You know what I hate? When there’s this female character who doesn’t wear traditionally feminine clothing for any reason: she could prefer a more masculine or androgynous aesthetic, she could work at a job that demands a uniform that’s more safety-minded than fashion-minded, she could not really pay attention to what she wears. At some point in the story, a friend of hers then helps her dress fancy (read:feminine) for a special occasion, and she is happy in her new clothes. Nothing wrong with that, right?
Nothing wrong until she says or thinks the words, “I feel like an actual woman now.”
Right. Because being a woman is completely dependent on the clothes you wear, and because you have to be feminine to be a woman, and also because there’s really only one way to be a real woman and all the others are fakers.
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Original Stories: Y
Fandoms: Sherlock, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Orange is the new Black, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings
Refused Content: Any self-stemmed racism or homophobic ideals. (i.e. Any opinions that are conveyed from the writer themselves to the character)
Strengths: Brit-picking, grammar, structure, flow, characterization
Weaknesses: Plot (occasionally)
Previous stories written (if any): N/A
Previous stories beta’d (if any): The top two on my Ao3 page
Anything else you want to say? Well, I’m pretty relaxed and thoughtful in my correcting/suggestions so you don’t need to worry about me being hard on you or anything. My email is email@example.com if that is easier for you and using Google Drive is always a plus for me
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Fandom: X-Men (Takes place between First Class and into the start of Days of Future Past)
Genre: Fix-It, H/C
Rating: MA (or R)
Warnings: Violence, Self-Harm,
Current length: 2.5k
Predicted end length: 40-50k. I have a massive plot and a massive desire to see this through, no worries. Don’t want to spoil too much in the description.
Bio: Erik sends Charles a mutant with the ability to heal his spine. Then, he sends a physical therapist. Also, some painkillers. Also, a helmet.
What you wish the beta reader to help you with: Making sure what I’m writing makes sense on a small and large scale: Do certain scenes or lines convey what I intend? Does what you think is going on with the plot match what I want you to think? Grammar and proofreading along the way would be nice as well.
I… can’t help imagining this question asked in a single sentence. Breathe, breathe! Here are some links that may help:
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Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe (specifically Thor)
Genre: Romance, Angst
Pairings: Thor / Loki and briefly mentioned Clint / Natasha
Warnings: Male pregnancy
Current length: 3000 words
Predicted end length: 10,000+ words
Bio: Thor and Loki are raised together as brothers in Asguard. One night, Loki goes into heat and seeks out Thor. During their night together, they unknowingly conceive a child. The events of the movie Thor play out, altered to fit with Loki being pregnant.
What you wish the beta reader to help you with: Characterization (specifically getting inside Loki’s head), making the sex scenes more realistic, checking for overall flow and grammatical / spelling errors. Someone I can bounce ideas off of.
You can do that, but it might be best to sign up too, just in case they’d rather converse via tumblr!
Note that I do see these plots in non-cheesy books where the main plot deals with romance. It just seems like when the main plot is about punching dragons, the romance always follows the same path. Please just leave out the romantic subplot if you’re going to write more heterosexual wish fulfillment to go with your dragon punching.
- The protagonist getting with several people throughout the course of the book and still not finding “the one” by the end
- Non-straight relationships
- Relationships that are still building by the end of the story
- Friends with benefits
- Romantic asexuality
- On-again off-again relationships (that repeat the on/off cycle more than once)
- Relationships for political purposes
- Relationships that still have large flaws by the end of the story
- Crushes that stay crushes (and not because the crush-ee turns out to be evil)
Feel free to add your own.
Tumblr URL: hatiel
Languages: Russian, English
Original Stories: No
Fandoms: Supernatural; Teen Wolf; Friends; Sherlock; Marvel.
Preference: Romance; Humor; Angst; Fantasy; Sci-Fi; Shorter Fics (<20k words)
Refused Content: Poetry; Song-based
Strengths: Research; Grammar; Sentence Structure; Overall Flow
Weaknesses: May take a long time to beta due to busy schedule
Previous stories written (if any): In english, in russian
Previous stories beta’d (if any): no
Anything else you want to say? To use and recieve files I use mail, contact me here so I can give my adress to you.
Also I use AO3, so you can contact me there.
I noticed there are no russian betas for some reason, so I offer my help. It doesn’t matter if it’s a whole fic or just two lines, I will be happy to help.
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Genre: Sci fi / Romance / Adventure
Pairings: Several pairings
Rating: MA for strong language, violence, and adult themes in general.
Warnings: Alcoholism, graphic violence, attempted suicide, bullying, gore, major character death, mentions of cancer.
Current length: 67k+ / 6 Chapters so far (it is quite lengthy)
Predicted end length: 12 or 13 chapters
Bio: After being expelled from the Elite Air Force Academy, legendary pilot Daniel Walsh’s life falls apart and he finds solace at the bottom of a bottle. This is a story of redemption and hope when Earth is destroyed and a lone passenger ship remains. Daniel uncovers that he is a part of a much larger plan and he might just be the key to saving them all.
What you wish the beta reader to help you with: Any grammar mistakes that I may have missed, story continuity, subplots that may need to be thrown out, also assistance with world building.
Sure, most beta readers are willing to help those who are new to writing in a language. If you let them know then they should be more patient with any grammatical mistakes you may make :)