I’ve just posted the opening chapters of my novel on Litreactor, an online writing community for a critique. My novel, is called Genesis, a murder mystery set at a university near London, targeted at the girlie YA market.
All submissions get rated on concept, structure, characters and dialogue. There’s a five star marking system and people from all over the English speaking world, who are a member, can read it and make comments.
I’ve read the two opening chapters so many times I can no longer see the wood for the trees. I’ve written about 25,000 words in all and I’m stuck, confidence ebbing, there’s so much still to write and it might just be all tosh! I’m hoping my fellow Litreactors will offer up a little encouragement and some direction. This is a risk of course. They might hate it!
I’ll keep you posted.
Litreactor is $10 a month, you are given one free submission when you join and then you have to earn submission points by critiquing other peoples writing. There is such a huge range of style and talent, it’s fascinating and makes me think about my own craft as I critique. There are also loads of craft essays from famous writers to help improve my writing.