We’ve all done it – been so immersed in our writing that we’ve changed a character’s name half way through a story. So a story might start off being about Jake and his annoying mother, only for him to morph into a character called Johnny towards the end of the story.
It needn’t be a character; sometimes it can be a place. Jake may be living in Newcastle at the beginning of the story, but by the end, without having travelled a mile, he’s ended up living in Newquay, the other end of the country.
So set your work aside when you’ve finished and check for those little inconsitencies.