Quick Tip: List rules to maintain internal consistency

What are the rules that ensure your story is internally consistent? Among them might be that a character will respond in the same way to the same stimuli each time the latter is encountered.

The exception would be if your character grows and develops and hence arrives at a different outlook.

Look for inconsistencies in your story’s plot, characters and theme and then rewrite the passages to correct them.


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.