How to Be a Good Beta Reader

I see a lot of writing advice, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any beta-ing advice.  So I thought I’d write down my tips for being a good first reader/critiquer/beta reader.  Obviously your mileage may vary on this, as with any advice, but these are the things I try to do when I’m critiquing, and they’re the things I appreciate from a critique.

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Hello, there; it’s been a while …

Life has been a bit more up and down than is even usual for me, resulting in not a whole lot of content blogging.  First we had Irma and the evacuation; then I had a health scare that knocked everything sideways for a couple of months.[1]  I feel like I’m just now getting myself back on track after all that mess, and it’s March.

I’m also staring down my birthday later this week, which is always a fraught experience.  Although, really, I have been dealing with the decrepitude of old age for, like, months now, so it’s not as bad as it’s been in the past.  Usually I don’t mind my age much, but birthdays get to me.  Age is just a number, but a birthday is a date and cannot be ignored.  ONE YEAR CLOSER TO THE GRAVE!  Or something like that.

Anyway.

All of that is to say that I will, I hope, have a few more not-promotional blog posts coming your way soon (although I have a couple of promotional posts, too, whee!).  I’ve been watching ACS: The Assassination of Gianni Versace and, of course, Jessica Jones; I’ve been reading stuff, and–this is hilarious–I have been playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  No, seriously, my video gaming has thus far been Lego games, Pokemon (DS and N64), Mario Kart, Mario Party, and an ill-advised foray into the motion-sickness hell that is Epic Mickey.  I’ve never played one of these quest-y games where I don’t know the plot already–or, when I did, I got so sick I had to stop before it got really good.

So I have things to write about.  Stay tuned.  :)

1 [back]I am fine.  All is well in Laura-land.