Short Story Revision Checklist! Directions
Short Story Revision Checklist!
Choose a partner and email your rough draft to that person.
Be prepared to mark up this person’s paper with your highlighter tool/text boxes.
, using the points below.
Email the person back his/her paper, with comments/directions.
Have a conversation with that person if there are questions or points needing clarification.
Things to identify:
Are there areas in need of more detail (“show, don’t tell)?
Identify these areas by writing
Do you have any unanswered
questions about the characters
, setting, plot?
areas where you have described the personality of your character,
whether through appearance
, actions, thoughts, or speech.
If you feel like there are unanswered questions
about your characters
, setting, or plot,
the area of your draft where you could answer with
a question mark and note.
Is the setting well-identified?
Place a star (★)
on your draft where you
define the setting.
Place a star with a circle around it (✪) where you
want to add
Is the mood and tone useful to the story?
the end of your story
that describe the mood. Be sure to specifically explain how the mood is conveyed in your story (word choice, etc.).
How does the plot work? Is enough attention focused on each part of the plot?
favorite part of the plot by
Write a short note by this underlined portion as to why this if your favorite part of the plot.
Is the climax a climax? Does it effectively build tension and create the “turning point” in the main conflict of your story?
Mark this area with “CLIMAX” and mark notes about what you would change/add.
Is the story realistic?
Explain how at the beginning of the draft.
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