S. Chiba 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 12-12-07, id: 1443456
Author has written 8 stories | Naruto, Twilight, Hana-Kimi, S.A, and Mythology.
β : S. Chiba is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
One of my favorite characteristics of literature is that it's not solid. Anything can change and most of the time they will. Nothing in words is definite, thats what makes literature so alive. When I read, I like to experience the emotions, the sights, scents, smells, tastes,feelings, and experiences of each character. As you have most likely figured out by now, I like imagery in a story. My idea of a good story is one that can make the reader react to the content. A story that lets the reader escape from the mundane of ordinary life and become the giddy schoolgirl on her first date. Or the determined hero who sets out to save his world. Or even the roly poly panda who spends all day eating bamboo. I love it when I can feel the adrenaline rushing through my body when the main character is about to meet his/her dastardly fate. Or the pain and the ache of a character who has been wronged in love. Or the warm fuzzy feeling when a character has found what he/she was looking for. Sometimes, something as simple as the description of the tangy, sweet, lemon tart floating in your character's mouth after their first bite, and the feeling of the decadance sliding down their throat can make one story stand out from another. I think there is something about words on a blank page that holds so much potential. You can string three words together and already you have a story. Or pen down a verb and you already have life. With that in mind, I believe that there is no set formula for a good story. There is no right or wrong way to write something, only the potential to expand.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I like to think one of my strengths is in imagery. I try hard to give my works a dash of words that appeal to the senses. The pine freshness of a forest in winter or the cool droplets of rain that disappear in your mouth like chocolate. When I write, I like to close my eyes and try to feel what I want my characters to feel before I physically pen down the words. Another one of my strengths is spelling. Words have to be spelled right for them to have meaning (unless misspellings are part of your creative writing style, in which case, I will respect creative endevour). One of biggest pet peeves is words not being spelled right. Call me neurotic, but it makes me feel as if a word loses it identity if it's not spelled right. However, that is not to say that my own spelling is perfect. I am subject to mistakes.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I think one of my biggest weaknesses is the ability to sound like a textbook. Sometimes when I get into a state of mind, I tend to use big words that no one has ever heard of nor is crazy enough to want to use. Or the tone of my stories start to sound like a lecturing teacher. I also tend to have the habit of jumping around. One minute I'll be talking about a group of characters and then suddenly, I take advantage of the "time elapse" symbols and switch characters out of blue. I tend to envision my work as movie or a TV show in my mind, as a result, I want to jump to cutaway scenes to make things fit or make more sense when really it just makes it more confusing. One of my biggest weaknesses lies not within writing but finding the time too write. I'm not very good on updating at regular intervals. Sometimes, I'll update daily and other times I'll end up not doing anything for days and weeks and months. Obviously, I need to work on my time management skills and some other aspects.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Like most girls, I'm guilty of enjoying the fluffy and romantic stories. I love stories that make you go "awww". I also love comedies. I love to laugh and smile so I enjoy stories that keep a grin on my face. I also like fantasies and mysteries. There's something exciting about not knowing whats to happen or experiencing the impossible. One of the newest genres I've suddenly delved into is that of paranormal fiction (you can shoot me but I got sucked into the whole vampire/werewolf thing). I like being able to believe even for a second that witches, transforming wolves, and vampires with a beating heart can appear out of the blue. Overall, I think I'm pretty open to all genres.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Call me shallow, but I don't like angst-y stories. The reason I read is to get away from the harsh realities. I also prefer not reading overly gruesome horror stories. I'm a scaredly cat, a fact that I freely admit. Other than that, I'm pretty much okay with anything else.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » T
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Book Alpha and Omega series
Tv Bones
Anime Card Captor Sakura
Anime Death Note
Anime Final Fantasy: Unlimited
Anime Hana-Kimi
Book Harry Potter
Anime Howl's Moving Castle
Anime Imadoki
Book Night Huntress series
Book Pride and Prejudice
Movie Prince & Me
Movie Proposal, 2009
Anime S.A
Movie She's the Man
Anime Tail of the Moon
Book Twilight
Movie Ugly Truth
Anime Vampire Knight
Movie Van Helsing
Anime Wallflower
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for