5 Steps to Organize Your NovelWhat You'll Need:5 Steps to Organize Your Novel2 years ago in Writing More Like This
:bulletblack: A basic story idea
:bulletblack: Printer (preferably laser) with plenty of paper
:bulletblack: Three Ring Binders (2) with separating tabs
Build Your World and Characters
For most writers, this comes naturally. If you're having some issues, there are plenty of tutorials, guides, aids and groups available for assistance. For the purpose of this guide, you should have your world built and at the very least your main characters devised. Having secondary characters planned will get you bonus points!
Print Character and Plot Sheets
Each character should have their own sheet (keep the backs b
Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 1We may only be one week into October, but November and NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. If you've never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. That means in the span of thirty days, participants will write 50,000 words.Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 17 months ago in Literature More Like This
1,667 words per day if they're writing every day.
2,273 words per day if they're only writing on weekdays.
6,250 words per day if they're only writing on weekends.
Either way it's a pretty hefty feat, and not something to walk into unprepared. Even if you're a "by the seat of your pants" type of writer.
So this year, instead of doing a basic what is NaNo and who's going to participate in it journal, we're gonna switch it up and give you some pointers on what you should be doing and what you definitely shouldn't be doing before and during NaNo.
The best place to get advice is from the people that have tried NaNo. Notice how I didn't say "and succeeded?" T
A Guide to Character SheetsAlmost as soon as they were invented, people have been feuding over the effectiveness of character sheets. Some say they are godsends and they couldn't possibly create characters without them. Others say they only create flat characters and there's absolutely no reason why any writer should need to know the smallest and most minute details that character sheets call for. And then there are the writers that don't know which side of the debate they should listen to.A Guide to Character Sheets1 year ago in Writing More Like This
The easiest answer to that question is it's a personal decision that every writer needs to make for themselves. But before you make that
Breakup SpeechIt's not you, it's me. I know it's the oldest excuse in the book, but hey, when it works, it works. Did you really see this lasting longer than a couple months? When does anything last longer than a couple months with me? I hope we can still be friends.Breakup Speech2 months ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Yeah, 'cause everyone wants to be friends with the ex-lover. Like it ever works.
You know me. You know the type of person that I am. I've never been able to settle down. My heart wanders like a nomad. It seeks shelter where it's offered but only stays long enough to get warm. Attachment isn't an option for me. My mind is too warped. It's too dark to ever let someone in. Truly let someone in.
No, fuck! That's all wrong. It's too personal. Too emotional. Let me try again.
I don't want to do this, but I'm only going to hurt you if I don't. And that's the last thing I want to do. So I'm ending this before it goes too far. I completely understand if you never want to talk to me again.
Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 2In my last journal, we discussed the best ways to prepare for NaNo and included a couple tips on how to make that writing go a little faster and smoother. Well, now it's time to discuss how to NOT fail at NaNoWriMo. Because just as there are some really grand ideas on how to prepare yourself and keep yourself on task during the month, there are also going to be those times of self doubt and using excuses to not write. For NaNo, any of those excuses are completely unacceptable [well, except for life threatening excuses - those are allowed].Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 27 months ago in Literature More Like This
So once again, I reached out to the Lit Community to find out exactly why other deviants failed at NaNo, or what they found to NOT work for them and compiled it all together in a pretty little list like last time.
What Not to Do
Don't get sucked in Wikipedia, TVtropes or any other sites like that. In fact turn off your WiFi so the internet isn't a distraction. All your research
How to write a summaryHow to write a summary5 years ago in Writing More Like This
NOTE!: This is a random tutorial that I wrote because of all the people I know that say they can't write a summary. I have left plenty of other info in the artist comments so go read that if you must, now! Oh, and I am looking for errors so tell me if you spot any, I need to change them, ktnxsbai!
HEY! Have you always wanted to write a summary that was so good your readers read the summary more than your story? Well I hope not, then no one would be able to read the writing would they. But have no fear, although I may not be the most amazing writer ever Im sure I can give you some basic tips on how to write a good
An Interview with a Zebra...of sortsInterview With `zebrazebrazebraAn Interview with a Zebra...of sorts8 months ago in Interviews More Like This
So awesome we had to write it three times!
Let's start simple. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your Lit life.
Oh my. An opportunity to let my flaccid e-peen slip casually out of my shorts? I'd love to!
I have had poetry published in Soundzine, Read This Press' Starry Rhymes, Voiceworks, dotdotdash, Hunger Mountain (http://www.hungermtn.org/letter-koan/, http://www.hungermtn.org/cloudbursting/, http://www.hungermtn.org/scarecrow-song/, http://www.hungermtn.org/when-the-rain-stops/, http://www.hungermtn.org/motivation-earth/), Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Vignette Press' Geek Mook,
A Romantic TakeoverRomance is no longer limited to lengthy novels that only women read. It's infiltrated every genre and can be found in nearly all literary works. Whether it's the focus of the novel or just a side story, romance adds to character depth and helps the reader grow an attachment to the characters and their stories.A Romantic Takeover8 months ago in Literature More Like This
While romance novels are defined by two characters meeting and growing an attachment to each other, romance as a sub genre doesn't have to follow these same rules. The story isn't going to revolve around the emotions brewing between the characters; the invading aliens, storming goblins, or murder mystery is the focus.
Let's take a deeper look into romance novel's roots and how it launched itself into other genres and took over literature as a whole.
The Romance Novel
We can hardly discuss romance without bringing up Jane Austen. She's often considered the epitome of romance. Her novels are romance by
Love Thy Enemy : IntroFor quite some time now, I have been haunted by a mob of miscreant femalesLove Thy Enemy : Intro1 year ago in Personal More Like This
here on dA. They've harassed, embarrassed, and tried to get me to wear
women's clothing (i.e. Cheerleader Outfits). I've put up with this
horrid behavior long enough.
When I first complained about the Squashies in `thorns' Complaint
Challenge, I had no idea what the repercussions would be. In other
words, I didn't know I'd have to actually do something about them and
their evil ways! But, as many of you know, `thorns tricked us all
into complaining and then made us act on those complaints.
Which, by the way, was a totally awesome idea to make dA better, but don't tell her I said that.
With the end of January as a deadline, I knew I needed to get my plan
into action immediately. So, while I was supposed to be working, I jotted
down a list of the Squashies that were the most damnably corrupt and
another list of the most auspicious deviants I knew that would assis
Get a Jump on NaNoWriMo 2012: PreWriting Prowess!I've talked a lot about prewriting. But prewriting is kind of vague, especially for someone who is either new to noveling/writing, or even for a seasoned writer who just has never tried prewriting. Or, you know, I bet there are plenty of folks out there who prewrite and just don't call it that. But I thought today I'd share my prewriting process, starting back on September 8, 2012, at 12:30 am, when I began planning my novel for NaNoWriMo 2012.Get a Jump on NaNoWriMo 2012: PreWriting Prowess!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
OK, I'll admit it, I spent way too much time at Target picking up a pile of notebooks while poor Boyfriend waited in the cafe, and then I came home and agonized over which one to pick. But then I came home and I wrote the working title on the cover. Et voila!
THE notebook for my NaNo 12 pro
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 months ago in Happenings 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
Undiscovered Weekly: LiteratureWelcome to the Literature Edition of Undiscovered WeeklyUndiscovered Weekly: Literature3 months ago in Interviews More Like This
In case you're not familiar with it yet, Undiscovered Weekly is a series of articles aimed at putting a spotlight on some otherwise unknown talent across dA's various galleries.
Who's Featured in This Article?
:iconDelta-13: :iconnoonespecial75: :iconSimpleSilkSky: :icondagoth-jeff:
Take a moment to introduce yourself. Tell me a bit about your interests and your writing.
Well I am a senior at the Virginia Military Institute. I am majoring in International Studies and minoring in National Security. I play rugby, I sing in the glee club, I am part of the theatre club, and I work on the school’s newspaper. I love action/adventure and drama movies, 19th century fiction and 600 page history books, rock and roll, Irish punk rock, and classical
My Warning LabelChemical FreeMy Warning Label1 month ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
That's what my warning label says. I've tried to scrub it off, but there is no chemical to remove it.
So I sit here and scowl at it. Hoping my anger towards it will somehow make it flake off. It hasn't worked yet.
After a few hours, I'll give up. Just like I do every other day. I'll walk away and glance over my shoulder to see if my departure will change it. It doesn't. The label is still there. Sitting there. Mocking me with it's permanent ink.
Day after day. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year. Decade after miserable decade. It haunts me now and I want it to leave more than ever.
But what wou
You Be The Judge ContestI've been tossing the idea of running a contest around for awhile now and just haven't come up with something that I could really latch onto. Contests are always the same old thing. The writers write something and the judges judge it. And that's boring. So I'm turning the tables.You Be The Judge Contest1 year ago in Contests More Like This
In my contest, the writers are going to be the judges. That's right, y'all are getting a red pen. Just don't go too crazy with it!
It's pretty simple. The contest will take two months. The first month I will be taking submissions to be critiqued/commented. I'm accepting any and all genres (the more the merrier) just follow the guidelines below for entering.
The second month will be for everyone to critique/comment. The contest is open to everyone that wants to read and give feedback.
At the end of the two months, I will note all the writers and ask for their top two picks on feedback. Whoever gives the best feedb
Notes on The First Person POVNotes on The First Person POV2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
These are notes I've taken on the first person perspective. I am not going to spend my time explaining point of view as there are many websites that could define it better than I could. I would further like to note that I'm not an expert, okay? These are just helpful tips I've collected that help me when I'm writing. Actually, I would do well to remember them from time to time.
Aspects of first person narration
The narrator tells the story of what "I" did. The narrator is a character of the story.
You experience the world of your story through the narrators senses. In other words, what your narrator can
An Interview with a CanuckInterview With `Jon-LawAn Interview with a Canuck8 months ago in Interviews More Like This
Let's start simple. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your Lit life.
My territory is novels and short stories, yes. I wrote poems but they're quite amateur. I've had three stories published: The Week in A Cappella Zoo (also in print), Looking Down On Me in Silver Thought and before that in Soundzine, and Good Men Do Nothing online at Joyful! Online (defunct). I once self-publishedan early draft of a novel just to share it with friends and family in a physical incarnation.
What was your favorite part of the publishing process?
My favourite part of publishing for short stories is the acceptance letter. I have no qualms with rejection, it's part of the process and every writer needs goo
30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume VIIWhat's This?30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume VII1 year ago in Literature More Like This
Below you will find a new assortment of various writers on DeviantART who are worth getting to know. All of their respective galleries are packed full of tremendous works that I enjoy and hope that you will too. If there is a writer that may not be listed in this edition, you may wish to read the first six articles in this