Critique Circle

by Ashlynmathews on May 9, 2012

   I have to admit my first experience with a critique group wasn’t the best.  But I walked away with a better understanding of what went wrong and what could’ve been done differently the next time around.  My second experience was slightly better.  Here’s why.  It was an internet group by invitation only.  The writer downloads a chapter of their work in progress into a folder created by a wonderful moderator.  Then the writer waits, or the writer critique another’s chapter and hope that writer returns the favor.  Following me still?  Or have I lost you?  I’m not a patient person.  I like instant gratification.  Doesn’t everyone?  That’s why when I saw this graphic on fotopia.com, I had to have it.  Why?  Because its beautiful, looks absolutely delicious (and I’m all for carbs, ask my friends), and purple is one of my favorite colors.

They say third times a charm, and it was when I found Critique Circle.  The site is easy to use (minus some technical issues) and I’ve had a chance to read some awesome stories of varying genres.  Being a romance reader and writer, that opened up a tiny bit more of the world to me.  And the writers are from all over the world.  How cool is the internet?  I’ve average 3-7 crits per chapter.  Sometimes it might be a week or two before my WIP gets into a queue for review, but I can be a little patient.  The site works on a point system.  The more you crit, the more points you collect, and the more of your chapters you can put out there for a return crit.  I love the forums, the tit-for-tat option so I know who I owe (and who owes me, wink, wink).  So if you don’t have too much time on your hands to attend a face to face critique group meeting, I highly recommend Critique Circle.  I can’t write this without a shout out to my fellow critiquers who have helped me with my WIP If Only:  Sugarfrost, Angelsking, and J.D. Wilson.  Ashes2Dreams will be here for you.

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Andrew May 10, 2012 at 3:37 am

I feel ya on the subject. The CC given a lot of help on my stories. 😀

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Christina McKnight (Chevyvibe) May 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I’ve been a member of CC since 2004! Yes, one of the first members. Everyone is so supportive and the interface is easy to use. I’ve met so many great writers who’ve become my friends. I love the give and take format of the site. Writers of most genres will feel right at home.

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Angel King May 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Hey, Ashlyn!

Shout out right back at ya! You’ve helped us, too. And isn’t that the beauty of CC? Not only are you being helped and helping fellow writers directly through critiques, but when you critique someone else’s WIP, you are also learning what to do and what not to do in your own writing. At least, that’s how it is for me. I am so glad I found CC!

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J.D. Wilson May 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm

It’s true. I’ve tried about a half-dozen websites that attempt what CC accomplishes. The others promise help but never deliver or worse, they insist on money. Shouldn’t websites that cater to writers understand the meaning of “starving artist”? I know CC does.

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