Groups Groups!Groups3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
An Expose-Lit Guide
Why join one?
On deviantART, groups are an amazing resource. As writers we are looking to share our work, get critique, look for inspiration, and even step out of our comfort zone by participating in workshops. Groups are one the best first steps on how to get involved in the Literature Community as they can provide one, or all of these.
Groups also offer something much more than sharing work. They offer you a network of people. People you can interact with, who can help, encourage, and even become your friend. Groups are more than about just showcasing your work or getting feedback, they're about the community.
A Few Quick Tips
If a group has rules, read them.
Some groups have requirements for gallery submissions or joining processes.
Joining a group isn't permanent. You can always leave if you don't like it.
Cancer, You're an arsehole. Update 13/06Cancer, You're an arsehole.10 months ago in Personal More Like This
It's Friday the 13th and I am going to push my luck to see if any of you lovely people would consider sponsoring me for this? If people want to know whats in it for them besides warm fuzzies, I will accept challenges depending on the amount given etc (previous examples have included making me draw something, write you a poem or even someone donated £200 for me to dress up like superman!). Your support is very much appreciated!
I've not experienced it first hand, but like everyone I know people who have lost loved ones and the pain they've felt. I've seen friends loose mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, grandparents- and even children. Its horrendous and hits too many people. My mother lost her best friend 11 years ago to a long drawn out fight that came back three times before finally winning, another truly inspira
Preparing for NaPoWriMoNaPoWriMo isn't just around the corner, it's approaching at the speed of an express freight train. If you've never heard of it, NaPoWriMo is short for National Poetry Writing Month. Like it's November counterpart, NaPo is a month filled with vigorous writing, but instead of cranking out scenes and chapters, participants write a poem every day.Preparing for NaPoWriMo2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
You think it sounds easy, well, give it a try and we'll see what you say at the end of the month.
Whether you're a serious poet or someone just interested in the challenge, NaPo isn't something you should walk into unprepared. So how do you prepare for NaPo, you ask? Well, the same way you prepare for any mass writing challenge. Get a game plan and stick to it!
Once again, I've gone to the lit community here on dA, and asked what it takes to succeed at NaPo and similar to my Preparing for NaNo articles back in October, I've compile
Please Pants Responsibly (Paper Notebooks FTW)Please Pants Responsibly (Paper Notebooks FTW)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are two ways to write a novel. Plotting (you make an outline, a plan, a roadmap if you will, and then you sit down and write it) and pantsing (you write "by the seat of your pants, throwing caution to the wind). So when I get asked if I'm a plotter or a pantser, I'm all like er, uh, hold on, let me? Pantser? I think? But I kind of, um, do planny things?
And it gets kind of awkward because in these inarticulate moments I have managed to confuse everyone including myself. And probably spilled a drink.
In recent discussions, however, I've had a bit of a revelation, silly as it is. I've realized that I -- like many writers -- am a plotter/pantser hybrid. And perhaps what I'm doing is something we could call Pantsing Responsibly. And, maybe, just maybe, I could share some of my responsible pantsing tips with other writers. Starting with paper notebooks.
Anyone can find a notebook. If there isn't alread
Frozen Memories - vol. threeHello and welcome to the third issue of "Frozen Memories"; a journal series collectingFrozen Memories - vol. three6 months ago in Personal More Like This
five photographs at a time for your writing inspiration or simply your enjoyment
For more inspiration, please visit the first two volumes by clicking here and here
Do you know any inspirational photo's that you'd like to share with the Glory Be group?
Send them to me in a note, and I'll include them in a future Frozen Memories feature!
January Book Club: DAWN by Octavia E. ButlerHappy New Year, deviantART! Here at CRLiterature we're so excited to start the new year with goals, progress, and hard work. If you're looking to improve your writing, read diversely, or just read more, Book Club has what you need!January Book Club: DAWN by Octavia E. Butler2 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
How this works
This month we're reading DAWN by Octavia E. Butler. You have until January 15 to read the first half of the book. (Through Part II.) On January 15, I'll post a discussion journal, where we can talk about this classic sci fi novel, with spoilers through the halfway point. At the end of the month, we will have a discussion of the full book, with spoilers EVERYWHERE. So get reading!
You can get this book at your local book store or library, Amazon,
NaPoWriMo 2013Thoughts on NaPoWriMo.NaPoWriMo 20132 years ago in Art Features More Like This
It was brought to my attention that the original 1st paragraph in my journal might be construed as denigrating particular forms and poetic processes. I assure you that was not anywhere close to my intention. I was trying to make a (what in hindsight appears to be somewhat delicate) point that it is not the exposition of a specific creative process that makes the resulting piece of art great (in my opinion), it is primarily the result that matters. In other words, the final "worth" of a piece of art should be judged on its own merit, regardless how it was created. Yeah, I suppose there are exceptions, like historical context, incorporating the process into the artwork itself (e.g. blackout poetry), etc. It's Easter afternoon, so I don't have time to qualify this properly. Suffice it to say that my point is thus: a poem is not special because you used a prompt, used a difficult fixed form,
Site Update: Introducing Madefire Motion BooksIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: Introducing Madefire Motion Books2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Introducing Madefire Motion Books on deviantART
We are excited to announce a partnership between deviantART and Madefire, the leading Motion Book application in Apple’s App Store. Together with Madefire, we are releasing the Madefire Web Reader on deviantART in a new Motion Books category on our front-page. In addition, Madefire's Motion Tool will gradually be made available to deviants in the coming months, so that deviant
SWTCW - The KissShe lay in his arms. Breathing slowly. Why did he ask her to help him?SWTCW - The Kiss2 years ago in Personal More Like This
'Cause he want to spent time with her?
'Cause she is a powerful Jedi in his eyes?
'Cause he ... love her?
They shot a poisoned arrow on her. She still looked at him.
She opend her mouth.
'Will she tell me, that she love me, too? No. She is a Jedi. They are forbidden to love.' He thought.
She wanted to say something, but she could not speak.
He saw her eyes closing.
"No" he whispered. "It can't end like this."
She stammered something together.
"I...I..."she couldn't end her sentences.
Her breathing was slow, until it completely exposed. He rested his forehead on hers.
"I love you, Ahsoka." He whispered. "I always have."
A tear rolled down his cheek and dripped onto the cheek of Ahsoka.
Anakin hold Padmè's Hand as he run to the position of Ahsoka.
He saw his dead stud
Follow Me to DLR!Otherwise known as :icondailylitrecognition: / :iconlitrecognition:, the new and (hopefully!) improved DLD!Follow Me to DLR!11 months ago in Personal More Like This
DailyLitRecognition is a community based effort to bring the writers of deviantART to the foreground through daily articles.
I am a SWING ADMIN, which means I will be taking suggestions for both poetry AND prose.
I am also going to be interviewing people, and probably lending a hand with other things as they come up.
One (1) suggestion per note, please.
Please DON'T send the same suggestion to multiple admin!
Self-suggestions are welcome!
Please include a THUMB of the piece you're suggesting, and a short (one or two sentence) description of the piece/why you think it should be featured.
DLR DOES NOT accept chaptered works or fan fiction.
Things I look for in p
Worldbuilding: Environments and Social StructuresAre you ready to build a world? Good!Worldbuilding: Environments and Social Structures2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
The Magic Gateway, by jerry8448. This is what we want to do with worldbuilding.
Worldbuilding is a complex process, because it is essentially creating the base of a different reality from our own. An author must pull together all the elements of a 'world', and capture that in text. This applies in any genre of writing. Even non-fiction has aspects of worldbuilding because it has setting and world details the same as fiction. In any genre, if the world is flat, the story will be flat and one of the best ways to build a fictional world is to know about one's own. Stories and readers both require an interesting and engaging place to go to, and our world, as well as any imagined one, can provide this! Because our world is the base of most human experiences, it is a great place to understand for both personal and writing reasons. If the author understands the sett
ArtistleFeatures Vol. IThis is slated to be a series of features written for Artistle on a bi-monthly basis. It will feature works that I have come across here on dA and liked, and also my reasons for liking them. Since I am not a professional or an accomplished amateur, you can be assured that whatever I write is entirely subjective and will quite possibly not have any insightful remark on the technical merits of the work featured.ArtistleFeatures Vol. I2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
because of the curious effect the photographic elements create in combination with its title, 'Stay Forever'. This choice of combination could not have been anything but conscious, and for that cleverness, the artist-photographer is certainly deserving of merit.
Juxtaposed herein one may discern the themes of ephemerality, and a desire to capture and hold on to it that is peculiarly human. And so, we have a bead of water - transient in itself for it must disperse or evaporate - reflecting the
Ups and DownsSomberUps and Downs6 months ago in Personal More Like This
If you've already read Death followed my father home, you heard the story, but I'll recount it again here.
Earlier this week there was a hit-and-run accident outside the Shoe Carnival my dad manages. The driver had already caused a highway accident and was trying to flee the cops. He hit a woman, knocked her forward, then hit her again, dragging her body all the way over to Target.
As you can see, that distance is nothing to sneeze at. My dad left his store to direct traffic around her body. One of his employees had CPR experience and went to the woman to see if he could help. From what I heard, he was sent home early, blood all over his clothes. She was 20 years old.
Yesterday, my dad got a call that a friend he's known since he was a bout 17 had died; my dad was asked to be one of the pallbearers. He was on the phone much of the day, contacting
Daily Literature Deviations for January 25th, 2014Guidelines | How to Suggest a DLD | Group Administrators | Affiliation | Chatroom | Current Staff OpeningsDaily Literature Deviations for January 25th, 20141 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Daily Lit Deviations for January 25th, 2014
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SixWordStories Contest - Five 3-Month PMs to win!UPDATE: The contest ends in a couple of days so get your entries in if you want to participate! Please also make sure your entry is in our folder here!SixWordStories Contest - Five 3-Month PMs to win!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
A type of Flash Fiction, six word stories are (very) short stories with an exact word count: six words. SixWordStories is the place where, alongside quality, quantity really does matter. Though these stories are so brief in length, they can be as profound, if not more, than the prose and poetry you see and read every day, partly because six word stories can tell us so much and yet contain so little.
As a Group, we encourage writers to explore their boundaries with prompts, collaborations and more, but we accept anyone and everyone too! Whether you are a digital artist, photographer, or something else entirely, if you can string six words together into a story, this is the place to be!
It has been a long time since we have had a contest, but we have some
some newshttp://www.toughpigs.com/disney-drive-on/some news7 months ago in Personal More Like This
With me constantly waiting for new ANYTHING of my favorite character, the Gods have finally smiled upon me once more. MORE WALTER. NEW WALTER OUTFITS!!!! I freaking adore Walters outfits ok. Every single one of them. And him working with different Muppets is just what he needs to get himself more out there and prove that hes more than just 'the new muppet'. I'm VERY VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS FRIENDS.
Now if only we can get more new merch...
The Problem With Character SheetsAlright, there are some pretty awesome character sheets out there. I don't personally use them, but I've seen others make them work. I'm not here to dispute the fact that they've got some utility, but I am here to point out one big problem with relying on a list of traits—which is generally how character sheets present these things—to define your character.The Problem With Character Sheets2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
(Note: This also applies to Mary Sue tests. 'Not a Mary Sue' just means your character isn't a perfect storm of coincidence. It has nothing to do with likeability or even believability. <insert dictator here> isn't a Mary Sue, either.)
I think this approach is, if it's the only approach you take to figuring out a character, a really bad idea.
Take a moment to think about your best friend. What's their favorite food? What are they good at, and what are things they do that make you Google good places to dump a body?
How to Plot Like a GrimIn ten simple steps, you too can plot like a Grim.How to Plot Like a Grim2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
1. Get an idea
This can be a brief snippet of dialogue. Or an ending that just seems perfect. Sometimes it's just the concept of what I'd like to see a character go through. I write that down. Usually it doesn't see the cold light of day for at least a couple months, but when I've thought about it long enough and can't seem to get the idea out of my head, that's when I sit down and start plotting things out a bit.
2. Work out the basic plot
Now that I've got the idea, I need to work out the basic details. But how do I do that? Well, I write it down. Then I think about the different angles to get to that idea. I write those down. If it's dialogue, who's talking? What do they feel? Who are they talking to? If it's a snippet of a scene, who's in the scene? Why are they there? What are they doing? What's going on outside of that scene?
Suicide Squad Revealed!Suicide Squad Revealed!4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Suicide Squad Revealed!
New Suicide Squad 4 by JPRart
Warner Brothers has finally announced the casting of their new “Suicide Squad” movie.
The current squad of team members from the DC Comic pulls from an ignominious list of shady characters including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Vixen, King Shark, El Diablo, Iceberg, Deathstroke, Black Manta, Cheetah, Captain Boomerang, and even the Joker’s daughter.
“Amanda Waller” leads this secret “Dirty Dozen”-styl
Urgent help neededHi, this is Mark, Phil Jackson's brother.Urgent help needed2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As some of you in the UK will have heard on the news these past two days, Phil has gone missing. No one has seen him since Wednesday last week and we are all extremely concerned for his wellbeing as he has never missed a family gathering, such as that over Easter.
More distressing is that the office complex he works out of was broken into on the evening of Wednesday 27th March, and there is a very real worry that those responsible may be involved in Phil's disappearance.
The police are of the mind that all of this may have something to do with Phil's online work, and that a cartoon or comic may have been motive for an unbalanced party to act against him.
CCTV in Phil's office captured a handful of images as the intruders entered from the service access: http://www.collectedcurios.com/CCVT_001.jpg http://www.collectedcurios.com/CCVT_002.jpg http://www.collectedcurios.com/CCVT_003.jpg
I realise that is a very long shot, but should anyone recognis
If you just heard screaming......It was me.If you just heard screaming...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Muppets... Again! (Still not a fan of the title but we'll see if they keep it or maybe it'll grow on me who knows) Mrach 21, 2014
Common Arguments regarding Ex-Atheists --Debunked. 1. There is no such thing as an "ex-atheist".Common Arguments regarding Ex-Atheists --Debunked.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
An ex-atheist is an individual who has abandoned the atheistic view of the "absence of belief" in a deity. I am one of them.
2. Ex-atheists were never atheist to begin with.
This is false. Atheism has no ideology or guideline in terms of who is a "true" atheist and who isn't. The closest thing to a "guideline" in terms of anti-religion is regarding "Dawkins Scale" representing the various levels of atheism depending on one's confidence level. But even then, there are flaws in the chart that go against reality terms of theism. To say that another individual was never an atheist before coming to religion after they proclaimed to be so is unruly in itself and only encourages that atheism is more like a religion rather than a freedom of religion. This is said because Christianity and other religions do have a guideline determining how true followers will handle doubt in face of a belief system or the
Muppet Meme! YAAAAAAAY!Got tagged by :iconlilyskellington:Muppet Meme! YAAAAAAAY!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. What's your favorite Muppet song?
Can You Picture That! Gotta love the Electric Mayhem! OOH And WE'VE GOT CABIN FEVER!! And the Rainbow Connection...THERE'S SO MANY!!
2. Who was your favorite guest star on TMS?
Alice Cooper (YESH!!), Elton John, John Cleese, Madaleine Kahn (purely because of Gonzo's adorable crush), the list goes one...
3. If you could be any Muppet for a day who would you be and why?
Hmmm...Janice! That means I'm with the Electric Mayhem all day!!
4. Who is your favorite Muppet on TMS?
ANIMAL!!! And Gonzo!
5. Who is your favorite Muppet outside of TMS?
Pepe The King Prawn!
6. Favorite Muppet Movie:
All of them up to Muppets From Space! The newer ones aren't as good...
7. If you could date any Muppet, who would it be and why?
Pepe...he's got the Spanish accent and he's a ladies' shri-er prawn.
8. The Muppeteers are very well-known for their pranks. Who would you prank and how?
I would prank...Miss Piggy. I love her