Fiction: A Content Editing Checklist

21 11 2012

Fiction writers! Here is a special content editing checklist I have developed over the years just for you.

  1. Check, double check, and triple check for POV errors.

  2. Are their any weak, underdeveloped characters? Can they be bolstered?

  3. Do you have too many characters/characters that are too similar?

  4. Does every character have a unique voice or do they all sound the same?

  5. Is your piece long enough? Is your work too long?

  6. a Is the plot believable  (does it have internal validity)?

  7. Are the emotional stakes believable?

  8. Do the characters behave believably to the emotional stakes?

  9. Do the description/narration/setting/mood/atmosphere enhance the work?

  10. Is your protagonist established as a sympathetic character early enough in the story?

  11. Is the antagonist that is too weak or too evil to be believable?

  12. Is there enough rising tension in the story?

  13. Is there sufficient tension on every page?

  14. Is the ending logical even if it is not emotionally satisfying for every reader?



One response

21 11 2012
Tammy J Rizzo

Reblogged this on Tammy J Rizzo and commented:
Here we have a nice editing checklist for fiction writers, courtesy of the Charles Henry Editing blog. I think we could all find this checklist very helpful.

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