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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Creative outlet for budding novelists has wide range.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Updates to Site to Make it Even More Family Friendly

There are some great comments on the review. One thing we are implementing this week is restrictions on R rated stories to help protect younger teens and children -- no one will be able to see those stories unless they verify they are 17 or older. I have children of my own, including a 16 year old, and I want to make sure that I would be comfortable with my own daughter using the site without my supervision. Thanks for the helpful and positive review and if you have any more ideas for us, let us know. Stan Soper Founder
age 13+

Perfect for 13 and up

I love this site! Most social networks are a waste of time. This one helps young people learn to write and think critically.

Is It Any Good?

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Founded by a literary agent, TEXTNOVEL bills itself as a social network for writers and readers. Authors can post stories, chapter by chapter, about any topic they want to write about -- although many center around popular themes like romance and young adult fiction. The site makes it easy for writers to submit material using computers, cell phones, or even text message, and offers them the chance to get their work read and receive feedback on it. Textnovel also includes a nifty function that allows users to make an in-progress story private so that only selected friends can read it before the story goes live. Nonfiction and fiction fans should also enjoy clicking around -- there's plenty to read. The site's only major drawback is that much of the content, while creative, isn't always kid-appropriate. Writers can post pretty much whatever they want, so kids who come to the site to read young adult fiction could easily stumble across a story about a stalker or stripper. Although stories contain a G, PG, PG-13 or R rating, the authors select it, so it's pretty subjective -- and there's really nothing stopping younger readers from reading an R-rated story.

Online interaction: Users can comment on authors' published stories or ask friends to offer advice on how to improve an in-progress story.

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