Beta’ing Song of the Day: “I Bet it Stung” by Tegan and Sara
Both Quita and I have diagnosed ourselves with Adult ADHD. Needless to say, the older I get, the more my attention span recedes. It wouldn’t be fair to the writers if I was thinking about what I’m going to eat for dinner while I’m supposed to be reading their prized possessions. So I give myself a daily page/chapter quota when I sit down to read. This way, for about 2 hours or so, the WIP has my full, undivided attention. Once I close their document, then I can ponder what’s going into my belly.
And here’s where I get down the to nitty gritty: issues with pacing, plotting, character arcs, and anything else pretty major. I usually take a notebook or open up a separate document and start jotting down questions I have about the story. I treat the manuscripts like a book I’d pick up in a bookstore. Which questions would I love to ask the author? What areas left me wanting more–and what areas had me glossing over the paragraphs? I make sure to address these moments and any other questions I had at the end of the manuscript. What I try NOT to do? Make suggestions–though I break this rule for Quita. She has to love me, no matter how obnoxious my critiques are.