Grammar and Punctuation.
Grammar and punctuation aren't my greatest strengths, but I've bought
more than a few grammer books in the last couple of years, so if I don't know
the answer I can look it up. :)
These are the fast-turnaround, I-just-need-another-set-of-eyes type of
requests. Did I like the story? Was there anything glaringly wrong with the
plot? Are the characters out-of-character? For these requests, I will
read the story once or twice and give a simple critique of it's strengths and
weaknesses. I won't perform any in-depth analysis, and I don't expect the
author to re-write the story based on this feedback.
Story lengths for this type of request should not exceed 15,000 words,
please, because it's not possible to keep my analytic muse in-check for
stories longer than that. :)
This is my strength - I'm a beta-muse with
emphasis in character and plot development.
I take the beta-process seriously, and for
this request, I will perform several reads of the author's story in an
attempt to give the author the most constructive feedback possible. On the
initial read I will try to identify with the reader and add
comments where the reader could get confused, and note areas that rely
heavily on knowledge of previous episodes which may detract from the story if
the reader has not already seen those episodes. During subsequent reads,
I will try to identify with the author - since I now know what the author is
trying to accomplish via plot and character development - and can supply
suggestions on how to get there more
I adore story sequels, so many of my
suggestions lead to longer, more involved storylines. I can be a
harsh critic, but I always try to be constructive, because I *want* to
read good stories. I do ask that authors be willing to perform at
least one, possibly two, re-writes after receiving this level of feedback
- which is not to imply that the author needs to incorporate the suggestions
but rather to point out that there's no real point to my doing a character
development and plot analysis if the story is already "finished."
2 - Stories longer than 30,000 words should come with a basic plot outline.
5 - Darkfic is okay, but will be negotiated on a case by case read.