What is Critique Circle all about? What do our members say? Some Statistics
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It's six and a half years now since I began my endeavor to be a writer. The various stages I have gone through, and am still going through, have proved to me the value of this site.
I had always believed that other new authors were like myself, searching for any and every tool to help them in their goal towards perfecting the craft of being a writer. I joined a local writing group. Not good enough. I joined an online workshop at Critters.org. Lots of critiques but the pace was way too slow on posting work. I joined TheNextBigWriters.com. Good pace, enough crits to work with, but the detail wasn't there. I joined Authonomy.com. An absolute waste of time. You learn nothing there.
I also availed myself of other sources such as the Water Cooler at AbsoluteWrite.com and Goodreads.com. I joined groups on Facebook and scoured numerous blogs for writing tips.
When I joined CritiqueCircle.com, I found that the inline crit method was the best tool out there. I have ever since espoused the virtues to others, especially when I felt their work could use a little help.
What surprised me was how many new authors stop at the first one they find. It's like - Hey, I'm in a writer's group already, I don't need another one - attitude.
I guess there's some truth to the axiom - you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
To any new writer I'd suggest, take a sip, you'll dive right in. Don't be a horse.
Michael Drakich Windsor, Ontario, Canada Member since 3. Jul 2010
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 208 stories have been submitted totalling 598,585 words.
During the last 7 days 924 critiques have been submitted totalling 475,870 words.
133 members have joined Critique Circle during the last 7 days.
A total of 39,762 people have registered on Critique Circle.
A total of 94,182 stories have been submitted to Critique Circle.
A total of 448,523 critiques have been submitted to Critique Circle.
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