Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Finish Your Book

By on March 7, 2018
Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Finish Your Book - Writer's

Writing a book is hard, no one can deny it. You’ve got to put the time and effort in. Even as a bare minimum writing enough words and putting together a story that’s long enough to make into a book is challenging, but if you want it to be any good - well, that’s a different story altogether!

One of the ways to make sure that you have got all the ingredients of a good novel in your book is to have a handy list of questions by your side. While lots of writing is up to the individual, their skill and creativity, there are also certain ingredients that every novel should include.

So while you are writing a book, and certainly before you submit it to publishers or self-publish, ask yourself the following checklist questions to ensure you have done everything you can to make it the best it can possibly be.

Have you done a spelling and grammar check

Have you formatted it correctly?

Is the chronology correct?

Have you used clear language that is easy to understand?

Are your sentences short and to the point?

Is your text readable? Does it flow? Is it too complicated or too obscure?

Do you welcome your reader and invite them in as soon as they begin to read your story?

Have you made sure you never patronise your reader?

Are all your characters necessary?

Do your characters all feel different from one another?

Do your characters all sound the same?

Is it clear whose perspective we are following at all times?

Will your reader be able to identify with your protagonist?

Are you showing or telling?

Does your book have a theme?

What is the genre of your book?

Is the dialogue engaging and realistic?

Does your story build?

Does each chapter end on a cliffhanger?

Is your story easy to follow?

Does your reader care what happens?

Are all the plots and subplots relevant to your story?

Could you summarise your story in just a few sentences?

Does your story start at the right time?

Have you made every word count?

Have you made the reader engage emotionally with your story?

Does your ending leave your reader satisfied?

By asking yourself these questions, you can make sure you have thoroughly checked your book and can feel confident that your readers will be gripped from the very first page to the very last. So before you decide your book is complete, make sure you ask yourself these questions and that you have answers to all of them - if not there is still more work to be done!

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

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