I don’t do it often, but once in a while, I treat myself to a manicure or a pedicure. Just the sight of my elegant fingernails or sassy toenails makes me beam. It’s ridiculously inconsequential when taking in the broad scope of life, but it makes me feel so much better.
Adequate. More equipped to meet the task I must face and conquer that puppy.
You better believe I’ll be sporting a new mani/pedi before ACFW conference next fall and homeschool prom this spring! Oh yeah!
It’s the same thing with my manuscript. I know I’ve mentioned some of these tips before, but they are a timely reminder for me! This isn’t the revision part of my project – the rewriting that takes my draft and puts it in a completed story form. I’ve finished major rewrites, but now I’m on a word hunt for any extra faux pas that I can fix.
First, I look for verb choices. I do a FIND action in Word and look for all of my wases and weres. Some of them need to stay, but I go through all of them to see if an alternative is better. I do the same thing with could, should, and would.
Next, a search for my pet words comes up. Mine are at least, and just. But I’m also guilty of repeating great words too quickly. It’s not that they’re pets. They got into my head and got used again to close to where they had been used before. That’s a hard one because I don’t know what word they are. It and that are search subjects, too. If I can eliminate them entirely, I do.
I don’t stop with that polish, though. Checking out the beginnings of my paragraphs and my sentences to look for too much repetition is essential.
Finally, I check the endings of my sentences and especially my paragraphs to make sure I ended on strong words. Ideally, the strongest of the sentence.
So I’m putting on the final clear coats and giving Cat’s Eyes a quick buff before placing it on my shelf. No, I’m not done with it. This one’s good. It will be on a real shelf some day. But now it needs a brother or a sister to join it! 🙂
Your Turn: What are some of the key ways you polish?