That being said, he tends to get very opinionated on how I should make corrections. This invariably leads to an argument and we'll spend weeks debating the issues. It can be a very constructive process but it also gets very tiring.
That's pretty much how my week went and it got me thinking about the value of beta readers in general. I have a relative (great aunt, third cousin? I don't know how we're related but we are) and she loves my books. Every writer needs somebody who's going to tell you that the worlds you build with words are fantastic. Every writer also needs somebody who'll let you know when you've made a stuff up. Most important of all, every writer needs to learn to be objective about their work. Somebody may hate the way you had Johnny kill that stray dog, they'll tell you its unnecessary or that it just doesn't work. Sometimes they're right, but sometimes Johnny needs to kill the stray dog because that's the way your story needs to be told.
Neil Gaiman said it best, 'When people tell you something's wrong, or doesn't work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong, and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong'