased the total because I was focussing more on improving the quality rather than the quantity.
Sum total: a big increase in both.
The other (and much more important) part of December's issue is my profile of author Marion Grace Woolley, whose gothic novel 'Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran' comes out in February.
Marion has a fascinating background working in Kigali, Rwanda, and proves that it's possible to write anywhere and far from home if you have the real writing urge.