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Summer NaNo: Three magical moments

Writing is full of magical moments. I’m in the middle of several of them right now: the glamour of first draft, the rewards of beta-reading, and the lessons of prolific production. There’s the night before creation, when the story starts … Continue reading

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Doing the Beta Bop: What I get out of being a beta reader

One of the great things about beta reading other writers’ work is that it gets me out of myself and lets me leave my own stuff alone for a while. Now let’s get down to cases: most writers have a … Continue reading

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Doing the Beta Bop: what I get from my beta-readers

Doing the Beta Bop Since I’ve been both giving and receiving beta-reading this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the benefits. I’m going to explore this over a series of posts, including meditations on the mutual benefit of trading … Continue reading

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The mysteries of beta reading, or mapping what isn’t there

I am currently beta-reading a number of first-draft novel manuscripts. Over the last three years of National Novel Writing Month, I have been privileged to acquire a small group of first-draft beta-reading friends. Those relationships have grown slowly, out of … Continue reading

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