I’ve been hearing a lot about online Critique groups for a while now, and have only been mildly interested. For one thing, I wasn’t completely sure how the whole process worked, with the ‘critique‘ and ‘be critiqued‘ mentality that goes into it.
Another part of it was plain old fear of other people, outside friends and family, reading my work. I mean, it’s one thing to get a flash fiction published, or to put something up on the blog; it’s another thing entirely when it’s a WIP of over 25,000 words which countless hours of researching, thinking, and typing have gone into. It’s much more precious, much more guarded, and much more sensitive.
But I think I’ve reach a point where I need that outside opinion. I need to hear what other people think; where I’m going wrong; how the pacing is, etc.
I like the look and feel of the first two, though the formatting of submission on Critique Circle seems a bit complicated with the html coding. I didn’t see whether or not Scribophile requires the same.
As for Critters, I don’t really like the look and feel of the site, but the only reason I would consider it is that the WIP I want critiqued is a Young Adult Fantasy, and Fantasy is one of the site’s listed specialties. And I want to target people knowledgeable about the genre who can really add value with their critiques.
And so, since I’m having such a hard time deciding, I’ll put it to a vote!
And if anyone has specific advice on how to go about this, pleeeeeeease drop it in a comment