| Lauren Ballard 's Beta Reader Profile
Author has written 5 stories | Twilight, Vampire Diaries, and Infernal Devices, Cassandra Clare.
β : Lauren Ballard is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
My name's Lauren, and I've been passionate about writing ever since I can remember. Like most people on this site, I also love reading and so Betareading sounds like a fabulous way to spend my time. Generally when helping out with stories, I try to advise a structure before you start writing - a plot mapped out, some character profiles, and maybe some imagined scenes that you can throw in. This has helped me to improve so much as a writer from my old work, which was a little immature and unfocussed, to new writing that has a clear direction with which I can express more freedom in description, etc.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
One of my strengths is inventing new characters. When writing fanfiction and my own fiction, I love to introduce new characters and really get to know them myself, just as the reader does. It think that's a really important skill for a reader.
Grammar, of course, (and spelling and punctuation) is also a strong suit of mine, and I can be a bit pedantic about it! Vocabulary is also a hobby of mine, and drawing out the millions of ways that you could describe something instead of "nice", or "dark".
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Sometimes I rush an ending or cut off scenes because I feel that I cannot continue at that part, and also I must admit I have a terrible memory and have to check up on certain minor characters frequently to make sure I remember everything about them! I've found though that having a short but clear plan and character summaries helps TREMENDOUSLY with this.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I'm interested in pretty much everything, although I have little experience with sci-fi so anything fantasy or realistic would get better results from me. Other than that, I have a great love for characters, so any story at all where I can help you develop each person, their story, their actions and their individuality, is perfect!
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I'd never reject a story, but perhaps I'm not the betareader to look to for horror stories! Don't get me wrong, I love to read and write a bit of horror, but I just think that I'm not very good at really drawing out the scare factor - I tend to humanise my characters with my descriptions so it becomes hard to fear them. Nevertheless, if you'd like me to betaread any horror I'm still up for it.
|Content Rating: Fiction K » M
|Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
|Book Fallen, Lauren Kate|
Book House of Night
Book Hunger Games
|Book Hush, Hush|
Book Immortals series, Alyson Noel
Book Infernal Devices, Cassandra Clare
|Tv Secret Circle|
Book Vampire Academy
|Tv Vampire Diaries|
Book Vampire Diaries
|Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for