Information on Writing
Many say writing is a solitary experience ... and it is! But the work of writing is one that can be shared with others. If you aren't already working with a critique group, partner, or other writing venue to improve, here are some sites and services that have been recommended to us.
Writer Support and Critique Sites
From the Scribophile website: Scribophile is a writing community where you get real, insightful feedback on your writing. Friends and family will always say your writing is great, even if it isn't. Other writing sites are full of people who only tell you "I like it" and nothing else. We're different: we guarantee at least 3 solid critiques on each work you post, and often more. You have to critique before you can post your own work, but if you're ready to get serious about your writing, Scribophile is the place to be.
From the Absolute Write website: Absolute Write is a comprehensive informational Website for writers of all levels. Absolute Write offers articles and information about fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, freelancing, and copywriting. In addition, we provide information about editing, publishing, agents, and market research. You'll find links to classes, software, and a large and active online community of writers and publishing professionals.
From the Critters website: The ultimate goal of Critters is to help improve your craft, not only by having your work dissected by other members, but also by learning to dissect your own work (by, of course, dissecting others). The value of the latter is often overlooked by beginners. Critters is large as critique groups go (several thousand members, from ultra-beginner to multi-novel pro), and has handled thousands of manuscripts to date, with enough critique material to fill thousands of books.
From the AutoCrit website: The AutoCrit Editing Wizard finds hundreds of problems instantly — even things that you and your critique partners have missed. The Wizard identifies slow pacing, overused words, cliches and many more problems typical of early drafts. The Wizard is available 24 hours a day and you receive your reports in seconds. No more waiting for your critique partner to return your manuscript.
For Romance Writers
From the Romance Writers of America website: Romance Writers of America is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. The association represents more than 10,250 members in 145 chapters offering local or special-interest networking and education.
For Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers
From the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America website: SFWA is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres. Esteemed past and present members include Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton. SFWA informs, supports, promotes, defends and advocates for its members.
For Mystery Writers
From the Mystery Writers of America website: Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. Mystery Writers of America is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre.
For Young Adult Writers
Young adult writers should look to their respective organizations and associations for support with the young adult market.