What is Critique Circle all about? What do our members say? Some Statistics
Travel Memoir on China -#3 on Amazon
Thank you Critique Circle. My book, Once Upon A time in China: Worms, Cha and a Harmonious Society, just came out on Amazon, 30th Dec 2011. Last weekend Amazon rated it as Number 3 - one of the hot new books about China.
In my preface (you can read the first 3 chapters online) I thank CC members who critiqued my book and significantly improved it. A big help and a big thank you.
Christine Merritt Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Member since 29 Jul 2009
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 235 stories have been submitted totalling 679,739 words.
During the last 7 days 987 critiques have been submitted totalling 587,889 words.
128 members have joined Critique Circle during the last 7 days.
A total of 45,240 people have registered on Critique Circle.
A total of 102,518 stories have been submitted to Critique Circle.
A total of 490,379 critiques have been submitted to Critique Circle.
There are currently 51 members logged in.
Critique Circle has been visited 24,873,669 times.
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In general, I believe that. And yet . . . I've read scenes where the author has dragged the tension out for pages and pages. Almost to the point where it's been painful for me as reader. Nothing fast about that. [more...]
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