I have a Blurt draft. It’s still really a first draft, but I feel the need to see how much power it has to confuse the unsuspecting reader before I try to move to a second draft. My solution is to hand it over to (inflict on?) some friendly book-clubbers. A quick “can I ask a favour” got me three game ladies who are willing not only to read a genre they don’t generally read, but also enter that odd territory of reading for an author.
I’m just hoping they get through it without feeling too much like I owe them a few hours of their life back!
A writer friend asked me about the choice of non-writers for this read and really it’s because I need to know if some obvious fundamentals are working or not. Like how’d I go with adding that setting Blurty originally entirely lacked, and is the emotional journey of my protag believable? Also will the quirky thing I’ve done with names drive them to distraction.
Once I find that out from plain old readers, then I can get the writer-eye on it. Which is kind of why this doesn’t feel so much as a beta read as something like an alpha+.