What is Critique Circle all about? What do our members say? Some Statistics
Invaluable help for a budding author
I began writing fiction five years ago, starting from nothing except a strong desire to tell a story. My spouse and friends read my first attempts and were encouraging. That was nice, but not helpful: that first story was a mess and I didn't know how to start making it better. I ran the first chapters through Critique Circle and got the first real critiques from people who, like me, were figuring out the craft. Some crits pointed out lazy writing habits, some pointed out weakness in grammar. The best one laid it on the line: "Your first chapter isn't doing it's job. You have to introduce the character and the situation, but most of all, you have to engage the reader so they will continue reading the next chapter."
That's what CC is: honest crits that help you write better. I learn even more as I read the work of others, point out things that could help their writing, and then read the crits other have posted on that submission. As I get to be a better critter, I'm learning to be a better writer.
I self-pubbed my first two books six months ago, and will soon publish the third. I could never have had the confidence to take my writing that far without the help of my crit buddies at CC.
Kathryn Hoff Maryland, USA Member since 3 Oct 2016
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 202 stories have been submitted totalling 593,918 words.
During the last 7 days 1135 critiques have been submitted totalling 575,268 words.
147 members have joined Critique Circle during the last 7 days.
A total of 49,108 people have registered on Critique Circle.
A total of 154,891 stories have been submitted to Critique Circle.
A total of 787,046 critiques have been submitted to Critique Circle.
There are currently 26 members logged in.
Critique Circle has been visited 47,667,760 times.