What is Critique Circle all about? What do our members say? Some Statistics
Wanted: Quality feedback on my writing
Found in Critique Circle!
You are serious about your writing—you want, no truthfully, you need feedback. In addition to the encouraging words of your significant other, you also need no-holds-barred objective outsider criticism. Too many of the "writers forums" encourage you to post your work in the vain hope someone will take the time to provide some thoughtful insight into why your work spoke to them, or what they think you should do to improve it. Only Critique Circle has the powerful but simple "point system" that creates a reality where people really do provide critiques ... because they can only post their work if they pay with points they earned providing critiques to others.
Okay, so CC works, you get the ten or so critiques, but are they worth reading? Again I need to say that based upon my own experience the criticism provided by CC members is serious thoughtful and instructive. True, not everyone who contributes has the same level of talent or professionalism, but everyone who provides you feedback, whether on the level of a sophisticated reader of that of a copy editor, is deeply involved in writing as well. Very few 'peeking-Toms' on CC.
So, looking for a forum where it's worth the effort to post your work in order to solicit feedback? You've found the right address: CritiqueCircle.com I look forward to reading your suggestions on how to improve my craft, just as much as I'll enjoy discovering what your writing style has to teach me!
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 228 stories have been submitted totalling 661,304 words.
During the last 7 days 963 critiques have been submitted totalling 572,941 words.
122 members have joined Critique Circle during the last 7 days.
A total of 45,234 people have registered on Critique Circle.
A total of 102,511 stories have been submitted to Critique Circle.
A total of 490,356 critiques have been submitted to Critique Circle.
There are currently 57 members logged in.
Critique Circle has been visited 24,871,560 times.
One bit of wisdom that comes with experience is that in tense scenes you want the pacing to pop. The tricks of the trade for fast tension? Short sentences, short paragraphs, everything short. Boom. Boom. Boom. Pop. Pop. Pop.
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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