blindmanonladder 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 06-01-12, id: 4033581
Author has written 12 stories | Breath of Fire, Fahrenheit 451, Artemis Fowl, Paper Towns, Final Fantasy I-VI, and Harry Potter.
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Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I just reread what I had here and cringed. I guess I was not aware of how pretentious it all sounded. Anyway I've been trying to get more involved in the community recently and I think one of the best way to do that is to work with other writers on developing their stories. I'd be happy to take a look at anything you have to show me (with very few exceptions, see below) at almost any stage in the creative process from brainstorming to penultimate drafts. I don't claim to be a master of the language or of story telling, but I am willing to pass on what I have learned and work with others who are looking for another pair of eyes. br /

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In general I'm not big on spelling and grammar type edits and I think after a certain point looking for these kind of errors gets nit picky. You definitely don't want to look like a fool for using the wrong version of "to/two/too" in a published story, but past a certain point I think excessive adherence to grammar can get in the way of readability and the flow of a story. With that being said if that's the kind of help that you need and you're fixated on choosing me (for god knows what reason) I'll do the best I can. I did after all have the English teacher that taught me to make the paper "bleed red." br /

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If you want to know what my writing looks like I'd ask you read the first three paragraphs of my story Flight. I think this is the most mature my writing got and I strive to write and edit most of my stories to stylistically resemble that short segment.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I think I'm pretty adept at shaping plots, characters, and other elements at the creative stage, making ideas and themes come full circle, and helping writers refine the direction and intent of their ideas. That's always the easiest part of the writing process for me, it's actually putting those ideas into a word document that requires the hard work. This means I'd be interested in reading longer multi-chapter stories that allow me to become familiar with your version of the characters, events, etc and help shape the story from that point on. br /

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I tend to be a stylistic writer more than a technical one. I like to write in a way that flows well and sounds nice rather than in a way that adheres strictly to grammatical norms. In terms of embellishment I lean decisively more towards Faulkner than Hemingway and I'm going tend to try to push for more description and more analysis. All this is to say I'll have a lot of edits on improving the way that you could say certain passages or improve on certain ideas, and less edits overall regarding your use of split infinitives or dangling participles. I do however think that I have the ability to spot most of your garden variety spelling, grammar, syntax, and word choice errors. br /

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I also tend to hone in on certain parts of the story or chapter that I deem really important and really perfect every word and paragraph break and punctuation mark in that segment. I've learned to do this on my own stories rather than focus this intensely on the whole piece or else I never get anything done at all.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
The semicolon. I stick them here and there where they look like they should fit, but honestly I have no idea what to do with them. br /

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I've never been really skilled at dialog, making it witty or making it flow or keeping it in line with what the ideals and motivations of the characters. I can get really hung up on description and embellishment to the point where reading it becomes tedious (think Tolkien) so feel free to tell me to back off if I'm asking you to add far more than you think is necessary. br /

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I do not possess an encyclopedic knowledge of English grammar or the English dictionary. I've mentioned elsewhere I'm willing to sacrifice grammatical correctness for "nice sounding correctness." If this clashes substantially with your view of writing you might be better off looking for someone else at least to do your grammar edits for you if not skipping me over entirely. br /

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On a slightly different note, I'm a college student, and the fact that time management has never been one of my strong suits magnifies the fact that I may not get back to you in the most timely manner. If you do want me to beta something be aware of that, and go ahead and shoot me a strongly worded email if I'm taking too long.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I'd prefer something that I've read or played or watched or whatever. Other than that I don't have a lot of really specific preferences. I'm open to reading almost anything short and giving my feedback on it. For longer stories that require a significant time commitment, it would be better for both of us if it's a story that I find intriguing and that maintains my interest. I know this isn't terribly specific but I'd prefer you message me and then we discuss the specifics rather than speak too generally.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I'm pretty open minded and I have a fairly high tolerance for most things. Once again use your judgement and if there are any red flags that you feel like I should know about just let me know when you're pitching me the idea for the /

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I look forward to working with anyone who is interested :)

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Book American Gods
Book Artemis Fowl
Game Breath of Fire
Book Chronicles of Narnia
Game Chrono Trigger
Book Ender's Game series
Book Fahrenheit 451
Game Final Fantasy I-VI
Book Harry Potter
Book Lord of the Rings
Game Pokémon
Tv Portal
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Humor
Drama
Adventure
Angst
Suspense
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Tragedy
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship