Are you revising that manuscript and find that much of your writing is too passive? Have you been going through it removing all the words such as that, was, and been? Sometimes we can just strike out those words from the page and the sentence still works but most of the time you have to reword the sentence.
Another thing to do is to add Action Verbs. But it’s not always easy to locate the right word in the brain. I found this great list in my internet travels and I keep it handy for when I need just the perfect verb.
There was another list on that site that I love, Descriptive Words. This one is divided into five sections: Sound, Touch and Texture, Color and Visual Qualities, Smell, and Pattern and Shape. Using this, I can make my character’s eyes much more descriptive. Instead of blue I can say azure, cobalt, navy, aquamarine, or indigo. It’s much more visual.
Do you have any word lists that you use while writing?