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A to Z Challenge Day C: Checklist

Hey beautiful guys and dolls! What's on the menu for day three?? The letter C!

C is for Checklist.

Every plot needs one. A checklist will keep your plot moving in the right direction and ensure you stay on the right page.


A checklist will guide you, leading you into all the correct components your manuscript needs to keep the page turning and the reader interested in our story.

What should you add to your Checklist?

1. Foreshadowing what is to come
2. Conflict and contrast of what the previous scene/chapter described
3. Characters who move the story forward with their actions and reactions
4. Setting that evolves as the story moves forward. If your setting takes place in the same spot during  the entire story, make sure to entwine different details about the setting with each plot element. Use all the senses to bring the reader into the place: vision, hearing, feeling, scents, and taste.
5. If your story has a theme, don't forget to include it.

Use this checklist to engage every scene so your reader can interact with your story.

See you tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by:)


  1. Checklists do help, especially when I'm editing. You've provided a great one.

  2. Checklist - just like the fifteen beats from Save the Cat.

  3. I've never done an actual, physical checklist, usually just an ongoing one in my head.

  4. What a clever idea! I know to include these but never thought to formalize them in list form. Loving your series!


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