What is Critique Circle all about? What do our members say? Some Statistics
Sold my first novel thanks to this site
Wrote a 50K romance novel for NaNoWriMo in November 2012. You've heard the story before. I thought it was ready. (HA!) Sent it out to a few friends and family (we love it!) Sent it out to a few more people. Had one very harsh beta reader suggest I rewrite the entire thing.
Finally found Critique Circle.
There are so many adverbs to describe how helpful the critiquers on this site are, but if I use too many I'll be told to examine my -ly usage. They improved my writing about 80%. What I learned from them, I tried to pass on to others posting in the queues. To my surprise, critiquing helped improve my writing as much as being critiqued.
Yesterday a publisher bought my book. My first romance novel will be published summer of 2013.
Critique Circle is an online writing workshop for all authors, whether they write literary fiction, genre fiction, articles or short stories. Our purpose is to provide a place for writers to give and receive feedback on their work, and thereby learn from one another. The Critique Circle also includes forums as well as helpful writing tools for manuscript progress, submission tracking, character generation and more.
Workshops can be an invaluable resource to writers as they are a great way to get feedback and suggestions on their manuscripts, as well as providing a social forum for interaction with other writers. Online workshops such as the Critique Circle have the added advantage of being accessible at any time and from any location regardless of geography.
Membership to the Critique Circle is free and we welcome everyone interested in using an online forum to improve their writing skills while helping others improve theirs. Critique Circle is open to all genres, including science-fiction, fantasy, romance, children's novels, horror and suspense.
We've endeavored to make Critique Circle as writer-friendly and secure as possible. People have full control over their submissions, including the ability to either hide them from all other users or delete them at any time. People can also choose to have the stories only visible to those who regularly critique, or those who have critted in the past month. We believe this feature will make people feel more secure about using the critique forum.
Those supporting the Critique Circle also have the option to form their own private critique groups, integrated into the global critique system.
Some statistics on Critique Circle
During the last 7 days 237 stories have been submitted totalling 641,518 words.
During the last 7 days 1666 critiques have been submitted totalling 608,627 words.
166 members have joined Critique Circle during the last 7 days.
A total of 38,833 people have registered on Critique Circle.
A total of 92,750 stories have been submitted to Critique Circle.
A total of 441,893 critiques have been submitted to Critique Circle.
There are currently 45 members logged in.
Critique Circle has been visited 21,881,663 times.
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