What is Critique Circle all about? What do our members say? Some Statistics
The main requirement I have from a writing site is that I am comfortable with it. It needs to feel like some kind of 'home', and CC, after only a relatively short time of a few weeks, is beginning to take on a sense of what that might become.
I am not a premium member, and so have no access to forums or other privileged sections, but the feedback from member critiques has been helpful and encouraging.
The site is easy to navigate and quick to accept updates which I post. The links are stable and fast, and the homepage menu system is logical and clear.
I have already recommended the site through my Facebook profile and book group, and have e-mail 'blasted' all members of my own website.
Looking forward to remaining here for some considerable time.
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 246 stories have been submitted totalling 668,819 words.
During the last 7 days 1170 critiques have been submitted totalling 566,905 words.
129 members have joined Critique Circle during the last 7 days.
A total of 47,024 people have registered on Critique Circle.
A total of 105,354 stories have been submitted to Critique Circle.
A total of 506,344 critiques have been submitted to Critique Circle.
There are currently 11 members logged in.
Critique Circle has been visited 25,636,834 times.
Dialogue is one of my favorite elements of fiction. While it seems to only show two characters shooting the breeze or arguing, it really does so much more than that. It moves the overall story forward. It reveals character. It provides action within a scene. It quickens the pace of the narrative. It provides tension and subtext. Of course, in order for all these things to occur, the dialogue must be written well. There are many great posts and books out there on the topic of dialogue construction, and definitely check those out as well. This is my attempt at succinctly describing what I think are the most important aspects of dialogue. [more...]