Time once more to go back and read my own writing. This could be the toughest part of the writing process. That moment when you sit down to see how your story reads. It's one of those moments where you test yourself because inevitably, the pages don't match the story in your mind.
I try to take a very academic approach to revisions. The first I do is to sketch out scenes that I know I want to include somewhere. It frequently happens that by the end of a manuscript, I realize things that are missing. So I write them down and then I keep a notebook beside me as I read through. I figure out where the best place for these added scenes and how they affect the scenes that bookend it.
The other big part of the process is the embellishing of the story. In the first draft, there's usually a lot of functionality in getting the story down. In the next draft, I try to bring lackluster scenes to life. I also try to focus on the characters and make sure when they speak, they sound like the same person. In other words, it's time to do work.