|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Here is what I see when I read a good story:
1. Good, original plot line
2. Characters staying in character
3. Character Development
4. Original Character profiles (personality, past, development, etc)
If you have any problems in any of the sections above, I will be more than happy to help you.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
1. Grammar: I may not be the best, but I've taken a grammar course in school, and it helped me greatly with my own writing.
2. Spelling: Again, I'm not perfect with it, but spelling is very easy for me.
3. Organization: I don't mean to sound redundant, but this also comes easy to me.
4. In-Character Characters: I get many compliments about keeping the characters in character. I always try to look at things from their point of view and see what I think they would do in the situation, not what I want them to do.
Those are my strong points. There are other points I have that I believe I'm good at, but I believe those are my strongest. There is also always room for improvement so I'm not perfect.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
1. Description: I like to just write what the reader needs to know. I try not to go into full detail of what, for example, a grocery store would look like if the characters will only be there once.
2. Vocabulary: I'm good with spelling, but actually using the words is a different story. Again, I make things simple when I write, which I know isn't a very good thing.
(Those two wouldn't be a problem for beta-ing.)
3. Fast Reader: Sometimes, I might over-look and miss things because I read too fast. I apologize if I do. It's just a bad habit of mine that I'm trying to break right now.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
1. Original plot lines: They're more interesting to read. If I read something that is the same exact plot as the show/game/movie/etc, then it can get a little boring. On the contrary, I love plot twists and such, so I do read stories that go along with the original plot line of the show/game/movie/etc. I've created stories that go along with the original plot, but if you do that, make sure to make it interesting.
2. OC or Made-to-be Pairings: I love OC stories just because they're more interesting to read and see how the other characters would react to them. I also like "Made-to-be" pairings (as I like to call them) which are canon pairing of couples who are together or are suppose to be together such as Kairi and Sora from Kingdom Hearts or Kagome and Inuyasha from Inuyasha.
3. Romance: Because every girl likes a little romance. :)
4. Drama: Because s*** happens. :)
5. Action/Adventure: Because those are also fun, but that's only when it's necessary. For example, there would be no action/adventure in Fruits Basket.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
1. Yaoi/Yuri: I'm not against it. I just don't like reading it.
2. Very Emo/Angst: I can take very emotional scenes. Sometimes, they're some of the best parts in the story, but the story cannot be just depressing the whole time. In FullMetal Alchemist, no one is going to cut themselves. In Kingdom Hearts, no one is depressed enough to kill themselves. Seriously, if the only character you can come up with deals with being "emo" and such, I suggest working on your character a little bit. When I read those kind of stories, I almost cringe because they seem to be everywhere.
2. Mary-sues: This kind of goes along with the last one. No one can suddenly become strong without reason or with little training. No one should suddenly get a scholarship to a high class academy in the middle of the school year along with dressing up as a boy. Not everyone in the FMA world did a human transmutation. That, my friends, is what I call a mary-sue. Granted, I can take some according to their personalities. But if someone uses the same personality and background as a character from the show/movie/game/etc in the story, then that's what I consider mary-sue. It's unoriginal and boring. If you need help with mary-sues, then tell me, and I can help you create a character that's unique.
4. Not All Romance: Again, I'm a girl, and I love romance. I just hate it when I read stories that there's an automatic love connection in the first chapter. I like seeing growing relationships. Besides, a lot of the time when that happens, a lot of the characters get completely out of character. I understand that since it's a fanfic that the characters from the movie/show/game/etc are going to be somewhat out of character, but always try to be as close as possible. When instant-romance happens, major OOCness comes into play.