|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Ok, who am I? I'm a writer who barely gets time to write and would like to help out the people who do in any way I can. I actually like Beta-ing (if that's even a word) so requests will never bother me. I'm not really expecting many (or any) requests, but if you do want me to be your Beta, I'd be more than happy to. My expectations? Alright, I expect that someone has put actual effort into their story before handing it off to someone else to correct. Everybody makes mistakes, it's vital to the learning curve of themselves and others, but doing things like using the letter "U" instead of the word "you" is just lazy and shows no pride in your own work. I'll go through your story like any beta would, changing spelling and grammar mistakes, but when I go through it, I have a tendency to add a few sentences here and there, especially if you're writing about something I really enjoy (eg; Rizzoli and Isles) but if you don't want me to, just tell me beforehand or simply delete what I write. And trust me, I won't get offended if I come to find a PM from you yelling at me for taking ages or putting in things you don't like. I'll also always change the writing style to bold or something so that you can see clearly what I've changed, to make sure you like it. I usually like to make friends (or kind-of friends) with the people who I beta for, especially if i've done it for the same person more than once, but again if you don't want that it's cool with me.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Strengths... Ok, I'm pretty good at spelling (for someone who had to learn how to in four languages) and I recognise the importance of things like punctuation. After all, 'the panda eats shoots and leaves' and 'the panda eats, shoots and leaves' mean two very different things... I'm a bit of a grammar freak (but I promise that I don't really get irritated with it unless it comes to my friends) and I have overdeveloped vocabulary superpowers (where they came from, I have no idea).br /
Something a little different I guess, is that I understand a lot of advanced science (for my age) so I can name things like bones, elements, chemicals and stuff along those lines... I also have a slightly disturbing knowledge of guns and explosives (something that comes from far too much crime drama and discovery channel at a young age).
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
My main weakness is that I can't write for just any show. I have to be able to relate to it, even just the slightest bit, to get some sort of idea on the stories, characters, ships and overall style. So, I'll be able to do this pretty well (hopefully) but only if it's a show or movie I've seen, or a book I've read. Sorry! Also, I'm slow. Not once I've gotten started, but it may take a while to get around to any requests, especially because this isn't my main account, just the one I use for writing. I'm also pretty new at this, but I'm willing to try anything you've got! One last thing (and I'm blaming this solely on my dad), I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I mean, I'm a really laid back person, but I don't see the point of doing something, but not doing it right/well. Did that make sense? I hope so...
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I don't really care, as long as I have a little pre-existing knowledge of whatever it is you're writing about. I will say that I haven't had a lot of experience with Angst, but Hurt/Comfort is fine. I am more used to (and a little more comfortable) writing/beta-ing humour, romance and friendship. I will point out that I'm obsessed with crime shows though...
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Once again, I don't particularly care. I don't really do Crack fics, mainly because I find them strange, but other than that (as long as it's not some really weird ship like Kimball Cho/Yoda) I'll give it a good shot. I flat out refuse to write smut but I have read a little. If that's what your asking me to beta read, I will only ever alter spelling or grammar, never any actual content.