By Jennie Goloboy
I can’t say this often enough—you really should be a member of a writer’s workshop. Not only will you get a sense of what people are writing right now (is your novel as unique as you think?), but you’ll also learn the habits of criticism that will help you rewrite your own work. Plus you’ll have people to complain to when you hit a block!
If you don’t have a good workshop where you live (or if the workshops don’t really suit the kind of material you’re writing), here are some online workshops that I’ve tested myself or had recommended to me:
Wattpad: You can post a novel in process, adding chapters as you go.
Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Unlike the other workshops above, novels are posted in single chapters, so the reading commitment is low for reviewers. I’ve been a member of this one for years under a pseudonym.
What workshops have you participated in? Is there one that you recommend to others?