1. What is the story that I am telling?
2. How will my character change?
- Does my character get to where s/he needs to be?
No – How do I make her change?
~ Introduce a crisis situation that makes my character change.
Yes – Do the things that happen along the way help get my character where s/he needs to be?
- Reveal something about the character.
- Propel the plot.
- Build a relationship that is important later in the book.
- An example of this is Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy speaking, but the adults always sound like,
“Blah, blah, blah.”
- One sentence summary of the scene.
~ Do they fit in?
~ When do they resolve?
~ How do they resolve?
- What are my character's quirks and personality traits?
- Do my secondary/minor characters grow with each appearance they make in the book?
- Do my characters have unique voices?
- Do they reveal everything about their characters?
An example of this is sub vs grinder (sandwich)
Their socio-economic placement
- Does the dialogue let their relationships evolve?
- How authentic do they sound?
- Picture it then brushstroke the description. Let the reader envision it, unless it must be specific.
- For it to be specific, it must be important later in the book. If not, take it out.
- Search for commonly used, but unnecessary words.
~ Examples are just, so, next, that, but.
What works for you?
formerly my 11/17/10 post ~ Revision Toolbox