- Don’t dwell on the negative. Point out what you like about the writing or story and bask in the warm glow of confidence.
- Does the ending satisfy you and tie up all loose ends?
- Do you lose interest about chapter 4-7, or does your interest continue to peak? Check for plot points and the black moment. Could you eliminate or add characters? Does it flow? Is the pace appropriate for each scene?
- Check for passive words. Do you have lots of action verbs? Can you turn sentences around to make them active? Circle the words was, were, have, had, to be, being. Is there some of them you can eliminate?
- Is there a portion of your story that you summarized which should be a real-time scene? What about the reverse? Is there a real-time scene that you might summarize to avoid lagging interest? Is there any scene that doesn’t further the story or the characterization. If so, eliminate it.
- Do a find for words that you use too often and get rid of them? I seem to love just so often have to delete it. What about at least, more often, really, a lot?” What about a really good word that adds to your story like captivate? Use only once, or it ceases to carry power
every portion of dialogue needed? Does it further the story? Does it tell
about the character? Does each character's dialogue sound different? Does body language replace words?
10.Did you introduce too many characters in the beginning and confuse the reader? Start with no