Madeener 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 12-23-05, id: 955445
Author has written 4 stories | Gundam Seed, and Warcraft.
β : Madeener is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm a 19 year old -guy- from Singapore; frequent reader; occasional critic. I try my best to help authors whom clearly show potential through their writing and/or are sincere about their task but are not confident about their abilities.

I will, in many cases, help you to the best of my ability when:

- Your piece is relatively original: I believe fan-fiction needs its bit of creativity as well, and not simply rewriting what you have read/watched.

- You write strongly about what you believe in/care for: Sincerity shows vividly in writing. One who is true to their story will write it with the utmost care, and I respect that greatly.

- You don't write with the intent of 'pairing' characters: I hate pairings; I hate stories meant to revolve around them; I hate it when I know who is going to end up together in the end.

- You truly intend to improve in your language skills: My proficiency in the English Language (I am Chinese) is something I achieved on my own, and I empathize with anyone who would like to improve as well. (There is a catch to this, though. Read on.)

- You are willing to change based on my advice: Some people are too proud/confident of their own ability that they choose not to change a thing even when I explain why they should. Such people have no need for my banter.

Hope to work with you guys ;)

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am a fan of social commentary, fantastic and slice of life themes, and as a consequence I have read many books concerning them. To get an idea of my standard of writing, take a look at the work I have posted here.

I have an observant eye for minor grammatical mistakes, inconsistencies and parts which fail in the logic department. I am also able to advise a writer about sentence composition and words to use versus words to omit to produce a desired atmosphere and tone. I am also able to give advice about original character creation and how to make each one count.

I am a minimalist by nature and will, as far as possible, attempt to shorten prose. I firmly believe that all unnecessary words should not be there and will try my best to shorten sentences which may be shortened. I am conscious about the reader when writing, and as far as possible will try to advise an author on how to write by telling him/her how I, as a reader, will react to certain things. I also try, as far as possible, to remove adverbs from writing 'cause I think they're evil (seriously!)

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I have a short attention span (which is why I'm a minimalist). If your piece is too long, I tend to become less and less attentive as I go along, and may not do such a good job. To gauge how long is long, I would give 4000-5000 words per chapter as a normal length for prose, and I would be more than happy to read through such a piece (As you can see, one-shots are my cup of tea).

I detest bombastic and unnecessary 'wide' vocabulary because I don't have one. I believe that when such things are unnecessary, they should be omitted for the convenience of readers. Having a large vocabulary doesn't make you a good writer - it just makes you a good dictionary. A writer needs the ability to not depend on long and uncommon words.

I also suffer from chronic laziness, and might sometimes take a long time to complete a task. If you require your work reviewed and criticized quickly, I'm probably not the guy you're looking for as I enjoy taking my time with tasks.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
- Stories with original characters

- Stories concerning pre-industrial societies

- Stories concerning pre-medival societies

- Stories with musicians excluding bands you see on MTV

- Stories with feminine, coming-of-age, social commentary, general satirical themes

- Stories like The Little Prince (my favourite book EVER)

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
- If you are all about that (insert character #1)x(insert character #2) crap, I ain't touching it unless its written really well

- Cheesy stories

- Corny stories

- Knights, samurai and cowboys should act like knights, samurai and cowboys, and not your romanticised/televised versions of them

- If your story diverges too much from reality

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Anime Evangelion
Anime Gundam Seed
Anime Honey and Clover
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for