Writing is a solitary activity much of the time. Sure, you can hang out at the local coffee shop or share your story on the ferry, heading to work, but ultimately, you're at your computer, alone, plugging away. So, when advised to find a Writing Group or a Critique Partner, what do you do?
Maybe you're one of the lucky ones who lives in the Seattle area. There are about five million writing groups in that area, floating in mystical nirvana, all waiting for that one more special member. But if you're like many of us, isolated by mountain ranges or rivers or time changes, you have little chance of stumbling upon a thriving, active writing group in your locale.
You have two choices left: You can move to Seattle. Or you can start one of your own. Or, maybe not. There is another option. You can join an on-line community as well.
Seanchai of A Field of Paper Flowers blog has started an on-line matching website named Crit Partner Match that helps writers find critique partners. In just two weeks, 62 potential writing partners have signed up under the headings of Short Stories, Poetic Thoughts, Children's Writing, Young Adult Advocates, and Speculative Fiction. Explore the site, maybe this is the answer you've been waiting for.