Ask for feedback

The most important things to fix before sending your work to an editor or publisher, is removing the gaping plot holes, logic gaps, redundancies and digressions. Pick a few people who you trust. Ask them to read a piece of your work and answer the following questions:

  1. What do you think will happen next?
  2. Who do you believe are the key players?
  3. What do you think the key characters want?
  4. What piece stands out as setup for something?
  5. Which parts do you think give you essential information?
  6. Which questions would you like the writer to answer? What are you dying to know?
  7. Which parts confused you?

Pay special attention to parts where readers got confused or lost interest. When three (or more) of your support group critic the same thing, it’s definitely worth looking into. When receiving feedback from another writer, remember it may be a difference in personal style.