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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Let's Play 20 Questions

1. Who is telling the story?

2. Is it someone outside the events of the story or is it one of the characters?

3. Does the narrator tell the character’s thoughts?

4. What tense is the story told in?

5. Is it in the first person, using I?

6. Who is your major character(s)?

7. Who is your minor character(s)?

8. Consider their behavior, how are they are described?

9. What do they say?

10. Do your characters stay the same or change?

11. Is your story a comedy, a tragedy, science fiction or maybe a life lesson?

12. Do the events in your story connect together?

13. What are some of the conflicts?

14. Is the reader given clues?

15. What will happen next?

16. Is your story chronological?

17. Does it skip around?

18. How does it compare to others of its type?

19. Does the story leave the reader satisfied, yet wanting more?

20. Are you satisfied?

Bonus Question:  What are your 20 questions for writing your story?


Writer Pat Newcombe said...

What about - Is the plot convincing and believable?
Good questions and love the blog.

Maeve Frazier said...

I like your questions, and so true to ask. Thanks for stopping by Pat.

Anonymous said...

Very helpful info Maeve! Writing for children, for me anyway, it is a continual learning experience, which I'm loving every minute.

Wishing your writing is going well, too!

Jennifer Young (Castles in the Sky)

Maeve Frazier said...

Thanks Jenny!

Susan Fields said...

Great questions!

Not so much for the story, but for each scene I ask questions like: what time of day is it, what is the weather like, who is in this scene, what is the tension in this scene, what emotion is the mc feeling in this scene...

ali said...

This is a great checklist for making sure we're behaving well in our WiPs! Thanks Maeve!

Lynda R Young said...

These are great questions to ask before or during the process of writing a novel. Good one! :)

Maeve Frazier said...

Susan - Great idea to break it down for each scene. Thanks for the tip - Maeve

Maeve Frazier said...

Ali - It is even fun sometimes to be bad and go outside the box! Some wonderful writing comes from there!

Maeve Frazier said...

Thank you Lynda!