Sometimes it’s hard to look at a manuscript that you’ve been staring at for months with fresh eyes. There are passages you gloss over because you’ve read it a million times and your brain just fills in the gaps. In order to see your manuscript in a new way and take it to the next level try these tactics:
- This one’s obvious, but step away from the manuscript for a while. It will be hard since all you want to do is get it out into the world, but taking a month long break from it, or even two weeks really does help.
- Change the font of your manuscript. I don’t know where I picked this up, but it works. Spelling errors or other parts that are off will jump out at you if you change the font.
- Write a few pages from a different point of view or a different tense. It will make you see things you didn’t before.
- Write a piece of backstory that isn’t in the book. This might reveal parts of your characters’ motivations or lead to other improvements in your manuscript.
- Read the book out loud to your dog (or yourself or whoever will listen). If you stumble or reword parts as you read fix those areas in your manuscript.
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