Sonkist 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 07-03-05, id: 846658
Author has written 4 stories | Phantom of the Opera, Gundam Wing/AC, and Stargate: SG-1.
β : Sonkist is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I am a young college student with a love for writing and helping others improve their writing. I love to read anything, and enjoy a good plot. I will usually do two types of critiquing, one focusing on grammatical and technical errors, writing dos and don'ts. The second type is more of a commentary of my thoughts when reading specific passages. This can be very helpful, for example: If you want the reader to be at the edge of their seats, and I'm telling you it was funny you might want to reconsider the style.

At one time I was a forum moderator on an online teen forum. I recently had to give that up do too finals and other responsibilities. The forum, sort of a mentorship for young writers allowed me to develop my writing skills way beyond what I could have hoped for. I hope this will give me an opportunity to pass that on.

If you are asking me to give you positive and progressive feedback, I expect you to be open and closed minded at the same time. I give many comments and suggestions, but I don't expect you to take all of them. I will be completely honest about how I read your work, but others may have a different point of view. My comments are never meant to offend or belittle your writing, but to give you another perspective. If you disagree, that's fine with me. I will not be offended if you promise not to be.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I notice the little details of a story, and wording. I notice when sentences are awkwardly written, and can usually help make suggestions that will help. I am very unbiased towards happy vs. sad endings, and enjoy a good bitter sweet anytime.

I'm really good at finding plot holes and overlaps as well.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Sometimes I often base judgment on a story by the ending. If the climax seems to fall flat, I get very disappointed. I often view a story as a whole and not in individual parts. I also am usually very harsh on main characters, they often annoy me and I favor the minor characters more. (example: Frodo...)
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I love any kind of writing (yes even essays), but I enjoy Sci-fi and Fantasy the most. Because I automatically think of books and movies as launching pads for my imagination, I enjoy fan-fiction from anything I know anything about. Everything is an opportunity for a story(your grandma sings to her plants? I have a story idea). As a result, if I know anything about what you're writing about, I will probably enjoy it.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Fanfiction that I don't know the original to. I can't judge your use of characters I don't know anything about. I am not too fond of Historical based stories (Civil War, ect.), but I have a few favorites.

I'm not big on extensive language, or drawn out 'mature' love scenes.

I also don't do Vampires. Twilight, Tru Blood, just don't ask :-)

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » T
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Movie A Cinderella Story
Movie A Little Princess
Movie A Walk to Remember
Movie Armageddon
Cartoon Atlantis
Book Baby Sitters Club
Movie Back to the Future
Movie Batman Begins/Dark Knight
Movie Beauty and the Beast
Movie Behind Enemy Lines
Movie Bourne series
Book Boxcar Children
Movie Chicken Little
Movie Chicken Run
Book Chronicles of Narnia
Cartoon Disney
Book Ella Enchanted
Movie Fantastic 4
Movie Fifth Element
Movie Gladiator
Movie Godzilla
Anime Gundam Seed
Anime Gundam Wing/AC
Movie Hairspray
Book Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew
Movie Hidalgo
Movie High School Musical
Movie Ice Age
Movie Indiana Jones
Book Inheritance Cycle
Book Little House series
Book Lord of the Rings
Tv MacGyver
Movie Mary Poppins
Movie Miss Congeniality
Book Orson Scott Card
Movie Over the Hedge
Book Phantom of the Opera
Tv Stargate: Atlantis
Tv Stargate: SG-1
Movie What A Girl Wants
Tv Wild Wild West
Movie Wizard of Oz
Movie X-Men: The Movie
Movie Yours, Mine, and Ours
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for