|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I love writing and helping people so I figured what better way to combine the two than to be a beta in my spare time? I can be stubborn sometimes when it comes to ships; I won't really read a story if it has some of the ship in it that I don't like and I most likely won't beta your story if it's got one of those ship sin it. It's nothing personal, that's just how I am. If you want to know what ships I support so you know if I'll beta your story, check out my profile. I've never used a beta before and, to be perfectly honest, I've never been a beta before, so I don't really know what you're expecting, but I'll try my best and if you're seeking my services, I'll expect the same of you. If you want my help, you're really going to have to work at it. At what? Everything. Becoming a better writer, making your stories as good as they can be, everything. You can't rush, you have to be able to take any advice and criticism I have to offer, you have to be willing to improve otherwise we'll both just be wasting our time. You have to be willing to work WITH me and not fight against everything I have to say. I was also going to say that you're going to have to be willing to admit you're not the best writer out there and that yes, you DO have room to improve, but since you're looking for a beta, I can only assume you've already done that much, so we'll leave that part out. Basically, if you're really dedicated and truly WANT to become a better writer or just want the fics you post on here to be at least half-way decent or better, I can help you with that. Just keep in mind I have my own fics to work on so you're going to have to come to the table with an understanding of what you want to do - over-all plot, storyline, pairings, the basics, basically - and a willingness to get better. So if you're a difficult person to work with, as of right now, I don't have the spare time to deal with you. Usually I love difficult people - being a difficult person myself, I understand where you're coming from - but two difficult people working together rarely ever has a pleasant, or speedy, out-come, so sorry about that. Maybe next time.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Spelling, basic punctuation and grammar, that's usually what I catch the first time I just glance over things. Detail, whether you have too much or too little, I can help you
Word choice, if I read through something and a certain word doesn't seem to fit, I can usually help you figure out the right word to use instead. Consistency, flow, dialogue... Do you remember everything your English teachers are always going on about when they talk about writing? I pretty much get the gist of it all and can help you with whatever you need.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Advanced grammar. I don't really care if you start a sentence with the word "and," or "because," and I don't really think readers do either. This is fanfiction, not a college course, so I don't really think it matters. And even if it did, I kind of suck at advanced grammar. Tell me not to end a sentence with a proposition and I'll look at you like you're nuts. So if you're looking for someone to get on your case about your grammar, I suggest you look elsewhere. I sugar-coat things sometimes, but I've gotten way better at it. Sometimes I'll just beat around the bush and it never helps anyone in the long-run, so I do try to not so that. Sometimes I just don't wanna hurt a person's feelings so I say nice things about their work when I know I should be firm and point out everything that's wrong with what they did. I kind of meet in the middle sometimes; I'll just come out and say, in the nicest way I can, what's wrong with their work. I'll try and be nice about it, but I still get it said. Have to, otherwise what's the point of being a beta? I like details too much, so I sometimes have to re-read things a few times to see what really doesn't need to be in something. Sometimes I have to take a few days off from a story then come back to it to really be able to tackle it with a sharp eye and do what I need to do to make it better.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Definitely romance. Action, mystery, suspense, tragedy, angst, poetry, fantasy. I'm really into cross-overs right now, so if you've got something like that, even just a tiny little thought, let me know and I will most definitely help you out.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Mmm, nothing that I can think of at this time, no.