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An Online Writing Group that Looks Like It Could Work . . .

I’m not the kind of writer who works well with groups, though there’s no way I’d ever discourage others to take part in good Writing Groups.

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My Best Friend, a writer in Australia, has been in a small and dedicated writing group for many years.

Others I’ve known have treasured the time they spend receiving critiques and sharing literary opinions.

So, I want to introduce you to what seems a very promising endeavor—Scribophile.

Here’s some info from their site:


“First, earn karma points by critiquing the work of others. Don’t worry if you’re not sure how to critique—we’ll show you how, and it’s easy, fun, and improves your own writing too!


“Next, spend your karma points to post your own work for review. Each work you post is guaranteed to get at least 3 long critiques, and you usually get a lot more!


“Improve your writing in our workshop with insightful critiques from other writers, with our professional writing blog, and by talking shop in our writing forums.

Make Friends

“Writing can be lonely. Lucky for you there are thousands of writers on Scribophile every day, and we’re a pretty friendly bunch. You’ve never seen a writing group like this one!

A little more about how it works…

“We’re a writing group that works on a karma point system. Members spend karma points to post their writing for feedback from the community. To earn karma points, members submit thoughtful critiques for the work of others. Everyone has to earn karma points before they can post!

“This system ensures that every work you post gets awesome critiques from other talented writers. Forget about sites that are popularity contests, get spammed with work that sits unviewed, and “reviews” that say nothing but “good job.” At our writing group every piece gets the full critiquing attention it deserves.

“Don’t feel like critiquing? That’s OK! Hang out in our busy writing forums to chat with other passionate writers, read our writing blog for tips and tricks, and meet and connect with writers from all over the world.

And there’s even more for writers…

“Keep your rights protected. You have full control over your writing. Only other members can read it.

“Get quality feedback, guaranteed. Every work posted is guaranteed at least 3 insightful critiques.

“Win cash in free writing contests. We give out hundreds in cash and prizes each month!

“Be part of a busy, vibrant community. We’re one of the largest and most active writing groups online.

“Everyone welcomed, from beginner to pro. Everyone’s here to learn, and we want to help!”

So, that’s what Scribophile is all about.

If you’re already a member or if you decide to join, do, please, leave a Comment, ok?

Naturally, any comments about writing groups, in general, are also very welcome :-)
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Writer’s Communities ~ What Are Your Favorites?

There are So Many Writing Communities on the ‘Net!

And, even though it may be better to be involved face-to-face with other writers, there can certainly be no excuse for not being able to find other writers to talk to (as long as your Internet connection is functioning).

If you’ve tried a few communities and found them wanting, there are many more and I hope this post and the Comments from readers can lead to just the right one for you :-)

In the Comments of the previous post, Choosing To Self-Publish ~ Lots of Help . . ., Simone Benedict (one of the most loyal readers of this blog) asked for recommendations of online writing groups.

First, I hope you’ll give your favorites in the Comments of this post as well as letting us know about places that might not be the best to hang-out in

Now, let me link to a few communities recommended by author Jane Watson:

Literature and Latte, which has general writing forums plus others that dig into the features and benefits of the popular writing software, Scrivener.

Next are places I can’t personally vouch for but include because my intuition told me to…:

Writer’s Digest Community — and, even though it ranges wider than the topic of this post, you may want to explore Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers

And, a last minute, edited-in recommendation from Jane Watson: The Writer’s Chatroom.

Do, please, add your favorites in our Comments!

And, also, give us any warnings-away you feel are necessary
Our Comment Link Is At The Top of The Post :-)
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