So what’s a beta reader?
The Urban Dictionary defines a beta reader as “a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting.”
I think that’s a pretty decent definition that hits a lot of the bases.
The reason that it’s good to have beta readers is that, even though writers can create worlds, we are not all seeing, all knowing or all powerful. We miss stuff. The information is all there in our heads, but it doesn’t always make it to the page, or if it does, it doesn’t always get there in a condition that our readers will be able to understand.
Betas can help you:
- catch that missing word or phrase.
- tell you when a sentence or paragraph or chapter doesn’t make sense.
- alert you to places where important points seem to have been left out.
- mark run on sentences.
- let you know when you’re going on too long, or even (heavens forbid) being boring.
And do lotsa other cool things like that.
They say two heads are better than one. Betas are your extra heads.
More on beta readers on the way
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