What is Critique Circle all about? What do our members say? Some Statistics
Trying to get advice on my first novel was a pride-swallowing marathon of pestering every avid reader I knew to get crumbs of feedback. In a desperate frenzy I signed up on so many writer's sites I lost track of the passwords. My splatterdart approach only succeeded when I submitted a short story on Critique Circle and was promptly ripped to shreds in the newbie queue.
While I clung tenaciously to what I thought was great material, I gradually cut out the dialogue tags, reduced my adverbs, punched up my adjectives, shortened my sentences, and phrased more concisely until I realized what I previously suspected was a good story actually was a great read. Even the nicest house looks better with a fresh coat of paint.
I have made a few indispensable connections on CC that have shaped the course of my second novel, either because of the splendid submissions I have read or the pointed critiques of my own writing, and in a few cases, valuable exchange of ideas. I am so addicted to this site that it has almost fully monopolized the precious little time I used to reserve for social media. Since I have found a literary bastion, I just can't stomach the LOL and OMG of the outside world anymore.
Theresa Handrahan Eagle Pass, Texas, United States Member since 21 Feb 2017
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 177 stories have been submitted totalling 478,700 words.
During the last 7 days 1125 critiques have been submitted totalling 523,695 words.
197 members have joined Critique Circle during the last 7 days.
A total of 49,992 people have registered on Critique Circle.
A total of 155,938 stories have been submitted to Critique Circle.
A total of 793,126 critiques have been submitted to Critique Circle.
There are currently 53 members logged in.
Critique Circle has been visited 47,667,760 times.