Find an important passage of flashback in your novel. Why is this flashback important to the novel? What does it reveal about a character, a conflict, and/or a theme in your novel? How does it help foreshadow the present day events of your novel? Be sure to use pieces of the flashback as evidence of your claim.
Analyze a secondary character in your story. What is the role or purpose of this character—to highlight the good qualities of the protagonist? To act as a conscience for the antagonist or protagonist? To provide humor, etc.? How important is this character to the theme, conflict or outcome of the story? Would the novel be as good without this character? Explain.
What quality of a main character strikes you as a good characteristic to develop within yourself over the years? Why? How does this character’s quality affect the theme, conflict or outcome of the story?
Find an example of allusion and/or irony in your current novel. Describe how the allusion or irony contributes to the development of either character, conflict and/or theme.
Compare a situation or a character from your novel to another situation or character from a different text (book, film, video, short story we have read, etc.). How are the situations or characters similar and different? What archetype do each seem to exhibit? edit.
Analyze and compare how a character in your novel is both alike and different from you. Be sure to dig a little deeper than surface level comparisons (like the character is blonde and you are too). Look for life experiences, temperaments, challenges, conflicts, etc. Be sure to use evidence from your life and the novel to explain your answer.