Sentinel Slash Virtual Season Interview with Allison
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|Title:||Sentinel Slash Virtual Season Interview with Allison|
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[why I like to beta]: I get the stories earlier! <bg> Also, because it annoys me to no end when I come across words that were skipped or sentences that require me to stop and reread a couple of times to try and understand what the author is saying.
Background? Having read lots of the fandom. Having a really good feel for the characters. Having read lots of books to get a feel for story telling. Is it a natural ability/skill? Yes in the fascination for details, but no as well. Most of what we do can be learned from exposure to other beta's work, from discussion with the authors.
My personal focus is readability & skipped words. For example: Can the reader read without having to stop and reread. I also focus on missing words. Folks get to typing too fast and skip words and those are frequently uncorrected, even in published zines. I do what I can to identify these areas that need correction or clarification. I almost always make suggestions on those corrections and clarifications. I also make suggestions for other areas to touch in the story, or an idea for a good sequel.
Stargate SG1, Roswell, Harry Potter (shush, I know), *NSYNC, and a few others. TS is by far the one I spend the most time on.