Writing Challenge Day 229: Story Review

If you started with us at the beginning, you've been writing your life stories for the better part of a year. Now it's time to assess what you've written and begin to put it together into a narrative. From this point on, we will be giving you weekly assignments and tips to help along the way.

If you've recently joined us, you may want to build up a few more stories before you begin this part of the challenge. You can always come back to these posts when you are ready. To continue your daily writing, pick something else from the archive, this question list, or write more on something you wrote earlier. For more information about the challenge, read this post.


This week you will be working with your story cards. (You should have an index card with a title or short description on each story or writing segment.) Pick one at random and read the story through quickly. Don't edit or change anything at this point, just read. On the back of the card for that story, jot down anything that comes to mind that you need to add or any impressions you have. For instance, have you left out a major detail? Is the story confusing? Does it need to be toned down or the names changed? You will use this information in editing later. Then pick the another story, and do the same. Don't take too long with this exercise, just move through quickly and take a couple of notes on each. Use this time to re-familiarize yourself with what you have written.


  • Take these assignments at your own pace. They are meant only to get you started and to give you a step-by-step process. Depending on how much you have already written, it may take you longer to complete each section.
  • If you want to keep going after the 15 minutes are up, go for it! 
  • Have a question or challenge or triumph to share? Feel free to comment below.