Revision is usually every writer’s least favorite part about being writer. It’s time-consuming, stressful and really difficult to decide what must stay and what must go.
Here are some questions that might help make the process a little easier:
- Is your point of view consistent?
- Is your point of view the best way to tell the story?
- Have you used language correctly, or are the words you’ve chosen the most impacting words you can use?
- Does every word you’ve chosen to use have a reason for being there?
- Does the character dialogue move the story forward and have a purpose for being there?
- What is your favorite part of the story? Why is it so interesting?
- If you are creating fantasy, do you believe in your world you’ve created?
- Are there any facts you couldn’t substantiate? Do these make your story sound less authoritative?
- Is spelling, punctuation, word usage or grammar correct? If you have an unusual spelling, does this make your work sound dull, bland or inconsistent?
- Were you able to fill in all plot holes?
- Do you feel like your draft is the right length and tells the whole story, while retaining depth?
- Is all the information provided in the draft, necessary? For instance, is every introduction, hello or goodbye or description necessary?
- Does the piece contain a rise and fall, or do all the events in the story get equal weight?
- Is your main character sympathetic? And if he or she isn’t, are the character’s motives and actions at least understandable? Do they make sense?
- Have you provided enough information about the character and his or her circumstances, or is there more information that can be provided?
- What are the key moments? Are they given enough time? Enough priority?
- Does the point of the story make sense? Can you follow the emotional aspect?
- Does your story have a beginning, middle and end?
- Do your scenes flow together logically?
- Does your ending seemed too rushed, too slow, or leave you with too many questions?
Taking the time to ask yourself these questions during the revision process, can strengthen your draft, save you time and move you ahead in the right direction.