The Ultimate Story Checklist v6!Matt Bird
Welcome to version 6 of The Ultimate Story Checklist!
The goal is simple: Try to answer yes as often as possible. Of course, every story is unique and no story that I’ve evaluated has answered yes to all 122 questions, nor should it. Check out the Checklist Roadtests over there in the sidebar, to see how lots of great movies did. If you want to try it yourself, a downloadable version of this list as a word document is available here (link fixed!)
screenplays, novels and plays, but don’t worry, there’s a separate “pilot” checklist for the first episode of continuing stories such as TV series, book series, web series, and comics)
Does this challenge represent the hero’s greatest hope and/or greatest fear and/or an ironic answer to the hero’s question?
Does the story satisfy the basic human urges that get people to buy and recommend this genre?
Is there a dramatic question posed early on, which will establish in the audience’s mindwhich moment will mark the end of the story?