When shopping around for the critique group of your dreams, one place you can take your shopping trip is the internet. Online groups have been flourishing for years, gaining in popularity and usage. While the appeal of the online critique group is more for some people than for others, looking into the advantages of one over a face to face, meet for lunch or dinner type group just might add to the sweetness of a website.
So what are the advantages to an online only critique group?
Because you are working by email only, when and where you decide to work on someone else’s work is completely up to you. Of course, as with everything you will have a deadline, but even with those you still have a large amount of freedom.
Remember when the internet was known as the “Worldwide Web”? So long ago, and yet, such a good name and example of exactly what the internet is—worldwide. With an online critique group you are not confined with only local authors, not even confined with authors in your own country, but you are able to connect and share all over the world.
Depending on your area, finding a group of people that write in your genre might be tough, but with a few words typed in a Google search bar, you have access to countless writers in your genre. Finding specialized groups is easier, and it might be the difference between a lasting group or one you end up having to leave quicker than you thought.
NO FACE TO FACE FEAR
When you are criticizing someone else’s work, especially for the first time, knowing how they are going to react can be a little bit of a stress to some. You don’t want to invoke anger in them or cause a scene. Remove the face to face meeting stress, though and the face to face fear is removed as well.