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Beta Read Worksheet
First impressions

Did you like the protagonist? Did you care/were you suitably invested in their journey?
Was the point of view(s) suitable and well used?
Did you get a clear sense of time and place setting?
What did you think of the writing style? Is it suitable for the story?


Does the opening contain a hook to make you want to keep reading?
Are the characters/worlds suitably easy to grasp?
Are essential elements of the story well explained? Are there any aspects which are
confused or muddled?


Did any elements of the story seem clichéd or too “deus ex machina”?
Did the plot seem contrived at any point?
Does the story stick to the rules that they have established (particularly important in fantasy
What did you enjoy about the story? Were there any aspects in particular that grabbed your
attention? What was your favourite part?
Is the plot engaging? Were there any points where you lost interest?
At what point did you first stop reading?
Are significant plot points given the weight they deserve?
Was there a good mix of showing vs telling? Or was there too much exposition?
Was the story fresh and innovative? Does it offer anything new to the genre?

Characters and Motivation

Does the protagonist have a clear voice and personality?
Do their actions seem organic and believable?
Was the antagonist well written? Do their motivations and actions seem believable?
Do supporting characters add to or distract from the story? Were there any needless
Are the characters shaping the story, or is the story shaping the characters?
Are the characters personalities and actions consistent?
Was the dialogue well written? Was it believable and consistent?
Did the dialogue enhance the characterisation?
Who was your favourite/least favourite character and why?

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Was the tone consistent and appropriate?
Did the story flow? Were there any points where it seemed rushed or dragged?
Were any points too expositional?
Are the chapter breaks in the right places? Do they leave you wanting to read more?
Are the chapter breaks repetitive, like a character falling asleep and waking up, or getting
knocked unconscious?
Were there any subplots that you felt distracted from the main story?
Were there any chapters or events which seemed out of place or unnecessary?


Were there any plot holes or plot threads left unresolved?
Were there any aspects of the novel that felt underdeveloped? Was there anything that you
wanted to know more about?
Did the main character change from the beginning of the book to the end? Is there journey
satisfying? Do you feel they deserve to be where they end up?
Is there anything missing from the novel?
Would you buy this book from the finished manuscript? If not, why not?

© Mikayla’s Bookshelf –

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