Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Critique partners? Beta readers? Yay or nay?
I find it VITAL to have a second or third set of eyes that go over my books before I submit them. In the beginning, I didn't and now that I've found my beta readers, I don't know how I got along without them. My eyes just gloss over a lot of my mistakes. I automatically read what is supposed to be there rather that what is some times actually there. LOL. My beta readers are readers and not writers. I love having their opinions on my characters, story and development. I think some times, I'm TOO close to the story and they can see things I don't.
I've been thinking more and more about critique partners too. I'm talking fellow writers who we send our work back and forth. I've heard horror stories about critique partners and then other writers who feel about their critique partners the way I feel about my beta readers: they don't know how they ever got along without them.
I'm curious who uses a beta, critique partner or both? How has the situation gone for you?