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Writing.com has a consumer rating of 4.71 stars from 237 reviews indicating that most customers are generally satisfied with their purchases. Consumers satisfied with Writing.com most frequently mention short stories, long time and gift points.Writing.com ranks 11th among Social Network sites.

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Positive highlights

  • There are loads of official (managed by staff) and unofficial (managed by members) contests.
  • Within an hour I received a review of my work, It was not only positive but helpful.

Critical highlights

  • If you actually want those disinterested glances and forced reviews, you have to pay for it.
  • Writing.com purports to be a site for would-be writers to develop their skills in a friendly accomodating community.
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Top Positive Review

“THE Place for Writers!”

Krista C.
11/25/20

As a member since 2000, I can tell you that not only has this site helped me grow as a writer; it has also become a second home. First, I want to clear up a misconception. I've seen other reviews bashing the membership aspect, but I don't think those users understood the concept. Membership is free. Yes, you can purchase different levels for extra features. But at $10 for 3 months (or 1 year for $20), a basic membership is pretty darn affordable. We also have a couple of angel groups that can help out with the cost for those that need a little help. Not to mention the contests with memberships as prizes. I personally won a 1-year Premium membership. Twice. Whether you enjoy writing for the fun of it, are looking to polish your skills before publishing, or just looking for something to read, I encourage you to give it a chance. In my 20 years, I've come across one unfriendly user. That's it. Our members and staff are always welcoming. There is literally something for everyone.

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Top Critical Review

“Please try another site”

Anne H.
2/28/19

I would not suggest this. You see, this site is, basically, a pay to use site. Most of the admins aren't particularly nice. It's quite restrictive and one is isn't allowed to post more than ten things unless you pay. I didn't stay there long. In short, there are other writing websites, worth your time.

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kristac75
1 review
2 helpful votes
November 25th, 2020

As a member since 2000, I can tell you that not only has this site helped me grow as a writer; it has also become a second home. First, I want to clear up a misconception. I've seen other reviews bashing the membership aspect, but I don't think those users understood the concept. Membership is free. Yes, you can purchase different levels for extra features. But at $10 for 3 months (or 1 year for $20), a basic membership is pretty darn affordable. We also have a couple of angel groups that can help out with the cost for those that need a little help. Not to mention the contests with memberships as prizes. I personally won a 1-year Premium membership. Twice.
Whether you enjoy writing for the fun of it, are looking to polish your skills before publishing, or just looking for something to read, I encourage you to give it a chance. In my 20 years, I've come across one unfriendly user. That's it. Our members and staff are always welcoming. There is literally something for everyone.

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kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thank you very much, Krista!

mimis38
1 review
0 helpful votes
April 22nd, 2020

Professional work and finish before the deadline. Very happy and satisfied. I will order it again and tell someone else to use their services.

joem1705
1 review
12 helpful votes
December 5th, 2020

A popular, diverse, well run site to consider if you are up for trying your hand at authoring as a new hobby. It's been going successfully for twenty years, and appeals to many people.
It has a friendly set of contributors, many of whom appear to want to help others, if they can. But, and it's a big but. Many who have been on the site over one or two decades appear not to have learnt the skills to help novice authors. The standard of grammar, punctuation and awareness of pacing is lacking in a lot of the contributors and reviewers. Sad to say, most works offered for reviews seem amateurish. You would expect this from the first efforts of new writers, but it also seems a common fault among the many established members.
The weekly/monthly competitions are fair and well conducted. The organizers run them voluntarily and seem to have other members' best interests at heart.
People who have been on the site many years judge the official contests. I have read accusations of judges fixing the competitions and giving the prizes to their friends. Of what I discovered in my time there, it couldn't be further from the truth. I think it more accurate to say, not all, but many of these adjudicators have written little of any note in a long time, which can lead to some strange results. They seem to have more of an interest in socializing than penning.
The standard of fellow authors' reviewing is often poor in its context. Most reviews are for short stories/poems of somewhere between 50 and 700 words. Larger pieces of work get little attention.
A great number of reviewers write short meaningless critiques as they hoover up gift points towards free membership. None of the staff seem to notice, or show an interest in stopping it.
During the time I surveyed the site, I saw people arrive, and throw themselves into what I presume was the original spirit of writing.com. Some must have spent a long time working on comprehensive reviews of others' works. But after seeing what others call a review, they eventually lose heart and decamp for fresh fields to pursue their aspirations.
In conclusion, I would say. If you are feeling your way into writing, or if you are interested in hobby writing within a sheltered environment, you couldn't find a more diverse and welcoming place from which to start.

mokshaj1
1 review
1 helpful vote
October 9th, 2020

Writin.com is one of the best site I've ever come across and undoubtedly one on the best sites writing sites out there. Really friendly community, fair critiques, and so many aspiring stories make it an awesome place! You might think it's boring, because its just a writing site, but there are so many things to do: writing and non-writing tasks- that it's really addicting. You MUST check it out, even if you ain't an aspiring writer. It's the closest thing to an ideal world in my view.

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kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thank you, Moksha!

mahikan
1 review
0 helpful votes
March 19th, 2020

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE written by Agatha Christie, is a perfect masterpiece for crime readers.
It is a creativity that flows through people who adore crime.
Best selling novel.

robinm547
1 review
1 helpful vote
September 10th, 2020

THE best writing site online. Great interaction with the community, and helpful critiques and feedback. Made some life-long friends there as well!

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thank you, Robin!

mirandak56
1 review
1 helpful vote
October 11th, 2020

I've been on writing.com for six or seven months and I absolutely love it. The community is engaging, people are kind, and opinions are respected, unless it's harmful to anyone. It's an incredible site for writers and I would absolutely recommend it.

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thank you, Miranda!

tyrah3
16 reviews
79 helpful votes
February 28th, 2019

I would not suggest this. You see, this site is, basically, a pay to use site. Most of the admins aren't particularly nice. It's quite restrictive and one is isn't allowed to post more than ten things unless you pay. I didn't stay there long.

In short, there are other writing websites, worth your time.

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

I appreciate your feedback. We've taken a different approach than the "free" sites that aren't really "free". By now, everyone knows there is a COST to everything. Everyone knows that "free" means they sell your information to pay for the service! Nothing is "free". Look at all the scandals at Facebook, Google and on and on. Read the business plans of the larger "free" sites. They are NOT charities. Some smaller sites may be NOT selling your information in which case: The site is just a hobby for the admin(s). Hobbies don't last forever and don't be surprised when you log in one day to find the site owner has moved on to something more worth their own time.

To each their own.:-) We've been online providing our services since 2000 -- celebrating our 19th year online serving writers coming up in September! There are few (if any) truly "free" sites that can make sure statements! For less than a cup of coffee per month, we offer a remarkably stable environment for folks serious about their writing.

Where ever you may end up, we sincerely wish you the best with your writing endeavors.

pamelaf976
1 review
1 helpful vote
October 9th, 2020

The site is a safe space for exploring your creativity and expanding your writing skills. There are members with diverse interests and there is a niche for everyone. It is a good place to find like-minded people even if your mind is like no other.

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thank you, Pamela!

markt1388
1 review
0 helpful votes
September 9th, 2021

I have never seen such a great arrangement of writers and customer service all at once. Before I had the good fortune to come across writing.com, I have always felt either the lack of good writers or the lack of good customer service. They undoubtedly bridge this gap for me.

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thanks for your kind words!:-)

judyk203
3 reviews
8 helpful votes
January 16th, 2020

The website is easy and quite easy to understand. Anyone can easily understand what isposted there. Perfect choice

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thank you, Judy!

leno13
1 review
3 helpful votes
May 17th, 2020

I joined Writing.Com (WdC) in November of 2002 and haven't regretted my decision even once during these 18 years. I was like so many others who were born in the 1940's, I grew up during the time that TV was growing in popularity and was vigorously seeking writers for the weekly programs, while both radio and the book publishing industry were very profitable for those lucky enough to break into the business. Well, my dreams of being a popular novelist never really materialized, but I never lost the desire to become a writer. I largely taught myself to study the output of those who attained success and I pushed through the million words that I had to wrote before I could even begin to call myself a writer. I wasn't very successful then and wrote short stories and a novel... because I had to. After all those years, I found Writing.Com and joined their website. WdC is a friendly place where you can find a niche among writers of the same skill-level as yourself and meet others who have been working hard on their skills and are reaping some rewards for it. And that's what WdC is really all about; writers helping writers! Old writers helping New writers; after writing a poem or story or novel, you can get it read and critiqued, giving you the opinions of others as a guide for improvement. WdC had many groups to join, such as Superpower Reviewers Group, contests like Weird Tales Contest or SCREAMS, a daily contest in the Horror genre, or you can enroll in writing classes and learn (or re-learn) how to write! If you have, or ever had, that overpowering, restless drive to write, I strongly believe that yshoujoin Writing.Com, where you will find an atmosphere of encouragement. You can join with a Free Membership or choose from four paid memberships, Check out WdC and, though I'm not a betting man, I think it's in your Destiny to become the newest member in this unique website of friendly and creative people. When you join, make sure that you tell them that storyteller [retired] sent you!

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thank you very much, Len!

dlovanm
1 review
0 helpful votes
March 24th, 2020

Perfect job. I have been contacting many companies they gave me a bad work. Howver ukwriting is the best websitr and all the experts has got many experenice ablut the subjects

joet255
1 review
3 helpful votes
March 2nd, 2019

I have wanted to improve my writing skills. I checked out some online classes, etc. I came across Writing.com by chance while searching for online resources. It is a very helpful site. You can get good quality, constructive reviews of your work. There are many helpful resources. Many are free. The members made me feel like a part of the community from the start. I would recommend Writing.com for anyone who wants to write, and also for people who just want to read some very good work.

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thank you, Joe!

laurier88
1 review
5 helpful votes
May 6th, 2019

If you're looking to improve your writing skills, network with fellow authors, read new & interesting stories & poetry, or just share your work with your peers, this is the place for you.

Getting started takes minutes, and is incredibly easy.

On my first night, I'd uploaded three stories and received six incredibly helpful reviews.

A wonderfully supportive community, an easily navigated site containing a plethora of useful tools; the most constructive environment online for aspiring writers

I can't recommend this site enough!

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thank you very much!:-)

benl158
1 review
2 helpful votes
April 7th, 2019

In the eleven years I've been a paying member of Writing.com, I have progressed from a novice just figuring out how to write stories and poems to a traditionally published author. The site encourages support, critiques, and contests, and manages to be a safe place for self expression without allowing the kinds of a abusive behaviors that plague many social networks and communities.

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thank you very much!:-)

daynaf5
1 review
2 helpful votes
April 28th, 2019

This site has provide a vibrant and continuous flow of ideas, prompts, suggestion and opportunities for writers both young and old to critique each other. Gain exposure by sharing works. It's a natural beta reader site, as anyone can post, receive reviews and experience how their work will be received.

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thanks! We appreciate your kind words.:-)

joem655
1 review
39 helpful votes
March 28th, 2019

The admins are lying about the server load. They are forcing users to pay for the one service (interactive stories) that is actually popular. They censor criticism of it and act very passive aggressive. Do not use this website for interactive stories.

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

We will agree to disagree.

Good luck with your writing!

dennish103
1 review
3 helpful votes
March 2nd, 2018

Ever think you're in a rut? Don't think your writing is any good? Want to try a new genre? Check out Writing.com's contest section. It's a great way to test your writing chops, flex those unused writing muscles, and get helpful criticism. Submissions can be anywhere from poems to novellas, though most fall into the 1000 - 2000 word short story category. Check them out, I think you'll like being part of the community.

sharonw162
1 review
1 helpful vote
April 1st, 2018

I have been a member of Writing.com for many years now and I love it. There is a choice of membership options and even the free membership allows more than other websites. Originally I came in just to read other people's writings, but now I write as well, along with reviewing and participating in a number of groups, activities and forums. There's always something to do and there is a real sense of community here. I love this place and would recommend it to anyone.

jimmyr49
1 review
1 helpful vote
March 15th, 2018

All writing sites have good and not-so-good points. Any level of writer can benefit from the site by just using those things that are helpful like getting others to read and offer comments as you polish your work. There's places for all genres and collaboration, and you can have a blog (at a Upgraded membership level). For those not interested in a social scene, you can skip that part of it and still progress your writing. It may not be perfect for everyone, but any writer can find it useful.

maryj770
1 review
1 helpful vote
April 7th, 2019

I have been a member for 7 years. As with any good site it continues to charge membership fees based on the level of support you need and to support the website. It is good site for learning how to improve your writing craft with supportive feedback from its members. The site also provide many reference materials to help with writing, editing and markets.

kennw
Story M. – Writing.com Rep

Thank you very much!:-)

rebeccaz1
2 reviews
17 helpful votes
October 1st, 2015

Apparently I've been a member for a few years now but didn't know about it until yesterday. The site looked, at first, like a fun place to write and review the work of other writers but I seem to have stumbled into the elementary school section and can't find my way out. The stories I'm reading are about puppies, teenage angst and poetry about how life sucks now (but it didn't always). The reviews amount to nothing more than obnoxious graphics with rainbow colored emoticons and breathless reviewers praising the writer with profound perspectives such as: "I love this story so much! Thanks for saying what I would have said if I had only thought of it!" Anyway, I'm giving it a few more days but the complicated layout and busy, noisy graphics are not conducive to the hard work of writing. The site's been around for awhile so it must work for some people.

**Update** I'm quite sure now that I don't have any use for Writing.com. It apparently serves the needs of many 'writers' but it doesn't serve my needs. It's just for kids really.

justins162
1 review
3 helpful votes
January 6th, 2018

I've been a member of Writing Dot Com now for nearly a decade. My experience has been helpful, entertaining, and ultimately inspires me to keep reading and writing. I've entered contests, won a couple, been published in newsletters, offered many reviews to assist other writers, and had a blast all along. I strongly recommend this site to any aspiring writer, and even to people who are just looking for things to read and/or review!

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Joseph S.
1 review
1 helpful vote
April 30th, 2018

Look, it's not full of graphics, and fonts, and crazy stuff. It sets a goal, and executes it flawlessly. The focus on the words is what Writing.com is all about, and it makes no excuses on fulfilling that mission. Join, explore, contribute, participate, take your time, savor the incredible depth and breadth of contributions from their writers. You won't be disappointed.

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The simplest and most honest answer to this is simply that we, as a site that allows authors to post work, can not possibly stop someone from copying something they've read online and trying to use it as their own. The question you have to ask yourself, more so, is whether or not that's likely to happen. If you feel your work is up to the level that someone could just take it and get it published -- then certainly you should not be joining a writing community to improve your skills -- you should instead be out getting your work published. From our 15 years of experience, having had tens of thousands of authors post work to Writing.Com, we've never heard from anyone that their work has been stolen from our site and published by someone else. I hope this answer helps!

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The answer is 0. Spending has nothing to do with promotions on Writing.Com. The qualifications for promotion include reviewing and interaction on the site, along with minimum amounts of time on the site. The full qualifications are listed in "Writing.Com 101" which is linked from the top of each page. Promotions are made manually, however... and Writing.Com is a literal "Mom and Pop shop" -- two people. Active members in our community also know that our 5 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia the first week of September, so they know that this type of manual promotion is not something we have time to take care of right now. We'll be back to it as we work through and manage our family health issues.

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It hasn't been down at all, so this is a difficult question to answer.:-)

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Yes! There are nearly infinite usernames available.:-)

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We are not Letgo. You are asking on the wrong site.:-)

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We are not Letgo. You are asking on the wrong site.:-)

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I'm sorry, I don't understand your question. You're welcome to create an account on Writing.Com without a previous history.:-)

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Sure, that is interesting!:-) You can certainly write about anything that is interesting to you.:-)

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Sure, that is interesting!:-) You can certainly write about anything that is interesting to you.:-)

By Story M.,
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Hello, If I'm understanding the question... you're asking about benefits of our Preferred Author promotion? You are correct in that promotion is recognition within the community more than anything else. There are some ancillary benefits, such as message forums and activities available only to certain portfolio levels, plus certain times where we request the input and/or participation of higher levels within the community. Our Moderators are only chosen from well established Preferred Authors. In addition, higher portfolio levels earn an increased number of Gift Points for logging in each day. A list of the various portfolio levels within Writing.Com: https://www.writing.com/main/books/action/view/entry_id/700363 Qualifications for Promotion to Preferred Author: https://www.writing.com/main/books/action/view/entry_id/700364 Qualifications for Promotion to Moderator: https://www.writing.com/main/books/action/view/entry_id/700392 I hope this helps! ~~SM

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