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Your Story Checklist Characterization ü Does your protagonist have a need or a goal to drive him/her forward? ü Does your character have a clear arc demonstrating change/growth? ü Have you given your readers enough information (history, family, background) to understand your characters? ü How have you given this information to your readers? All at once in the form of an author-reader lecture, or on a need-to-know basis? ü Do your characters behave in a way that is consistent with their background? ü How many characters does your story have? How do they contribute to your protagonist’s journey? ü Are your minor characters explored in too much detail? Are they distracting from important events in the story? ü Are any of your characters clichéd or stereotypical? How can you change this? ü Do any of your characters play a surprising (and possibly unbelievable) role at the end? ü Are the characters you develop most fully important to the ending?

Plot ü Does the first part of your plot set up the problem and create tension? ü Does the second part of your plot deepen the problem and challenge your protagonist? ü Does the third part of your plot provide resolution, and if so, how does it affect your protagonist? ü Do your subplots advance the plot and are they eventually resolved? ü Is it easy to follow the passage of time throughout the story? ü Are there any scenes that, while may be written well, do not serve the plot? ü Do the main events in your plot take the form of a summary?

Dialogue ü Does each character’s speech fit their personality and history? ü Have you referred to a character more than one way in the same scene? ü Have you propped up your dialogue with unnecessary explanation? (e.g. “Come on, you can do it!” he gave her some encouragement.) ü How many -ly adverbs (happily, sadly, angrily) have you used? Are there too many? ü Does your dialogue sound natural? Have you incorporated body language where necessary? ü Do you stop the flow of your dialogue with too much description? ü Do you use commonplace dialogue (hello, goodbye), and if so, does it add to the dialogue? Can your dialogue do without it? ü Are you using dialogue as an information dump? Copyright  ©  2014  •  All  Rights  Reserved  •  Standoutbooks  Ltd    •  Company  Registration  Number  8443204  

   

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ü Would your dialogue sound more realistic if you used more contractions?

Point of View ü ü ü ü ü

Which point of view are you using? What are the benefits of this point of view? Would your story be better if you stuck with a single viewpoint character? Is your choice of words right for your viewpoint character? Is the point of view consistent throughout the book? If you’re using the first person point of view, does your viewpoint character know or see things that he/she couldn’t realistically know or see?

Setting ü ü ü ü ü ü

Does your story have a setting? Do you spend too much time developing your setting? Do you spend too much time developing insignificant settings? Do you introduce your setting with too much description all in one go? Is your setting memorable and does it fit the mood and enhance the plot? Have you paid enough attention to the sounds and smells in your setting?

General Points ü Are you writing about your favorite topics or hobbies? If so, are you spending too much time describing them? ü Are you over-explaining an idea/event that is already very clear? ü Do you tend to repeat words? ü Do your chapters start and end in the right places? Are some chapters too long and others too short? ü Do certain events or changes in the story feel too convenient and thus unbelievable?

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