In entering the world of writing, you learn all kinds of new terms, (and cuss words, lots of cuss words), this week I’m going to focus on the terms Alpha and Beta reader. The peeps you surround yourself and trust to critique your work for you.
Now this is stuff based on my own opinion, you likely have your own terms for them but you can comment on that shortly. 😉
The Alpha reader is your most trusted critter. This person gets to trash your piece to shreds before the rest of the pack get their claws into it. While you await their feedback you chew your nails down to the quick and pray that you might be able to salvage something read-worthy from the leftover bits of prose. Once you’ve assessed the damage you then get to reassemble those scraps into something sufficient for a Beta to read.
The Beta reader is eye inside the mind of the ‘public’. They will point out things you never imagined would be questionable, they will ask questions you never thought to consider, and they will hate it or love it and have no compunction telling you.
The more critiques you receive, the more you learn. And for me at least, there is no better gift than a person who takes the time out of their day to critique my work.
So shred it, hack it, love it or hate it, it matters not to me. I say the more red the better! Bring it. 😉
Tammy’s Tip of the Week
Tip A – After you put something up for crit and request feedback, the only thing you should ever say to the person who gives it to you, regardless of what you think of it, is ‘Thanks!’. No one wants to hear to your excuses, you asked them for their opinion and they gave it, end of story. Bottom line, someone took precious moments out of their time and life to do this for you.
Tip 2 – Crits are a long ways from being gospel. If it doesn’t offer you anything that you feel is value added then file it away in your trash bin and move on.