Madness is a sign of an intelligent mind:
Topics tonight: Beta, Head Canon, stupid things that piss me off, AND behaving badly in public.
I have a question. You were discussing betas on your radio show and mentioned how some betas seem to rewrite the author’s story. My question is can a first draft come out sounding like a completely different person wrote it in the final draft without a beta’s intervention? To be clear, this has nothing to do with you and your work and is more because I trust you as an author and would like an accomplished writer’s opinion. A couple of years ago, I had offered to beta for a writer who, at the time, was writing a story I loved and they were in need of a beta. The draft I received sounded nothing like the previous chapters in the story. Anyways, I sent back my edits and comments and was told that what I sent them was not the assistance they had been looking for, which was fine. However, when that chapter was finally published it was completely and totally different even the story’s voice. So my question is, is this sort of transformation possible without a beta or am I correct in my assumption that the writer was probably receiving massive editing and rewriting help from others? Thanks!
Drastic changes in story tone can come from a variety of sources but it’s folly to assume that the author couldn’t have accomplished that change on her own. Maybe she had a different beta OR maybe she was simply inspired to take a different tone.
Additionally, for some authors the first draft is far rougher than their final product. I have a friend who likes to basically sketch out her plot with her first draft so her final draft is almost entirely different from her first.
Thank you for taking the time to reply. I hope my question didn’t come across rudely. I briefly thought about writing when I was in high school, but nothing ever came out sounding good enough to me. As a result, I have no real understanding of the process that a writer goes through expect in the vaguest of terms. Thanks again.
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