Beta Reading at Writers Bloc

betareadingI 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:

  1. the writer is exploring the story and is uncertain of what is in their head,
  2. 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
  3. 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.

 

Ballarat Workshop

 

Would You Look at My Story?

Critiquing Skills for Fiction Writers

3 hours theory/discussion/practical exercises

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Writers accept that receiving feedback is an essential part of the writing process, however most shy away from the actual task of critiquing, afraid they’ll do more harm than good, or not knowing exactly how or where to start. I share my skills, experiences and insights to provide writers  with practical skills and knowledge to tackle the process of critiquing with confidence, armed

What is Covered?

  • What is Critiquing
  • The Benefits of Critiquing
  • Reasons to Critique
  • Reasons not to Critique
  • Exorcising Bad Critiques of Past
  • The Six Rules of Engagement
  • What to Put in a Critiquing Brief
  • Where to Get Critiqued
  • How to Write a Critique
  • What to Look For
  • Practical Critiquing Exercise

Extras

  • Places are limited to ensure the highest level of interactivity between the participants and myself, so please book early.
  • Please bring with you a pen and something to write on.
  • We need to vacate the premises at 1:00pm but I am happy to meet with the participants for a casual lunch in a nearby cafe if anyone has any recommendations.
  • For more about me and my passion for running this workshop see my official workshop page.

Bookings

Booking can be made by paypal or content me direct jodi[at]jodicleghorn.com for direct debit details. Ballarat Writers Centre members are eligible for a discount. When filling out the enrolment form, please put your membership details to validate your discount!

$45.00 (standard)

$40.00 (Ballarat Writers Centre members)

#18 Manuscripts cake and conversation

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Today was my writing group. We only meet every month so it is a big thing. As you can see from the array of food on offer the empty collection of pretty plates, it is as much about food as it is conversation, critique, books and writing.

It’s my reality check for the month. I’m determined next month I’m taking a good simple narrative along with me. No more weird, first draft sci-fi, spec-fic, urban fantasy stuff. Part of me wishes I had have taken Taping Lydia with me instead of my Fourth Fiction writings to date.

While I’m good on the small picture stuff, I really suck at the big picture (despite the fact I have it all in my head). So now the plan is to begin working the big picture into my writing. Looks like there is far more work ahead for my still un-named Fourth Fiction novella if it’s going to be up to scratch to submit along with the other work for Long Short Stories.