- Who is the main character? What is his/her/its external and internal problem initially?
- What does he/she/it do to solve the problem(s)?
- What is the external plot resolution?
- What is the internal plot resolution? What is the emotional oomph of the story?
- What is the theme, setting, world, time, big-picture of the story?
When I submit a story to my critique group every time they raise good questions. Every time! Like "Why does the protagonist do this? It's not motivated." or "This plot point is unecessary." or just "This part is confusing."
I relate all this to illustrate the crucial importance of feedback. IMHO every writer needs to get some other eyes on their work. Every writer! Writer friends are ideal for this. Significant others, BFFs, parents, kids, neighbors also work.
At Electric Spec we really wish we had the resources to give feedback on every submission, but we don't. Here on the blog, we will give some general feedback (based on slush) for the rest of the month.