| Juan Milagro 's Beta Reader Profile
Author has written 5 stories | Ranma, and Leverage.
β : Juan Milagro is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
First, your story is your story. I am little more than an adviser doing my best to help you improve your story. Following my advice is purely optional, but you will only get one chance to ignore all of my advice. Beta reading is hard work when it is done properly. Should you reject my work out of hand, it is not worth my time and effort to try helping you more than once. You are well advised to acquire a copy of IThe Elements of Style/i by Strunk and White. That little book is indispensable to anyone who is serious about his or her writing. For all its power, it is a slim little book that costs under $10.00 US. You can read the entire thing in a single sitting, but it will take you a very long time to master its content. If you are really hazy on the rules of grammar and such like, get an eighth grade grammar book as well. They can be picked up at used book stores in most towns and all major cities. I have one that I paid 25 for. You should open that text book as a reference when you are struggling to get sentence right.
I have been writing stories since before the desktop computer was common. I wrote them by hand in spiral bound notebooks in cursive-rapidly becoming a lost art now-a-days. I am a former member and survivor of the now defunct FFML. Some of you have likely heard of it. Yes, it was very tough, but it also taught me a great deal. I intend to pay the debt I owe my fellow FFML members forward by doing beta-reading for budding writers like those who write for this site. This place is a vast improvement over that old mailing list, mostly because it frees you up from being a slave to ASCII.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I tend to focus on the basics because I believe that once a writer has those down, he or she will be able to excel at whatever he or she chooses to write. I do basic proof reading to every piece of copy I am sent. This includes: flagging misspelled words; flagging grammatical errors for which there is an exceedingly long list; I watch Point of View like a hawk. Controlling PoV is vital to the writing of fiction. If you do not maintain taught control of PoV, your readers will become confused and annoyed, but they will not be able to put their finger on why they are confused and annoyed. I am death on controlling head hopping.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I have a difficult time staying inside canon on most characters and tend to be forgiving of others who make this same error. I also cannot plot out anything in advance, and this will frequently lead to my turning a short story into a multi-volume set of encyclopedia. I have learned to recognize this latter sin and am now in the process of coming to grips with it.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I will read any piece of Ranma 1/2 fanfiction including crossovers provided it is not a crossover with Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon eludes me completely. Ranma crossed over with just about anything else I will give a shot. I will also read and critique fanfiction written in the universe of Farscape, Firefly and Stargate. I know enough about Tenchi Muyou and A Megami-sama! (Oh, My Goddess!) to deal with fanfiction pieces written in those universes. I have read all seven of the Harry Potter novels and am therefore competent to deal with most stories written in that universe. I am also an avid fan of Diana Wynne Jones. I would love to read a Chrestomanci fic if you can produce one.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
First, I do not review stories written in the first person. If your story starts with the personal pronoun "I" it will be returned unread. If you are to be a serious writer, you must first master the art of writing in third person past tense. There are some cultures that do not read or write fiction written in the past tense, but stories for those cultures are written in the present tense. If you are out of one of those cultures, be advised that I will make an attempt to correct your errors. Stories written in English are almost always written in past tense.
I refuse to read or critique horror stories. Horrifying scenes are acceptable, but you mustn't have more than one per chapter or I will start rejecting your work unread. The same goes for graphic sex of any sort. Titillation has its place, but it is a spice that is easily over used. Think of these two techniques as cayenne flakes and write you fiction accordingly.
I despise "angst" and refuse to read stories saturated with it. I will not read any stories that involved vampires, werewolves, or zombies-Harry Potter stories excepted. I do not tolerate politically correct drivel. I reject all notions of feminine superiority and homosexual superiority irrespective of the sexes involved. I consider such stuff tantamount to racism, and I will not have anything to do with racism.
Rape as a crime I will suffer through, but that brings up another touchy subject. I do not like "dark" for the sake of being "dark." Yes, you must have dark to know what light is, but pitch black dark simply for the sake of being dark is intolerable to me. Good stories have light AND shadows in them. Rapists and murders must be brought to justice by the end of the story. Greek tragedies, therefore, are out.
I shall close with an edict by Aristotle: "Art is the portrayal of man as he can be and should be, not as he is."
|Content Rating: Fiction K » M
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|Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for