The Wonder of Beta Readers


I want to take a moment and talk about the people who are willing to sift through the rubble of your cobbled together ideas and offer feedback, assistance, what have you.

These people are absolutely amazing.

First off, they want to read it.  And after plowing through your first draft, that little boost to the ego feels great.  It empowers you to jump into the 2nd and 3rd draft because you want them to enjoy it.  That’s pretty powerful right there but wait there’s more!

They are also willing to offer constructive criticism.  Nothing makes you look at your works differently like another set of eyes.  Sometimes it’s humbling, other times its uplifting but it is always useful.

Now here is where it gets crazy.  They are willing to read it again after you’ve made changes in the later drafts.

I didn’t really understand how much I needed them and I don’t know if I can ever really explain it.  All I really know is that my journey in this adventure wouldn’t be complete without them.

Author: jongraylang

Novel Writer, Screenwriter, Filmmaker & occasionally an Actor. Handy with a Sword, Ukulele, and Skis. Author of Nun With a Gun: The Town with No Name, The Matilda, Twistin' Matilda, Black Matilda, and Secret Matilda. Writer of the upcoming Sci-Fi sequel, Waltzing Matilda.

2 thoughts on “The Wonder of Beta Readers”

  1. I have always found that a blog posting seen in light of constructive criticism can, at times, hasten the birth of a new direction for my writing. Granted I am nothing close to being a writer but even an old curmudgeon like myself can see the logic in someones comment and make changes in the alignment of my neurons. Thanks for a thought provoking posting.


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