The First Installment…

… in the list of best sites for writers.

Critique Circle

(http://www.critiquecircle.com/default.asp)

I’ve only found this site this past  May, but it’s everything I’ve been looking for. Think fictionpress with more features and a more mature clientele. The combination of a credit system with a variety of critique formats (it’s possible to do line-by-line comments) helps guarantee feedback is thorough and well-warranted. Every critique earns a rating (poor, helpful, very helpful, perfect) as well as a thank-you note, and often times a critique in return. The system of membership applications and story queues also ensures that posting writers are serious about the craft.

NaNoWriMo

(http://www.nanowrimo.org/)

November can’t come soon enough! Users sign on to the challenge of writing 50,000 words in that month alone with the goal of increasing their writing discipline and output (if not necessarily quality.) The site is handily designed, while the forums are chock-full of moral support and fun diversions. While I only reached some  20,000 or so this past year, I’m officially hooked.

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