Beta’s are wonderful people. They truely are. But sometimes, they say something and you feel like hitting your head against a wall.
Often, you feel that way because they’re right. For example, Beta A had trouble believing that my characters would be as perceptive as they are. Point taken. They probably wouldn’t. I can fix that.
With beta B, I think we may differ in writing styles. But that is good. It’s still headbanging, but I look at what she points out, weigh it up, and go in again.
Beta C doesn’t really like my main character (something I’ve tried to fix). But she likes my writing. So does Beta A.
However, being me, I won’t be happy unless I get some type of perfection 😀
So yes. This is basically a post saying I will do it. And how I will do it.
Beta A reads everything first. I will fix that plot thing by this weekend.
I’m hoping to have fixed the characters thing with changes to my first chapter, and some of the others. I’ve also removed characters.
I will fix chapter 1 by next Wednesday. What beta B suggested changing was largely editorial stuff – not that much to do with the plot. Which is good.
I will finish reading through Beta A and B’s work by tomorrow, and send them off their chapters. On Thursday afternoon, I will do that plot fixing. On Friday after noon, I will plan my other story out more, and attempt to write something else. Maybe see if I can do a short story (surely I can at least finish one without turning it into the start of a book.)
Saturday – probably more plot fixing
Sunday – More of the same. If I’m finished by then, then I will go over my Beta’s chapters.
Monday – fix that first chapter.
After that, it depends on the feedback I get. *sigh* will probably have to find one last person to look through this all. After I’ve looked through it.
The point of this post: I will do these things. I will fix things. Each time a beta comes up with a problem, an answer comes fairly naturally to me. Things have not fallen apart yet. I must breathe.
Off to read my beta’s chapters. Wish me luck for the week ahead.