WatchingTheWatchman 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 09-04-15, id: 7107573
Author has written 10 stories | Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, and X-Men: The Movie.
β : WatchingTheWatchman is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
The first time I read a story, I tend to ignore everything but the most egregious errors that jump out at me. I'll read it a second time to focus on plot and characterization, as well as to look for the more subtle grammar issues. Major plot holes or inconsistencies bother me a fair amount, so if I find them I'll always point them out, along with suggestions for how to fix them. Same thing if you include perfect, flawless characters, or overpowered ones. If done well, I don't mind self-insertion characters or OCs, but they have to be done very well. If that's what your story revolves around, be prepared to hear that your OC needs more flaws, since that's the primary problem with most OCs.

I'm a physics major, so if your story requires violating laws of physics without an explanation, I'll probably suggest an in-world reason why xyz is possible. The laws of your world can be totally different from this one, but they do need to make some sense.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I will always look for ways to make the story more lively and the world more believable. I tend to focus on characters first, plot second, and everything else third. An amazing plotline with insipid characters isn't enjoyable to read in my opinion, whereas complex, flawed characters can make up for a slower plot. Of course, having both is better. I'm also good at correcting grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc, as well as awkward phrasing and other things that make a great story hard to read.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
At the moment, my time is rather limited, since I'm a full-time college student. That means there may be weeks where homework decides to eat my life, and thus I won't have time to read critically. However, I'll do my best!
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I have a mild preference for longer stories, since there's more possibility for plot and character development, but any length fic can be interesting if done well. I'm happy to beta for any pairing, whether heterosexual or homosexual, but I do ask that it's consensual or treated in a respectful fashion. Noncon and dubcon are fine, so long as they're not shown as the 'right way' to conduct relationships, and treat the topic in a sensitive manner.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I prefer stories with an actual plot, that isn't solely focused on getting two characters to hook up. That doesn't mean romance can't play a large role in the tale, but if the entire story is nothing but dialog and sex scenes, I'd rather not beta it. I'd also prefer that you've proofread your story (and used a word processor) before sending it to me.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Book Alpha and Omega series
Book Black Jewels Trilogy
Anime Bleach
Book Chronicles of Elantra
Book Circle of Magic
Book Circle Opens
Anime Death Note
Book Discworld
Book Dresden Files
Book Elemental Masters
Anime Fullmetal Alchemist
Book Halfblood Chronicles
Book Harry Potter
Book Heralds of Valdemar
Book Immortals, Tamora Pierce
Book Imriel Trilogy
Book Kingkiller Chronicle
Book Kushiel's Legacy series
Book Night Huntress series
Anime Ranma
Book Riyria Revelations
Book Song of the Lioness
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for