Can I recommend to you all to have a look at the Critique Circle website? Click here. It was set up in Iceland, of all places, with the purpose of giving writers a chance to critique one another's work.
It is also a great place for readers, because you get the opportunity to actually feed back your opinions to the writers. Haven't you often wished you could sit down the author of the book you're reading and tell them a thing or two? On Critique Circle you are asked to be polite and constructive, but the opportunity is there.
As a writer, you have to give critiques in order to earn credits to submit your own work. This means that everyone helps each other out. I have learned things to improve my writing by critiquing others' work - good examples and bad. There is a huge array of different styles and genres, so you can stick to reading what you like.
I have just uploaded my third short story, Dangerous Dreams, which will be rising to the top of the queue in about a week. The previous stories are much improved by the critiques I received, but it was also a great confidence boost to see that people liked them and thought they were good.
If you're a writer, or a reader, why don't you give it a try?
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