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There have always been a lot of writers on deviantART begging for more recognition. It's understandable that literature is given a lower priority: as I'm writing this, there are 3,280 "Writers" online, which compared to the 10,671 "Artists" is a relatively small community. So all of us writers whine about how we never get "the attention that we deserve." There are plenty of stamps declaring, "Writers are artists too!" and all that sort of thing. But we never really get anywhere.

Well let's get serious, people.

deviantART easily has the most impressive coding I've ever seen. And the latest updates of the message centre, notes and v7 were stunning. So much is possible; it's time to give writers the edge.

When deviantART's Portfolio feature was released, it stated:
"Some people ask if Portfolio supports Literature, Film or Flash Animations. Unfortunately these formats are not yet supported, but we are working hard to make sure to support these media in the future with presentation formats designed specifically to them."

deviantART, it is time for you to fulfill that promise.

The biggest problem with our cry for recognition is that we don't really know what we're asking for. In my opinion, the literature community is scattered and uncertain. Sure, we can say, "Create something special for us!" but if we don't know what we want, it certainly isn't going to happen.

So why don't we turn our focus to a concentrated effort in order to have our message heard?

Hovering Comments

by nycterent (DD given 2010-05-20)
Suggestion:Hovering Comments by nycterent

Anybody that's attempted to critique a piece of writing on deviantART knows the frustration of continually scrolling up and back down. A piece of writing isn't a picture, and can't be critiqued like one. This sophisticated style of commenting would encourage deviants to give detailed, professional critiques.

Chapters and Annotations

by JesseLax (DD given 2008-11-02)
Lit: Chapters + Annotation by JesseLax

One of the most stunning overhauls of the literature system: allow chapters to be linked together and annotations to be made on the text itself. Even if this idea as a whole is impossible, it has several concepts that would revolutionize the way deviants interact with literature deviations.

Literature Portfolios

by HtBlack (DD given 2010-07-05)
Literature Portfolio v.1 by HtBlack
As was previously mentioned, deviantART promised "presentation formats" specialized for literature. Many writers assumed that meant a portfolio designed specifically for them, yet it's been almost a year since portfolios were released and nothing has been created. While portfolios might not serve a writer in the same way as for artists and photographers, many deviants desire a clean and professional place to showcase their written work, as you can see in this poll.

As deviants, we've seen the deviantART community flourish and better itself day after day. With the Portfolio, the Prints system and v7, visual arts were supported and promoted in totally new and fantastic ways.
As writers, we've been waiting for a similar revolution for a while. Written art inevitably suffers without such professional-looking and well thought-out features.

As you saw from the poll, writers would be excited to see a more user-defined experience on deviantART. Many of them would advocate the development of new ways to showcase and highlight their work much like features assisting deviantART's visual artists.

So here we are, to give them a voice. A voice that is not "official" but is here nonetheless. This is a call for deviantART's writers to stand up and take a part in change, instead of blindly demanding new features without taking any actual action. We are here to show that we care; we are here to illustrate to you our very own ideas about how to develop the writing community.  

We are here to work together, as a community should, to see a much-needed feature be developed.

Will you be a part of it?
I created a little list of 31 writing prompts (because thirty is even, and I don't fancy even numbers, though they were necessary to create the list below... /shudder/). feel free to try it out! challenge yourself. it's a good way to spark creativity. I'll be doing it as well (:

01. letter
02. sticks and stones
03. birthday
04. immortal
05. circus
06. abandoned
07. nosebleed
08. mother [or father, or both]
09. sunrise
10. distraction
11. habit
12. fuck
13. love
14. waste
15. skinny
16. eyes
17. white noise
18. impulse
19. addiction
20. desecrate
21. death
22. low
23. heartbeat
24. first kiss
25. tomorrow
26. sweet
27. fog [or mist]
28. can't
29. village
30. time
31. forget


i was inspired by the one-hundred themes challenge: 100themeschallenge.deviantart.…

No One Cares About Your Story

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 12, 2013, 4:21 PM

GOOD NEWS: This is perfectly normal!

I can't remember the source, but a few years ago I read this famous author's account of how it felt to have his first book come out, and he mentioned buying a copy himself because he was afraid no one would take an interest. Now this is a guy who managed to get not only an agency but a publisher (which is a whole pile of people who were like yesplz), and he's still afraid readers won't care. I was like, 'whoa mind blown.'

But anyway, the fact is that we are all strangers on the Internet and, by default, there is no reason for you to read my stuff or vice-versa. If you went and stood in Times Square with copies of your latest story, how many people would give you more than a passing glance? And how many of those people would get to the end of your work, and how many of those would offer critical feedback?

And, if you were one of the passersby, whom would you stop for?

Okay, I'm done scaring the shit out of you. That's not the point of this journal, the point is to look at ways to make people care. Success not guaranteed.

How to Make People Care About Your Story

I had this long-ass spiel planned (and drafted, even), but honestly it all just boils down to respect.

1. Respect your readers.

Don't try to lord your cleverness over them, or expect them to automatically be as invested in your work as you are (did they spend twenty hours every week agonising over writing it? No they did not). Keep in mind that these are people with lives, and it's quite possible they have just as much of their own material to freak out over.

So how do you get them past that? By a) being a good writer and b) taking an interest in their lives.

Don't expect everything to fall into your lap. Communication goes both ways. I mean, how many times have you left a great critique that someone really appreciated and then did nothing with? It's happened to me more than once, and each successive time has soured me on bothering with more of that person's work. I still leave Goodreads reviews without expecting a pat on the head, so a well-done piece of work does outrank a 'wah wah this person was a jerk,' but unless you are 100% sure that you are that talented genius, don't be a dick.

FYI, it's never a 100% thing.

2. Respect the craft.

Everyone learns how to write in school.

Everyone learns how to write for school in school.

You may be one of those lucky bastards with a creative writing elective or even majoring in the field, but that's the exception, not the rule.

Creative writing is its own discipline, and getting an A in English class has little to do with it. I don't get how so many people equate being okay at writing essays or reading analysis with writing stories, but yeah. Stop doing that.

Yes, you can translate skills from one side to the other, and being able to analyse what you're reading is always important, but respect the fact that creative writing is as much an art form as drawing, and that if holding a pencil doesn't make you a master of drawing, being able to type words isn't going to toss creative writing into your lap, either.

Aside from this, you need to want to improve. I mentioned 'being a good writer' above, so it's even tied into respecting your audience, but if you really care about this being a thing that defines you, you have to be willing to do your own research. No excuses. Learn to use Google. Listen to good advice even if it feels like a slap on the bum.

3. Respect yourself.

Your words don't define you as a person, okay? Me telling you that your story is flawed shouldn't make you feel bad, it should make you want to do better. There's nothing wrong with caring about your work, but there is something wrong with treating every word of criticism like a stab wound. And with thinking that you're hopeless, the fact that you weren't a child genius is going to screw you over, you can never be awesome, blah blah blah.

(I want my writing to be perfect so it reflects well on me. Why? Because my ego is the size of a fucking mountain.)

You're not ink on paper. You're a person. Words are your medium of choice to showcase yourself, your ideas, and/or your views. There's no way it's going to be perfect from the beginning, and when someone tells you where you've gone wrong, pay close attention. Not because they're somehow better than you, but because wanting to be the best you can be means hunting down all your weaknesses.

Get your chin up and make your writing as awesome as your self.


Jeff The Killer: Sweet dreams are made of screams by Anyerina

okay so this is my first fanfic so don't be too harsh on me. but either way, I hope you like it.

(f/c) favorite color, (y/n) your name, (h/l) hair length ,(h/c) hair color

Your P.O.V

It was a normal day for you but you couldn't shake this feeling that you were getting watched but you shake it off because you knew your overprotective dad would freak out about it. So right after you did you took a shower, you put on a white tank top,(f/c) sleeveless hoodie, headphones, light blue ripped-up jeans, and black and(f/c) converse. You had your (h/l), (h/c) down and straight but messy so your dad won't freak out ;to think you don't do it for a boy. Right after you ate breakfast, you skateboard to school before you got tackled by your best friend, Isaiah. He was like a brother to you and had mostly everything in common with him, but you dad thinks he's the 'bad influence'. Isaiah screamed right in your ear

"(Y/N)!!!!!! DID YOU SEE THE NEWS?!"

you shake your head"No......why? what did you do this time?!"

 "The Daniels just died last night from-"

"Jeff the Killer I know" you interrupted getting annoyed.

 You didn't hate the killer but he was a giant problem for your dad, the sheriff of your town. He's the reason you have cops watching you every second in your life.So right after you finished talking about the news, Isaiah walked but you skateboard right next him to school. You looked all sad and when Isaiah saw it, he stopped you and grabbed your shoulders

"What's with you? You don't look happy at all but scared....Is it because of JEF-"

 "No, it just something bothering me. that's all" you said

"OH, well.... what's wrong?!"he said all worried.

 "I just...I fell like I'm getting watched" you sighed.

 Isaiah rolled his eyes and said" (y/n) you always watched by cops, your dad, and by cameras everywhere. So...don't be sad, show that smile of yours " he said trying to put a smile on your face.

"Yeah you're right, thanks " you said, smiling going to school.

 Jeff's P.O.V

I saw (y/n) walking with that boy again. Isaiah, what a stupid name to have but I can't kill him with him always with (y/n) there. I want her to see me but not like this and what bothers me the most about her is her dad.

 'God I hate her dad' 

When I saw her beautiful smile she has, it made me smile even more than ever. When she left around corner, I decided to check out her house. So, I went to her window and a good thing her dad wasn't home. I unlocked her window and got in and never saw any sign of anyone there.

 'Perfect' I looked around her room and saw no sign of being girly.

 'what I girl' I thought.

 So after messing with her stuff, I sat on her bed but heard no squeaking. usually I hear squeaking all the time when killing but thank god this one doesn't. I looked up at the ceiling and thought about (y/n) and what she's doing. I was calm until I heard the front door open and found out it was her dad

'oh shit!' I thought and jumped out the window and hid for 5 minutes to see he came back to get something in his hands, the house keys. I was laughing so loud and I didn't noticed him coming my way be continued..........

Hook, Line, and Sinker: How to Start Your Story

You have the story idea, a brief outline (or not), and enough motivation and/or preparation to place your fingers on the keyboard and think, Let's begin. But how does one, in fact, begin a story? How do you select the perfect scene to situate your reader without putting him to sleep? It's easy to become overwhelmed by the sea of possible beginnings before having typed a single word. This article provides a list of different ways to begin a story, long or short, pointing out their respective advantages and disadvantages. The right beginning can give you just the push you need to send you flying into the world of your characters.


A prologue is a scene or chapter that pertains to the story without featuring your protagonist at the present time. It might show your hero as a child; it might show your antagonist plotting to take over the world; it might show a setting, a historical event, a natural catastrophe that occurs before the story starts. You know how at the beginning of a movie, the camera is zoomed in on a tiny detail before pulling out and revealing the larger picture? We're doing the opposite here.

The use of prologues has always been a subject of debate among writers for one major reason: when not used correctly, they can easily bore the reader. If you think of your prologue as a place to dump your backstory, you're likely to lose your audience. However, if you use it to set the mood of your novel before jumping into a slower, everyday events kind of opening, then (in my opinion) it is a perfectly appropriate beginning.

Action Beginning

I'd like to split the action beginning into two categories.

First, we have the hero action beginning, which is similar to a prologue in that it all happens before the inciting incident. It's the fighting-a-bad-guy-atop-a-moving-train scene (think James Bond here), although it doesn't necessarily need to be gripping. It can also be the waking-up-daily-routine scene. Most importantly, it shows the hero doing what he knows best before being thrust into the story head first.

Second, we have the inciting incident beginning. Who said a set-up was necessary? By beginning with the inciting incident, you're cutting straight to the chase, throwing your hero headfirst into the story alongside your reader. Later on, you can always share glimpses of your protagonist's past. Beginning with action certainly has its perks: there is little risk of boring your reader when you start with a bang. However, you run the risk of confusing him, especially if it turns out that the initial action sequence was all a dream (!). But I'll talk about that a bit later.

In Medias Res

Imagine this: everyone is dead, or kidnapped, or heartbroken, or crying, or rushing into battle. Suddenly, snap! you flashback to the very beginning, and things start to make sense. It isn't starting at the end of the story, but in the middle, in its heart. It's leaving the reader breathless before they even understand what's going on. But then, before they can get too confused, you flashback to the beginning and tell the story chronologically. An example of this would be in Homer's Odyssey, which begins with most of the Odysseus' journey being already over. The story leading up to that point is told through flashbacks.

One of the advantages of this tactic is that the reader has something to look forward to. Once they reach the point in the story with which you began, he experiences a huge rush, a brand new wave of avidity to continue reading the story. Now, for the disadvantages, the major one being that suspense tends to be lacking throughout most of the story, since you already know where the characters will end up in a few chapters. Furthermore, the reader might end up feeling kind of cheated, similarly so when reading a story beginning with a dream.

Although in media res might seem similar to the action beginning, they are not quite the same thing. If you're unsure, ask yourself this question: Does the opening scene take place before or after the inciting incident? If it takes place before or during the inciting incident, it is the action beginning. However, in media res directly translates to "in the middle of things", and so it takes place after the inciting incident.

Dream Scene

I've already complained a few times about the dream beginning; let me explain why. If the start of your story is full of action and suspense, the reader will want you to keep up the pace. Obviously, that's not always possible, but at least in the hero action beginning, all the jumping off buildings and car chases have actually happened. Finding out that it was all a dream comes with a feeling of having been ripped-off, which is of course something you want to avoid. In the end, it's always the writer's decision. If you believe that your story would benefit from beginning with a dream scene, then by all means, go ahead; but know the risks that come with such an opening. Some readers might close a book or delete the story from their inbox the minute the character wakes up.


Starting out with a flashback is a great way to introduce your character. An interesting anecdote that shows off a certain aspect of your character's personality gives us a peek into their past and their minds. We feel sympathy for them before they are even thrust into the story. Most importantly, we already start feeling a connection to them, a connection that builds up throughout the story until your reader is as much in love with your protagonist as you are. A strong foundation is a must if you want your reader to be fully invested in your story and characters, and a short flashback that shows the character in action is a good way to build it.

A prologue can be a flashback, although it isn't always one. The flashback gives a more personal feeling than the prologue does; the prologue creates space, whereas the flashback does the opposite. The character is looking back on a past experience, not living it.

Frame Device

A frame device is a story outside your main story, usually introducing a narrator who tells your main narrative to a listener or directly to your reader. It "frames" your story because it most often appears at the beginning and end, and sometimes in the middle. This technique could be interesting if you think it might be difficult for a reader to connect to the setting or characters, for example if you are writing historical fiction or fantasy. Since it does not take place in his reality, he might feel distanced from the story. Adding a separate story closer to his world will help him further relate to the characters or events in the main narrative.

One drawback of the frame device is that most readers will be more interested in the story where the action takes place than the "frame", going as far as perhaps skipping it altogether. Still, a frame device works well if there are major time jumps in your story as well as a remote setting, so it is a good tactic to consider.

An example of this would be in William Goldman's The Princess Bride, in which the main story, featuring pirates and princesses and Rodents of Unusual Size, is interspersed with scenes of the grandfather reading the story to his sick grandson.

Opening Lines

An entirely separate article could be written on the subject of good opening lines and how to write them, but I thought they should be briefly mentioned while we're on the topic of beginning a story. The first and most important rule when crafting the first line of your story is to choose something unique, surprising, and interesting. In short, something that will hook your reader. Pointing out that the sky is cloudy is all right, but it's so much more startling to point out the small object plummeting through the clouds at top speed on a thoroughly uneventful Sunday afternoon. Be specific, be surprising. Once you believe to have found the right line, read it again with a reader's eye, a reader who has thirty other stories waiting to be read today and only has time to pick a few. If you believe he would choose yours, then you have found your opening line.

Hooking your reader is never an easy thing to do. By choosing the right beginning for your story, however, you can easily draw the reader in until they are fully submerged and unable to stop reading. Hopefully this article will help you decide how to start your story the next time you are ready to begin writing, or at the very least, give you an idea of the different possibilities. The perfect beginning can be the motivation the readeror the writer!needs to finish it. Now all you need is the perfect story.

  • Do you often struggle with opening scenes?
  • What is your favourite way to begin a story?
  • What are your thoughts on prologues? On dream scenes? Are there any other "controversial" story beginnings?
  • What kind of opening line will prompt you to read a story?


Literature Basics Week

Okay, so maybe not everything. But there's a lot of stuff that I remember learning in middle and high school that turned out to not actually work for me -- or for pretty much anybody -- as a writer.  I'm hoping that if I can lay these lies out for you, we cans turn it around and unlearn some of these bad habits. Because, man, nothing says "noob" like practicing some of these frequently-taught faux pas.

Lie #1: Be super duper descriptive!


Wait, wait, I know what you're thinking. Descriptive language is good, right? You want your reader to know what you're talking about, and to be able to see, smell it, hear it, touch it, taste it the way you do in your head. The problem is that, when it comes to description, a little bit goes a long way.  Sometimes, it's about finding a better word to use, instead of a string of adverbs and adjectives to go with your verb or noun.  You know, you could say "She skulked through the forest" instead of "She walked sneakily through the heavily-wooded area."  See what I mean?  Now, that's kind of an obvious one, but when you go to write, here's a good trick to keep in mind: modifiers are evil. They are sneaky and they will slip into your poetry and prose without you even noticing. Your job, as a writer, is to keep an eye on those things.

Modifiers -- like adverbs and adjectives -- are words that describe other words. They should be used sparingly. Otherwise, you're going to have a mess on your hands. When you're writing, always ask yourself, do I need this word? Or is there something simpler and equally descriptive that I could use here?

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: Use descriptive language and sensory details, choosing words carefully. Every word you put on the page should be a word that NEEDS to be there.

Lie # 2: Show off your vocabulary!


Some writers I've run into have a penchant for tossing around five dollar words. It's almost as if they want the reader to know that they totally nailed the vocab section on their SATs. The thing is, creative writing isn't about what you know, it's about telling a story in the smoothest way possible. So why use "loquacious" if you could say "chatty?" Think about how your narrator or point-of-view character would think and speak. Think of how the people around you speak. If you can't imagine someone using that word in a conversation, it's probably a no-go. When it comes to five-dollar words, they should be sprinkled, not poured, into your writing.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: If you want your writing to feel authentic, use authentic language. Use those five dollar words sparingly!

Lie #3: Spice up your speech tags!


Here's the thing about speech tags: They should be invisible. The reader should pretty much not notice them at all. I mean, there's a reason that you sometimes don't even need them -- like in an extended conversation between two characters.  There are pretty much only two speech tags you will ever need: "said" and "asked." (You can, and should, of course, alter the tense as needed.) You may be able to slip in a "screamed" or a "replied" here and there, but sticking to the basics is always the better option. You don't want your reader getting hung up on speech tags when she should be paying attention to the conversation and the story.

Another word on speech tags: Using simple tags like "said" and "asked" doesn't give you carte blanche to start throwing adverbs around. "She said, angrily" or "he asked, jokingly" is just as much of an offense as not using a simple speech tag. If someone is speaking angrily or jokingly, that should show in the words they're using, and in the body language in the scene.  This is a great case of "show, don't tell," which, thankfully, is a lesson from school that you can hold onto.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: You will hardly ever need to use words other than "said" or "asked."

Lie #4: Poetry is about your feelings!


No. Poetry is about expressing yourself, sure -- just like any other writing. But it's not about emotions. It's about saying something. It's a narrative between the poet and the reader, and it should be full of images and ideas, not simply the thoughts you would write in your journal with some line breaks thrown in. Yes, poetry -- just like any other writing -- can be emotional. But your job as the writer isn't to emote onto the page. It's to get your reader to emote. Again, this is a place where that whole "show, don't tell" thing comes in handy.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: Poetry isn't about any one thing. And all writing should evoke emotions. Use your excellent writing skills to make the reader feel!

Lie #5: Capitalize the beginning of every line in your poem!


This is actually an antiquated form. If you're reading poetry -- and if you're writing poetry, I hope you are! -- you'll notice that contemporary poets only capitalize where they would in a regular sentence. So lines can start with lowercase letters. You capitalize when you start a new sentence, or for proper nouns -- all the usual suspects. But when you start a new line, and the previous line didn't end with a period, no, you don't need to capitalize. In fact, I'd recommend sticking to the new way of doing things. We both know you're not Shakespeare, after all.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: Sure, you can capitalize every line, but it's going to make you look old-fashioned. And not in a trendy way.

Lie #6: Practice writing by writing!


This is actually half true. Yes, you do get better at writing by writing. But you know what's even better? Reading. A well-read writer is going to be a way better writer than a writer who writes every day but never reads.  I promise you, this is a fact.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: If you're not reading as well as writing, you're doing it wrong.

Lie #7: A haiku is 5-7-5!


Yikes! They really stepped in it with this one. Sure, some haiku these days are 5-7-5, but usually these are referred to as senryu, since they are Westernized and have less to do with nature and brevity and more to do with cramming something into that syllabic format, often with a humorous twist. There's a lot of information out there about haiku, but I'll leave you with this: Writing haiku is more about brevity and observing nature than it is about an exact syllable count.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: Haiku isn't about the syllables. Do some research and figure out what style of haiku works for you!

Lie #8: The classics are the right way to learn writing!


Sure, the classics are great. But if you want to write for contemporary readers (like, you know, alive people), it's a good idea to read contemporary work! Enjoy some Emily Dickinson, but make sure you're also checking out Louise Gluck. Feel free to curl up with J.D. Salinger, but don't forget about Jennifer Egan. And, you know, there's lots to be discovered in your local library or bookstore -- not just the bestsellers. Read widely across genre and author background. Read books you like and books you don't like. Just make sure you're reading, and reading more than the tried and true golden oldies.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: If you want to improve your craft, read lots of genres and DEFINITELY check out your contemporaries!

Lie #9: Only write what you know!


If this were true, we wouldn't have, I don't know, any fantasy. Or space operas. Or historical fiction. Sure, it takes a lot of imagination and even more research, but writing outside of your comfort zone can be a good thing. Writing what you know can keep you grounded, and using your life experience to keep your writing honest is an excellent idea. But talking to people with different experiences from you, and reading about other lives and other ideas, and imagining schools for young wizards...well, these are all great tactics for writing richer stories.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: Start with what you know, use your imagination and your ability to do research to take your writing to the next level.

Lie #10: You're a genius!


Don't pretend someone in your life hasn't told you this. Someone along the line -- a mother, a teacher, a friend -- has probably read your writing and told you that you're going to be a New York Times best-selling author. And it felt good, I bet. But, you know what? If it's someone like a parent, a teacher, or a friend, they might be looking at your writing through rose-colored glasses. And you need someone who's going to be tough on you if you want to improve and have any chance at being a capital A Author. Are you a genius? Maybe. But don't take this "lesson" at face value.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: If you don't work hard and seek critical feedback, and learn to take critical (and negative) feedback, you probably won't succeed no mater what kind of talent you have.


Got questions?  Leave 'em below!  There are exceptions to every rule, and there are plenty of rules that might not make sense, which is why talking to other writers is always helpful. (Another lie: Writers can only be successful when they are holed up in a cabin in the woods somewhere.)  And feel free to share some of the lies you've heard before! In the mean time, enjoy the rest of PE: Literature Basics Week!


One of the things that the literary agency I work for does some weekends out of the year is teach seminars on query writing and the first 5 pages of manuscripts (which, basically just means the first page of the manuscript). The seminars last only a day or two, but aim to help writers improve their queries and start of their books so that they have a better chance of standing out in the ever-growing slush pile. Since I know many members of the literature community here aim to one day be published writers, I thought I would share our sheet of the top reasons for manuscript rejections. Please note: These are in no particular order.

  • Wrong genre
 :pointr: Agents have guidelines for specific genres that they like to represent. Just like you and me, they have certain genres they love and certain genres they don't. Sometimes, it's not because of personal preference, but because they don't know the market for some books as well as other agents who are very passionate about them. Therefore, do your research beforehand and save yourself the time sending a wrong genre MS out, and save the time of the agent who already has a big enough pile to go through!

  • Not enough to go on in a query
:pointr: Agents want something that stands out and works as a story. Many times, there are queries for stories that sound good, but there's not much to work or use to pitch the book to publishers. Make your story the best it can be and have there be something compelling about it that will make others want to read it.

  • Writing or idea is good, but doesn't stand out
:pointr: Just like with the last point, you need to make sure your story is compelling. Make it be something that the agent is excited about and wants be just as passionate as you are. With how many manuscripts are in the slush pile (and in e-queries), you need to make sure you've got a story that really will catch their attention and make it all they can think about.

  • Not clear which of the 4 Ss carries it (story, setting, someone, style)
:pointr: Something needs to drive your story. If you're bouncing around and making it hard for the agent to determine what makes the story strong (if anything), chances are it needs some retweaking.

  • Subjective tastes
:pointr: Like I mentioned in the "wrong genre" section, just like you and me, agents have particular preferences for what they like. If something isn't in their personal taste, they probably won't represent it unless it really blows them away. Because of this, again, make sure what you're submitting to an agent is something they state they are looking for.

  • Query Spammer
:pointr: Yes, we get these often. What does this mean? E-queries that have been forwarded to multiple agents or queries that are clearly "forms" and printed and sent off to a bunch of agents (basically, the "Dear Agent" queries). You want to be professional about your approach to sending your work out and show that you care about the agent-- especially if you want them to care about you.

  • Lack of punctuation, grammar, capitalization, etc.
:pointr: If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, you need to show you are a serious writer. Don't send in anything that you haven't proofed again and again and again (and had someone else proof).

  • Ego flags
:pointr: These are the worst, and trust me, we get a lot of them. If you're sending queries preaching about how great you are, how you'd be doing the agency a favor by representing you, or that you're the best writer to ever walk the earth (we literally got an e-query with the subject line "BETTER THAN JK ROWLING!!!!"), you're not getting represented-- no matter how good of a writer you are. No one wants to work with a diva.

  • Delusion
:pointr: Know about publishing before you start querying! Sometimes, writers have an idea about publishing in their head that isn't true and it makes communication difficult with them. Educate yourself! When you query, it's like applying for a job. You should know the basics before submitting that "resume"!

  • Unreadable
:pointr: Small font, fancy text, etc. Don't do it. You want your work to be read (that's the purpose of writing!), so if you make it so it's unreadable, no one will be able to read it, and therefore consider it.

  • Sent to wrong name or no name
:pointr: Like I said in an earlier point about query spamming, make sure it's not just a "Dear Agent" letter. Also, be sure you're putting the right agent's name on the query-- and including the right suffix. You'd be surprised how many times we get "Mr." delivered to our agency when the agent is a "Ms."

  • No return response information
:pointr: Let the agent know how you want to be contacted. E-mail? In a letter in the mail (you need to include a SASE in this case)? Make sure to make it clear and give all your contact information (phone number, e-mail, address) so that you can be contacted.

  • Too long / too short
:pointr: 120,000 words is the maximum that most agents will accept to read for a first time author. Why? Anything more than that is just too long. You can tell a story in less words than you think-- don't make it all fluff, get to the point! Of course, there are cases were books are too short and rushed, too, but usually the main problem is books exceeding the 120,000 mark.

  • Seen it a thousand times already
:pointr: While there's no such thing as originality, you need to be able to put your own twist on things and really own it and make it unique. If you submit a story that has basically the same plot as 100 other already published stories and stories that keep coming in the slush pile each week, you probably aren't getting represented-- unless you really bring something new to the table in it.

  • Poor writing in query that doesn't inspire confidence in the manuscript
:pointr: Professionalism. Use it all the time. If you want someone to take your manuscript seriously, make sure your query is top notch. Proof it, make sure there are no typos or grammar errors. Remember, one error in a query is multiplied by 400 pages in an agent's eyes (as we always say). Let your strong writing shine in your query and your work will be more anticipated.

  • No platform (nonfiction)
:pointr: As a nonfiction writer, it's important to have some background in what you're writing about to know that you're marketable. A lot of times, books like these are written by professors, columnists in magazines or newspapers who focus on particular areas, etc. Make yourself known and someone who gives buyers a reason to purchase your book! (For fiction writers, credentials and online presence like blogs, Twitter, etc. are important. Build your name up and make yourself known.)

  • Not clear who audience is
:pointr: Every writer should know who their intended audience is when writing. Make sure that it's clear in your work so that agents are aware, as well.

  • Sent as an e-mail attachment
:pointr: Usually, agents want the MS copied and pasted into the body of the e-mail. Why? Some writing programs don't operate on agents' computers (usually things other than Word) and files sometimes don't open properly. Having it in the body of the e-mail saves for file opening problems, build up of files on the computer, and a waste of time clicking through files.

  • Too me-moir or not universal enough (Memoir)
:pointr: Don't make it all "me", "me", "me". Your story should be something universal that other people can connect to. Memoirs should have the reader learn something at the end. You're not telling the story of what happened, you're telling the story of what happened.

  • Self-published
:pointr: Most agents, like publishers, want to represent works that they will have the first-time publishing rights to. Self-published books have already been out there for the world to see, so those rights are gone. (This also goes for work posted online-- deviantART included). Then comes the question that a lot of young writers ask on the matter: "But 'x' book was self-published and got a book deal from a big publisher..." In order for this to happen, there needs to be a lot of buzz about that book. Its sales need to be competing with traditionally published works. We get self-published titles often that come through the agency, but if sales aren't high enough, we can't represent it. 100 books aren't enough; 500 aren't; 1,000 aren't; heck, sometimes even 5,000 books aren't. Most agents quote that sales should be in the 10,000s to be represented or signed on to a bigger publisher after being self-published. (This, of course, isn't always the case, but it's the one that typically is gone by).

  • Saturated market
:pointr: This pretty much explains itself. If the market is saturated in something, agents and publishers sometimes get tired of seeing it.

  • Didn't send what was asked for
:pointr: It happens. If an agent asks for the first 10 pages of a book and a query letter, that better be what you send them. Not 13 pages, not 20 pages, not 11 pages-- 10. Make sure you do exactly what the agent asks when submitting. Follow their guidelines!

  • Author is a tough sell (prison, lives overseas, agoraphobic, etc.)
:pointr: Sadly, this can factor in what makes a book deal or not, too. If circumstances are tough for getting the author out there, it's going to hurt book sales overall. Overseas is probably the big one here (though, there are a lot of international authors that are repped here in the US, so don't let that frighten you!) and agoraphobia (fear of being in open/public places). If you're a writer, you're going to read in front of people, be interviewed, etc. It's important to build communication skills!

  • Too close to a project already represented or sold
:pointr: This happens a lot. Authors sometimes see projects that recently sell that were represented by an agent and query to them. While that's okay to do, it's something to watch out for if the project is too similar. Some agents don't want to represent two projects that are so alike that their one doesn't feel so unique any more. Pay close attention to what agents are selling and representing currently before querying.

  • List full for that genre
:pointr: Sometimes it does happen and agents only take on a certain number of books for a particular genre at a time. Why? Most of the editors at publishing companies they pitch to for a genre are the same, and sending too may projects to them can be an "annoyance". Therefore, a lot of agents try to stick to a set amount of books per genre per reading period/year (unless they represent just one genre). However, it's hard to tell just when they are full-- sometimes they'll put on their sites they aren't seeking "x" genre currently to keep authors updated, though. Always check agents' sites!

  • Uninformed author
:pointr: This was mentioned above in "delusion", but it's being repeated here. Don't be an uninformed author. Do your homework. Learn about how publishing works.  Some of the things we point out that are the biggest turn offs are:
  1. Expects the world
  2. Wants the agent to be the publicist
  3. Makes demands on their advance
  4. Has no clue of the realities of publishing
  • Just finished novel
:pointr: Novels have drafts. Many, many drafts. If you've just completed your first draft and submit it to an agent, they're going to know. Write, rewrite, and rewrite again. Make sure your novel is as clean and perfect as it can be before submitting. Agents know when you've worked to polish your manuscript and when it's hot off the printer for the first time.

  • The agent can't think of 5 editors right away to whom they would send the manuscript to
:pointr: Agents know editors, which means they know editors' tastes. If they think right away of an editor who would love to read your story, that's great! If they can't think of one, then it's probably not something they want to invest time in, since it will be a struggle researching editors they don't know (trust me! That takes lots of time on the computer digging around Publisher's Marketplace to see recent book deals).

  • Already passed on it
:pointr: If an agent rejects you once, don't re-send your manuscript to them. Chances are, they'll remember. There are many agents out there, so if you get rejected by one, don't be discouraged. Just send to another-- but never the same agent (unless they ask for it once things are changed. It does happen, but very rarely).

  • Query that doesn't focus much on the story
:pointr: We see these often, and no, they don't get represented. When you query your novel, we want to hear about your novel, not your life, not your accomplishments and awards, your book. There's always room to mention these things in your brief author bio at the end, but the majority of your query should be talking about your book.

  • Constant pestering
:pointr: Agents are very busy people. While they try to follow their 6-12 week response time as often as possible (some even have it up to a year for response time if they know they're so busy), things happen. I'm being honest when I say that literally around 300 e-queries come in a day, and a huge stack of snail mail queries (you know those US postal service tubs? One of those full). During the summer, things are faster, but come autumn, there's so much going on in publishing that agents can fall behind. E-mailing them constantly and asking about your query, sending letters, and yes, calling them every day to ask, is not going to get your MS to the top of the pile. Chances are, it's just going to be tossed in rejection.

  • Reader reward not clear
:pointr: Agents want to know what the reader is going to get for their time and money reading the book. They want to see it first hand. Prove you have something to share with the world-- something that readers are going to love and connect with and not feel like they wasted their time and money. Make is something they'd be happy to waste time and money on again and again.

Partial & Full Rejection Reasons:

  • Not hooked by the first page (Partial)
:pointr: The first page is what's going to make or break your book. If you can't get a reader completely invested in your story by the time the first page is done, it may not be worth representing. Why? The first page is what someone in the store reads first to get an idea of a book before they buy it. It's the opening to a book that someone is going to invest their time in for, say, another 400 pages. Start out with a bang!

  • The writing doesn't come "alive". Too much telling (Partial)
:pointr: Drop the reader into the plot. Keep them there. Don't tell them things that they can easily find out through action. Readers want to see the characters and story alive on the page, not told to them. A lot of times, this is the reason partials are rejected. They fall apart fast because things just aren't as alive as they were in the beginning. Remember: show, don't tell!

  • Too cliched (Partial)
:pointr: As a writer, I'm sure you hear this all the time anyway: avoid cliches! Well, it's true. Avoid them-- especially plot-based cliches. They stand out like sore thumbs in writing and are a major turn-off, especially when once surrounded by beautiful, unique writing.

  • At page 120, we're just turning pages (Full)
:pointr: Oh, the dreaded middle sag! If you've got one of those tedious middle sections, be sure to make it more lively. No one wants to read an exciting beginning and boring middle section that makes up most of the book just to get to an interesting end. Your whole book needs to keep the reader wanting more, unable to put it down. When it's to the point the agent's turning the pages just to get through the partial and hope something's better (when he/she would have just closed the book and stopped reading if it wasn't something to consider), it needs work.

And those are basically the most common reasons that MSs get rejected by agents! Do you see anything here that you notice in your own writing/query or have questioned? If so, it may be useful to rethink some areas and tighten them up to get them one step closer to the "yes" pile for a partial or full request. To all writers currently querying or thinking about it, best of luck! It's a long process, but stay educated and keep trying, and you'll find out that the more you know and the more professional you are, the much more pleasant the experience.


Hetalia Nordics by kuni-chan978

Okay I never saw any of these things with the Nordics so I thought I make one.

 You were just about to be done with the dishes until your phone rang,reading the caller's name.You finish quickly to answer and was surprised the caller was Prussia aka Gilbert.'Didn't his phone break last week' you thought. "He-YO ____ whatcha doing?" a loud prussian ask, "Was about to go to bed before you killed my ears.." you reply sarcastically "äiti..." you turn towards the small voice to see the rest of the 'Nordic five' staring at you were big round eyes (minus Sweden and Norway).

 "äiti, we can't sleep,can you sing us your special song?" you smile at the name 'special' seeing how the song was what your mother use too sing.You chuckled before putting the phone down and shooing the boys up the stairs.
"Vem var det mamma?" Berwald asks as he eyes the phone, you laugh at how protective he was of you. "Don't worry sve it was just a friend." you reply "Was that your kæreste?!" Mathais ask before Lukas begins to chock him "Stop that Lukas.." he stops and obeys his mor.

"Now aren't we gonna hear mamma sing,or not?!" the youngest of the five ask wanting to hear your beautiful voice. "Calm down litli engillinn minn.." you soothing voice made his anger cool down and want to be pick up. "La oss gå.." Lukas says walking up the stairs being the 'leader'.

~*~Time skip to chibi Nordic's bedroom XD~*~

"Ok,everyone ready?" you ask sitting on your rocker (chair),you heard 'yes' in their own little cute accents "Alright,who's turn to sit on mama's lap?" you look towards a hand to see it was the young sweden blushing. He walks towards you as you pick him up gently placing him on your lap. "Ready..."

'dansende bjørne                
malede vinger
Ting jeg næsten huske'

'Ja laulu joku laulaa
Once Upon A December'

'Einhver heldur mig öruggur og hlýja
Hestar dansa með silfur stormur'

'Siffror dansar graciöst
Tvärs mitt minne'

You look over to the boys, smiling at their drowsiness and yawns with Emil and Tino clutching onto the bottom of your skirt.

'langt borte
lenge siden'

'Hehkuva hämärä kuin Ember
Asiat sydämeni käytetään tietää'

'En gång December
Någon håller mig trygg och varm'

'Heste spankulere gennem en sølv storm
Tal danse yndefuldt'

'Yfir minni mínu
Langt í burtu fyrir löngu
Glóandi lítil sem ember'

'Ting mitt hjerte brukes til å vite
Ting det lengter etter å huske
Og en sang noen synger
Once upon en desember'

You smile hoping that this moment well never end, you lean back letting sleep take over but before placing a kiss on Berwald." little angels.."

~*~Let the colors of the wind take you to few years later~*~

It was just like any other day at the meetings, but surprise that Denmark and England (O.O) were fighting. "What the *&$@ did you say?!""Am just saying that your manners need work-""Ohhh noo you did not just say 'my manners need work'! Am happy the way I am a-Thats the point you were raised with Sweden,Finland,Iceland, and Norway and they have a much better attitude then your reckless p-" England was interrupted by Denmark socking him in the face.

 "I don't care what you think of me!!" he yells and he goes to punch him again.But the other Nordics struggle to keep him calm, you were about to walk over until.."What kind of insane person decide to take care of you?!?!" that comeback made the Nordics let go of Denmark and let him have the pleasure of destroying him. Everyone look at you (minus Denmark & England) and to their horror, your eyes went..dull..with sadness. You walk out into the garden before anyone stopped you "Guys your turn.." Denmark says breaking the sad tense feeling making the Nordics into p*ssed Nordics and punch England with much force.

~*~Minutes for mommy search~*~

"äiti!? Mamma?! Mor?!" you turn towards the voices only for Tino to hug you with he's face snuggling into your stomach."Mamma don't listen to that bastard." Lukas also hug you in the same position.The other three boys came and hug you, not listening to your cries of 'sorry for worrying you'

'Hehkuva hämärä kuin Ember
Asiat sydämeni käytetään tietää'

'En gång December
Någon håller mig trygg och varm'

'Heste spankulere gennem en sølv storm
Tal danse yndefuldt'

'Yfir minni mínu
Langt í burtu fyrir löngu
Glóandi lítil sem ember'

'Ting mitt hjerte brukes til å vite
Ting det lengter etter å huske
Og en sang noen synger'

You smile remebering that song wiping your tears finishing the last line.

'Once upon a December'

"Thank little angels

The End

NaNoWriMo 2010

The rumbles of the biggest event of the literature calendar are already bubbling, despite the event not starting until November 1st! Yes I am talking about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and this article is about how YOU can get involved in one of the best writing challenges created.

NaNo- what now?

If you are new to the concept of NaNoWriMo, let me explain what it is all about. NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge where you have 30 Days (the whole of November) to write 50000 words (yes words!) for a novel.

The novel can be anything. Any genre, any style- it can even be nonfiction or fanfiction. However this is your story. The idea is not to worry about the things that slow you down in writing, but for once you can take quantity over quality and get to a target you never would have beforehand.

How many times have you sat there dreaming up your great novel, but believed you wouldn't have the time or patience to write it? This is your chance and one of the best things about this challenge is: You are not alone. Thousands of participants from all over the world get behind this, and with regional communities and a full website of help you will become part of something magical.

On deviantART, there are usually at least 100-300 deviants who sign up and get involved. The beauty of deviantART is the multiple community interaction we already have in place and when you combine NaNo and dA, you get an even more exciting challenge.

50k words works out about 1,666 words a day!

Okay I am interested, where do I sign up?

Before you even look at what we have here on deviantART, I would encourage you to register at the Official NaNoWriMo website  . The site has many resources, and will also put you in your local region. Regions are overseen by Municipal Liaisons who will organise local gatherings (almost like a devmeet!) and help bring your area together. From my personal experience, getting involved with the local events is worth it!

Now on deviantART there is an ARMY of places that you can sign up, connect to and find resources all for NaNoWriMo. This article is to help you find what suits you.

The Chat Room

We would like to invite everyone who is taking part to the NaNoWriMo dAmn chat room. #nanowrimo   has been around for the past four years, ran initially by RetroZombie and has been maintained and moderated ever since by others.

#nanowrimo is a friendly, welcoming room for all deviants no matter what writing style or ability and its intentions are to unite those participating or wishing to support participants.

What makes this chat room even more unique is the very helpful nano-bot! He is an automated bot who will track your word count and help you when you need it. Feel free too see what else he can do!

:star: We always welcome a group of moderators to manage #nanowrimo between now and the end of the year. A moderator needs to have had previous nano experience and be willing to help those who are falling behind or need advice! We also like our Moderators to conduct word wars. If you are interested, please drop a note to BeccaJS!

As much as we encourage discussion and people relaxing inbetween writing, if you do have any lit critique requests or wish to deviate to a different literature subject, feel free to join #getlit , the offical literature chatroom.

On the 22nd October. We will be having a launch party! keep your eyes out for more information!


With the introduction of groups this year, it has had an impact on how more writers can be brought together and it is ideal for events such as nanowrimo. Here is a list of a few groups you may wish to join!


:star: WriMo-Writers is founded by LostKitten. The group is for all 'wrimo' events but is using NaNoWriMo as a chance to launch itself and it would appreciate the support.

For all information regarding the chatroom and any other live events, make sure you watch this group! It will also be a great place to discuss, and update your progress!

:bulletgreen: Other existing Nano Specific groups:

:iconnanowrimo-2010: :iconnano-ocs: :iconda-nanowrimo: :iconnanowrimo-love:

Got a group not featured here? Feel free to mention it in the comments!

Forums, resources & Journals on dA

:bulletgreen: Lit groups also following NaNoWriMo:

:icondevlit: :iconlit-twitter:

Resources, Journals & Links

Last year, our former literature GMs LadyLincoln, StJoan, SparrowSong and fllnthblnk, put together this wonderful news aticle collecting an extremely useful array of guides, resources and links for you to review. Instead of repeating these links I would recommend this would be your first stop!

A few other sites and links of particular interest:

:bulletgreen: How to Write a Novel by BarbecuedIguana
:bulletgreen: How to Write a Novel using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson
:bulletgreen: nanowrimo Twitter account
:bulletgreen: NaNoWrimo Goodreads Group
:bulletgreen: Perparing for NaNoWriMo by cinnamon-quill
:bulletgreen: Write or Die
:bulletgreen: NaNoWriMo Projects & Participants by devLIT

If you know of any useful links/ resources etc, please add them to the comments of this news article, the more the merrier!

Calendars and Stamps

NaNoWriMo Calendar by Migratory Nanowrimo 2010 Calendar by Chisaku :thumb181251906: 2010 Plot Bunny Calendar by JennaChristine Gryffindor NaNoWriMo Wallpaper by simply NaNoWriMo Calender 2010 by RoboPhantom

NaNoWriMo Stamp Est. 1999 by LostKitten NaNoWriMo Write-a-thon by LostKitten May the Muse be with you by one-farther

And a CSS!

NaNoWriMo Journal Skin by moonfreak

Word Wars

This will be a phrase you hear a lot but what exactly is a word war and how do you participate in one?

A word war is a timed race. The time limit can be anything from five minutes up to two hours- though the most effective wars tend to last between 10 to 30 minutes. The idea is that everyone who is participating in this word war has to write as many words as possble during that time. When the time is up, the person who has written the most is declared the winner.

It's a simple game, but what makes it good is that it encourages everyone involved to get words out. You may not win the race, but you may have an extra 1000 words you didn't have twenty minutes ago.

The chatroom in particular will be filled with word war events. If you want to start a word war, just poke a moderator and they'll start the clock!

The Advice

The below advice comes from those deviants who have experienced NaNoWriMo over the years. These opinions are their own :)

:iconcinnamon-quill: cinnamon-quill

Write or Die is your best friend. Never turn down a word war. Kill your inner editor. Shun Alfredo the procrastination faerie. Try to attend your local meet-ups/write-ins. Worship me. Never travel anywhere without some form of writing utensils. Rub cat bellies for good luck. If you believe you are awesome, you will be.

:iconladylincoln: LadyLincoln

Never give up. Take breathers often, but do not force yourself to write. Part of this literary challenge is the fun of attempting to reach the 50,000 word goal, but do not weigh yourself down by that lofty number. By simply making the effort, you have already taken a crucial step, and from that alone you take away many valuable lessons. You have tried your best and that is the most important thing.

:icontuttlebird: Tuttlebird

My advice is just to keep on writing, no matter what. It may sound horrible, and it might not even make complete sense, but as long as you've got something written, it can be edited at the end of the month. You have to learn very quickly that the annoying little editor in your head has absolutely no authority in November. Tell it to take the month off.

50,000 words can seem like an impossible total for some, but if you make time for your writing, you'll find it's a lot easier to reach. Remember, if you have days in November when you know you won't be able to write much, make sure you have time to catch up.

Lastly, if you're on Twitter, I would suggest following @NaNoWordSprints, or you could time yourself and do some word sprints of your own. Try and increase the amount of words you write in a certain time period; it's both very productive and a great little challenge

:iconlostkitten: LostKitten

NaNoWriMo can be the most stressful and rewarding endeavor you'll ever take on as a writer. The very first time you participate may be chaotic and awkward, especially if you never wrote a novel before. But don't worry, it gets better! Stay focused on your story and let the grammatical errors slide. Eventually you'll be able to write 50,000 words without a problem and maybe even more. Most importantly, remember to enjoy the literary adventure--you're not alone. At the end of it all, you'll have your very own novel completed and that is an amazing feeling.

:iconraspil: raspil

1. Don't second-guess yourself, otherwise you'll never finish. and do not edit unless it's something that really truly needs fixing.

2. Plan. Planning does not decrease creativity, it will help you finish, and when i say "finish", i mean by completing the story, not just hitting 50k. Organization will set you free.

3. If you're not having fun, something is wrong. You can skip a day but doing so means busting your ass tomorrow so plan accordingly.

4. Even though everyone says "it's gonna be crap!" don't listen. For one, it's not funny. No one said it HAD to be crap. Write something worth writing, otherwise you're wasting your time.

5. You're not insane. You're a writer. I can't tell you how much I actually hate some of the people who are nanowrimo regulars for their liberal use of the word "insane" regarding this exercise. You're ambitious, not insane, and they're assholes and the n00bs over there are morons.

6. Don't doubt yourself. 1700 words a day is not hard to do unless you don't want to do it in the first place and if you don't then don't even start. This is the first thing you can give up when the holidays start to take hold because technically, it's not really that important of a thing to do. You can write a book whenever you want.

7. Stay out of the G-damn nano forums. Seriously. They are so full of negativity, it's not even funny.

8. Don't go to the meet-up parties. Just write your book.


The most important part of nanowrimo is that you enjoy yourself! In the middle of the month things may look bleak, you may have fallen behind, but the important thing is you don't give up. Join the chats, comment in journals, feel involved and feel the support around you. It is totally worth it.

And hey, if you don't make the 50k, remember it's not the end of the world, you will still have more words written than you would have without this event.

Thank you to all these lovely people who helped put this article together :heart::

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Winterfresh FlamesA piece of gum,
your words roll like winterfresh breath
from your lips, carving the air into ice sculptures,
slowly freezing the torn edges of what I once had thought was truth.
A refreshing sensation yet it has chilled me into my place and your words are
written on my skin like frostbitten-blue tattoos.
Give me cinnamon.
You cease utterance and the air falls, thrown aside and
cast into shatters of melting glass,
quenching my flaming heart.
I feel the steam in my chest.
I used to feel protected by the lukewarm everyday
but this simultaneous heat and frost has altered the things I once knew.
Your presence sets shivers through my soul and
I'm inflamed by your moving lips, a piercing whispering cry.
I've been reborn.
Where are you now, inside my body? pulsing through my veins?
In your silence, you pull me outside of myself in search of you
I need your sweet
Contest: Praying For SerenityA piece of smoking shrapnel ends
Your life, like a door slamming shut
And I'm on my knees, cradling your body, trying
to close the torn edges of what used to be your chest.
Written across your helmet cover;
"Give me serenity to accept the things I cannot change."
Blood-soaked-useless bandages are thrown aside
Cast into the gutter by the urgent corpsman.
As your heart stops beating
I feel my confidence shatter.
I used to feel protected by your leadership
Now I'm relearning all the things I once knew.
Your example, a standard I may not reach.
I'm so lost.  I can't let them see me cry.
I've been cut lose.
Where are you now, with your serenity?
I can't let it pull me under.
I need to stand fast, to anchor these men.
Don't let me fail in this.
Let me lead them like you did before.
Let's Go FlyingA piece of  paper flutters
Your way like a bird without wings
Show me all the reasons why your heart stutters
Your voice is torn at the edges of saying what things?
Written blankly, erased clearly,
Give me your smile, you smile so cheerfully
What happened in your past, were you thrown aside?
Cast out in the dark?
It's time to let your heart decide
I feel you take my hand, let's go on a lark
I used to feel protected, now I'm protecting you
From all the time, all the things that I once knew
Your heart is mine, mind is my mind
I'm listening for your cry, it can't be heard
I've been good and kind
Where are you now, my baby bird?
Don't push me, only pull me through
I need to be taken care of just as much as you
Don't fall again, you know how to soar
Take me flying with you like you did once before!

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Thirst of a Poetthe bards have bumblebees in their mouths,
for language is babbling,
a brook in a bowl, joy brimming;
billowing, rippling, surging –
and spilling; sashaying down,
with a swaying sound (oh-so wistful, oh).
language is burbling,
an impish kiss of mouth from mouth;
bewildering, baffling, bemusing –
and tricking; tumbling round,
to touch a fellow Fool and his nought (so wistful, oh),
and disturbs a Poet, who slips
into a dream of a vagabond –
"where are you calling from?" he murmurs,
in his sleep, and the newspaper flutters
with a snore; then rests on his chin (just so, oh),
and language sidles past him up to me,
and places a river upon my lips,
wistful, oh.
A History of PurgatoryFor more than a millennium purgatory's souls wallowed in despair while chaos and confusion ruled the realm. As a dark and barren pit, no sun lit the gray sky and no water gave life to the dry ground.
Souls appeared one by one as they died on Earth. They lingered in purgatory, weeping and cowering, until demon underlings dragged them to the pits of hell. The souls wasted their limited days huddled together for fear of the demons' frequent visits.
One soul broke apart. A soldier. Broad and standing tall in his gleaming armor, he held his spear at the ready and stood watch over the souls. He knew no other course of action.
As always the demon underlings returned to claim more souls. Three feet tall and hairless, the handful of gray and black imps scurried across the land and snickered to themselves.
The soldier bellowed a war cry and charged the creatures.
Startled by this first ever challenge, the underlings scattered, fleeing the enraged warrior and his spear.
Emboldened by the display,
The Us That WasA flash of passion filled foolishness;
A heat of the moment style of thing,
Uttered without thought for tomorrow
or the days that'll come after it.
That's what it was, all it was you see,
And we both knew now didn't we?
Oh we can try to pretend, to hide
those little doubts that prey on our minds,
But they're there all the same now aren't they?
The more we promise the less it means,
Repetition doing its best to
sully the purity of this 'us'.
This version of you and I that breathes
soft words and vows again and again,
Hoping to make them truer than truth,
But the truth sits there in the wings of
the stage that we play all this out on,
Biding its time until its cue comes.
And come it will, one day, someday soon,
Its perfect moment; its proud debut,
Timed exquisitely to perfectly
and precisely shatter all we are,
The villain's revelation leaving
that 'us' without its happy ending.

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