Does anyone have any tips on polishing?
Setting the scene: You’ve finished your novel. You’ve checked for plot, character, you’ve done a line edit and even a proof read looking for typos, but then what’s next? What bits of polish can you do to your novel before you are really finished?
My collection of tips so far:
🚩Check for repeated words ‘the the’ ‘and and’ etc using the find and replace.
🚩check for double spaces and triple spaces. (Again abusing the find and replace function.)
🚩 Check that each chapter opens as late as it possible can, and finishes as early as it possibly can. – It’s no problem not walking all the characters home at the end of the party.
🚩 Check each characters’ dialogue is in keeping with their personality.
🚩 Read out loud and see if your eyes glaze over – these are potentially tension drops and need attention.
Has anyone got any other polishes that they can recommend?