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.
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
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 22 years ago in Literature Features 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
Flash Fiction Month July 2012PrefaceFlash Fiction Month July 20123 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
This article is written for #LitResources. Our goal is to be a collection and creation station for all resources pertaining to literature on deviantART. This article will focus on Flash Fiction Month! It will include information about what specifies flash fiction, activities around dA for flash fiction month, and links to resources revolving around FFM activities.
If, after reading the article, you have more information or resources to add, please leave your thoughts in a comment! And don't forget to this article to help spread the word.
What Is Flash Fiction?
Put simply, flash fiction is a very short story. Lengths can vary from as few as six words (i.e. Hemingway's famous Baby Shoes) to a thousand, sometimes more. It depends largely on the outfit for which the author decides to write a piece of flash fiction. For the
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!2 years 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
Ready for NaNoWriMo yet?So it's National Novel Writing Month!Ready for NaNoWriMo yet?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I know you're all pretty tired of seeing NaNo blogs pop up everywhere and that's why this blog is only a recollection of resources that can help all of you with your novel, instead of our own thing about it; dA is so full of useful stuff that it feels like community spirit to link to those instead of making our own that would just be a copy of those.
We'll not only be listing them, anyway, we'll briefly explain what each article is about so you don't need to go through the ones that don't interest you.
First off, already linked above, http://www.nanowrimo.org/ . If you haven't yet, you need to get an account there and start going. There are a lot of deviants that are there, and if you're registered there let us know! We'll be keeping a list here for you to find friends. (: for NaNo writers, this website is Home.
Directly from deviantART, the ever-awesome GrimFace242 wrote two amazing ar
Ready, Set, NaNo!So it's that time of the year again and we're all racing around trying to get our bits together for NaNoWriMo. OR, we're laughing at the people running around trying to get all their bits together for NaNo. In the past, I've written articles on what NaNo is and how to prepare for it. This isn't one of those articles. Well, not entirely. Let's start with the glaringly obvious.Ready, Set, NaNo!4 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
What's the point of NaNo?
If you answered "To write a 50k Word Count Novel in a month's time," you're wrong. NaNo is about conditioning writers to write regularly, keep those creative juices flowing and to work under pressure. November is a busy month. Students are back in school. Parents are dealing with said students. In the United States, we have Thanksgiving and of course everyone is getting ready for Christmas. Add in clearing 1,667 words a day and we're talking about some major pressure. But that's the poi
Workshopping with Rasp: Part 1 of 3Here it is, as promised. Keep in mind that even though I do not have formal training as a writer, these are the things I keep in mind when writing my characters. I have had varying levels of success here at dA and you are free to use my ideas or not. I'm not claiming to know it all, the below is not gospel and it's not guaranteed. But you never know.Workshopping with Rasp: Part 1 of 33 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Comments are appreciated, haters are welcome.
How to Create Compelling Characters
I can't speak for everyone but I read for compelling characters. If the characters really move me, the plot can be as thin as it wants; though it's not always easy to have characters carry the whole thing if nothing is happening.
Where do we find compelling characters? In books, of course, but they're obviously not confined to books. Compelling characters in movies are just as important. Unless you're doing improv, plays and movie
Writing Resources for EveryoneThis news article is brought to you by the literature news, resources and feature groups: LitResources and its primary affiliate LitandNews. We invite you to explore the Literature community further, informing us of anything that should be included in future articles. Below, deviants will discover various information about the Literature community, have the opportunity to check out some of our favorite deviations, and read our growing collection of wonderful writing tutorials and resource journals packed full of useful tools to assist everyone in their journey on DeviantART as writers and far beyond.Writing Resources for Everyone3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
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NaNo Pro Tip: Be Accountable (Got Peer Pressure?)There's a reason 300,000 writers do this TOGETHER ever year. NaNoWriMo isn't just a writing exercise, it's a community art movement. It's something that we do with the support of our friends -- the ones we know, the ones we don't know yet, and the ones that will be complete strangers again on December 1st.NaNo Pro Tip: Be Accountable (Got Peer Pressure?)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Go Go NaNo!
So how does this ginormous group of people manage to write novels in a month? I mean, let's face it, people do it. Lots of them. And it's not just because they're fantastic, prolific, genius writers. (Some are. But, just sayin'.)
Let's talk about peer pressure. Usually, it's a bad thing. HEY JIMMY, I DARE YOU TO JUMP OFF THAT BRIDGE WITHOUT A HELMET! IT WILL BE HILAAARIOUS. You know, that sort of thing. &
Workshopping with Rasp: Part 3 of 3Congratulations for sticking with me so far if you're reading this, you're pretty awesome. Thanks for your attention. I hope the first and second parts were of benefit to you; this third part is where you tie it all together.Workshopping with Rasp: Part 3 of 33 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Part 1: Creating Compelling Characters http://raspil.deviantart.com/journal/Workshopping-with-Rasp-Part-1-of-3-306397871
Part 2: Motivation and Conflict http://raspil.deviantart.com/journal/Workshopping-with-Rasp-Part-2-of-3-308633192
The following is something I have shared with only a few deviants here at this site who wanted help on plotting out their stories. I used to be hesitant about sharing it with more than the few I sent it to but you know what - any bit of help we can give each other is worth it in the end. Other folks have been generous enough to share their secrets, I should return the favor.
This sheet, the Plot Arc for Short Stories, is a original creation of mine
Tips from Talented RhymersRhyming shouldn't be stigmatized over poor examples or be embraced as the only poetic form available to the writer due to the many classical examples from centuries before. It should be used if the writer is comfortable with it, or it is a part of how they write, or what they are writing calls for rhyming. The writers below are all talented at their craft and have generously accepted to contribute to the article.Tips from Talented Rhymers2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What is your opinion on rhyming literature on deviantART?
Traditionally fixed literature in any place (not strictly deviantArt), can seem either very natural and effortless, or very forced. Although free verse tends to be significantly more popular here, there's something in a rhythmic poem that free verse does not always capture. Just like word choice or metaphors, the melody of a poem also helps in the telling of the story.
Do you have an
How to Stop Planning and Use What You've GotArticle cowritten by ShadowedAcolyte and neurotype.How to Stop Planning and Use What You've Got2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
We've chosen to present this in bullets. The first few are ways to tell when your planning has gone too far; the rest are how to get past that.
Featured literature was chosen for its ability to present exposition: good pacing, tantalizing hints, etc.
How do I know I've planned too much?
When you can't hold it all in your head.When you can't explain it without a long-winded summary."So you've planned X. How will you reveal X to the reader?" If you can't immediately think of a good idea, it's probably overplanned.
Volume: how much of your story is world-building/backstory?
Properly spaced, you could get up to 10% world into a story without ruining the book (e.g. for an epic fantasy or something else not set in a place readers will immediately recognize). The rest should be happening now.If the setting is much more familiar—like, Everytown, USA, it could easily be 1% backstory.
Why do you love dA's Literature Community?Reasons to love dA's Literature CommunityWhy do you love dA's Literature Community?2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Today, November 3rd, is the last day to send me in your reason!
Love dA Lit is turning one hundred! One-hundred weeks that is. In that time I've really come to appreciate how active and passionate the Literature Community on dA is; this community is truly amazing and I'm honored to be a part of it. And what better way to celebrate than to spread a little love and hand out some prizes? It's also a good excuse for me to hug you all.
So why do you love dA's Literature Community?
Share what you love about the Lit Community, your reason doesn't need to be long, it could be a few words or a few sentences. Be as specific or general as you want!
Anyone can participate. Even if you don't 'include' yourself in the Literature Community you can still send me a note!
All Hallow's Tales - RESULTS!October 31, 2012 - Time to put the chainsaws back in the shed, hang the skin-suits up in the closet and announce the WINNERS of this year's All Hallow's Tales Contest! Competition this year may have been less crowded than in previous years, but no less fierce! Please help me congratulate this year's winners:All Hallow's Tales - RESULTS!2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Harvest Time by Tobaeus
1,000 points courtesy of Points Pool donors.
$20 Amazon Gift Card from Memnalar
Dripping Blood Bookmark from Memnalar
dA Print of winner's choice from CRLiterature
6-month premium membership from CRLiterature
3-month premium membership from Memnalar
£50 worth of tokens in TheSkaBoss' browser game Lyrania.*
Workshopping with Rasp: Part 2 of 3In the first part of this workshop, I talked about how to create compelling characters. This part will be about what drives them and how to royally ruin their day so you can entertain your readers. compelling characters are useless without a story. This is where motivation and conflict come in.Workshopping with Rasp: Part 2 of 33 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
What is it? A state of being that exists when needs or wants are not being fulfilled and the desire to have those needs or wants satisfied.
On a basic level, humans have needs. I hope we are familiar with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs because that is what I'm about to draw from. If not, here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs . On the bottom rung, we have physiological needs that must be met for basic survival: breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, h
Choosing a Literary Format and LengthLit Basics WeekChoosing a Literary Format and Length6 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
(ShadowedAcolyte deserves equal praise/blame for this one. Hello, ShadowedAcolyte.)
It's Lit Basics Week, for all types of literature, and we haven't discussed the most basic thing of all: deciding what your work should be. Prose, poetry, scripts all have some fundamental things in common. Since they all use words, they can convey the same information, such as the sadness of losing a loved one or the details of attending a classical concert. Of course, written scripts are a lot more dialogue heavy, and prose is more forgiving than poetry on some counts, but the essentials are the same.
So if content doesn't matter, how do you decide?
Format (e.g. prose, poetry, scripts)
What skills do you want to build? Are you trying to challenge yourself with the exactitude that poetry demands (yes even experimental), do you want to play with the media crossing opportunities a script offers, or take advantage of how flexible prose is to delve into your narr
Writers' Block: The MythLit Basics WeekWriters' Block: The Myth6 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
We've all suffered from sitting down at our desk, booting up our computer, ready to start writing a story and BAM nothing comes out. We sit there and sit there and still nothing comes out. We put everything away and try again the next day but have the same results. Then we go to our favourite blog site and write a journal about how the world is horrible and we're suffering from writers' block.
But are we really suffering from a block?
If, on the third day, someone came to us and said, "Have two pages, double spaced in 12pt text written by tomorrow at noon on a topic of your choosing and I'll give you $1,000," would we still be unable to produce something? I'm sure if given a deadline and incentive like this, the majority of us would be able to write two pages, double spaced in 12pt text by tomorrow at noon. Proving that writers' block is a myth. Well, in most cases.
I'm not saying there is absolutely no such thi
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?
Suck it up, weenies! A short treatise on NaNoWriMoIt's October right now. And that means every writer I know is buzzing about NaNoWriMo. Is it a good idea, is it a bad idea, am I doing it, have I done it before, can I do it again, do I have time...blah blah blah. Suck it up, y'all. Nose meet grindstone. [Insert hard-working cliché here.]Suck it up, weenies! A short treatise on NaNoWriMo2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This might be a rumor or just something I made up, but I think there's a reason that they put NaNoWriMo in what, for many of us, is one of the most chaotic times of the year. American Thanksgiving ( and the holiday shopping and family visiting that this entails). Finals -- or studying for finals -- for writers who are in middle school, high school, college, graduate programs. Local and national Elections in the States.
And there are plenty of day-to-day things that come up wheth
To Research or Not to Research? We've all been at this point.To Research or Not to Research? 4 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
You want to write a story. A story entirely created by you, yet you don't know where to begin. Everything stems from something, and you have to find that something. Research is the way to go.
"But, I'm not writing a historical piece. Why do I have to do research?"
History has nothing to do with researching a well-written story. In fact, a lot of people do research when writing their stories. For example, I, Gingersanps, do a lot of research when I'm writing longer pieces. They, themselves, are not historical. I need to know the information to make it seem like a "realer" situation.
I have a research journal.
Research is an important step in the writing of your literature piece. Hell, research is an important step in any kind of art piece. Ask your visual arts friends if they did a lot of research with some form of thing that you know you'd have to look up on Google to find out what it meant.
Why You Should Keep WritingWhy You Should Keep Writing2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Q: What do you guys think of my story so far? Should I keep going?
This seems to be a very popular question. I'll argue it's a useless question, and explain why.
This reply is directed at new writers, and despite the tone that may follow, I really do intend to be sincere and helpful. I was once a newbie, too. And although I'm certainly not going to claim to be great, I've fallen flat on my face enough times to learn how to pick myself up and produce something I'm proud of.
Here's why you need to not ask this question. You're either going to succeed, or you're going to fail. But, either way, you'll be better off for having:
2. Figured out how to motivate yourself to continue
3. Completed the entire first run of the story yourself
1 ~ I can speculate that there are plenty of people out there who are afraid of failure. I know first-hand. I'm not a professional writer. I teach mathematics. And it is my job every Fall to convince a hu
NaNoWriMo Chat ScheduleAre you sick of all the NaNo journals and polls yet? Too bad, because this is another one.NaNoWriMo Chat Schedule2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Since I'm super excited about NaNo this year and I absolutely adore being a cheerleader (minus the outfit), I've put together a little schedule of NaNo Chats that will be held in the CRLiterature chatroom.
Aside from the start time, there are no time constraints on the chat events. Each of the Word Wars chats will have at least four fifteen minute rounds of mad typing and the Write Ins will be at least two hours each.
Saturday, November 3rd - Write In @ 10am EST
Wednesday, November 14th - Word Wars @ 7pm EST
Sunday, November 18th - Official Word Wars Chat Tour Stop @ 1pm EST
Monday, November 26th - Write In @ 6pm EST
Thursday, November 29th - Crowd choice of Word Wars or Write In @ 6pm EST
What are Word Wars and Write
Write and Revise Contest: Part 1You thought we were going to let you rest after the Summer Contest, huh? Wrong! We're back with a two-parter to hopefully get you both creating and editing, as all good writers must. This contest is brought to you by VertigoArt, who has rejoined the ranks of DLD as our contest and affiliate admin! Please go give him some love.Write and Revise Contest: Part 12 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Part 1: Go Wild!
The first part of the contest is relatively simple: write something. It can be a journal, a stream of consciousness, a scrap of a poem, an idea you've had for ages or one that comes to you in a burst of inspiration.
This part of the contest is open from August 11th to
September 11th, 2012October 11th, 2012.
If you need some help getting started check out prompts set up by our affiliate groups, Live-Love-Write listed in their blog here: http://live-love-write.deviantart.com/blog/ and theWrittenRevolution archived here: http://thewrittenrevolution.deviantart.com
PE: Literature Critique TipsAs part of Project Educate Critique week, the Community Volunteers would like to share more art specific elements to consider whilst giving good critique.PE: Literature Critique Tips3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Today we are looking at the Literature gallery, with our Top Tips.
Before you start
READ the piece all the way through.
Read it again, making notes of what you would like to point out in your critique.
Stay Objective- you are critiquing the piece not the person.
These tips are areas which aren't just necessary in critiquing others' work, but also when self-critiquing your own writing. This is one person's suggestions and I welcome any further tips in addition.
A good opening. The opening to any form of writing doesn't necessarily need to involve a physical explosion, but it needs to have an initial hook; something to entice the reader in. It needs to be clear, something that