The process is time-consuming, but worth it. It means that I have to check each word. In a normal read-through, the eye elides past some things which the tongue will not. There are some of the obvious things I'm catching, like the use is "he" when it should be "she", or "an" instead of "and".
Other things, however, are more subtle, but they could still be stumbling blocks for a reader. In the section I just read, I see that I used the words "protectors" and "projectors" in the same sentence. In another part, I used the word "searing" twice on successive pages. An in still another part, I used the phrase "a lot" three times in two adjacent paragraphs.
The final polish is the difference between great and fantastic, so it's time well spent. I just have to avoid thinking about how, if I'd written a 40K novella instead of a 108K novel, I'd be done already!
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