Member Profile: Little Raven
Name: Little Raven
Alias: Katie
Status: Author
Join Date: 12/09/12
Last Logged In: 09/28/14
Skin: Autumn_Red
I\'m working towards a degree in creative writing, which involves a lot of boring writing believe it or not, so I decided to start writing fan-fic to have a little bit of fun. Yeah, who knew getting a degree in creative writing would be boring and involve a lot of tedious work? Earning a degree in creative writing isn\'t all fun and games; there\'s a lot of boring theory to study as well. But even the creative writing itself is extremely difficult because my classmates and I are expected to produce stories worthy of the Canon (notice the capital C). Blech. Anyway, I decided that I just wanted to write something fun without the burden of having to call it high art. I\'m a firm believer that practice makes perfect, but I haven\'t been able to write the things I like nearly as much as I want, so I found a place on the web where I can write exactly what I want, and WHEN I want. I\'m also a beta-reader, so if you need help, don\'t hesitate to ask!
Beta Reader Profile
Will check for:
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Characterization
  • Plot
  • Canon Elements
  • Overall Impression
  • Other
Status: Open
About my services: For the past ten years, I've been working towards multiple degrees in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. In a little over a month, I'm slated to defend my Master's thesis in front of my thesis committee. Because of the nature of my course track, I've had to take a wide variety of creative writing workshops as well as the typical courses in literature, teaching freshmen composition, and theory.

How I critique a person's online work is essentially the same as in workshop. My workshop method is that I will read your story, point out higher order concerns (HOC - ideas/content, organization, fluency, voice, a thorough knowledge of the canon you're writing about, etc.). Then I will address the lower order concerns (LOC - spelling, grammar, punctuation). I'm going to be upfront and honest with you. If the first couple of paragraphs don't hold my attention, I'll probably pass on it. So make your introduction engaging, in the middle of the action! Also, I may not be an expert in your story's canon, but I'll do my research to the best of my abilities in order to help you iron out canon points. When we part ways, you will know everything I see that could be changed/revised/deleted/etc. But at the end of the day, the choice is YOURS on whether to listen to me. Ultimately, this is your story, and you're the expert about how it's supposed to go. You know best.

Now, I am never rude or hateful when I review people's work, but I am blunt and firm, so if you're easily wounded by upfront honesty, you probably shouldn't pick me to be your beta reader. I'm not perfect, nor do I expect everyone who posts stories on this site to be either, but I do expect writers not to TRY to give their very best, but to actually DO their very best. And here's a freebie in case you want a different beta reader...Don't ever pick a beta reader who spells the word "grammer." If that person can't spell grammar, the very thing they're supposed to be helping you with, then what kind of errors are they inadvertently adding to your story? Food for thought...
Will not read: I won't read anything pertaining to superfluous rape, sexual assault, incest, or molestation. I will read those kinds of stories only if there's a damn good reason for their existence in them. ONLY if. Also, check your 50 Shades of Grey lemon scenes at the door. I'm not opposed to lemons, per se, but BDSM doesn't exactly impress me. It more or less makes me feel like I need to wash the icky feelings off with puppies and butterflies.

I'm okay with OC's, but you should know they're very hard to pull off successfully in fan-fic, so if I call you on them, please don't get butt-hurt. Chances are, I liked him/her, I just recognized problems with your execution.

I will not, under any circumstances, read Twi-tard fan-fic. I'm sorry, I just can't do it. After reading the first chapter of one of those books, I wanted to gut myself with a spoon. If the actual author of Twilight is that awful, chances are your vampire spin-off is too. I mean, you can't fix stupid. So I'm sorry, it's just how it is.
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