Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.
Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.
I have been writing ever since the bug hit me in high school, when for some demented reason I decided to write a story for my friends. I ended up writing one chapter a night (under high peer pressure) and 400 or so (single spaced–OUCH) pages later, I had my first novel.
Now, I would never let ANYONE read Common Currency today. (That is what that first novel is called) But I am incredibly proud of it, because I actually did it. And, considering… it was pretty good. I even got kudos from the three teachers that I asked to read it.
Well, several novels later, I have decided to actually try to get something published. To me, writing has been more of a pleasure sport. I really enjoy the process, and the creation of a new world. Entering the world of publishing, though, just seemed like too much work. (And I was right, it is)
You know what I was missing out on all these years, though? BETA READING
I’ve really learned a lot from my beta partners, and have found some really good friends. They have made me a better writer, and have also made me a better reader.
My only hope is that I have done the same for them!