When it comes to writing, there are only two ways to improve:
- Write. More Writing. Keep Writing.
- Get Feedback on your work.
I loathe asking for feedback on my writing.
I spend too much time on my stories and then having someone tell me that it isn’t good enough doesn’t make me feel too good.
So why should you subject yourself to the torture that is criticism?
Unfortunately, to become a better writer, outsiders need to read your work.
Getting someone to read my work and critique it has truly been one of the best ways I’ve been able to improve on my writing. When people read your work, they’re able to spot out the things that don’t work, even if it might put you down in tears because you think ‘you’re not good enough’.
Every single writer has room for improvement no matter who they are.
And so, I’ve got some great websites for you to get feedback on Fiction Writing.
I took quite some time to gather all this information and honestly the only website I’ve ever used is Wattpad and to positive results (check out the blog post I’ve done on it here) and there are other websites that look better.
Here are 4+ Websites For You To Get Feedback on Fiction Writing:
Critique Circle Online Writing Workshop
The Critique Circle is an online writing forum where one can receive and give critiques.
The only way you can submit a story is by paying ‘credits’ that are earned when you critique a story. The credits earned depend on the length and type of critique given. There is also a paid membership that voids this to an extent.
It’s a give and take concept I love since the feedback tends to be a lot more intuitive and better for your writing.
The forum is password protected and an application needs to be submitted for your story to be featured at the site – which can take up to a couple of days. Only a few stories are featured each week which is all the better when you compare it to other writing sites.
There’s a lot more from where that came from and you check their FAQ here.
At the time of writing this article, there are over 3080 active members, and over 673,807 critiques have been processed.
Note: Even more important than someone reading your work is getting good feedback.
Critique Workshop /Critters Workshop
WEBSITE: http://critique.org/kids/ & http://critters.org/
This is another credit based system where you’re required to critique stories that will earn you the credits required to submit your own.
On average, each story gets 15-20 critiques. Receiving a critique may take up to 30 days. It is mostly email based and password-protected so you don’t have to worry about your manuscript being on public display.
There are a ton of success stories – of writers who’ve sold both their short stories and novels! Check them here.
While Critters is for writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, you can join various other workshops such as YA, Romance, Adult Fiction, Mystery, Thriller and EVEN photography over its sister ‘Critique‘. It’s exactly like a Writing Workshop you might attend in person.
However, you’ll be required to submit one critique a week to be considered of ‘Good Standing’. There are also published authors amongst in membership.
The site is run by Andrew Burt, former vice-president of SFWA and the Website is listed as one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest. It looks so good that I immediately signed up upon checking out the site 😊
Note: Unfortunately, EU members are not accepted ☹
Scribophile looks the best out of the critique-based websites. The interface is a lot more user-friendly and again, it works on a credit or ‘karma’ based system. This again, basically means you need to critique someone else’s work before critiquing your own.
Only Scribophile members are allowed to review your work. 3 ‘insightful’ critiques are also guaranteed.
There’s a premium subscription that gives you access to a lot more features but over all, it’s a friendly online critique group you should definitely check out!
You should also note that in 2015, the site was awarded The 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writers Digest.
I like to think of Wattpad as ‘Youtube for Books’.
There are over 400 million stories uploaded on the platform powered by a huge community of readers and writers.
Writers ‘upload’ stories according to their own schedules and readers are free to vote, comment on the story and follow the writer and his/her stories to get notified every time there’s a new upload.
And just like with Youtube, there’s ‘good’ and ‘bad’ content – it really depends on you. Stories of pretty much every genre is available on this platform which is an allude for why the site is so incredibly popular.
Unfortunately, the comments themselves, while super encouraging, are hardly ever critical about the book.
It’s definitely no Goodreads – which is NEVER a bad thing, especially for new writers who might find it difficult to stomach negative reviews.
Although I don’t use it as much these days, I have a lot of respect for Wattpad – from when I joined the site in 2011.
It’s what got me into writing and I’ve been able to reassure myself that I’m not as terrible of a writer as I think I am thanks to the amazing community of readers there is.
It does take patience, a consistent uploading your story’s chapters, a good amount of talent and even more luck to really find success with the site. Some of its most popular authors have even gone on to sign with agents and find success in the Publishing World.
Other Community Based Writing Platforms (that have its own differences) include:
- Booksie – https://www.booksie.com/
- Inkitt – Inkitt.com
- Penana – https://www.penana.com
- Young Writers Society – https://www.youngwriterssociety.com/ (aimed towards writers between the ages of 13 and 25.)
The above websites have their own Writing Contests and some of the Authors have even gone to do really well. Out of the above, I only recommend Wattpad on the basis of my experience on the site.
Literary Websites that have since stopped operations
- Authonomy – https://www.authonomy.com/
- WEBook – http://www.webook.com/
- Protagonize –http://www.protagonize.com
- Figment – http://figment.com/ ( It’s become Get Underlined, a Buzzfeed-like Website for Book by Penguin).
Writing Websites I don’t recommend
- Mibba – http://www.mibba.com/
The site doesn’t look secure and it’s all over the place. It isn’t easy to navigate and I wouldn’t recommend it.
- Scriggler – https://scriggler.com/
The site isn’t secure and from reviews online, you run a greater risk of plagiarism because the copy-paste function isn’t blocked.
These websites were shortlisted on the basis of how it operates, the kind of stories on there and the probability of receiving good feedback.
Still, the only site I’ve really used on this list is Wattpad. I’ll be using Scribophile and Critters’ Workshop from this point on but, it’s up to you on how you want to use the Internet for your writing.
If you have the fear that someone might plagiarize you, it’s something you’ll have to live with – irrespective of whether you’re a published or unpublished author. It’s up to you to decide the steps you want to take towards being a published author.
Best of luck.
Ps: if you’ve ever used these sites, let me know how your experience was and I can include it in this article 😊
Yes, I know I said I would update every Wednesday but this post took too many days to gather all this information and edit. I’m happy that I’ve updated this week, at all.
I’m still looking to update on Wednesdays however, even if it might take some discipline to get there.
Let me know if you’re interested in checking out these sites! Personally, I’d really recommend Scribophile and Wattpad based on how I’ve used it.
What do you think about asking feedback for your writing? How has it helped you?
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