Aviary 's Beta Reader Profile
action: Send PM . Follow . Favorite
profile: p User Profile
since: 12-06-08, id: 1762791
Author has written 2 stories | Constantine, and Hellboy.
β : Aviary is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Hello fellow authors! When editing work, I tend to look for problems or inconsistencies in the flow and cadence of the piece, and attempt to correct for prosaic inconsistencies, or veritable "rough patches" in the writing. I will also work with authors who desire fine-tuning of themes within their work or even plot points, however this sort of editing will obviously take more time, and a more thorough read-through of the piece. I enjoy both kinds of editing, and I promise you that whatever you need, I'll dedicate myself to helping you achieve your goals entirely. If you want to work with me to edit or improve your writing, please message me first, explaining what it is you hope to achieve; if you're writing a "fluff" piece for a certain fandom, obviously your goals will be different than if you're creating a 50-chapter epic. I need to know what direction you want to go before I can try and help you get there.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I pride myself on being able to create a smooth, poetical cadence within prose, weeding out phrases or even entire paragraphs that clash with the tone and flow of the piece. For this reason, I edit imagery and descriptions very well. I edit grammar well, and pride myself on acknowledging that every rule can be broken, as long as this is done mindfully and purposefully in order to achieve a specific result. I am also good at finding flaws with the consistency of how a character is being written - simply, I'm good at keeping characters "in character," as long as this is what the author wants. I enjoy and believe I am good at editing and working with complicated, overarching themes, and weaving many separate story-lines together to create a single, cohesive piece.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm not always the best at writing romance. I know that this seems slightly counter-intuitive, as both of my own stories are romance-based; that said, I've never been entirely happy with either of them in that aspect, and writing those kind of character interactions never really came naturally to me.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I LOVE working with complicated plot-lines, each containing many complex, multi-dimensional characters. I prefer editing longer, "ambitious" fiction, as this gives me more of an idea what the author is going for, and I feel like I can be more helpful. That said, I will of course agree to edit shorter fiction upon request; mine is a preference, not a hard-and-fast rule. I also enjoy reading and editing "darker" pieces - I think that when an author is willing to abandon societal norms in order to achieve a purpose within their writing, it opens many doors that might be closed to more "conservative" authors. In this same vein, I enjoy editing stories with higher ratings overall - graphic violence or intimacy won't scare me away, and when it's done right it can be an extremely powerful tool. Slash pairings are no problem, but again, I'll give you the warning that writing romance is my weakness.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I do not edit "out-of-character" fiction very well, and as a result, I will probably decline to work with an author on such a piece. The reason for this is that once an author abandons who and what that character is supposed to be within a given fandom, I don't have a reference to help flesh that character out. This doesn't mean that your character has to be a carbon-copy of the original; it's okay to see an author take a character in a different direction - to make them "darker" or more sympathetic than they would be otherwise. However, there is line here, and if you cross it willingly I don't think I will be able to help you achieve what you want to with your writing.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv Battlestar Galactica: 2003
Tv Breaking Bad
Movie Constantine
Tv Doctor Who
Book Good Omens
Comic Hellboy
Movie Labyrinth
Movie Matrix
Book Neverwhere
Tv StarTrek: Deep Space Nine
Tv StarTrek: The Original Series
Tv Tudors
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for