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since: 03-03-01, id: 47094
Author has written 3 stories | Iria: Zeriam the Animation.
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Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I've been around for a while, off and on, but I'm trying to get back into working on my own story that I neglected for far too long. I have a degree in theatre from Auburn University with an emphasis on directing, production, scenic design, script writing, and dramaturgy. While I wouldn't say that I'm necessarily the best writer in the world, I do take a lot of effort in understanding the composition of what makes a story work and the context of how it works. I build characters for a living nowadays, so I think I could help you better develop your characters.

Being from a theatre/acting background rather than a English background, I won't typically operate like some comp' professor, laying down do's and don'ts for you to follow or else. I have dealt more with people rather than words in the past, which in a way is much more complicated; but I'm much more interested in how you develop you characters/stories and would much rather help lead you to come to your own conclusions rather than dictating what you should be doing instead. I talk WITH you; I won't talk AT you.

For myself, I tend to focus on one big project rather than several smaller ones as I don't like to spread my attention too thin. I have one story on the site (that I am in the beginning stages of completely overhauling) that will be very long because I completely give myself one thing at a time rather than splitting my focus.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Character Development: Avoiding the cliches that come with the territory of creating from something that already exists.

Story Structure: How does your story flow? Does the ending justify the logic established in the opening structure of your story? What are the characters beats and are their choices reflective of their surroundings?

Given Circumstances: What brought your characters to the dance and what is their motivation, even before the events of your story proper? How do their given circumstances effect the story and their relationships?

Context: It's king. Nothing worthwhile can exist without the context of the action. Why are they doing this? What do they hope to gain? What are the obstacles?

Character Dialogue: Develop a natural way for your characters to speak to one another and avoiding the pitfalls when writing for them. This is especially important in fan fiction as most people already have a preconceived notion of how a character speaks/acts; it's more important to me to develop your own take on the character and add new depth rather that recreating a character.

Audio: I'm a storyteller by trade, so I'm also very oratory. Though I studied literature and composition at great lengths, I am by no means an expert. So what I will do, even with my own stories, is download your text file and put it in a software that will read it back to me. That way I can hear the flow of a sentence rather than trying to break the sentence down on paper. I was told a long time ago that "you can write anything you want, but you sure better be able to talk it" and I have lived by that.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm Old: A lot of the newer stuff that's out there I'm probably not as familiar with unfortunately. That being said, if you submit a story to me with subject matter that I might not be as knowledgeable in and it's still engrossing? Then you're probably on the right track anyway.

I'm Long-winded: I can prattle on with an explanation for days. But I tend to ask a lot of open-ended questions so that you can come to a conclusion for yourself rather than me dictating your vision for you. That's not what I want to do an in the end it's much more fulfilling for you to have come to your own conclusions instead of having someone else tell you what you should do with your own vision.

Scene-setter: I am big on context, so I tend to front-load exposition as far as characters and locations (hangover from script writing). I know that isn't as popular with people that just want to drop into the story, especially in fan fiction when you assume the reader already knows the 4-1-1 on what is going on, but context is king and it a hard habit to break.

Bad Knees: I'm the oldest 30-something you'll ever meet.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I am most familiar with video games, some anime (like I said though, not too familiar with a lot of the dime-a-dozen stuff that comes out now a days), and comic characters.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Parodies or absurdities; not to big on them even though that's how I got into this site ages ago. If it's a comedy, give it context other than just making fun of something.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Anime Dragon Ball Z
Game Final Fantasy VII
Game Final Fantasy VIII
Anime Iria: Zeriam the Animation
Game Metal Gear
Movie Star Wars
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Drama
Adventure
Mystery
Sci-Fi
Fantasy