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Things Your Writing Teacher Never Told You: A Story Analysis Worksheet (link)

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Story Analysis Worksheet With Explanations

by Tina Jens

  • Story Hook – Does the first sentence, paragraph, scene grab your attention and keep you interested?
  • Story Promise – Does the story match with the promises established in the first scene?
  • 3 Act Structure & Plot – Does it have a 3-Act structure? Is the structure strong? Is it logical? Is it focused? Is it exciting, or too clichéd?
  • Problem/Conflict – Is the conflict strong, well established? Is it clear what the primary conflict is, or are there multiple storylines vying for attention?
  • Tension/Suspense/Pacing – Is it maintained, is the reader kept interested in what will happen next, all the way to the end of the story? What is at stake? Are the stakes raised throughout the story?
  • Action – Does enough happen in the story? Do the characters actually do things, or do they sit around talking and/or thinking most of the time? Is the action believable? Is the description of physical movement easy to see and follow?
  • Fantasy Element/s – There should be only one fantasy element/suspension of disbelief per story: this can be a set of tropes or a whole world of creatures or pantheon of gods – but if multiple magical/supernatural creatures are used, they must be established all together. You can’t start it out as a vampire story, and then suddenly bring in zombies in the last act. The FE should be established, or at least foreshadowed, in the first scene as part of Story Promise.
  • The Rules – Does the story explain AND follow The Rules of the Fantasy Element?
  • Sub-genre or Story Type – What kind of story is it? Does it follow the rules, structure, and expectations that come with that form? Does it also do something new with them? (Examples: Romance, Bromance, Coming of Age, Kid & Pet, Kid & Alien, Action/Adventure, Mystery, Caper, etc.)
  • Characterization – Are the characters interesting? Are their actions believable within the rules established by the story? Are their motivations well-developed? Do we learn enough about them and why they make the choices they do? Alternately, is too much backstory given?
  • Protagonist – Does the protagonist show agency, or do things just happen to him/her? Does s/he do the key actions and have the learning arc of the story? Does the protagonist remain the protagonist through all 3 Acts of the story, or does someone else step into that role at some point in the story? The protagonist should be the one who goes through a character arc, and who takes the final action and succeeds because of having learned something or having been changed by events.
  • Antagonist – Is the antagonist 3-dimensional and interesting? Is this character brought into the story early enough? Is this person a worthy adversary? Does s/he act in logical, believable ways? Is his/her goal clear and reasonable?
  • Plausibility & Logic – Within the rules or magic/fantasy established within the story, are the characters, situation & action believable? Are there any problems with the logic of the story or characters?
  • Dialogue – Does it sound natural? Does it accomplish a purpose, or are there wasted words that do not advance the plot or characterization? Do the characters speak appropriately for their age, ethnicity/species, class, social group, etc?
  • Tone – Is the voice of the story consistent? And, are the characters’ voices different enough that you can distinguish among them even without the dialog tags?
  • Setting & Description – Are the visuals clear and interesting? Is there enough to see, consistently through the story? Or do some scenes and dialog exchanges happen “in space”?
  • Tangents/ On-Point – Does each paragraph, each scene, advance the primary story line? Are there too many tangents? Are there too many secondary conflicts, storylines, or characters?
  • Mix of writing techniques and tools – Is there a pleasing balance of dialogue, description, action, and narrative? Or is one overdone and others under-used?
  • Resolution – Is the ending satisfying? Does it wrap up all the major loose ends of the plot? Does the ending flow naturally from the story? Is it foreshadowed and appropriately set up, or does it feel like a rabbit pulled out of a hat? Alternately, was the ending too obvious? Was it easily predicted early in the story?
  • Final Thoughts – Any additional comments or issues not covered by the sections above. This is also a really GREAT place to tell the author what you really liked about the story.
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