Feedback Questions pt. 1   Leave a comment

Most of the writers I know have at one time slaved over the rough drafts and final drafts of their precious projects, only to give it to a well-meaning friend or family member and receive the standard “it’s good” response. A bit of a let down when you are expecting praise and well thought out comments and suggestions. It’s not their fault. Like when you are questioning child about how their day was, you don’t want to ask yes or no questions. Asking a reviewer if they liked it, especially if they are friends will usually gain you a simple “yes” with little or no explanation. Either they didn’t like it and they don’t want to hurt your feelings, or they do like it but don’t know exactly what they like. They don’t know the right words or what to look for. They don’t know what to say.  The following questions have been tailored to give people a way to give constructive feedback with as little pain and confusion as possible.


  • Did the story seem original?
  • Were there some twists that lead to an unexpected endings?
  • Were there any parts of the story you found disappointing or boring?
  • Were there any parts of the story you found too simple or too complicated?
  • Did the background of the characters make sense to you?
  • Did any of the characters seem boring?
  • Do you know why the characters did what they did or did their actions seem illogical?
  • Did you have a hard time telling the characters apart? i.e. the names were too similar, their personalities were the same, etc.
  • Were there any characters you thought the story could do without? Did any seem to be standing around not doing anything?
  • Does the title reflect the story in some way?
  • Are there any words in the story that are hard to spell or pronounce?
  • Did you notice any strange coincidences in the story that seemed odd or out-of-place?
  • Are the character names original, but not distracting?
  • Do any of the characters talk too much or too little?
  • Did you find any typos?

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