This might be useful to anybody or somebody might be able to give some input. But I've been editing my short story and because I can't show it to anybody or get feedback, it's actually been difficult to tell whether it's any good, so I've been trying to tear it apart to see if it works. So what I've actually done is split up my story into sections and put them into a diagram (using MS Excel) and given each section a heading and made boxes of a size depentant on the word count. I can see how much 'development' and 'conflict' I've put in - I could look for elements, but my piece is very character central. You'll probably see that quite a bit of the story is development, notably there's a big block in the middle. This means I can look at my work and ask myself 'can I justify these big blocks?' Here is my diagram: Has anybody else worked like this? If so what is your system?