At ANM, we are always trying ti encourage our reader’s to find fulfillment and happiness in all areas of their lives. If you read our Relationship or Lifestyle sections, you’ve learned how important it is to fill your life with meaningful activities, especially when it comes to finding happiness, building confidence and having the kind of relationship you want.
One of my main outlets is writing (even though it’s also what I do for work). Writing has enormous therapeutic benefits and can also get your creative juices flowing (always an awesome feeling). Whether you have aspirations of becoming a writer or not, I definitely think you should take the time to check out Voices In Space, a free literary forum on which writers—no matter how experienced– may post their work and get feedback from a wide array of impartial critics, i.e., the community of users.
Authors also have the ability to workshop their writing on the site, track the evolution of their writing, and gauge how changes to a work are received by their audience.
The site was founded by Tara Kipnees, a close friend of mine and insanely talented writer who was inspired to start the site by the personal challenges she faced when trying to break into the literary world.
How it Works:
Members of the site can post various versions of their works and update them based on the critiques offered by the community. User participation that the community deems valuable, be it posting engaging work or providing insightful critique, translates into enhanced prestige on the site. And, as an homage to poetry readings of the Beat Generation, works are rated on a scale of one to five “snaps,” while comments can be rated as “hip” (good) or “square” (not so good).
Although VIS is packaged as a platform for writers, the site is as much about reading and absorbing as it is about writing. Either way you have something to gain when it comes to sharpening your skills and I can personally attest to the fact that reading the works of others has the ability to strengthen your own writing skills immensely.
Head over to VoicesInSpace.com and experience it for yourselves!