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Here's a quick bit of advice I use all the time.
If you write fiction that you actually want the market to read and like, the writing needs to be exciting! Any sort of mainstream fiction needs excitement.
Therefore, a good way to tell if your writing needs revision is if it bores you. When you read your work, it needs to grab you.
Like The Claw in the picture! If, when you're doing light revisions, you find your eyes just skimming down the page, not really interacting with the text...there's a reason. It probably needs some heavy revisions, not line-editing.
Let is simmer in the back of your mind for a while. Take a break from revision and create something. Then come back to work and rip the boring writing apart. Make it exciting. Make it jump out and scare/inspire/excite/inform you. Open up a new document and paste the writing into it. Look at the word "revision". "Re" means redo. "Vision" is what you want your work to look like. So, re-vision your writing! Rework it, make BIG changes; if you don't like it, you can always scrap it and change it back.