Put your ass where your heart wants to be.
If you want to write, plant your backside in front of the typewriter. Don’t get up from the chair, no matter how many brilliantly-plausible reasons your Resistance-churning brain presents to you. Sooner or later your fingers will settle onto the keys. Not long after that, I promise, the goddess will slip invisibly but powerfully into the room.
That’s the trick. There’s nothing more to it.
|Anonymous said: What does beta-ing actually entail?|
I think it’s different for everyone and for what the author wants the beta to do. I usually read it over once without commenting, and then read it through a second time and make comments on things that pop into my head. Usually things like rearranging sentences or paragraphs or whatever, or any spelling or grammar things I notice. I try to look for not just technical errors, but the overall flow and feel of the chapter too, and offer up suggestions or comments if I can!