Claryssa 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 03-15-02, id: 184632
Author has written 7 stories | Kids, Religion, General, General, Fantasy, Love, and Romance.
β : Claryssa is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
First things first, I'm Claryssa. 20 years-old and an English major in college. I have been writing and reading since I could hold a pencil and form words. As any is, I am not perfect, but we'll get to that later.

I have been a beta for a webcomic, unfortunately the artists kinda disappeared, so it was never completed. *tear* And aside from critiquing stories in my creative writing classes and editing friends essays for school, that is about all the official experience I have as a beta.

One of the first things I read for while betareading is, does the writing suck me in. If the story does not intrigue me then, I will admit to having some difficulty with it. I look at sentence structure and the basic mechanics. Sometimes I find that while the grammar is correct, something about the structure or word choice, makes it difficult to read. Oh, that reminds me, I like the occasional use of a thesaurus, but if you use one for every other word, I will point it out. Sometimes the best route is simplicity or that's what believe. If you feel you may be insulted by something like that, then I don't suggest you request me as your beta. I try to word everything as kindly as possible and couple it with compliments, like a proper critque or review. Everything I suggest is just that a suggestion, if I suggest something that doesn't fit with what you're planning (although I do my best not to change the meaning of anything), then please either let me know and I'll give another suggestion or keep that part as it is. I honestly don't expect everything I suggest to show up in the finished product.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I kinda went into that in my little intro, but here goes. One of the things I pride myself most on is honesty. I try to be completely honest, whithout insulting anyone. So please if I hurt you with something I say or offend you with a suggestion, understand that there is no ill-will in that and tell me so that I can try to make it up to you. Not saying that it will happen, but it's a possibility.

Another strength that I have found in my writing is voice. I love to play with different voices and find them in stories that I read. So when betareading, I try to maintain your voice while making suggestions in rewording a sentencing or adding/changing/removing a word. Sometimes my only reason will be because I think it suits your voice better.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Oh goodness. My weaknesses. Description. I tend to get so caught up in a plot that I forget what something looks like or forget to tell the reader what it looks like. What I miss out on are not the big, important details, but the little things that the reader might want to know. It's just part of the way I write, I am not as wordy as I used to be. I find it easier to start with the bare minimum and add details in from there and I don't think it necessary to describe everything the character is wearing. That is likely to show in the way I edit a story.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Honestly, send me a message, if I don't know the series or genre well, I am still likely to read through it for you. What I really enjoy are good fantasy stories and a nice romance. I also love adventure and the occasional dose of sci-fi. I will not turn you down because of a genre or rating. I am a mature young woman (for the most part) and will do my best to respond professionally in all that I betaread.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
There is very little that I will not read. However, I will warn you that if your style is to describe everything down to that one stray hair blowing in the breeze, I might not enjoy it as much as I could.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
All Fiction
All Poetry
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for