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JakeR
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Member since Jul 2019
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Feedback on writing samples...
I have always wanted to write a novel - I am starting with a few short stories. Are there a websites to submit writing samples to receive critical feedback?

I am hesitant to ask family members and friends, as they will obviously carry an inherent bias.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


NoHoTiger
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re: Feedback on writing samples...
I don't know where you live, but there are usually meet-ups for writers. Also, if you're on twitter follow the #writingcommunity and ask for beta readers.



JakeR
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Member since Jul 2019
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re: Feedback on writing samples...
Thanks. I will certainly try the Twitter route.


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VOR
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re: Feedback on writing samples...


there are sites that will evaluate your writing.


unfortunately, i can't remember the names. sorry. they are out there, though.


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Enadious
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re: Feedback on writing samples...
I can help, if you'd like. Post an email or FB link and I'll get back with you.


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StringedInstruments
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re: Feedback on writing samples...
Writing groups can be found at local libraries. You could also reach out to a creative writing professor/instructor at a local college to see if they know of anything.

There’s a cool website called Story Shack I’ve used for flash fiction. They pair your story with an illustrator.

In terms of getting feedback, try to find sites that offer it. I remember one for YA short stories that gave me some feedback with my rejection. It wasn’t much but it’s nice knowing why they rejected me. I knew what I needed to work on.
This post was edited on 8/5 at 8:02 pm


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Htowntiger90
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Member since Dec 2018
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re: Feedback on writing samples...
A starter list:

LINK /

And as others have noted, you can find writers' groups on Meetup. I've found with groups that not many people write the same type of stuff as me. But that can be a good thing too, hearing different voices & styles.


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TigerFanatic99
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re: Feedback on writing samples...
There's a sub reddit for this I believe.


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lsu1919
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re: Feedback on writing samples...
Here's the thing about feedback sites, they're (mostly) a bunch of teenagers trying to write and giving feedback on your stuff.

Not necessarily a bad thing, but you basically get what you pay for. I'd find a local group, find people who you think could give constructive, productive feedback and stick with that.

You really want effective criticism, not every Tom, Dick, and Harry telling you their opinion on your plot.







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Sneaky__Sally
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re: Feedback on writing samples...
LINK

I would watch that - even if you join a group it may help you weed out bad / unhelpful comments vs. ones which have value and merit to help improve your story.

Basically like people telling you how they would write your story (you should do this...) vs. telling you things that were weak, confusing, etc. (this character wasn't memorable, this plotline wasn't engaging to me, etc.)

Its a video of Brandon Sanderson teaching a writing course, only like 15 minutes long
This post was edited on 8/13 at 10:19 am


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