We all need someone else, besides biased friends and relatives, to read our work and give us feedback. In the past I have enjoyed weekly critique groups , usually using option two. Where I now live I couldn’t find a good group close enough so went to the internet. For Christian fiction writers, ACFW has an online critique group for members. From that I met my current critique partner and work one on one. She is strong on grammar, structure and all the rules. My strength is character development, dialogue and the intangibles, so we make a good team. There is no reason to go it alone!
You can certainly get pretty far by using an online critique group
One benefit of using an online critique group instead of “real” people, is that you won’t usually get any personal bias from a critiquer online. In other words, where a friend or family member might be afraid to criticize your work, you’ll get a more objective response on a critique site.
Neverwinter online critique par Tykem - YouTube
I work with an online critique group through SCBWI. I'm the one who organizes them for my chapter, but for many years I attended an eclectic face-to-face group.
Online Critique Archives - Flute Forward
I was skeptical of OnlineResumeCritique when there are so many other free ones available. Now, I know what the difference is. This critique is so detailed and so much better! You can tell a real person has actually seen and commented on it.If you're trying to self-publish, you can probably get good enough by relying on online critique groups and some trusted writer friends. However, if you really want to take your writing to the top level you'll probably benefit from finding a qualified, professional editor.Online critiquing is often more detailed and useful, also, because of the very nature of the medium. Having keyboards and monitors separating the participants, and with the speed of typing providing a natural moderating influence on the pace of discussion, helps to foster an environment where measured consideration is given to the topic. You are much more likely to see critiques offered in a systematic, detailed way onscreen, whereas verbal conversations tend to wander and even ricochet from point to point and topic to topic in a chaotic manner.: I've had a great experience with this online critique group so far. Basically, once you've signed up for the site, you critique other people's work to get a certain number of 'points.' Once you've gained enough points, you can post your own work. The community is great, and the critiquers offer useful, insightful advice. The website is easy to navigate, and you can easily keep track of critiques you've given and received, which is not true for all sites. Scribophile has a "story queue" feature that makes it easy to pick which story you want to read next. Virtually all stories posted receive critiques. Also has contests.