|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
As a beta-reader, I analyze the material given to me with the eyes of an experienced writer, and the mind of careful critique and thought. I search for ways to assist any author with what they give me, whether it's to check for spelling or grammar errors, sentence structures, plot development, character creation/development. I give a complete review of the piece at least three times in my work process: the first time is the rough overview, familiarizing myself with the piece and looking for any obvious spots that need adjusting or tweaking. The second time, I give it an deeper look, scanning carefully over the plot and dialogue to insure that the story flows well enough that anyone who reads it should have no trouble in understanding it as well as being entertained. My final reading is to produce a final report to whoever seeks my services, as a summary of my analysis and suggestions to further help the author in the future.br /
To whoever seeks me out to be their beta-reader, I give my word to provide assistance in the best way I can, using all of my abilities as a writer, author, and reader. I will provide honest feedback, intelligent critique, and positive answers to help you develop your writing abilities just as they will help me. I also promise to devote my full attention to your piece, and should circumstances arise that prevent me from working at my preferred pace on your piece, you will be notified right away.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
My strengths lie in sentence structure, grammar and spelling, plot development/creation (such as making plot twists or building drama or suspense). I enjoy being a person who will gladly sit down and bounce off ideas and new concepts to help someone in their writing. I am always interested in new ideas, and I enjoy sharing them when they come to me. I particularly find myself showing talent in writing action scenes, be it chases, fighting, dramatic moments, whatever have you.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Alas, I am not someone who shines in every department of writing. My weaknesses concern character creation, in creating characters from scratch to become audience capturing people. I also sometimes struggle with scenes of simple passivity, where characters are simply doing back and forth dialogue, which while necessary to move the plot along, can be difficult for me to write.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Let it be said straight-forward that I am open to almost any story idea, of whatever genre that can be imagined. That said, in my personal tastes, I particularly enjoy working on mystery, adventure, comedy, and action stories. I find that writing scenes with a lot of activity are very easy for me to put myself into and work with, especially combat scenes. In an honest confession, I often act out how the combat would go, mimicking the actions in order to not only make sure that it's possible to use, but also to insure that it would capture the audience's attention and keep them in the story. I also like to create humor to entertain, providing a laugh for any individual who seeks it out.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
When I look at myself and I am honest, I find that I do best to steer clear of romantic or hurt/comfort stories. It is not because of dislike for the genre, but rather because I find that I lack the creativity needed for those genres. My abilities are more driven towards scenes of fast pace and movement, rather than moments of reflection and personal comfort. Is that to say I don't enjoy such stories? Far from it. However, when it comes to writing either romance or hurt/comfort stories, it's simply not my cup of tea.