|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
As a beta-reader, I'm fairly prompt and deliberate, so it shouldn't take forever for me to respond back. On that note, I do have a tendency to get buried in life and work and forget, so feel free to message me and remind me if I'm not sticking to schedule. Along with that, I go for detailed and concise reviews, so you'll probably hear a lot of constructive criticism and suggestions.
And yes, I write both prose and poetry, so I'll accept both. More information on that below in the other sections. Have a basic grasp of the English language, which means your grammar - spelling and structure- must be on point. Your writing should always be coherent, and giving me something ridden with mistakes, especially when most programs offer grammar checks, implies to me you don't care. If I can't understand it, then I can't help you. But other than that, it's all good.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm pretty good at description, characterization, grammar, which means if you're stumbling on how you want to write a certain paragraph/line/stanza I can definitely help you there. The next is characterization; this comes in handy especially for serials. If you need help developing your character, that isn't a problem either. Last, grammar. Yes, I do expect a basic level of this, and by that, I mean your program shouldn't point out any mistakes, but that isn't always reliable. Since mistakes are bound to happen, minor or major, they won't faze me.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
As a writer, I find certain kinds of dialogue different. Most of my humor is more sarcastic, border-line witty, so if you're going for speeches not following this trend, I can be of some help, just not the greatest.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
For stories, leaning more toward fantasy and young adult, but I'm open to other genres. As for subgenres, friendship, hurt/comfort, crime, humor, supernatural, are all I can think of off the top of my head, but not strictly limited to them. Poetry is a little different though. I prefer pieces with a certain and noticeable structure and sound. This usually means poetry with a rhyme scheme, but if you give your free verse a good flow, I won't mind. Genre wise, I'm not as picky.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
For stories, pieces with heavy romance turn me off. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with love, but if it's your main concern, meaning you're focusing on the relationship the most, I doubt I'll want to read it. From what I've noticed, once writers prioritize romance, they lose grasp on other elements of your story.
As I said in the box above, I generally avoid free verse because some lack a sound/structure/flow, but if you manage this in free verse, then please, by all means, send it to me. Whether you're sending me poetry or prose, if it's written well, there's a high probability I won't give a damn what (sub)genre it is. Good writing is good writing, and in the end, that's all everyone cares about. If you're writing has potential, then go for it.