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    Posted: 10 Dec 2018 at 9:05pm
Hey
So what is this beta thing I keep reading? Can someone explain?
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Hey Edward!

During each round, several people on the forum exchange scripts or stories as a way to get feedback from real readers before submitting to the judges! It's really great, and I highly recommend trying it out next time. :)

Usually someone starts a spreadsheet where interested people can list their email address.
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^^ Seconded, you should definitely try it at least once. My first time I put my email address down just to see what the fuss was about and I haven't looked back! 
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Originally posted by efish efish wrote:

Hey
So what is this beta thing I keep reading? Can someone explain?
Edward


Def do this.

I started NYCM in their Flash competition, and my first few stories were "on my own." They were fine, but I was just kind of spraying words.

Having trusted readers take a look before I submitted--and even while I was developing the story--helped me focus the story.

I have uneven results--I've gotten 1st place in one round, and zero a few times, and scores everywhere--but the stories have really improved.

Scriptwriting is still very new to me (I've been writing stories since grade school, so I have a little more familiarity with the form), and it can really help to have a few people give insight. With five pages to work with, it can be difficult to cram in a coherent story in scriptwriting form.

Like others have said, sometimes someone volunteers to set up a Google spreadsheet where we post our names/email accounts for swapping. Sometimes we just PM (private message) someone.

There are also groups on Facebook and other social media where writers gather to swap stories and encourage each other.
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Steph, Becky, Stephen, thankyou so much for your replies. It’s something that i will definitely consider.
Good luck with the coming results!
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