Writing for McSweeney’s, Aaron Guest gives us a sense of how to prepare your short story for the upcoming draft:
If you enjoy fiction, satire, and sports, this will be pleasurable.
BILAS: It was an intriguing pick of narrators for sure.
KIPER, JR.: Sure we can talk about “athletic prose” all we want but—
LAW: But in terms of this draft—were you intentional about looking more at ways to develop lesser characters first and hope to work on some of the other aspects of POV choice later?
BILAS: Some of this is an eye‑of‑the‑beholder thing, but it’s just interesting because—-
MELROSE: Vernon as narrator? I think he’s one of the guys in the conversation. I happen to think he could change the game for you. I don’t think he will, but he might. Look, he’s not going to be this guy in that draft two months from now. He’ll get better each draft and that will make it a much better story.
BILAS: See, I don’t think it will. I think you’ve got as good a value as your gonna get pretty at this stage. Your prose is really athletic, sure, it gets up and down. Great pace. But with a protagonist, how often do we say, great pace, great voice, really well-written, impacts the story, but can he score? Or does the writing have to score?
KIPER, JR.: Just a lot of character issues for me. Just give another character the ball in space and see what he can do.