Putting On Your Editor’s Hat

This is the time to be an editor!”

Before you hand in your story today, read these:

1. Read what you have written aloud.

Reading aloud your story will let you hear it as if you have written it for the first time.

When you read, think about these questions:

  • Do you have a beginning, middle and an end?
  • Can your readers tell where and when your story takes place?
  • Is the problem of your story clear?
  • Does your main character have a problem to solve or a conflict to overcome?
  • Does your main character (protagonist) seem real?
  • Do you have enough problems/conflicts to keep your readers interested?
  • Is your antagonist (e.g. villain, nature, circumstance) good?

2. Check that you have used some of these narrative techniques to begin and end your story, and to build good paragraphs.

  • Do you open a story using any one of these narrative techniques: dialogue, onomatopoeia, interrogative question, and prepositional phrase?
  • Do you use techniques in transitions to build good paragraphs?
  • Do you use any of these narrative techniques to end a story: feeling and interrogative sentence?

3. Check that you have used adjectives to describe details, feelings and appearances, and at least some figurative language.

  • Do you use sensory, emotion and physical adjectives to describe details, feelings, and appearances?
  • Have you used any one of these figurative language: similes; metaphors; idioms and personification?

4. Check grammar and spelling.

  • Are your sentences complete?
  • Do you use nouns and verbs correctly?
  • Does your subject and verb agree? * Are your tenses correct?
  • Have you spelt all the words correctly?

5. Check punctuation.

  • Does every sentence have an ending punctuation mark- a full-stop, a question mark or an exclamation mark?
  • Does every sentence begin with a capital letter?
  • Do the names begin with capital letters?
  • Do you use commas and apostrophes correctly?