I made my account for Scribophile two days ago. It’s an online critique group for writing. I was nervous at first, but now that people started responding to my critiques I’m feeling more confident. It’s good to see I’m not out of touch with what people are trying to do with their work – which was my biggest worry.
So far it’s been a joy to speak with fellow writers about the craft in constructive ways. The obsession over grammar and punctuation hasn’t changed with people. I don’t mind seeing it if someone states this is their final draft, but it’s not very helpful for first drafts that a writer is likely planning on changing a lot.
I’m hoping to learn from this community and maybe, just maybe, I can start posting better short stories up on my Chaos Pen blog. We’ll see. I still have a ton of work to do with my first novel and I’ve already have hand written notes for the next. So many ideas and never enough time. Ever.