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Writeman thank you for the topic. We sure could use more to get more people interested in writing again.

I find if you put away your novel for 6 months or even 3, and then go over it and read it again you are asking yourself questions, why did he do this because you never mentioned it in the story. You find questions, as a reader, in the story you don't see answers to and you can correct them.

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Yeah, that is useful. I ended up getting a writer acquaintance to read my sci-fi YA novel and she prefers reading regular romance novels. It was definitely interesting to get her point of view since there is no romance in book one, so it's very far from her preference. But I was able to see what might need shown a bit more to make more sense to different readers and what maybe didn't need explained at different parts of the novel. It's a good suggestion to follow.

Though I've never heard it as "the dis-interested read" just seen it recommended to have at least a beta reader or two that don't typically read in that genre.

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I've taught Public speaking for 20+ years. I've discovered a few tips along the way that so far I haven't seen in any high school/university text book. It's what I call the Dis-Interested Listener'. I instruct my class to use this tip during rehearsing their speech: find one or two average humans who could care Less about listening to your speech, especially your topic. Tell them all you want from them is to answer one question at the end of your speech. That question: Tell me, in your own words, what I just told you?
This type of critiques is invaluable to the speaker. Why? Because if the DIL did tell you what your speech was about, it means they LISTENED to you!! You just gave a darn good speech.

This Will work for writer's who are serious about becoming Authors. Find a couple of Dis-Interested Readers. Have them read your tome. Then ask the question above except sub in the words "....what my story was about?" If they can, then you know you've got a story worth telling for the same reason as above.

As critiques, your family and friends mean well, but....sorry, they are your family and friends. And if your writers group is mostly writers who write is the same or similar genre as you, well....sorry.

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