Writing from Experience Checklist

1. What story have I told? Is it primarily about me? an event? somebody else?

2. When I finish reading the story and ask "So what?" does my story provide an answer?

3. Have I shown rather than summarized the action and details of this story? Can you see where it takes place? Can you hear my characters speak?

4. Do I make my readers do some interpretive work? Or do I provide all the judgments and explanations for them?

5. Does my form work? What effect would other forms (journal, letter, essay, drama) have on the story I want to tell?

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