What happens next? This is the question that drives all stories. Fiction’s answers to that question are paradoxical: imaginary yet true. Even the simplest fiction mysteriously interweaves plot, character, setting, and voice into something deceptively profound.
Whether your manuscript is a picture book or a novel, editing will address the following:
- Does the story take place logically in time and space?
- Can the story be visualized?
- Is the story easily experienced in the imagination?
- Does the chosen form reflect the content?
- Is the form of the work well executed?
- Does the writing style express the content?
- How can its best, most distinctive qualities be further revealed and refined?
- Is there a believable balance between events the characters can control and those they cannot?
- Is each event necessary to the story?
- Do the order, intensity, pacing, and relationship of events draw readers forward and resolve at the right time?
- Are the characters clearly, coherently delineated?
- Do they behave characteristically?
- Do their actions make sense?
Kristen Rea, Author, Timmy the Button