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  • Nov. 2nd, 2007 at 6:31 PM
My question is, if you've had two beta readers go over your story and tell you it's fine, but you still don't like it, should you post it or just let it rot away on your hard drive?

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sundayschild wrote:
Nov. 2nd, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
I suppose it depends on the situation. These beta readers -- do you value their opinions? What do you think of any and/or all stories they've written? Do they normally have good judgement? If you answer yes to all (or most) of these, than I'd probably say yes. On the other hand, if you really feel uncomfortable posting -- because you really, really hate it for some reason -- than I suppose I'd do whatever you felt most comfortable with. It is, in the end, up to you.
bulky_monster wrote:
Nov. 2nd, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
I like their work for the most part, yes, and I value their opinions absolutely.

The thing is, they're saying there's nothing WRONG with my story. I'm hating it not because it's terrible, but because it's not what I want it to be. I need someone very, very brutal and thorough to help me figure out how to improve it on a technical level, so that the rest can flesh itself out.

Thanks :)
scarfman wrote:
Nov. 2nd, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)

What is it I don't like about it? Do I think the plot doesn't work or do I think the wordsmithing is uninspired? Is the issue something betareading expressly addresses, like clarity of expression and the mechanics of language, or is it something less tangible? Is it that they get the story, but I'm still not sure it comes across? I'd post it, and find out if they're right and I'm wrong. I write to be read.

bulky_monster wrote:
Nov. 3rd, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Sorry, I replied before and hit "send" just as my internet disconnected.

I was saying, in the case I'm thinking of, uninspired is the right word. I've tweaked and tweaked it. I'm going to go ahead and post, though. Two intelligent women have told me it's okay, so I'm sure at least I won't embarrass myself too badly :)
bulky_monster wrote:
Nov. 3rd, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
Psst - I posted it. If curious you can find it on my own LJ :)

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