16 Questions to Ask Someone When They’re Reading Your Manuscript

Interrogation

My friend Skye has been reading my novel-in-progress as I write each chapter. She is only four chapters into it and I just created a list of questions to ask her to get the maximum amount of information out of her, without getting what she thinks I want to hear.

I hope this could help someone!

  1. Can you describe the main character to me?
  2. Can you describe the setting or major place to me?
  3. What did you think when this character did this? (Some scene specific to your story… May have to ask this about many scenes)
  4. What thoughts did the end of that chapter leave you with?
  5. Who was your favorite major character?
  6. Who was your favorite minor character?
  7. Who was your least favorite character?
  8. What was your favorite scene?
  9. Are there any characters that seem vague in your memory?
  10. Are there any places that need more detail?
  11. Did you ever feel confused?
  12. Was there anything that seemed out of place, or odd?
  13. Were there any dry, boring or dead moments?
  14. Were there any sections that you had to read multiple times to understand?
  15. Were there any scenes that seemed rushed or you wanted more of?
  16. Were there any scenes that made you feel uneasy or tense? If so, why? (determine if this is a good thing or if it was intended in a tense or uncomfortable scene.)

Sincerely,
Ivy

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