Writing a novel for the first time can feel like walking a tightrope without a net. Without previous training or experience in creative writing, I haven’t known what to expect along the way. I’ve worked on The Disappearance of Millicent Hart on and off for almost fourteen months. Developing the plot and characters was exciting and rewarding—and for the most part—solitary. But editing the draft and knowing someone else will be reading it can activate self-doubt.
Fortunately, a new super hero is in town. Beta Reader to the rescue! Beta readers give feedback on the plot, characters, and scenes letting the author know what works and doesn’t work from a reader’s perspective. The feedback helps identify areas needing improvement. Imagine your beta readers as super heroes wearing capes and tights. (Or not, if you prefer.)
If your writing has stalled or you’re concerned your written masterpiece isn’t as masterful as you’d hoped, beta readers can help.