Beta readers are meant to edit your work. They can focus on different things, depending on their skill level and your needs/desires. But one thing's for sure: a good beta reader is worth their weight in gold.
Movies about (dead) Authors
Chapter 48 of the book I am writing.
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Here's a list of great online writing courses, some free, to improve your creative writing skills.
There's nothing akin to the agony of editing your book. This suffering goes beyond the whole "kill your darlings" because, at least for me, I'll gladly kill my darlings if it means saving my book.
Study reports we tend to prefer fictional villains who are darker versions of ourselves.
"...there are only two things you must do with your first fifty pages, only two large-scale tasks...:
Make your setting a character.
Here's a list of 7 books that have influenced my writing in terms of voice and tone, and have taught me how use the setting as a major character, the plot as a dreamy wonderland, and the characters as beautiful creatures that are so flawed, they're perfect.