Critique Circle?

10 years ago | John Crandall (Member)

I'm trying to find a good, trustworthy place for critiques.

Ideally a site that won't steal my identity :-P

Is Critique Circle good? How about Critters? - the free science fiction, action-adventure humor-hyphen-thingy

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  1. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    They are fairly comparable in terms of what you'll get. You'll probably get a faster turnaround on CC, however.

  2. Erin Klitzke (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Critique Circle is nice, but it's a mixed bag and sometimes it'll take a bit of time for your work to come up in the queue. I've had a few go-rounds on there. It does, however, force you to critique the work of others in order to get your own critiques done.

  3. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Critters works the same way. I was on it a loooong time ago, but I had to unsub because it got a little overwhelming.

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  4. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Everything I learned from critique groups I learned by writing critiques for better writers. I learned almost nothing useful from critiques written for me—most of the time the advice you get tells you how to make your story different, not better. As a result, I eventually abandoned crit groups—the better a writer you are, the less opportunity you get to learn anything, and the more crap you have to put up with.

    If you are in a crit group and find you aren't learning much any more, it's probably time to find a writing teacher instead—somebody whose work (or advice) seems incredible to you, and who is good at analyzing and verbalizing how to improve yours. Anybody with that kind of skill will be charging for their time, as they are well beyond any other form of quid pro quo.


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