Joy Downer 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 11-01-15, id: 7256987
Author has written 2 stories | Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
β : Joy Downer is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
So far I don't have any experience as a beta-reader, but I want to change that! I want to help you improve as a writer, as well as help improve your story. I'd love to help with the plot line, but I will of course also do my best to make sure there aren't any grammatical errors. I write the same way I speak, so if your story will need 'proper' English then I'm afraid I can't help you...

How I would go about it is, first I'd read everything until the end, to get a feel of what you're going for and what you want to say, and then I'll read it all again this time making notes or corrections. I would do this all the day you send me the chapter/work you want me to review, to make sure that there is ample time to ask questions about the story. You know, stuff like, what do you want to say here? or What do you mean with this?

As a FFN writer, I know sometimes it's just helpful to take a step back and have an extra set of eyes, to have an outside opinion, because you'Re too close to the story. I'd love to be that outside opinion! Also, I am willing to do any necessary research if the story requires it. (For example, if it relies heavily on historic events or other cultures and such.)

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Honesty: I won't baby you and say that it was amazing if it wasn't. I think it's important for a beta-reader to be 100% honest in their feedback, because that's how you grow as a writer. I will ask for your opinion, but I will also give you my opinion. I won't sugar coat it either, so if you don't think you can handle brutal honesty, well... Maybe look somewhere else, cause I'm not the greatest at knowing other people's emotions...

Humour: I've been told I'm funny, not only in real life, but also when it comes to my fanfic. Do I think that personally? Well... Maybe a little. Although I will admit, sarcasm is very hard to detect in written form, we'll make it work.

Dialogue: Look, I don't have anything against the word 'said' at all! But, sometimes I think you've got to mix it up a little, you know? There are more words to use other than 'said'. If you don't know them yet, don't worry! That's why I'm here ;)

Plot lines: If the story and the plot is good, I will get hooked and I will get ideas. I say, why not let me pitch 'em to you? I want to contribute to the story, because I care.

I'm also pretty good at just making a fanfic readable. Look. You know what I'm talking about right? Some fanfics out there have this amazing concept, but the lay-out... Well, it leaves much to be desired let's just say that... With me as your beta-reader, well, I'll do my best to make sure that doesn't happen!

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Grammar: I make those mistakes when I write myself, I will admit. And sometimes I'm not 100% sure which tense to use, I usually just go with my gut. Don't even get me started on prepositions...

Punctuation: I have a tendency to use commas excessively. Seriously, if it were up to me, I'd have chapters with paragraphs for sentences. I also tend to overuse the three dots...(see?)

Spelling: Whenever I write something, I make a lot of spelling errors. Seriously, my own fanfic has already quite a few spelling errors, but if it weren't for spell check, there'd be even more mistakes.

Patience: I definitely lack patience sometimes. I have a tendency to rush reading a story. I have to constantly remind myself to take a step back, relax, and take my time reading a story/chapter.

Repetitiveness: I tend to use some words more than other. And my vocabulary list isn't the biggest out there, that's for sure!

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I'd have to say stories that have (some) humour in it. Oh, and I also love, love, love, romance stories. I'm especially a sucker for romance stories with my favourite pairing in it!
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I'd have to say lemons. It's not that I don't like reading them , it's just... I can't really write them, and honestly I don't think I'd be good at reviewing them. I wouldn't know what to say about it, I mean, I don't have any experience to fall back on so... Yeah... No lemons..
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Movie How to Train Your Dragon
Book Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Tv Riverdale
Cartoon Star Vs. The Forces of Evil
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for