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’.
- 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!”.
- 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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