Vigour you say! Yes. And vim too. In fact there are two tugboats in Halifax Harbour called Point Vim and Point Vigour - how I love those fat little vessels! And here they are
Strong feeling; enthusiasm or intensity:Physical or mental strength, energy, or force: The capacity for natural growth and survival, as of plants or animals.
How do we revise for vigour? We tighten and brighten our manuscript. We remove the flabby words and phrases and put in the muscular. We make each word haul its weight and more and that each chapter, paragraph, sentence and word adds to the story. Think about any work you really love and you will see what I mean.It's not that works can't be fulsome and have a languid pace in places but each part of it must go towards the effect you are after. You might consider tuning a guitar (well - you might!). The maxim for that is the same as for revising - not too tight, not too loose. Too tight and the sound is high and strained - too loose and the sound is dull and off key. Look for vigour in your work by reading out loud and when you feel you can't stand something check the pace, the authenticity and the vigour and you will find the right path!
Vigour is the opposite of tired. Have you gotten tired and put hackneyed cliches in where sparkling gems (talk about hackneyed!) should be? Let's try that again -
Vigour is tired's opposite. Search your ms for hackneyed cliches and eliminate! Find phrases that have the sparkle and shine of a two year old's princess tiara.
Go forth - wake up yourself and wake up your manuscript.