Lauren Ballard 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 10-13-10, id: 2575105
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 Description
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.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
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 Twilight
Book Vampire Academy
Tv Vampire Diaries
Book Vampire Diaries
Book Vampires
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for