Ten Things I Do When I ‘Finish’ Writing


The writing process is a labour of love, but it’s labour all the same.

Once I finish a novel, however, the real work begins. Over time, I’ve developed a few tricks that help polish my manuscripts which you may find helpful.

Following is a list I created of ten things I do once I type ‘The End’.

  1. Eliminate/revise dialogue tags. Sometimes, it’s hard to pull an adequate dialogue tag out of the proverbial word hat. In an effort to finish a chapter or scene, I may type ‘he replied’. After going over my dialogue, I’ll often eliminate the tags entirely, or work it in differently. For example, He ruffled his fingers through his hair, curling his mouth into a frown. “I told you about that already!”.
  2. Reduce word repetition. We all have certain words we tend to overuse. I’ll start at the beginning of my manuscript, and with…

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About NevaBrown

Neva Brown, a retired secondary teacher/administrator, now enjoys the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers. She has even ventured into the social media world of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as having a website; nevabrown-author@weebly.com . Neva lived on West Texas ranches most of her life and uses that culture and environment in many of her stories. She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living. Neva loves to hear from her readers. She can be reached at joneva@suddenlink.net
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