|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I have some degree of experience with betareading, though not much of it is within the fandom setting. Regardless, I would try my best to meet your needs as a beta, and to give you the most comprehensive feedback possible on your work.
My betareading turn-around would be reasonably quick unless I let you know beforehand that I'm facing a busy schedule in the near future. As a beta, you should expect me to provide insight on absolutely everything (e.g. realism of the plot, canon characterization, natural dialogue, overall flow of the writing, proper diction and syntax choices, etc.), and if there are certain aspects that you wouldn't want my feedback on, you'll have to let me know.
As you can see, I'm not for the faint-hearted. But I promise to always remain patient, no matter how inexperienced a writer may be. You can expect constructive criticism for your writing, as well as support if you're feeling writer's block or frustration over a rough draft. Though I may be generous with criticism, I'll always be just as generous with praise; I'll always comment on what I like about a rough draft just as much as I mention what might need work.
Overall, I hope that anyone I beta for will enjoy the process. :)
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I have been reading fic extensively, in a wide variety of fandoms, for more than eight years now, so I've developed an eye for spotting the good and the bad in every fic I read. I strive for perfection with both my spelling and grammar, and I tend to be able to catch even the smallest of errors. I'm fairly good with picking out problems with flow and characterization as well, and can usually provide advice on how to perfect a tricky sentence or stifled paragraph. I have extensive experience in writing action sequences, and have enough medical understanding from my university studies to be able to check whether wounds/injuries/illnesses are realistic. I also have experience with the more dramatic and emotional sides of writing, and I love writing dialogue; I would be able to judge fairly well whether dialogue appears to be natural and in-character. I enjoy reading, so my turn-around time as a beta would usually be fairly quick.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I tend to nitpick to a vast degree, especially over things like diction and syntax. As a beta, I would try to tone that down, but I'm not entirely sure that I'd be able to let go of those sorts of things entirely. I worry about characterization the most in my own writing, so I would probably be incredibly critical of that as a beta.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I prefer reading work that has a canon setting and in-character situations, so those are the types of stories that I would probably be able to beta best. Most of my writing experience is within the yaoi sub-genre, but het and general fics are just fine with me too. I'm essentially comfortable with betareading most things, even if they aren't the type that I would write myself.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I usually prefer the canon setting to AU stories, and while I'm okay with hurt/comfort issues, I'm not sure I would be the right beta for more kinky or nonconsensual work. (Though I doubt that would come up here on FF.net regardless...) Still, if there's something in your fic that you're concerned might put me off, just ask. I hate the idea of turning anyone away, really, so I might consider betareading anyway, even though it's not my cup of tea.