In the article on how to find test readers I’ve introduced the idea of a catalog of questions you can ask your test readers to get specific information out of them. If that list was not extensive enough and you want additional ideas and questions you’ll find even more questions here.
- What character did you like the most and why?
- Which character was your least favorite and why?
- Did you identify with the protagonist?
- How would you describe the inner workings of the protagonist / antagonist / X?
- What kind of impression left X on you?
- Did all characters behave consistent with their personality? If not, where did it happen?
- Are their actions authentic and understandable?
- Were you able to paint a picture of these people in your mind? Who was blurry and why?
- Was the end predictable?
- Was the end plausible?
- Were you left with open questions? Did you miss conclusions?
- Did some scenes seem unnecessary? Would you delete or cut a scene?
- Has a scene been too short or choppy?
- Were you able to imagine the setting and the places?
- Did the beginning spark your curiosity?
- Which scene did you like best?
- Which scene didn’t you like?
- Did you spot any errors? Where?
- Have the dialogs been plausible and authentic?
- Has there been a natural flow while reading?
- Did you stumble over sentences?
- Did you have to reread a sentence to understand its meaning?
- Have you spotted words or metaphors which have been used multiple times?
- Did you have to force yourself at some point to continue reading?
- If this was a published book, how much would you be willing to spend on it?
- Would you like to read a continuation?
- Have you read a similar book before?
- Did the title and chapter names fit the content?
- What title would you choose?
- Did you figure out who the culprit was yourself?
- Ahead of the detective? When?
- Who did you suspect?
- Has the resolution been believable and worthwhile?
- Have the fantasy elements been convincing? What seemed to be illogical?
- Were you able to imagine the creatures and beings?
We plan to extend this article on the go and we would be happy if you shared whatever questions you have in mind. We’re glad to add them 🙂
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