A word of advice to anyone who has recently finished a manuscript (especially if it's your first) or is approaching the end of one. A few months ago I finished the first draft of my first 'complete' book, "A Brother's Curse". It came off extremely short, at barely 30k. I nonetheless, in my naivety, thought it to be almost done. I could think of nothing more to add to the story, and was content with what I had written. I edited it twice, and could still think of nothing. Hence, I branded it a novella and planned to write two more novellas to go with it. I then decided to take a break from the manuscript, although I had sent it out to a few beta readers. Having a break was one of the best choices I have ever made. While I was working on another project over the following month, I began to think of small things I could add to my first book. Then, last week it hit me. After 10 weeks of hiatus from my manuscript, I finally realised what was wrong. My novella is a sandwich of just bread and butter. It's got no filling. No salad, no meat. Just a start and an end. Realising what I did wrong, and having some time to create a subplot for the middle, I have now planned for another ten chapters. This will at least double the book's length, making it a full, decent sized novel, while also helping build up to make the ending even more heart wrenching. So if you take anything from that, let it be to leave your manuscript alone for a month or so, in order to truly see its flaws. Because it could just be a few gems you need to polish up, or you could have a huge diamond a little further down, that just requires a bit (or a lot) more digging to get to.