As I finish up my revisions, I’m focusing on word choice and phrasing, for the most part. And there’s no greater trick for that than reading the work out loud.
I print out the entire document, because I find it easier to see mistakes when I have paper and a pen in front of me. And then, making very sure that no one can hear me, I start reading out loud it from beginning to end. I even make up voices for the characters.
It takes several hours, and my throat is crazy dry and raspy by the time I’m through, but I catch all sorts of mistakes: weak phrasing, poor word choice, repetition. It’s especially helpful for dialogue, because I can evaluate whether someone would actually say those words. I can’t recommend this part of the revision process enough.
Does anyone else use this trick? What other clean-up final revision tricks do you have?