I have a new article up at Writers Bloc. Over the years I’ve written quite a few articles about beta reading based mostly on my editing experience. This is the first article I’ve written while neck-deep in beta reading. The article picks apart the fundamental dynamic between the beta reader and the writer based on where the writer is poised within the development of the story. From the article…
A beta reader is a hunter of inconsistencies. At the broadest level they are looking at the context of the story and how the story fits (or doesn’t) within those parameters.
This falls into three categories where:
- the writer is exploring the story and is uncertain of what is in their head,
- the writer is certain of the story but works too hard to get the context across or is too close to the story to give meaningful context to events and motivations, or
- the writer has a clear picture in their head but the story demands additional details or insights originally considered inconsequential to the main story.
And how cool is the graphic? As a huge quotation fan, this fills my heart with the right kind of nerdy joy. Thank you Sam and the wonderful folk at Writers Bloc.