Here are somethings to look for and ask yourself when doing a critique of your own writing or someone elses.
• Are there opening hooks (for both the start of the manuscript and the beginning of each chapter,) as well as hooks at the end of chapters?
• Is the conflict strong, or is it contrived and something a conversation could resolve?
• Setting? Does it seem real?
• Are the senses involved? (description of smell, touch, taste, etc.)
• Does the story hold your interest? If not, where did you lose interest?
• Accuracy and consistency: Do the facts seem accurate, (no cell phones in the 1700s, for example) and are they consistent (blue eyes don’t turn green somewhere along the way.)
• Were you able to suspend disbelief? (Of course, if it is your own story, you will probably not be the best person to judge this. Here is where a critique group will help.)
• Does the story work? Do you want to read more? (This another place where your critique group can help.)
• With characters, ask yourself: Are the main characters three-dimensional? Sympathetic? Are other characters well drawn? Are motivations strong and clear?
I want to thank Anita Nolan www.anitanolan.com for sending these into share with us. Tomorrow I will share 10 Writing Style Elements to Check that Anita sent, so check back.