Scribophile is a unique online writing community an workshop resource. Being primarily a solitary person, especially when I am writing, I find the community aspect of Scirbophile especially helpful. It is a place where any level of writer can join, get insightful and respectful critiques. You also learn from other’s writing experiences.

Writers who want honest feedback or want to know how to get published will find the site very useful.

Member Critiques

Perhaps the most notable feature of Scribophile is the detailed and useful critiques site members exchange. These aren’t just some vague “great story” comment. The feedback is pointed, respectful, and designed to help you become a better writer.

In addition to feedback, Scribophile offers a huge selection of free resources. You find them in both their writing blog and in their writing academy. You’ll find their writing forums to be eye opening, as writers from around the world connect, critique, gripe, and assess the world of writing.

Sometimes it is not easy to gather a roomful of writers to talk shop and exchange ideas. Social media is one way you can connect with an online writing community, but this doesn’t work for everyone. You might wish to keep your social media distinct from your actual writing business. Rather than writing in a vacuum, it may be worthwhile to try an online critiquing site like Scribophile.com.

Karma Points

 Scribophile Karma Points

Scribophile operates in a true give-and-take, pay-it-forward style. If truth be told, you can’t get critiqued until you critique other writers first. You earn “karma points” when you do this. This generates more thoughtful insights — leaving out the hit and run comment, constructs a community, and, if you’ve never of critiqued other writers’ work, you get some experience doing so.

Like most online providers nowadays, you can sign on for a free membership or buy an upgrade for access to more tools and resources. The free service, Scribophile simple, is developed for more casual use — for example, you are just casually writing and not running a full-time writing business.

One drawback I found with the free membership is the the lack of robust privacy settings. I would rather others didn’t see my horrid first drafts until I am ready to publish my feedback.

“I can’t find sufficient words of praise for Scribophile,” says creator Kathy Steinemann, who liked the site so much that she went premium within hours of joining. The site has since become, in her point of view, the must have membership. The $65 a year upgrade lets you post limitless drafts, offers the chance for more specific feedback, advanced privacy controls, ad-free use, and even a reduction on a Scrivener license.

Getting Started

It’s pretty easy to take the first steps. Set up an account and enter the activation code. Kathy agreed, but added, “As you read and comment, you discover how to improve your own writing. Critiquing is just part of what Scrib brings, anyhow. The active forum system permits you to interact with others. anyhow, if you invest too much time there, your consideration will be diverted from what you have to be doing: writing.”

There really is no practical limit on the number of groups you can join. One of the most attractive uses I’ve seen for groups is to form a private critiquing team. This could be ideal for an author who wants ongoing critique, but doesn’t have a face-to-face resource.

Check out Scribophile and see if it is for you. Have you tried it? Please let us know about your experience in the comments below…