|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
As far as betareaders go, I like to think that I can be quite open-minded and thoughtful when it comes to my editing. First and foremost, I'll be scanning your story top-to-bottom for grammatical or spelling errors. Any of those are inherently incorrect; there's no way around that. Then I'll be going back and reading for content. When it comes to this, though, any suggestions that I make are purely that: suggestions. Though any suggestion I make will be one that I honestly think will make your story better, if what I have to say is going to severely clash with your intentions in some dramatic way, I'll understand if you choose not to follow ALL of that advice.
Also, because of the way I betaread, It'd be nice if you could give me a bit of explanation regarding your thought process and your intentions while writing so I can help you out in that sense. As in, what kind of personality is so-and-so meant to have? Or what is the relationship between characters A and B? Or why did you choose to describe the mood/location in the way you did? Or how do you want the reader to feel about so-and-so's thoughts and actions? And really anything else that it's particularly important for you to get across in the story. I want to help YOU write YOUR story that you can be proud of, not turn it into MINE.
I'll do my best to get your stories back to you as soon as possible, complete with corrections, but I am only human. =P Luckily I'm online just about everyday (...I have no life after all... -_- ) so you should be able to contact me easily enough via PM.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Spelling and grammar! I DESPISE spelling and grammar mistakes and will hunt them down one by one until they scream and beg for mercy! :-) Also, I like to think I am quite good at:
~Keeping characters IC (or making sure OCs show consistency in their personalities)
~Development and portrayal of relationships (especially romantic =P)
~Setting the appropriate mood
~Filling in plot holes
~Doctoring up awkward or repetitive dialogue
~Coming up with stronger and/or more appropriate words for descriptions
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
~Commas... dreaded commas. I will almost ALWAYS succeed in being comma-happy or comma-deficient. I understand the basics, but grammar regarding commas is definitely my weakest point.
~I try to avoid cliches! I really do! But I always seem to unknowingly fall victim to their temptation... T_T
~Also, I may tend to get a little too sophisticated or long-winded when it comes to description. (As you can probably tell from this whole profile... XD)
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
~I'm a complete sucker for m/f romance. I don't care whether I support that couple or not, I'll totally betaread it! n_n Cute & fluffy romance, tense & hopeless romance, I love it all! In fact, I'd almost go so far as to say romance is a betareading requirement for me! XD
~I can definitely appreciate a good dramatic or angsty story. Lost love, self-doubting, desperation...all good stuff IMO!
~In the absence of angst, I also enjoy stories which have some humor sprinkled in. It's nice when a story is compelling, yet can still make you laugh and doesn't take itself too seriously.
~Personally I prefer multi-chapter stories, but I'll be willing to beta read a one-shot as well...as long as it's a romantic one-shot. ;-)
~I do NOT shy away from stories with OCs. In fact, I really enjoy reading them. As long as you don't blatantly admit to it being a self-insert... If you must, at least just use another OC to represent you. That way you avoid the awkward cliche of "OMG! I just got sucked into a game/book/show/whatever! Now what?"
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
~No yaoi or yuri, please... I have nothing against you for writing it, mind you, I just personally would rather not read it.
~I'm okay with profanity for the most part, but if you start cursing excessively and just for the sake of cursing, I'm not interested in reading it.
~No songfics. Sorry, they're just not my thing.
~No horror or murder-mystery either, I'm really not into stuff like that.
~I know Game Pokemon is one of my selected beta categories, but I'm really not interested in betareading anything Pokemon EXCEPT for Mystery Dungeon (1 or 2) or else "Lagomorphshipping" (PikachuxBuneary).
~Also, no characters should be severely OOC. If they had even a few lines or did a few things in the original game, book, show or whatever, you should be able to determine their actual personality and stick to it.