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

A handy list for editing your WIP by K.M. Allan

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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  1. KL Wagoner says:

    Thanks for sharing this useful article.

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    1. You bet! Hope it helps you as much as it will for me 🙂


  2. Perfect timing. I’m going over to visit!

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  3. Much thanks for sharing, Jacquie. Yeah, that’s why I sometimes feel I take too long with my drafts. I am constantly trying to insert different words (Thank you, Merriam Webster!) so I’m NOT repeating words, unless I mean to. It’s exhausting! But hopefully worth it! ox

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    1. It makes your books a joy to read, so it’s worth it, my friend 😊


  4. Excellent idea here. Thanks for sharing, Jacquie. 🙂

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    1. I found some helpful hints here, too 🙂

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