Now that we've rough drafted a piece of writing all through April, put together the first 3-5 DOUBLE-SPACED pages to edit. Use an easy-to-read size 12 font. Today is all about big picture edits. I'll link my checklist for your final, which is your first 3-5 pages (you decide how many you want to submit, but I need at least 3 and will stop reading after 5 pages) and will give you instructions on what I would like you to look at to make sure your overall story beginning works like you want it to.
Next time (Tuesday, May 5), we will work on Line Edits (style, tone, and consistency) and on May 7, we'll do copy edits (spelling and grammar) before you're submitting your finals (due no later than May 15, though I'm opening it on May 7, so if you're ready, you can just turn it in and be done.) Note that your final will be worth 50 points, so you can't NOT turn it in, since it's really the culmination of this class.
Okay, instructions for today:
CREATIVE WITING FINAL (First 3-5 double-spaced pages of your project) CHECKLIST
1. Make a list of all the things you want to change in your first five pages.
Once you have made this list, organize it from biggest change, to smallest change.
2. Edit your opening pages for the next 30 minutes. Start with the biggest item on your list.
Overall, your opening should do all of the following:
- Introduce your main character.
- Make readers care about your story.
- Set the tone.
- Introduce the setting.
- Introduce the conflict.
- Show what genre this is.
- Show what your protagonist wants.
- Start with action.
- Start with the inciting incident that gets your story going.
- Make your reader ask questions, but don’t confuse them.
3. Work on the following list of issues to make sure your character, plot, and setting are fully established in your opening:
- Establish your main character
- Characterize your main character through their actions and interactions with others
- What does your main character want? (goal)
- What will happen if your main characters doesn't get what they want? (motivation)
- What stops your character from getting what they want? (conflict)
- Who is your character interacting with? How do their interactions show who they are?
- How are you hooking your reader?
- Anything you need to add to or cut from your opening pages?
- How do you establish your story's main conflict?
- What is the setting of your story?
- How does the setting matter to your character and your plot?
- How can you describe your setting from your character's unique perspective?
4. I realize not all of you might be able, but IF YOU CAN, please ask someone else (preferably a classmate, but this can be a family member) to read over your piece so far and give you comments on what they like and feel like you could improve on your overall characterization, plot, and setting. This is especially helpful if you are having a hard time being objective about your writing.
Submit your work from today on Canvas under the Content Edits Assignment by next Tuesday, May 5.