Weekly Roundup & WotM Interview!Another new week, another new feature for WritersInk! Beyond this week's Roundup is an interview with our lovely Writer of the Month, juniorel. We've also got news this week of a way to get for your writing, thanks to our latest affiliate!
This Week's Highlights
Trial at Nuremberg by :iconstar-blazer:
The war is over, but there is still work to be done in the aftermath of the Nazi occupation of Europe. In the courtroom, Supreme Court Justice Jackson comes across the complex and emotional case of Diedrich Himmelreich.
This Daily Deviation winner tells a wonderful story, tackling a difficult historical era with grace, dignity and authenticity. It delves into the atrocities commited in the concentration camp in an analysis of what drives an otherwise conscientious young man to do unspeakable things. But this morality tale isn't quite as simple as it first seems. DorianHarper has produced a well constructe
Comments and Commenting We all know that getting the exposure you want for your work is a tough endeavour here on dA. Despite the wonders of the site, the simple fact of the matter is that comments are hard to come by these days.Comments and Commenting1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
There may be many reasons for this - lack of time on the part of many browsers, lack of interest, or simply: not knowing what to say. We've all been there at one point (some of us more than others), and it presented the question - "what is it that writers want out of a comment?"
The only way to find the answer to this question was to set up a poll - which received an amazing response from the lit community, and with your help, this editorial will highlight some points that will aid in leaving some insightful and appreciated comments.
First and foremost - Read.
Many of the writers on dA want f
Allegory WorkshopWhat is Allegory?Allegory Workshop9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Let’s look at what allegory means. Dictionary.com tells us that it is a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
But what does this mean? Essentially, allegory is the telling of two stories in one. There is a an obvious “basic story”, but also a “deeper meaning”, a secondary story, sometimes referred to as “subtext”, or “underlying commentary”.
Symbolism is often a key feature, where a particular object, colour, person, or place can be used to represent a key element in the story. A simple example of this is in Star Wars where Luke wears light colours and Darth Vader wears dark colours to symbolise good versus evil.
Another good point to note is that allegory need not always be obvious, and the underlying commentary doesn
DDs: An IntroductionOne of the best things about being a writer on deviantART is the opportunity to be featured in a Daily Deviation (DD). While most literature communities can only offer you an audience of other writers, deviantART can expose your work to an incredible range of artists - and even non-artists (and other assorted muggles). A DD is a golden ticket to the kind of exposure which is so hard for a struggling wordsmith to find.DDs: An Introduction2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
And yet, the systems behind DDs seem to be a mystery to a large part of the deviantART community. Our recent poll suggests that almost half of our voters don't understand what DDs are or how they work.
WritersInk is stepping in to help. Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking in more detail about some of the different aspects of DDs. We'll explain how suggestions are processed, how to suggest a piece, and what to look for when making a suggestion. We'll also pay a visit to Daily Literature Deviat
Getting Your Story Written (Not Thought)So, you want to write a story. Great! But for some writers, this can take a lot of time; which definitely isn’t great if you’re on a schedule! I suffer from this same problem myself most of the times that I try to write, but I’ve figured out ways to get around the tricky subject of writer’s block.Getting Your Story Written (Not Thought)3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Step 1: Shutting off your Inner Editor.
Everyone has one, right? That little voice which tells you to go back, which tells you that you’ve missed a full stop, which tells you that the story can wait if the punctuation or the point isn’t up to scratch.
You need to learn how to shut them up.
Whether that might be Zen meditation, awkward talks with yourself over coffee, whatever you need; just try to suppress that little voice that automatically checks over your work. Right now, they really are not what you need to focus on. Here are a couple of ideas on how to keep your inner editor quiet.
Sub-step 1: Run with some initial ideas.
Identifying a Possible DDWith so much variety out there, it can be difficult to know what makes a piece good enough to receive a Daily Deviation (DD).Identifying a Possible DD2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
We've put our heads together with the Literature Community Volunteers (Lit CVs), to come up with some advice on what makes a DD stand out. This isn't a definitive list, nor does it guarantee that your suggestions will actually get featured, but it should help you better understand what sets DDs apart from the rest.
Emotional Reaction and Wider Appeal
Possibly the most defining feature of all successful DDs is how they connect to the reader. Reading is often a personal and intimate activity, thus the emotional connection between the reader and literature varies. At some point though, we all form a connection with what we read. In the words of Nichrysalis:
"Writing should resonate on an emotional level, as art does, whether it entertains, saddens, or shocks. If a piece resonates with me, and I
Why Read?It's something we've all heard many times before, 'If you want to be a great writer, you need to be a great reader.' We're advised to read whenever and whatever we can, and there are plenty of guides to help you up your reader's word count, but it's not always clear why we should be doing so. Well in this editorial, WritersInk will be providing some answers.Why Read?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Let us not forget that reading should be an enjoyable experience, and that can be considered reason alone to pick up a book (or click on a literature deviation), but for the aspiring writer there are a few more benefits to consider.
“We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.” -- Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Reading is an inspirational experience. A good story or a well-told poem is satisfying to read in of itself, that's why we started writing them in the
Weekly Roundup!Happy Monday, inkhearts! It's that time of the year when we all get crazy busy, but your fabulous admins are here to hopefully lighten your mood with some wonderful hand picked selections from this weeks submissions. We also have some community announcements and staff changes at the bottom of the journal, so stay tuned after the features.Weekly Roundup!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
These Pages Won't Bring You Back by livesofbirds
How do you cope when love never dies?
A story told with a real word-of-mouth delivery. Somehow, it feels like you're hearing the story as much as you're reading it. That lends it a wonderful honesty, which makes the tragic events it depicts all the more heart-rending.
He Doesn't Need To Know by Athazagoraphobias
A touching poem about unrequited love
A carefully worded poem, rich in imagery and splicing the physical with the abstract. But b
New Contest! - The Moral of the Story1 week left to get your entries in!New Contest! - The Moral of the Story9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Submissions close June 10.
The challenge for the contest is to use allegory to tell not one story, but two. Allegory is the art of a story within a story (it's story-ception) where one tale and series of events are used to portray an underlying commentary, or deeper meaning to the text. The underlying commentary does not necessarily have to be closed-ended or have to be a singular message.
You can read more about the applications of allegory in the guides below.
The theme of the contest will be fairy tales (note, I said "fairy tale", not "Disney". There's no requirement to sugar-coat it, if you want your story to be dark, it can be.) Allegory has been used in fairy tales and fables for generations to teach people rules and lessons about life. Many of us grew up with these sorts of tales, being taught things before we even realised it.
These lessons, or morals weren
Weekly Roundup & New Chat EventGreetings, Inkhearts! This week, WritersInk brings you intrigue and superheros, as well as some wonderful news!Weekly Roundup & New Chat Event3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Stay tuned after the features for information regarding a future Critique Chat as well as a little change to the group features.
This Week's Highlights!
Dust Devil by TheTerrorOfTheDeep
"After I broke, I spent time wrapped in my bed sheets on the floor.... I did two things during that time."
A rivetting tale about a controversial relationship, TheTerrorOfTheDeep reminds us that love is a dangerous thing.
Secrets - A Dark Flame Story by mirz-alt
In a world where super heroes work in offices and schools by day and walk the mean streets of Gale City by night, a young boy finds himself habouring secret aspirations.
Billy idolizes the superhero crime fighters in his city. When he was kidnapped by the Masher, he f
Weekly Round-up!We have a wonderfully powerful selection of pieces for you this week! The end of May has brought out the best in our writers and we have something for almost everyone. From the portrait of a working class man to Hannah's never-ending trips through Death.Weekly Round-up!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We also had some new faces helping to put this Round-up together our lovely new admin are here and making their presence known!
We also have a great contest announcement at the bottom of this journal for all of you who are itching to write something inspired by a prompt.
Working Class by pomohippie7
A character portrait, painted in tones of honesty, respect and warmth.
Vivid poetry which is deceptively complex. On the one hand, it describes a man, a mechanic, concentrating on his work. But there's a deep respect captured in between the lines, an admiration of a craftsman which looks beyond the grease and the smoke.
The DD TeamBefore we talk about how to identify and suggest a Daily Deviation, let's take a look at the people who select the Daily Deviations every day!The DD Team2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Who runs the Daily Deviations?
Daily Deviations (DDs) are selected by Community Volunteers (CVs) and Staff members. CVs are people who help manage, educate and support the community of artists who visit this site. That can mean anything from reporting news, to holding contests and features, to reporting common concerns to staff members.
As part of their duties, these dedicated members of the community choose deviations to be featured - and they can only feature one each per day. In the literature community, this task is managed by our very own literature CVs:neurotype, DorianHarper, and GrimFace242.
:iconneurotype: :iconstar-blazer: :icongrimface242:
The literature CVs
Featuring DDs and helping run the community requires a lot of hard work and time, the latter of which is hard to come by when you have your own personal lif
Weekly Round-Up!WritersInk feels loved this week. And you should feel loved, too! Why? Because of the many reasons to love dA Lit. Here's one of our favourites:Weekly Round-Up!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"The Lit Community makes me feel accepted in a way I've never felt before. People come to know me through my writing, which is the most authentic part of myself"
This Week's Highlights
A Kappa Named Cucumber by JiaLi
A little boy goes down to the river to play, laden with a bucket, an umbrella (for it's been raining all week), and some cucumber sandwiches. What he finds beneath the water will stay with him forever...
An absolutely charming children's story. It's well-written, easy to read, and hard not to fall in love with. After all, Haven't we all wanted a Kappa when we were growing up?
"The best part I think, is when you're a writer and in the middle of a huge writer's block, but you can sit down and spend DAYS, WEEKS, MONT
Weekly Round-up!It has been a great week for Speculative Fiction here at WritersInk! Although we hadn't planned on it, the fantastical and absurd really stood above the crowd. We have demons with ponderous problems, historical accusations, western swagger, and battling seasons for you. Click away and enjoy the journey to another place and time.Weekly Round-up!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
What's In A Name by LookingGlassInk
In the fiery halls of hell, Lester is a demon with a problem: he hates his name. It's not cool enough, it doesn't strike fear. Thus he and his friend Barbie take a walk through hell to discuss some alternatives.
Skwidnewt takes an utterly ridiculous concept and turns it into an utterly hilarious experience, one packed to the brim with historical, religious, and cultural references. If you're in search of laughs, look no further than What's in a Name.
Goodbye, Caroso by :d
Weekly Round-upOnce again, it seems, death preoccupies our selection of outstanding literature from this week's submissions. Luckily, we've found a gem from way back to remind us of how good life can be. Won't you join us in another Weekly Round-up?Weekly Round-up2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This Week's Highlights
His Very Own Meadow by laurotica
The problem with old haunts is they they tend to be filled with ghosts from the past.
A darkly enigmatic piece, cleverly laced with subtle melancholy. It focuses on how a place can stay exactly the same over a long period of time, and yet we can change so much. The piece stands out because it balances story-telling with exposition so well - allowing the reader to uncover the plot for themselves.
I was a hero, you know by Cionie
A nurse is surprised when an elderly patient rasps into life and starts talking to her. But her curiosity is drawn as the can
Weekly Round-upWelcome to another Weekly Round-up! Stay tuned for a gruelling edition: packed with the dirty side of time-travel, the horrors of war, and some lovely hand-written love letters.Weekly Round-up3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well, alright, it's not all horrible. Plus we've got a great literature guide to help improve your use of hyphens. What's not to like?
This Week's Highlights
Handmade Love by cristinewakesuphappy
Nothing says it quite like a handwritten note.
For many of us, modern technology makes communication quicker and easier. But perhaps something is lost in the anonymity of a typeface, the uniformity of a decoded data stream. Perhaps we've abandoned the intimacy and sincerity of the handwritten word. After all, a 'love tweet' doesn't have quite the same ring to it!
First Blood by Nefferee
At the strike of midnight, Port Treemark is set ablaze in a surprise raid. For the
Weekly Round-up!Our first Round-up of 2013, and may there be plenty more to follow! Let's open the new year with a celebration of the following literary works that have attracted our attention over the last few weeks.Weekly Round-up!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Dried Orchids: (Spaghetti Western) by Canis44
Vengeance, black powder, tyranny. This is the west, a cruel and merciless world.
A wrenching story told in a range of poetic forms, to be appreciated for both its content and its construction.
Daedalus Falls (The Fleet Will Remember) by DodgingTheBeat
Daedalus is falling, and hope of victory against humanity's sprawling decadence is falling with her.
In this short story that's aching to be part of something bigger, DodgingTheBeat delivers a scene that you watch as much as read. If you're a fan of sci-fi movies give this a read and start casting the characters.
Weekly Round-up!Once again it's been a busy week as we approach good old May. Exams and final projects have kept many deviants busy but that hasn't stopped our writers and poets producing some high quality work for you to enjoy!Weekly Round-up!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I did not save her from the sea by williamszm
"I met her then, when stormy waves
Were breaking on her weary mind
And I was unafraid and brave"
An almost ethereal piece tinged with an underlying sense of remorse. williamszm produces some hauntingly beautiful imagery of the sea and its many mysterious facets, you can almost feel the ebb and flow of the ocean intertwined in the words.
12 by forestmeetwildfire
"peter pan and i have
some sort of understanding."
The connection with the innocent and unreal fantasy, and the real material present is superb. This brief meeting with a character, who for so many symbolises carefree ch
Weekly Round-up!May has crept upon us slowly this year, but as usual our dedicated members are hard at work producing lots of stories and poems for you to enjoy. To kick things off we have a collection of heartfelt and emotional pieces, from the tough reality of Frederick and his grandmother's life with Alzheimer's, through the dream-scape of the African savannah, to a bridge where a faithful lover waits for the unknown. As a bonus, there's also a little article about copyright!Weekly Round-up!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Hymns of Granny Madeline by Inkfish7
Frederick is his grandmother's caregiver, every night he bathes her to the sound of her favourite hymn, a hymn she remembers the tune and words to even if she doesn't remember him.
A moving story about Alzheimer's and the reality of living with the disease and the tough choices it forces upon loved ones.
Inkfish7 manages to inject enough realistic emotion into this short story to make it
Weekly Round-up!We've reached the final week of April, and for some of you this means that spring is now well underway, for others the autumn leaves are falling. Wherever you are, we've got a treat for you. Check in tomorrow for a special workshop on the use of the literary technique, allegory.Weekly Round-up!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
UPDATE April 30 Click here to check out the ALLEGORY WORKSHOP.
This Week's Features
Shake the breaking chains by Pauper-Circumstance
"these chains wear me down."
A strongly resonating poem with a darker tone.
A Time With Tails by Redfeathyrs
This is what happens at the beach after dark.
A short story filled with suspense, as three friends wait for the beach to be empty, for a chance to enter the water unseen.
How I overcome writer's block by Mirrasae<
Weekly Round-up!Things tend to wind down during the festive season, so this is our last Round-up of 2012Weekly Round-up!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Don't worry though, because we'll be back in 2013 to pick up where we left off, and we'll have some chat events lined up for you all as well!
If you're still writing over the next few weeks then we would still love to see your submissions. Our next Round-up might be four weeks away but you can be sure we're scouting out potential features already.
Our theme for this week is moments - it will make sense in a couple.
This Week's Highlights!
Once Upon an Autumn Night by Storyteller21
Of all the moments in our lives, it's a select few that really make a difference, and Selena is about to reach the biggest change to her life yet.
Storyteller21's tale starts at the end then shows you how it got there. It's not always an easy
Weekly Round-up!This week in the Weekly Round-up, we have two prose pieces that span the entirety of man's existence; the first covering man's humble beginnings eighteen thousand years ago, and the second giving a glimpse into the end of days. Next, we have a poem that will get your toe tapping to a good salsa beat, another that will have you yearning for love lost, and finally, a short story from the Archives that pairs together a mysterious man and woman for a most intriguing encounter. Read on and enjoy!Weekly Round-up!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This Week's Highlights
A Tale of Ancient Man, Part 1 by PaavoLongshanks
Eighteen thousand years ago, there was a battle between Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal in the fields and forests of ancient Europe.
PaavoLongshanks takes us back to the earliest forms of man. He shows us a startling culture, the birth of war, and he reveals a darkness in our h
Weekly Round-up!This week we've collected four brilliant pieces dedicated to "Life Lessons and Realisations" - from the acceptance of life without a loved one, to the admiration of beauty in the mass destruction and form of a mushroom cloud.Weekly Round-up!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This Week's Features!
The Chalkboard by August-Green
The Early Learner Bird Gets The Word
August-Green brings up a lot of interesting topics in one single piece, presented through the impartial eyes of a child learning about the world through words written on a chalkboard each morning.
mushroom cloud by miserabel
There's something beautiful about so much destruction.
A poem presenting stimulating mental and visual imagery. mushroom cloud explores the destructive beauty of something so terrible.
We're Looking for Volunteers
Yes we are! If you have a few spare hours a week that you th
Weekly RoundupExcellent submissions this week! It was hard to pick just these four. And read all the way through to the bottom, as we've finally set a date for our next Critique Night in the chat room.Weekly Roundup3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tattoos by alesuriko
Tattoos have symbolic meaning that are written into someone's life and past.
A wonderful character introduction and suspenseful tale of love.
Gallows by EmmyIsAZebra
Whispers of witchcraft or something darker only break the ground on this tale.
The characters jump off the page in this little introduction to a mysterious world that you can't help but want to know more about.
Flying by NoOneSpecial75
An unwilling king devises a cruel challenge to help choose a wife - a test, he hopes, that no-one can possibly pass. A year afte
Breaking in to Lit!IntroductionBreaking in to Lit!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Literature has long been considered one of the closest knit communities on deviantART. As a result, some people find it difficult to "break in" to the Lit crowd. There are rumors of elitism, difficulty in getting exposure, and lack-luster appreciation for the incredible work that goes into writing a good piece of prose or a well structured poem.
If you look at a painting you can see amazing detail, great use of color, and the importance of the subject immediately. You know it came from the artist's imagination and that he or she had to spend hours translating that to a canvas. The tangibility of the work is right in front of you. With writing, it is not quite the same. The effort the author puts into the work can only be appreciated if readers put in their own effort to read the work. The gratification is not instant, which is one reason the lit community is so close knit.
Those who do have large followings often also comment and read quite a lot of work h