Ethos 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 05-25-07, id: 1285830
Author has written 16 stories | Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Supernatural, Tangled, and Once Upon a Time.
β : Ethos is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Short-term projects are best. I have little time on my hands as it is, so while I'd love to help, I probably ought to cut it short so I don't get preoccupied and abandon you. That said...

I graduated college with a Bachelor's in History and a minor in English, and I worked as an English tutor (among other things). Now I routinely proofread things for grammar and punctuation before they go to my boss. I have written (and edited) more stories and papers than I can shake a stick at. My philosophy says that writing is simply the act of communicating with another person through the written word, and that good writing communicates clearly and concisely, while also emotionally engaging the reader. This means that I'm not going to call you a bad writer because you write like Sir Walter Scott (old-school), Edgar Allen Poe (very sparsely), or Simon R. Green (conversationally with a heavy dose of sarcasm). I will ask myself three basic questions: is there something that you're trying to communicate (a story to tell), do I understand it, and am I where you want me to be emotionally while you're doing it. In my book, anything more than that is just brownie points. br /br /

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If I'm beta-ing for you, you can count on getting as many corrections and suggestions as I can produce. Personally, I love criticism. There's no substitute for the growing writer, and I'd hope that anyone beta-ing my stories would do the same. I'll let you know what I see as the good, the bad, and the ugly in your writing as specifically as possible, however; I am not a Nazi. I'll be honest, but I'll attempt to be kind in my wording. If there's no way around saying "this line is awful," I'll make sure to point out something that you did /br /

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Basically, if you want someone to critique everything from characterization, to flow, to grammar, and you're willing to hear that your "baby" needs some work, let's talk.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Grammar: I understand it. I can tell when something isn't quite right, and I'll tell you to fix it. Conversely, I also know that grammar conventions are more like guidelines than actual rules. So if you are breaking a grammatical rule for a reason and it works, I'll keep my red pen away from /br /

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Characterization: I may not always be the best at keeping things consistent, but I absolutely love figuring out how people tick. If you need help finding out why your characters are that way or what, given their personalities, they'll do next, I'd really enjoy helping /br /

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Dialogue: I think I can honestly say I've come to understand how people communicate in real life and can convert that to text. If it's choppy or unnatural, I'll help you make it flow. If your arch-villain says, "I'll make them pay!" I'll help you find something less over-used to replace it. The downside? Once my characters talk, they just can't stop. If you're needing to cut down on your dialogue, I may not be the best person to come /br /

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Research: Now, I flat-out won't research everything for you, I have a life and my own projects to worry about, but if I notice something wrong, I'll correct you, and if you have a question about something specific, I'll do my best to find the /br /

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Anti-Cliche: I can't force you to change anything, but I will call you on the cliches I notice, particularly if they are blatantly being used as crutches for your /br /

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Realism: If your cop/soldier intentionally shoots your villain in the shoulder rather than going for a kill shot, I'll remind you that such people are trained to aim for the center of mass (chest). If your character gets knocked out, I'm going to want to know why they aren't sick when they wake up. Your character was in a car crash? Why weren't the airbags deployed? Your character is shot-through like Swiss Cheese? Why aren't they dead? I'll try not to be too annoying, but there are some questions that just need to be asked more often in the realm of /br /

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Cutting Exposition: I personally hate exposition. It's a necessary evil in my point of view. So if you have huge blocks of it, I will encourage you to either spread it out, or get rid of portions.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Spelling: I can't spell to save my life and occasionally I'll let a few homonyms slip by me. br /br /

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Commas: I lean rather heavily on commas, using them occasionally when I shouldn't. So I probably won't be able to pick up on your over-use of /br /

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Description: I am not all that great at knowing when more description is needed. I tend to be someone who only uses it only when it directly helps the plot or sets the scene, which is not often enough. I'm slightly better at knowing when other people need more /br /

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Romance: I'm just now getting where I can keep my eyes open during "kissy-scenes" in Disney movies. Writing anything romantic is still very awkward for me, and I probably won't be the best judge of whether or not you wrote your "Mr. Knightly walks through the field" scene well /br /

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Adding Exposition: Once again, I hate the stuff. I can generally tell when it's needed, but I can't seem to force myself to put enough in. It follows that I probably won't be able to give good advice on how much more to add in your /br /

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Melodrama: I love drama, so it's going to be hard for me to ever say, "No, that's too much."br /br /

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Punctuality is also not one of my strong suits. I'm constantly trying to get better at this, but there are no guarantees as of yet. That being said. If we agree upon a specific time when something must be done, I will do everything I can to meet that deadline. So I would definitely suggest giving me deadlines rather than asking me to eventually get around to something.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I'd prefer stories with lots of character development, especially redemption stories or something where the characters have to make difficult decisions with real consequences. Also, more realism is better, as a general rule. Generally, anything featuring a heroic character (or a character that becomes heroic) will get my /br /

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That being said, I'll beta just about anything... even the occasional, well-written, smut-free romance with a good, solid plot.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I refuse to beta anything with smut, slash, incest, or other creepy junk in it. If you just have one or two "adult" scenes in your epic masterpiece, we may still be able to go over the rest of the story, but I won't be reading the scenes in /br /

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I will not read stories that contain gratuitous violence for the sake of violence. If it resembles Saving Private Ryan or Braveheart or even 300 or We Were Soldiers, I will read it. The violence is important for the story. But if it's just a ridiculously long torture scene with an intro and an eventual rescue, I'm going to suggest you get psychiatric /br /

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If you send me a story featuring Princess Chrystal Moonflower with purple eyes who is constantly followed by forest creatures and men, I will burn your Mary Sue in effigy. However, if you have an OC that you truly want to make into a fleshed-out, realistic character complete with faults (and no, "afraid of spiders" does not count), we can give it a shot, but you'd better be able to handle a lot of /br /

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I won't read crossovers unless we've worked together before and I've learned I can trust you not to commit literary /

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Last but not least, I've decided I won't be beta-ing stories that feature real people who have been alive in the past 100 years. Why? Personally, I'd be disturbed if someone started writing fanfiction about my family and/or friends, and in the name of not being hypocritical, I don't want to help write fanfiction about anyone else's family or friends.

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv 100
Movie Anastasia
Movie Beauty and the Beast
Book Beowulf
Book Chronicles of Narnia
Book Darkangel Trilogy
Movie Far and Away
Tv Firefly
Book Hobbit
Movie Hunchback of Notre Dame
Tv Jericho
Movie King Arthur
Movie Ladyhawke
Movie Lion King
Book Lord of the Rings
Tv Merlin
Movie Mummy
Tv Once Upon a Time
Movie Patriot
Movie Princess Bride
Movie Serenity
Book Silmarillion
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Drama
Adventure
Mystery
Angst
Tragedy
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship