Final Paint and Wax Job for Fiction:

A Complete Checklist for the Obsessive Compulsive

~ by Ellen Brundige
  • Flag "check this" words during initial sweeps, those details on which it's easy to make a mistake. Examples: canonical names, terms from fanfiction source; Elvish; words with accents

    TIDY STORY STRUCTURE.

    Check each of these separately, in its own sweep.

    Go back and examine each scene alone

    . Do a few each sitting; this is time-consuming. Check the following details individually or perhaps 2-4 related "checks" in each pass.

    Final Sweep

    Wait til later, then...


    General rules of thumb



    The pay-off: sharing it with friends

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    Do As I Say, Not As I Do


    Now the chances of me actually doing all this are zilch, but they're things to keep in mind. Hopefully by revealling my bad habits you won't start noticing them in my writing!

    "I know, I know. It's a Russian thing. When we're about to do something stupid, we like to catalogue the full extent of our stupidity for future reference." ~ Susan Ivanova, B5