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For those of you who clicked on my name without reading it, I am SapphireDesire. I'm not an author, merely a girl who likes to spend her time giving feedback on people's stories. Maybe, through some twist of fate, I could, perhaps, be bitten by a plot bunny. But until that fateful day, I am content to review and critique other authors' stories.
So here's the deal: I'm not an author. Not by a longshot. Since I'm not an author, I don't write any stories. Since I don't write stories, I don't post stories. Since I don't post stories, I can't officially register as a beta. So, basically, I'm an unofficial beta reader with a computer and no social life. Fun.
And apparently, people actually want to know things about me, so here:
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SAPPHIREDESIRE:
Name: SapphireDesire, or SD for short. (I was christened this by thelastcity, my first beta client. So she's the only one who gets to call me that. -sticks tounge out-)
Age: Old enough to have a computer and recognize basic gramatical errors.
Favorite Shows: Bones, NCIS, House, Glee, Fringe, In Plain Sight, and Castle.
Favorite Movies: Star Wars, Star Gate (yes, I'm a geek.), Pirates of the Caribbean, Zorro, The Island, and Rose Red.
Favorite Books: Harry Potter, Sarah Dessen novels, Kathy Reichs novels.
Favorite Music: Sara Bareilles, Matt Nathanson, Foreigner, Paramore, ect.
Hobbies: Beta reading, reading, playing trombone.
Plans for the Future: I plan on double majoring in Anthropology and Chemistry.
Some helpful hints for writers:
Note:It's a good idea to be at least halfway finished with a story before posting the first chapter. Better yet, have rough drafts of every chapter written before posting the first. People don't like having to wait months between chapters, and will often lose interest in your story.
1. No run on sentences! They distract from the story, and make it far more difficult to read (fragments are just as bad). Split up longer sentences into a group of 2 or 3. You would be amazed at the wonders this can do for a story.
2. Don't overuse words. Find an online thesaurus and discover alternate ways to describe things.
3. Be mindful of your spelling. One or two misspelled words is alright, but more than that is simply unacceptable. (Also, don't use chatspeak in your stories. If you're not going to put the time and effort into writing properly, why should people put the time and effort into reading the story?)
4. On a similar note, stay in one tense, (exceptions can occasionally be made if a character is having a flashback).
5. Avoid cliches, such as "The stars in the sky sparkled like diamonds on a black velvet canvas."
6. Threatening to not write more unless you get reviews doesn't work.
7. In the summary for your story, do not put that it is better than it sounds. Be confident in your work!
8. Don't drown your work in adjectives. It's one thing to describe something, it's another to describe it to the point where you forget what you were talking about in the first place.
9. This is one I've learned the hard way: Always, always have someone else beta read for you. We get that you are excited to post your story, or that you haven't updated it in a while, but we'd rather have it be a little late than riddled with gramatical errors.
Also, as a courtesy to others, please do not bash them for supporting a pairing you don't agree with. They have the right to write whatever they please. If you can't tolerate them, go join a different website.
Hope I've helped! If you need anything, don't hesitate to PM me!
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