First, set aside your manuscript. Save it and put it away.
Second, set up a retreat. If you want to apply for formal retreats, fine. They take a while to process. However, I'm speaking more along the lines of an informal get-away. Make it a week, if you can, to allow your creative spirit to settle in, get a grip and break a sweat. Such venues can include:
- Visiting a relative and asking for solitude
- Booking a cabin at a national park or campgrounds
- Or if you can't afford to pay for a place, leaving the house each and every day, relocating to a bookstore, library or other fresh place to write from dawn to dusk.
However you design your creative week, the points are these.
1. Use fresh eyes to attack that manuscript you haven't seen for a few weeks.
2. Use the fresh location to view the story with new vigor.
When you write too long, in the same chair, reviewing the same words, your brain reaches a point of fatigue. Jumpstart your manuscript with change. It's like opening curtains to a dark room. It's the same room, but somehow the wallpaper takes on a whole new color.