Since I'm having a hard time moving out of wake up mode this morning, I thought I'd chat with you a bit about waking up your writing.
How do you know if your writing needs a wake up call?
If you yawn reading the first chapter, that might be a clue.
Are your sentences repetitious constructions?
Do you use tired verbs? Mousy nouns?
Clues two, three, and four.
I'm not advocating making your work sound as if you've strolled through the dictionary or thesaurus. I am suggesting that you paint as vivid a picture of your story as possible without diving into purple prose.
You'll clear up a lot of these things as you work through each draft. After you've read your work for all the other stuff you do during editing, read it again for your word choices. Your eyes may pop wide open.
And your story might pop to life.