So, why is it that some authors seem to think it's a badge of honor to NOT have something read by a beta? Many of them even acknowledge that they know there are lots of mistakes in the story.
I was just *trying* to read another story where the author note loudly proclaims that there was no beta. As with so many like this, there's a kernel of a good tale - but it's so horribly executed in terms of grammar, spelling, and continuity that it's really hard to even get through.
I'll admit here that I rarely have a beta for my one-shots. Unless the person I generally go to happens to be online when I finish something, I usually just read it over myself a few times. But any multi-chapter work, I want someone else to look at it and make sure I didn't make great leaps of logic somewhere that are going to confuse readers. (Because honestly, I know what I *meant* to say - shouldn't everyone else?????)
Besides, having a beta means there's someone else I can nag when typos STILL manage to slip by :-)
If nothing else, at least use spell check! Even free word processing programs like Open Office will check your spelling. (Heck, I popped this into Word to do a quick check before posting, and I'm actually pretty good at spelling.) But a beta can help you catch things that spell check won't - it's Neal, not Neil or Neill; Sara, not Sarah; Kramer, not Crammer... (And yes, I did just see a story with "Crammer" in it on another site.)
Don't get me wrong - I understand that this is fan fiction. I'm not expecting a polished, professional manuscript. I don't scream and rant every time I see a typo. (Unless it's in one of my own stories and I missed it...) But if you know what a beta is, and that you struggle with writing - then use one! We can all learn and improve. And that will make the experience better for everyone.
OK, that's my rant for today :-)3/14/2012 #1
I feel the exact same way you do! Being an English teacher in less than two months, whenever I read a fic, I keep correcting spelling errors in my mind. It peeves me that a fic can have so many errors and still be published. I have this stupid rule that once I see more than 10 errors, I don't even bother reading the fic further. It's silly, but heaven only knows that it is impossible to read the story when there are more errors that actual plot. Use a beta dammit!10/29/2012 #2
I feel the exact same way you do! Being an English teacher in less than two months, whenever I read a fic, I keep correcting spelling errors in my mind. It peeves me that a fic can have so many errors and still be published. I have this stupid rule that once I see more than 10 errors, I don't even bother reading the fic further. It's silly, but heaven only knows that it is impossible to read the story when there are more errors that actual plot. Use a beta dammit!10/29/2012 #3
Well, i can unterstand your opinion quite well.
I'm always looking on spelling and stuff like that. Even more than other people.... ._.
Like... uhm.... When i see that in a text nearly every 2 sentence starts with I or She/He, i just stop reading, because i can't stand repetition.
It's annoying... For Example: "I walk to the cafe. I drank a nasty coffee. It tasted so horrible, that i just had to throw it on the waitress. She was angry. I just went and got a better coffee somewhere else."
What a bloody good Example... How ever... I think it shows what i mean. '-'
Buuuuuut, i can also understand, why people write in their capters, that there is no beta. Well, i did it one or twice, because i was to excited to not post it direktly, but i think, my mistakes are not that worse. Some people maybe just want to 'warn' the readers, that there are maybe some mistakes in it. Just like me... I usally write at 3 o'clock in the morning with not the best condition of my mind, so sometimes a wrong spelled word sneaks in.... This got no point... urgh. ..
I'd want to say, that i can unterstand some of the 'non-beta-autors' as well, but there ist line between a few mistakes and crap.6/28 #4
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