Jan. 24th, 2009

Beta meta

Jan. 24th, 2009 10:51 am
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There's a post here (re original fiction, but I think it applies to fanfic too) about beta readers and what you look for when someone is betaing.

This is something I was thinking about the other day, when betaing for [livejournal.com profile] abbyleaf101 (and have also raised with [livejournal.com profile] fortassetu, back a long time ago).

It made me want to ask what your thoughts are? Especially those of you for whom I have/do beta, or vice versa.

[livejournal.com profile] angiepen, for example, I know you don't really like betas at all as a process. Would you care to comment on that?

Personally I think what I want from a beta depends on how emotionally invested I am in a fic. Fics I consider unimportant I just want to iron out errors and often I don't have them betad at all. Fics I care about, fics I want to be good, I would love a beta to discuss and rip apart and make me make them the best I possibly can.

And yet, it's hard for me to admit that. Because in my heart of hearts I think all things I write should be the latter, not the former. But I don't have the energy to pour that much effort and emotion into everything I write. Some of them are just for fun.

So, I guess I wonder what you think about that, too.


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