Recently I’ve had a lot of fresh eyes on my first chapter, and I was amazed at what my readers picked up on. Here’s why fresh eyes are so valuable.
This evening I finished the tenth draft of my WIP. It’s been a long time coming and the story still has a way to go, but it’s definite progress.
I have a story that runs from a beginning, stumbles through a middle, and finally reaches an end.* The number of characters who magically appear or vanish without a trace can now be counted on one hand, and I’m pretty sure no one who dies is suddenly walking around later on.
* Okay, this was also true of draft six (or was it seven?), but the plot works better this time.
The avian part of my world is still populated solely by owls, sparrows, and the occasional hawk, though.
What now? I hear you ask.
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I describe my ideal book–a high fantasy novel that takes me on an emotional journey–and offer to beta read for you if you wrote it. Or if you’re nice.
When friends in real life ask me what kind of books I write, I tell them “fantasy with dragons”. This has the benefit of being a) true and b) uninformative.
What? Not all books have dragons?
The short answer is that I write the kinds of books I most like to read. (Doesn’t everyone?)
Here’s the long answer about what I love to read and try to write.
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I’ve beta read a lot lately. Here’s how I beta read, and what writers I beta read for do that makes me love them or never want to talk to them again.
I’ve done enough beta reading recently that I think I should have a beta reading philosophy.
My life philosophies tend not to be complicated. For example “I like cats and dragons” covers the important bases, and my husband tells me it’s a perfectly adequate philosophy.
There might be more to my beta reading philosophy, because otherwise this won’t be a very long post.
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