Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Editing Checklist, #5: The Setting

No story occurs in a void.  Here are a few things to make sure your setting does your story proud!

- Does it provide context for the romance?
- Does it move the story forward?
- Does it convey emotion?
- Is it described sufficiently to give the reader a clear view of where they are?
- Is it described accurately?
- Do the descriptions enhance the story?
- Does it help reveal information about the characters?
   - demonstrate strengths
   - reveal weaknesses
   - allow them to grow
- Do the descriptions relate to the characters' experiences and POVs?
- Is it over-described?
- Is there "scenic overload"- is there too much emotional investment in the setting?

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