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How to Get the Most From Your Beta Readers

Not every writer has the ability or desire to share their novel with beta readers. Beta readers are not a necessary part of getting a story published, but they can be incredibly helpful if you know what questions to ask and how to use the information they give you.      Beta readers are sort of like test readers in that they are typically consistent readers in the genre you write and are knowledgeable in what makes a good story. They don't have to be writers themselves, but mine often are. They read your story and give you comments about the overall plot, character development, etc. Their comments are helpful because they often catch things you miss because you're too close to the story.      But, beta readers can be unhelpful. Although, you, as the author are not in control of the entire process, I believe that the author has the most responsibility.      I've used beta readers a number of times, and over the years, I've learned some things. Sit and enjoy as …

Now in the Lull Between Semesters

From now until January 11th, I am home with my family. Philosophy readings questions aren't due at 12:30 today. Speeches aren't waiting to be given, and papers aren't needing to be written. Foreign films in German or Russian aren't on my "To Watch" list anymore.
It's Christmas break, and I have plans.
I plan to enjoy my family and our first Christmas as the "Schrolls." I plan to visit with friends and probably meet for coffee multiple times. I plan to go back to work for the few weeks I'm back. I plan on writing as much as I possibly can in my WIP. I plan on blogging more.
Everything is different this break. I've never been a college student on break before, and this will by my family's first Christmas together.
Although I'm not at school this month, I have a lot to learn. To learn to be excited for Christmas--a holiday that I had begun to dread. To learn to balance my desire to get lots of writing done with spending tim…