- Go back to the theme card you prepared before or during the writing. Make sure the main theme shines through and ask yourself, Do the minor themes bolster the main theme?
- Check the structure one more time. Is it solid?
- Does each character have an arc? Each story part introduced have follow-through to the end? Follow each one all the way through to make sure.
- Is your main character's flaw/need evident in the beginning and satisfied/solved from what she's learned by the end?
- Have you done a scene check to make sure there isn't any section that might work better elsewhere?
- Is there any character or scene that doesn't move the story forward?
- Is there anything to add to strengthen any part, or any weak part to delete which will strengthen the story?
- Is description kept at a minimum (in a children's story)? Is the story told through dialogue and action?
- If it is a mystery, make a list of the clues, red herrings and reveal to make sure everything is covered.
- Do one last fact check.
Linda Wilson, a former elementary teacher and ICL graduate, has published over 100 articles for adults and children, and six short stories for children. Recently, she completed Joyce Sweeney's online fiction courses, picture book course and mystery and suspense course. She has currently finished her first book, a mystery/ghost story for 7-11 year-olds, and is in the process of publishing it and moving on to new
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