You have diligently put hours upon hours into writing. Whether you write articles, short stories or novels a critique can help. When you submit work to be published your project should be polished and the best it can be. Having written the story you are in a position that can make it difficult to see things like grammatical errors and problems with flow. That’s where critique groups and beta readers help. Below is a list of websites where you can find fresh eyes to help you improve your work.
This site is dedicated to critiques. It works on a credit system where you gain credits my critiquing others short stories, novel chapters and articles. Then use the credits to have your work placed on the storyboard for critique. Due to the credit system work placed on the storyboard usually gets a minimum of six separate critiques in the week their writing is posted and many get more.
This site offers a wealth of information for writers including articles to improve your writing, prompts to help with writer’s block and forums. Included in the forums is a thread for posting and critiquing others work. Where unpublished to multi-published authors can meet to help each other to improve their craft. When considering putting work up I suggest critiquing others first. This will increase the amount of critiques you receive.
A large forum dedicated to writers. There are threads for genre, freelance and nonfiction writers. While this site does have a thread for critiquing and posting it has the added bonus of beta readers. These kind people offer to read a full novel manuscript. Then like an editor they can help pinpoint grammar mistakes, plot holes and an overall impression of the manuscript. Keep in mind that when choosing this option that you want to be an active member of the forums. Some beta readers only help those that are involved and post on the threads.
The search for critiques is not only helpful for your current project but also future work. Learning how to give critiques will improve your own ability to self edit.
Don’t take chances with your work. Breaking into print is hard enough, don’t go it alone. Reach out to the writer’s community to perfect your craft in order to increase your ability to be published.