How to spruce up any manuscript: MAKE-UP EDITION

We all want to know how to get the best out of what we're writing and working on, and this week we're going to explore how to do just that using make-up as inspiration! I hope you're excited as I am! Hold on to your braces, and buckle down your shoelaces, because this is about to get real interesting peeps! Let's dust us down a novel with these five well-known* make-up tricks. Revising is like putting on make-up. You don't have to do it, and I swear your face & book look fabulous without, but sometimes a trick or two is real neat. 1. Lipstick Some people say start with the foundation or the contours of your face book or blah blah blah but here at literary jam & toast we've never really stuck to any clear system so here's the thing, to polish up you that manuscript you really got to be thinking about how to highlight the best feature of your face book front and centre (your lips) in a way that screams "look at me I am a sassy classy and fantastic person book capable of getting up in the morning and making cereal while only spilling like maybe a third of it on the carpet.  How? Start around the edges of the lips book to really get a feel for what works, also to make them look bigger. Hone in on what suits you. This is where readers and generally helpful crit partners can come in handy! Sometimes you have to try something out before you know what suits you the best. Sometimes it's not even about what suits you, but about what suits the book and its characters. Somedays faces books can be finnicky so don't give up the first time around! This step is totes all about patience as much as it is about lipstick.

2. Clean your brushes A lot of people think because they are using brushes on their face and their face is clean, that their brushes will be too. This is simply not the case! Remember to clean those brushes on a regular basis, and while you're at it clean out your mind. A lot of people let a face draft stew for a while after making writing it, try this out and see if it works for you. Sometimes polishing immediately after can work for people too, but often words are like brushes. They need a little time to dry on the bathroom windowsill in the summer breeze before we're ready to continue sprucing.

3. Work those lashes Curl Actually finish your lashes draft before adding mascara really taking an axe to the words and editing down.  It's super hard to finish anything if you're constantly thinking about rewording the last thing you just wrote -- this is something I am still learning as omg I am somewhat of a perfectionist with words -- much like it is impossible to curl your lashes after adding mascara (I think)(I haven't tried this to be sure). If you're feeling bold with edits, that's great! Go crazy and feel empowered. A great tip to steady those who are feeling a little light headed at this point is to save multiple versions of rewrites and edits as you go each with their own identifier (I use the date) just in case you suddenly think you've chopped too far and are not feeling super fabulous.

4. Don't be afraid to get dramatic Or glittery, or confused, or just a little lost. You are a pioneer into the world of make-up and eyeliner books and words. Understand that half the fun is in trying something crazy out, and finding the line between weirdly brilliant and brilliantly weird. Every step you take is one into the unknown, so work that powerful magic and get creative.

5. Find confidence in yourself Understand that make-up is only a handy dandy tool for your face book,  and that at the core of this process is one brilliant thing. That thing is you. You are the fabulousness we are working with. Be proud of your fabulousity!

What works for you when you are trying to polish up your manuscript? Telling myself that I am fabulous over and over again in the middle of the night often gives me just enough confidence to really go to town with editing.

*well-known... by me.... would you believe it I've never gone to beauty school... I just pick these things up when I'm browsing fizzy cola sweets in the supermarket