Dragonflys-Girl 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 11-26-03, id: 493530
Author has written 50 stories | NCIS, CSI: New York, Criminal Minds, Standoff, and Flashpoint.
β : Dragonflys-Girl is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I like writing, and while I enjoy the imagination and creativity in play whlie writing fanfiction, I think there is a need to stay true to the character and the show from which we draw these characters. If not, we may as well be penning original stories.

Therefore, when I have beta'ed in the past, a priority has always been to check for characterization and plausibility. I also do look for grammar and formatting, seeing that poor grammar and poor formatting take a lot away from a truely enjoyable story.

And one more thing, I think the chapters or the stories should read like a piece of actual writing - something that is properly constructed, not just dialogues dashed together with author's own notes as asides.

I may come off as harsh and overly critical in my beta, but I've always made it known to the people for whom I've beta'ed in the past that my edits are purely my opinions. I would love it if you would heed my advice, but I don't write your story - you do. Therefore, you should make the final decision on which of my advice to incorporate.

Having said that, if you decide that my suggestions really do not correspond with what you want to see out of the story, I would appreciate you letting me know and I would not be offended if you move on to another beta. On the same note, if I do notice that you routinely do not incorporate any of my suggestions, I will bring this up as well.

My expectations, as I have said, are fairly simple. Please send only stories that are formatted and you deem to be grammatically and logically sound. Please let state clearly what you want me to help with (if it's beyond general critique of the story) and the timeframe by which you hope to receive my responses.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Characterization, ease of reading, flow of the story. If I can't see the characters doing it on the screen or hear their voices, then I don't write it.

And to a lesser extent, grammar.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Poetic, flowy sentences / structures. I have my own style, which many people think got carried away sometimes.

And grammar, too. I pay careful attention to grammar, but I seem to have missed a lot as well.

And use of words. I suck at getting great wordings for my stories.

And I usually only deal with a limited number of characters whose emotions I can easily tap into. If I can't understand that character, then it's a no-go for me.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Stories that deals with emotions and the relationships (not all romantic, can be friendship and family too) of the characters.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Anything AU, like bringing the characters to another dimensions, back to the past, back to high school.. as I said, I need something that's true to the characters and stories - I'm okay with future fics, as long as we remain on earth in the 21st century.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv Bones
Tv Criminal Minds
Tv CSI: New York
Tv Standoff
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for