I joined another literary critique site, Scribophile, about a week ago. I posted my short story about three times on Critique Circle, and I wanted some fresh eyes on it before I submit it to literature magazines in August. One advantage of Scribophile over Critique Circle is that you get reputation points for being a good critter. I put a lot of effort into my critiques, so it’s nice to be recognized for that quality.
I actually had to use a real name to sign up (they wouldn’t let me use Paper Butterfly), so I used Tessa Brant. I guess that is my pseudonym now XD Previously, I was debating the names Ella, Tessa, and Janna, but I felt like a Tessa when I signed up, so that’s who I am now. It’s still kind of weird when people call me Tessa because I’m not used to it. I never wanted to publish under my real name because I’m still a bit scared my cyberbully will come after me. I guess if I ever become popular then my real identity will come out, but I’ll cross that bridge if it ever happens XD Scribophile is bigger than Critique Circle so there are more writers and critters. The nice thing about that is that no one person dominates the forums and/or critiques. Since it is so large there are more writers. I already found a few other writers that love poetic prose and flailed around like a fangirl 8D
A benefit that both of these sites share is that they are locked unless you have a user ID and password. This allows you to post your stories without exposing them to the whole internet. Most literature magazines will not take a story once it has been blog published or published anywhere on the internet.
I think I’ve definitely improved since joining literary critique sites. It helps to read the critiques of other writers, and then you get a better sense of what works and what doesn’t. I’ve become more critical of my own writing in the process. I don’t think I’ll be joining more than two of these sites because it’s more than enough to keep me busy.