What is Critique Circle all about? What do our members say? Some Statistics
I Want to Frame My First CC Critique
I finally fulfilled an old News Years resolution and finished my first young adult novel this month. After listening to podcasts of various writing shows, I realized the next step was to join a writing group. With a twenty-month old toddler at home and a new baby on the way, I went looking for an on-line group to help me refine my writing. So that I could stay home and play Mr. Mom with the kids. I couldn't have chosen a better site.
Critique Circle provided all sorts of help to a "Newbie" like me. There's links to editors and agents to submit your queries, forums to meet with other "critters" that have been bitten by the writing bug, and lots and lots of places to get answers to those nagging writing questions like, "Should I use affect or effect?" But the greatest benefit to me has been the opportunity to submit my work for others to critique.
I submitted chapter 1 of my novel, Rock Springs, and within three days of being posted in the "Newbie Queue," I had six terrific critiques to help me smooth out some of the rough edges of my manuscript. I know I revised and reread that first chapter a dozen times before joining CC, but I was amazed at the things that I missed that the "critters" pointed out for me. I'd like to think of myself as thick-skinned, but its hard not to be sensitive about your writing, especially if your fiction is more like a thinly veiled manuscript like Rock Springs. It's kind of like putting a part of yourself out there for others to judge. It's a little scary, but the people who critiqued my manuscript could not have been any nicer than the folks here at CC. That's not to say they gave me a pass. On the contrary, The critters didn't let me get away with anything. They were very thorough, but they did it in an honest and almost nurturing way.
I told my first "critter" that I wanted to frame his critique, like those dollars that hang behind cash registers in restaurants.
I am so glad I joined CC and I look forward to being a "hyperactive" user for a long time to come.
Thanks to everyone who has helped make me feel welcome!
Joe Comm Jacomm
Joseph Comm Greensburg, PA, USA Member since 10 Jun 2007
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 149 stories have been submitted totalling 433,536 words.
During the last 7 days 835 critiques have been submitted totalling 480,038 words.
160 members have joined Critique Circle during the last 7 days.
A total of 65,841 people have registered on Critique Circle.
A total of 130,743 stories have been submitted to Critique Circle.
A total of 649,156 critiques have been submitted to Critique Circle.
There are currently 13 members logged in.
Critique Circle has been visited 37,418,055 times.