Lizzie is a fantastic beta and if you take in the guidance provided, you will grow as a writer.
One stormy day, I was in dire need of someone to help me review my work.
I knew I was onto something but sadly, my skill was lacking as I literally had just started writing and I was still learning what the voice for my wip was, among many other things about creative writing.
I was so sick of re-reading my wip and editing it and not understand why it didn’t read better. I was frustrated with my myself and how much I needed to improve.
Luckily, I found Liz and she was willing to beta for me.
I provided my fic via gdrive with comments enabled, and after a few hours, she got back to me. Upon reviewing her notes I was greatly moved by what I found.
There was praise on sentences that read well and why. There were also gentle remarks pointing out what could be expanded or what could benefit from some cutting down. The attention to detail, guidance and patience really left me speechless, since I never thought I could receive so much customized feedback to my way of writing. Sincerely, I grew as a writer by listening to the suggestions and pointers provided.
So I think this service is important as it is serious work to literally sit there and let a writer know where there is room for improvement or point out areas that could greatly benefit from being rewritten.
I think editing, providing constructive criticism and having the patience to provide resources and directive is integral for an piece that one can satisfied with.
What I gained from having Lizzie beta my fic was that I loved writing. It is only thanks to her guidance and feedback that I am confident enough to share what I come up with the world.
Sometimes as I edit I do ask myself “What would Lizzie say?” and it helps me a lot really.
So ultimately, I will close this review with a King quote: “When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.” — Stephen King