Questions to Ask While Reading a Creative Writing Project
- Is the writing effective?
- Does the writer appeal to as many senses as possible, not just sight but touch, taste, smell and hearing?
- Is the setting clear (both in space and time)?
- Does the writer show the reader this world rather than tell us about it?
- Is there one main character?
- Is that main character described and characterized in detail?
- Is the main character a real person instead of ‘wooden’ or ‘typical’?
- What function does each minor character play in the action?
- Are the minor characters sufficiently differentiated from each other?
3. Point of View
- Can you identify the story’s narrator?
- Is this point of view consistent throughout?
- How near or far from the action is the narrator?
- Does he or she participate in the action? Does that work?
4. Plot (Implied Thesis)
- Does the central character pass through a transforming experience?
- Does the central character pursue an objective and have to overcome obstacles to that objective?
- Are the events of the story plausible?
- Does the writer create suspense? Is the reader interested in what will happen next?
- Is the ending plausible? Is it the only and right conclusion? Why or why not?
- Is the dialogue realistic? Do the characters sound like real people?
- Does the writer put in dialogue to appropriately dramatic moments?
- Is the title of the piece meaningful?
- Does the title add to the piece or detract from it?
- Is the story/essay typed and double-spaced?
- Is it error free in terms of punctuation, spelling, and grammar?