2. Is the beginning effective? Will readers understand and care
about what's happening?
3. Have I been specific enough in setting the scene and letting
the reader know what's going on?
4. Do my characters act appropriately and believably?
5. Is my dialogue dramatic, effective, realistic? Does each
character have his own distinctive speech pattern? Are the
speeches too long?
6. Have I maintained a single point of view? Are transitions to
multiple points of view made smoothly and clear to the
7. Does the plot unfold clearly and logically? Is the time frame
accurate and believable?
8. Is the story clearly focused? Have I left in any unnecessary
scenes or dialogue (or left out any necessary ones)?
9. Is the story logically organized--each scene in the right
10. Are there any sections of my story that are too long for the
purpose they serve? Could I condense them for dramatic
11. Do I have a good balance between showing and telling? Have I
used narrative when a dramatic scene would be more effective?
12. Is the progression of the story and the outcome clear to the
reader? Do I need to expand any scene or narrative to
13. Have I maintained an appropriate narrative tone throughout
(dramatic, comic, tragic, mysterious, etc.)?
14. Have I carefully proofread?