6 Draft Checklist Ideas (And Why You Should Create Your Own)

K.M. Allen, this is wonderful, especially for novice writers! I am the worse at doing multiple drafts, and checking for errors. Fortunately, I have improved, with help from more seasoned authors, and that means no more second editions, I hope. Thank you for this simple, but very effective way to redraft a manuscript (as many times as necessary). Thank you!

K.M. Allan

Just as no two writers will write an idea the same way, drafting is a unique process as well.

Some authors may draft their MS in as little as five passes, others (raises hand) might have 20 odd drafts under their belt for certain works in progress.

When drafting is such a mammoth task, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I’m not a planner for writing, but for editing and drafting, I find a plan makes all the difference.

To create such plans, checklists are my go-to, and when I’m close to the final draft stage, these are the six main things I scan for during a draft pass…

1. Repeats

I recommend every writer come up with their own Repeats List because we all have different words we use repeatedly. This advice also goes for phrases (I constantly use “looked as if”) and for movements. If every character is…

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Karen DeMers Dowdall was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has lived in Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and England. Karen has a PhD, MSN, BSN, RN in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. “Books of every genre teach us about life, how we think, and view the world." She has written poems and little short stories since she was a child. Karen has also loves art, drawing, and portraiture. She has also taken ballet, Jazz, and modern dance since she was three years old and owned her own dance studio.

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