What does this new main character of mine want?
If I add another character will that complicate things in a good or bad way?
What is my emotional connection to this book?
Am I following the original feeling of the novel? (Meaning, I want to write a romance. Is that where I’m still headed?)
How can I make this story original?
Is the voice fresh?
Do I love the characters I’m developing?
Will anyone care?
Will I care the whole novel through?
What is the most important thing I think will happen?
How is tension?
Is my main character real?
Are these first pages strong or do they need to be cut.
Have I started in the right place?
Am I already backstory?
HINT: Give yourself ten minutes each morning to think about things that COULD happen in your novel. Even crazy stuff: main character boards a pirate ship. Allowing yourself to dream past exactly what’s on the page can help you move out of where you are and into new and exciting waters. No pirate pun intended!