A FICTION WRITING CHECKLIST
- Do you have a plot, or a story plan? Does the story proceed logically from beginning to middle to end?
- Does the opening grab the reader’s interest immediately?
- Does the action in the body of the story maintain the reader’s interest?
- Is the climax dramatic?
- Is the ending satisfying?
- Is there a conflict (a problem) in the story that is very important for the main character to solve?
- Is it a problem that will interest the reader?
- Are there real obstacles in the path of the main character that keep him/her from easily achieving his/her purpose or goal?
- Does your main character learn and change during the course of the story?
- Are the characters believable and consistent?
- Have you kept to a single viewpoint character throughout the story?
- Does the dialogue sound natural and flow naturally?
- Have you only included material that is relevant and necessary to you plot development? (All action, dialogue, characterization, and description should help move the story toward its climax.)
- Does the story read well out loud?
- Does the story make your reader FEEL?
THINKING ABOUT YOUR WRITING
Name __________________________________ Teacher_____________________
- Where did the ideas for this piece come from?
- What parts were easiest to write?
- What parts were hardest to write?
- What parts did you revise? Why?
- What did you learn by doing this piece?
- What are you most satisfied with in this piece?
From the Writing Curriculum Files of Children’s Author, Suzanne Williams www.suzanne-williams.com