What can you do when you reach revision overload, but need to continue editing to meet your deadline? Mix things up a little. Work your way backwards from the last scene to the first. Changing the sequence of the action breaks you away from the story enough to allow for a closer evaluation. This method can help you spot unnecessary dialogue, characters who contribute nothing, action that goes nowhere and scenes that don’t move the story forward.
Another trick is to change the font of your manuscript. Make the characters larger. Use Arial instead of Times New Roman. Have blue text instead of black. Print out several pages rather than work directly from the computer screen. Playing around with the look of your WIP will help create the distance you need to see the words from a different perspective.
What do you do to overcome revision overload?