Revision Checklist 20100109

From Nathan Bransford, literary agent.

Revision Checklist

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

  • Does the main plot arc initiate close enough to the beginning that you won’t lose the reader?
  • Does your protagonist alternate between up and down moments, with the most intense towards the end?
  • Are you able to trace the major plot arcs throughout the book? ….
  • Does the reader see both the best and worst characteristics of your main characters?
  • Do your characters have backstories and histories? Do these impact the plot?
  • Is the pacing correct for your genre? Is it consistent?
  • Is your voice consistent? Is it overly chatty or sarcastic?
  • Is the tense completely consistent? Is the perspective consistent?
  • Is there sufficient description that your reader feels grounded in the characters’ world?
  • Is there too much description? (David R. Slayton) ….
  • Do the relationships between your characters develop and change and become more complicated as the book goes on?
  • What do your characters want? Is it apparent to the reader? Do they have both conscious and unconscious motivations?
  • Do you know what your writing tics are? Do you overuse adverbs, metaphors, facial expressions, non-”said” dialogue tags, or interjections? Have you removed them?
  • Do you overuse certain words or phrases? Is your word choice perfect throughout? …
  • Do your main characters emerge from the book irrevocably changed?
  • Are your characters distinguishable? Does it make sense to combine minor characters? (Kiersten) …

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