I'm just starting yet another revision of the WIP, having put it to one side for several weeks. Coming to it with a fresh eye I realise that, while my word count is on target, it reads rather thinly. In other words, there isn't enough 'meat'.
By meat I mean substance. I'm working on the first section and the first thing I've done is write an index card for each scene saying what it's adding: character detail, plot information, description, relationship development and so on. There's a lot going on, but quite a few scenes aren't delivering very much or are going over stuff that's already been said.
Each scene needs to move the story along and add something new. I've been writing fiction for over ten years - you'd think I'd know that by now and be putting it into action. Apparently not.
First process: Combine any scene that appears to be a duplicate of another.
Second process: Beef up scenes which are crucial ie give them more functions.
Third process: Write better.
The first two processes are technical ones and only require time and a lot of chewing the end of my pen while staring at index cards to sort out. The third process...well, I'm crossing my fingers about that bit, but with any luck by the end there'll be a lot more meat in the scenes.