I've started to keep a list of rules. These are things I tell almost every author after I've edited their work. I'd like to wrap them in a bow and send them to anyone working on a book, whether they be novelists or botanists.
This week's writing prompt (which is really a revision prompt) is a bit like that list. Rather than telling you what to write, or focusing on words and paragraphs, it asks you to consider the whole narrative. The forest, rather than the trees.
Often I am asked for more prompts for academic or serious nonfiction writers. Each time I say, "but you should do them all because you too are a writer." All writers should think of their craft, language, and storytelling. And this revision prompt is no exception--all prose writers, regardless of genre, should consider questions like these.
Five More Questions to Ask During Revision:
1. Does this draft have a beginning, middle, and end?
2. Do scenes flow logically from on to another?
3. Is there a missing scene?
4. Is the ending too rushed, or to the contrary, too slow?
5. Does the ending leave you with too many questions to be able to say what the piece is about?