4. Beta reading, first round:
As soon as I complete a chapter, I send it off to my beta reader, my critique partners, and my test readers – I’ll blog more about their role in my creative process later.
I continue writing while I wait for feedback. Some writers wait until they have completed the story and then send the whole manuscript. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages. I personally prefer to get my beta readers involved as early as possible. It keeps me from having to rewrite a 180,000-word story because something essential in chapter one isn’t working.
I rewrite the chapters as soon as I get feedback from my beta readers. Sometimes, it’s just changing a few words or sentences; other times, I throw out and rewrite whole scenes or even chapters. So by the time I type “The End” for the first time, it’s actually more of a second or even third draft.
If you haven’t read it already, check out the results of a survey on beta readers I did two years ago.
So, how about you? Every worked with beta readers? Been a beta reader?