| Is DevaintArt a good website for writers?|
To be honest, it really depends on what your current needs are as a writer, and what you hope to gain from the site to help further your writing capabilities.
I consider myself to be both an artist and a writer, and I’ve had a DeviantArt account for about four years now. It’s difficult to get a grasp of just how much writing resources are available, as the site is home to some 11 million plus members and it’s a lot of information to comb through, but as someone who dabbles in both writing and art, and has been an active participant in both parts of the site for four or so years, I can tell you that dA won’t be of much use to you if your aim is to grow as a writer or gain a bit of exposure, as the site is so heavily centered around the graphic arts.
If you would like an alternative outside of the typical lineup of social media sites, might I suggest:
Why I like it:
You can classify your writing into either the Fiction or Poetry categories, and then further classify it according to genre. The site also allows you the option of assigning a rating, which ranges from K (suitable for young children) to M (Mature - contains content suitable for mature teens and older), which is great for helping you to narrow down to your target audience.
In terms of feedback, the site does have a review feature that allows readers to leave feedback which, hopefully, you will find useful; however, most of the reviews I find tend to be of the short, complimentary, and not very useful, variety (i.e. “nice,” “good story” sort of comments with little else added). Some readers might not bother leaving a review at all, but might choose the option to “follow” you or a particular story you’ve posted (i.e. subscribing), which is considered a compliment. Nevertheless, the site is home to thousands of members, many of whom are fantastic writers and have given me some very useful critiques concerning the quality of my work.
Other pluses include communities and forums that will help you gain visibility for your work, or where you can ask fellow writers for advice and tips. Now, while the site doesn’t have a specific “Go To” place for guides or writing resources, it has a registry of Beta Readers (over 2,000 just for the fiction category) who can critique your work before you publish it. If you’re not quite sure what they do, generally, a beta reader is someone who will examine your writing for plot holes and other errors that we writers commonly miss during the writing process, and will make corrections or suggestions where they see fit.
Of course, this being the internet, there are many more writing websites available, but I find this one to be among the more user friendly, especially for the amateur writer.
I really hope this helped with your question!