We all want to think that our writing hits the mark every time. We can, of course, think that, but unless we take an honest look at our writing from time to time, we won’t be giving ourselves the optimum opportunity to learn and grow.
You don’t have to write the whole novel before you evaluate it. You can stop and evaluate your novel at any point. In fact, it’s better if you don’t wait too long. If your novel is off the tracks, you’ll want to correct that before you get too far into it.
Ease yourself into it by evaluating your strengths first. Don’t just go over them in your head. Instead, list out your strengths. Do so and take a look at the list from time to time. In order to capitalize on your strengths, you need to know them inside and out. You should also be able to identify emerging strengths so you can egg them along.
Next, take a look at your weaknesses or areas where you need to improve your novel. Develop a notation system to mark the points in your manuscript that need improvement. Be sure to watch for inconsistencies and correct them when you make your revisions.
Here are some of the items you’ll want to evaluate…
- character development
- point of view
- back story
- theme, etc.
How do you go about evaluating your work in progress?