|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Hi! I'm Jedi Goat, and I've been an unofficial proofreader for my friends' work for a long time now; I have also been the editor of my school newspaper, pursued English AP courses throughout high school, and am currently considering a career in professional editing or publishing. Overall, I'm an avid writer, a stickler for grammar, and a general abuser of my favourite characters. ;)
I can do an overall look-over of a story or focus on specifics - characterization, grammar, whatever you'd like, so long as you let me know beforehand. I'm a fast reader and can usually get things done in a week or two, however, this fluctuates with my current workload.
I'm open to read almost anything. I'll look at OCs, too. My only requirement is that a story is from a fandom I know relatively well - any of the categories listed below are fine.
If you'd like me to beta your story, feel free to send me a PM - I won't bite! ;)
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Grammar, spelling, and style are my main strengths. I'll also improve word choice and imagery with "showing instead of telling", using all five senses, etc. I can also help a story's flow, give suggestions to add more depth and detail, and help with plot holes or fleshing out the plot.
I'm also fairly good at characterization and developing a character over the course of a story - particularly, in my stories, by traumatizing and maiming them, it seems. :D I like to "get into the character's head" and explore their motives, emotions, and how they change over the course of the story. I'll gladly take a look at original characters, as well, in this vein.
I also have quite a bit of experience with developing engaging action scenes. Lightsaber duels? Ninja skills? Army of lightsaber-wielding ninja goats? I'm there. ;)
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm admittedly not an expert on fandom and I'm not up-to-date in any manga, unfortunately, so I can't catch anachronisms or other setting- or timeline-specific details.
I'm also inexperienced with writing romance, though I'm working on it. I'd prefer if you don't give me too much of it - my strength is more in action.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
My preferences? - They're so varied there's little point in describing them. My absolute favorite read is anything pertaining to the Akatsuki (Naruto) or the Weasley twins (Harry Potter), the latter of which is probably the fandom I am most knowledgeable about at the moment. If there's a choice of genre, I prefer work that's either humor, action/adventure, drama, or angst. I know that's a wide spectrum, so really, anything goes - one-shots, chapter stories, hit me with your best shot! :)
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I'll say straight up I'm not a big fan of slash or anything heavily based on pairings. What I mean is, if the plot is a straight romance and not any other genre, I'm probably not the beta for the job. However, I am very allowing, so feel free to check with me even if it is a romance - I'll check it out, at least. What I am firm on is no horror, lemon, really disturbing topics ... you get the drift. :)