You've finally finished your manuscript. Congratulations! Now what? Well, it's time to start your self-revisions to help clarify the message you're trying to send or the story you're trying to tell. Here are three tips to help you .
1. Take a Break
This is critical! Step away from your manuscript for at least a week, though two or three would be better, and then read it again. You'll be amazed at how much chaos you see when you look at your book with a fresh pair of eyes.
2. Mark It Up ONLY!
As you read through your manuscript, mark places where scenes need to be added, information is confusing, or events seem to happen out of order. Don't take that moment to try to change anything, just flag it and move on.
3. Don't Let Perfectionism Murder Your Project
Any author who believes there's a such thing as a perfect manuscript is dead in the water. Work on consistently reminding yourself that there is no such thing as perfect. A great way to do this is to look at the 1-star and 2-star reviews for celebrity authors or authors that you love. If they can't create something every single reader loves, neither will you. AND THAT'S OKAY! Stop chasing the dragon!