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Dec. 1st, 2017

I'm a copy editor by profession, but even though I can see copyediting errors in other people's work, I still make those same mistakes myself, and it's much harder to catch them in a reread of my own work than it is in others' work. That's natural--when it's your own stuff, you know what it's supposed to say, and that's what your eyes or mind tends to see.

Same with beta reads: I can notice things about narrative flow, voice, character--whatever--in another person's work and be much too close to my own story to see those same difficulties.

Sometimes, if you're lucky, you can have someone reading your work who wants it to do exactly what you want it to do, who seems right in tune with the story--and they can point out places where you've skimped or wandered off course, or been unclear, and it can be so eye opening. (Other times people offer you suggestions that are just ehh, well, maybe, or that are wrong-headed for what you're aiming for-- though even those can tell you something--but when you get the good kind, it's wonderful.)

I beta read something for someone recently--not anyone I know online--who'd given me that kind of a beta read. I very much wanted to do the same for her, but you never know! Will I have read the story with the right eyes? Will what I say make sense? I'm happy to say she seemed as pleased with my comments as I was with hers.

In her work, she mentioned the full moon at the summer solstice. Her story takes place above the Arctic circle, so the full moon at the solstice would be sharing the sky with the unsetting sun. I was curious about what it would look like, and I found this cool photo, taken by Birgit Bodén in Sweden.

Full moon at midnight, summer solstice


(Source: EarthSky)

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/870149.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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dark_phoenix54
Dec. 1st, 2017 04:58 pm (UTC)
Wouldnt' the winter solstice above the Arctic circle be a un *rising* sun? Its the summer solstice when the sun just goes around in circles up there.
asakiyume
Dec. 1st, 2017 08:25 pm (UTC)
Did I say winter? I meant summer! I'll correct that!

Edited at 2017-12-01 11:25 pm (UTC)
sartorias
Dec. 1st, 2017 07:25 pm (UTC)
That's an amazing photo!

I try to be a good beta reader. It's hard! You're a great one.
asakiyume
Dec. 1st, 2017 08:29 pm (UTC)
You're a *fabulous* beta reader. You're like my gold standard for a beta reader.
sartorias
Dec. 1st, 2017 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
yamamanama
Dec. 1st, 2017 10:18 pm (UTC)
It looks like a painting.
asakiyume
Dec. 3rd, 2017 10:29 am (UTC)
It does--a painting from the surface of a habitable Jupiter.
pinkroo
Dec. 2nd, 2017 04:39 am (UTC)
that is so gorgeous.
asakiyume
Dec. 3rd, 2017 10:29 am (UTC)
Yeah; I was dazzled when I saw it.
mnfaure
Dec. 5th, 2017 08:50 am (UTC)
Wow, that is gorgeous.

And I know just what you mean about beta reading, both doing and receiving.
asakiyume
Dec. 5th, 2017 10:09 am (UTC)
Yay beta readers!
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