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Before my novel, Divas Never Flinch, was published, I spent a productive period writing a series of short stories.  I was still feeling my way with my writing and wanted feed-back.  I did an internet search on writer’s website communities.  I was looking for a place where I could submit my stories, and read other people’s stories, and hopefully get mutual feedback.  There are a number of them out there and I joined two.

The first was Writing.Com.  It was a free site, but they encourage you to join as a paying member.  I submitted a number of stories and did get feed-back.  I also read a number of stories and I gave feed-back.   However, I did not find the quality of writing to be very high.  And the comments were cursory.  Not much depth and there were a lot of extraneous requests and diversions that finally convinced me to abandon that site.

The second site was WritersCafe.org.  Not only is it a very clean and attractive site, but I also found the quality of writing and feedback to be at a higher level.  They have a number of specialized groups that one can join for special interest writing.  However, I did not find them to be very active, and was disappointed when groups that I thought would be interesting, showed postings that were months old, not very interesting, and not worth the time.  They also held a number of contests within the site.  I did enter a number of those, quite successfully and won several times.  I continued to participate for a number of months before I found that most people were wanting their own writing looked at, but were not all that interested in reading other people’s writing.  And by then I began working on longer works of fiction and my interested became diverted.

I have not checked recently to see if there are any new sites, and I didn’t explore all the ones I initially found.  I do feel they serve a purpose, and I would recommend trying out a couple of sites if that interests you.  But I think that we writers are basically a solitary group and not so prone to spending a lot of time with each other’s work.  But I might be wrong.  Maybe it’s just me, being the recluse that I am.  And because of that, I would suggest that you check this out for yourself.  And if anyone comes across a really great site, let me know.  Would be happy to give it another go.

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