|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for writing. Sweet little stories began in second grade, turning into multi-chapter fairy epics by age ten. Throughout high school I was the go-to person in my circle of friends whenever there was an issue with an essay, paper, or short story. Over the years I have been trying my hardest to perfect my spelling and grammer, from bios such as this even down to Facebook Chat (boy, do my friends get fed up with that one!). Unfortunately, I've also developed an awful pet peeve when it comes to other people's work. It's always such a shame to read a story with a great plot, but atrocious grammar and bad flow. So I decided, why not use my strengths to help other people?
I am a 2009 high school graduate, and I live in the hospitable South. My experience is the general proof-reading for friends and temporary tutoring in grammar and composition. I am not going on to college until 2010 due to a surgery this summer to remove a benign brain tumor. My parents want me to relax and enjoy some time off after an extremely difficult high school experience. Thus, I will have plenty of time to write and edit to my heart's desire.
If you choose me as a beta reader, expect to receive a thorough analysis and suggestions in several different areas. I'm not out to criticize - I'm out to critique. I will try at anything you need help with, but I do ask that you BYOP - Bring Your Own Plot. I also ask that anyone whose stories I beta-read gives me credit in their posted chapters. It's YOUR work, but I would like a proper thanks.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
- Grammar (rules, agreement, the basics).
- Diction (word choice) - what helps set the mood and add to the imagery you're going for.
- Tone, mood, et cetera.
- Dialogue flow, especially tags and where to put them.
- Scene pacing.
One main way I edit my own stories is by going back and changing the words, pacing, et cetera to better fit the mood. That's something I've gotten practice at.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
- Plotting. I know, as a writer that should be a skill, right? Well, now you see why I only have three completed stories posted. I suck at tightening the sagging middle and getting to that pre-planned, fabulous ending.
- I also suck at action sequences, like fighting and stuff.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
- I love drama, particularly when there is romance involved. It can be angsty drama, or melodrama (but not too over-the-top), or tragic drama. I'm a drama queen! When I wrote Falling Up I finally abandoned the urge to make it realistic, and let whatever drama I wanted to happen happen.
- Adding to the above statement - I love a good love triangle. Or a love rhombus, at that.
- I love love!
- I even love fluff. Good, sugary fluff. As long as there's a plot.
- In contrast, I adore tragedy and angst.
- An oddity: I have no problem with character deaths at all. In fact, I kill my characters liberally. Whatever I feel needs to happen. Don't worry, however, I won't pressure you into offing any of yours!
- I also don't have a problem with lemons, like a lot of betas do. Just see below for my policies.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
- I personally don't like OC main characters, or canon/OC relationships.
- NO INCEST.
- I may be a democrat, but NO SLASH. Something just really gets to me about a non-canon slash relationship between two characters I watch or read about on a regular basis.
- My policies on lemons: 1) Don't get excessive. I've read sex scenes that take up entire chapters (or more), and that just isn't my cup of tea. Also, if you're planning on the characters having sex more than a couple of times in the story, sorry, but that doesn't fly with me. 2) We all know how sex works, so if it's a step-by-step description of who touched what and what the other did in response, I probably won't read it. 3) Don't lose the character in the sex scene. Hermione is not a porn star, so don't make her act like one (now that was... interesting...).