I'm sure most of us have, at some time or another, had trouble with length and content. Once I was committed, I had trouble with my novel because I got straight to the point and my first draft was incredibly short. And that's when I learned: subplots! This, I learned, helps develop characters. My question is, how do you know when a subplot is acceptable? If the only point it shows is a characteristic of your character, (not necessarily your main character) should it be included? Another slightly different question... I've asked before, but I'll ask again because I really get stumped sometimes: Have you ever been writing about your character traveling? Apart from the description, I really want to incorporate something else. I have time pass, I have thoughts about his problem pass, and I just don't feel it's time to stop there. Someone once said, make it interesting, maybe your character comes across a poisonous snake etc, but then I doubt myself on obstacles similar to this because it really does not help the plot or, overall, the entire story.