- Characters: Ask yourself if your characters are working. Are they seemingly true to life to you? If you have doubts on this, think about what you can do to make your characters seem more real. A detail or two here or there can make a huge difference. Also look at how your characters speak. All they do and say should be right for them.
- Plot: If in doubt as to whether this is working, pretend to be another author and read your story as if you were a complete stranger to it. Make notes on what seems to work and what doesn't. Alternatively ask a trusted writing buddy to read the story (trusted, because you know they will be honest) and see what they make of it.
- Writing Competitions: If in doubt, check them out via the net and see what other writers have made of them. You could also ask the Society of Authors (UK) for advice here. If the costs seem too expensive, ask yourself what are you getting for the fee? A genuine novel competition will charge a higher fee as you are paying for the judges' time to read the whole book. There may be a critique too. So ask what you are getting for the money and, if still in doubt, don't enter!
When in doubt:-
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.