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Beta request?

15th August 2011 (12:53)
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Would anyone be willing to read through a story I've written before I post it? It's only short (~2300 words) and it's kind of a prequel to my fic from a year ago, In The Night. Be warned, it's also NC-17 rated, like that one. Further details under the cut.

The title is 'South of the Border'. It's meant to be a missing scene from early S4 - except not one that Mutant Enemy would have ever broadcast, of course - and if I ever write three more fics just like these two, the series could be entitled "Five times Buffy or Willow accidentally overheard the other masturbating".

Most of my fic isn't beta'd (I know, BAD) but I know from experience (waves at deird1  and eowyn_315 ) that there are a couple of things I can fall down on:

(a) when I'm writing a scene from a female POV, it's helpful to have someone nod their head and say "That's fine" or alternatively, "Wait, it doesn't work like that" or "That's not physically possible"

(b) making sure it's obvious what's going on, both the actions and the characters' emotions. I think that's an easy mistake to make sometimes: when you're writing the story you know what's going through your characters' heads, so if you have them react to something in a particular way, you understand why. (Maybe it reminded them of something else, or hit a particular nerve, or whatever). But it's not always so obvious to the reader.



In other words I'm really looking for a reality check on my story. If you're interested please leave a comment, or alternatively email me (the address is on my user page).


Finally, to turn this into a more general topic of conversation: fic writers: what sort of things do you look for from your betas? What are your blind spots when it comes to writing?

And everybody: there's a meme going round asking people "What elements would you expect to see in a fic I write?" I'd be curious to hear if there are any distinctive quirks, plot devices, tricks of wording or so forth that you associate with my fic. (The same way you'd associate "Characters dying tragically just after they found love" in a story written by Joss...).

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Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 11:57 (UTC)

*raises hand* If you'll 'ave me...

Your fic: I expect to see elements of genius, and generally do.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 12:32 (UTC)

Flatterer. :)

I've sent you the file.

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 13:57 (UTC)

To my gmail address? I think that's the only one I have posted publicly any more, but I haven't seen anything yet.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 14:52 (UTC)

I sent it to frogfarm at livejournal dot com, which is on your user info page. I don't seem to have any other address for you -I know I used to, but that was on my old computer which self-destructed rather spectacularly a year or two back.

But to save time, here's a direct link to a text file:
http://www.mdd-marketing.co.uk/files/Fic/southoftheborder.txt

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 14:55 (UTC)

Oh lord, now that I think of it I don't know if that email has ever worked. I know the LJTalk with it has been borked for months now with no fix in sight. I'll use my current address when I reply to your draft.

Posted by: gillo (gillo)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 12:17 (UTC)

I'd be happy to help. gill dot othen at gmail dot com.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 12:29 (UTC)

Thank you! You've got mail. :)

Posted by: gillo (gillo)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 13:26 (UTC)
Achievement

So have you now. :-)

Posted by: ceciliaj (ceciliaj)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 16:26 (UTC)
willowtarahandholdingclub

What elements would I expect to see in fic you write? Awesome lesbians being awesome. Much more awesome and snarky than Joss is willing to write them. So excited for your new fic!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 16:56 (UTC)

Thanks! But I do sometimes write about non-lesbians too. :) (The snarkiness is always there though...)

Posted by: ceciliaj (ceciliaj)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 17:04 (UTC)
tarawillowbed

Who are these "non-lesbians," hm? You mean the closeted ones? :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 17:24 (UTC)
spangel

My last posted fic was about Spike. If he's a lesbian, it can only be an honorary one. :)

Posted by: ceciliaj (ceciliaj)
Posted at: 15th August 2011 19:47 (UTC)
codexpleased

Just like Riley!

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