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Eva Deverell: Creative Writing Blog Writers Write Live Write Thrive | Insights, inspiration, and practical advice for writers Lightning Bug How to Make Beta Reading Work for Us (Note: I just finished a brutal two-week revision under deadline, so rather than staying up until 4 a.m. (again), I’m recycling this guest post I wrote a couple of years ago for Anne R. Allen’s blog. Ever struggle to make readers’ interpretations of your writing match your intentions? Maybe readers come away with the wrong impression of a character. As writers, we’re so close to our stories it’s impossible for us to know how readers will interpret our words. Sounds Great! Once we have fans and readers of our published work, we might be able to find volunteers who would love a sneak peek at our stories in exchange for feedback of issues they discover. Most writers in that position exchange work with other authors in an “I’ll give you feedback if you give me feedback” beta-reading arrangement. Do Beta Readers Need to Be Familiar with Our Genre? We probably want most of our beta readers to be familiar with our genre, but it’s possible for beta readers outside our genre to be valuable too.

Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers COW PASTURE CHRONICLES | "There is nothing to writing. All you have to do is sit down at a typewriter – and bleed." Ernest Hemingway The Internet Can Cultivate Writing. Good Writing. Image from Almost anyone who cares about language and knows about or uses the Internet has been guilty at one time or another of demonizing the world wide web for its effects on the English language. “The Internet makes it easy for people, including professional writers, to publish writing publicly without editing.” Let’s be realistic, though. It’s important to note that many of the writing errors we see aren’t necessarily because of the Internet. To improve writing on the Internet, we need to improve writing in general. interactive guides like those from ReadWriteThink;community forums and discussion boards, like Grammarly Answers and English Forums;quality word tools, such as Grammarly Words (a dictionary-thesaurus hybrid aimed at helping you choose the best words, not just different ones); andtraditional teaching materials like those from The National Writing Project and The Schreyer Institute. What effect do you think the Internet has had on writing?

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