A Smattering of Lit NewsNO LONGER BEING UPDATED - ONGOING THINGS 'N' SHIT BELOW
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Book Club at CRLiterature
WordWars' Upcoming Events
Weekly prompts: Apocalypse-writing House-of-Playwrights TheWritersMeow
theWrittenRevolution posts monthly prompts.
Eastern Poetry Forms at the-haiku-club so ffs you no longer have an excuse to call a senryu a haiku.
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Publishing Resources by SadisticIceCream
Persistent-Practice has been prolific with posts.
ScreamPrompts is chock full of awesome, challenging prompts.
Who Cares About the Literature Community?A few days ago we had a chat to discuss community issues and solutions (see the original journal for details). Huge thanks to everyone who came and raised awesome points!Who Cares About the Literature Community?2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
It took 45 minutes for the volume of talk to max out Sta.sh Writer's character limit and this chat went for two more hours, so I'm just going to summarize the key discussion points, starting with big actionables for CRLiterature and for the community.
I've put the chat stuff lower down as it's denser: the outside bullet is the issue, and the inside bullet is possible solutions (not necessarily in order, each point is really a response to the original issue). There is a lot to think about in there, but feel free to pick and choose the issues you care most about.
Sorry for leaving a lot of stuff out, but I hope you guys are too busy figuring out how best to act on what we discussed to pay too much attention
tWR Interviews: On WritingTogether with our Mentorship Project, we'll be releasing a series of interviews with experienced writers and members of our community. They will all have a different focus, according to the parts of the Project they are paired with.tWR Interviews: On Writing3 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
This being the first article, it will contain some general advice on writing. It will be updated as more deviants contribute to it, so keep an eye out!
The deviants who so kindly shared their views with us for this article are silvernium, IrrevocableFate, GrimFace242, SadisticIceCream , SRSmith, chromeantennae and PinkyMcCoversong and SingingFlames. (: I did take the liberty of bolding what I personally think are the most important parts of their answers, since this is a pretty long article, but that doesn't mean you should read just those.
What's your ideal writing environment, if any?
SingingFlames, " I enjoy writing on my laptop, leaning back (all right, slouching) into my living room couch. My cat keeps me company, warm
Choosing a Literary Format and LengthLit Basics WeekChoosing a Literary Format and Length9 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
Inspiring Deviants: LiteratureEveryday, I have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful deviants who continue to inspire me. In the eight years I have shared my writing here, I have had the privilege to meet others who value my passion for Literature and beyond – and have gained so much. From many here I have learned the power of stirring inspiration, delving into our creative passions, and connections in love and friendship. I wanted to spotlight just a few artistic souls who have made a distinctive impact in my life – and to express my deepest gratitude towards them all for making a difference within our Literature community.Inspiring Deviants: Literature2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
You Have Made a Difference in My Life…
Amber shines not only through her graceful personality, but also in her talents as a writer. You can trust in knowing that with Amber’s writing you will find truth and beauty.
Literature Articles You Should KnowI don't take the time to write good community-building articles, I'm no good at it. But organizing good community articles? I'm all over that! Many thanks go to the great people who put so much of their time and energy into this site. If you don't know these people, they are intelligent, kind hearted, and entirely too good to be associating with layabouts like me. They deserve a lot more, but I recommend thanking them with llamas, points, gifts, praise... or watch them. I've yet to see anything bad come from any of these guys. Oh, and if you aren't watching CRLiterature you should be.Literature Articles You Should Know1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
I'm going to try and catalog the most recent postings of various literature articles that the
crazyamazing people of our community produce. It's hard to keep track of them all, but somebody has to try! And in the "those who cannot do" mentality, I can handle list-making as opposed to creating a series of my own. Everything that ends up on this p
How to Write a Query LetterPublishing WeekHow to Write a Query Letter1 month ago in Literature Features More Like This
A query is kind of what it sounds like -- you're ASKING an agent or publisher if they're interested in seeing your book. But a query is more than hey what's up I'm awesome my book is awesome look at it plz! You have to write a professional letter that will entice the person who will read it into writing back with a HECK YES SHOW ME YOUR BOOK! (Okay, they probably won't say it like that. But you get the gist.)
The first line in your query should be:
Dear Ms./Mr. AgentLastName OR Dear Ms/Mr. EditorLastName
This might sound obvious, but you never EVER want to address a query with Dear Sirs/Madams or To Whom it May Concern. You also don't want to address it to the publisher or the agency. You are writing a specific agent or a specific editor, whom you've taken the time to research. You know what this person likes and you think he or she will like your book. So address them personally.
The next lines should should look something like:
Community Project: One-Sentence-At-A-Time [CLOSED] Well, that's a wrap! SCFrankles got in the last word this time. Expect the deviation to be posted sometime tomorrow. Thanks for a smashing success!Community Project: One-Sentence-At-A-Time [CLOSED]2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
You've all seen these, I am sure. The idea is one person starts a story with a single sentence. Each participant writes a comment that adds another sentence to continue the story. You can leave as many comments as you'd like, but no two can be back to back. Please make sure you read previous comments so you know what general direction the story is headed.
Some ground rules:
The story will be written in third person omniscient which allows us to be in any character's head at any time. But try not to do too much jumping as that gets confusing.
Absolutely stick to the ONE sentence per comment rule. They can be compound sentences.
Let's aim to have this story done by January 5th at 11:59pm Pacific Time. I'll compile all the comments into one
The Ladies of Lit: Listing of LoveliesBelow, you will find a helpful resource of an array of wonderful deviants who have been featured on my Ladies of Lit news article. If you would like to suggest a deviant for an upcoming issue, be sure to note LadyLincoln.The Ladies of Lit: Listing of Lovelies9 years ago in Personal More Like This
I am in dire need of suggestions, so please read over the list and note me three Literature thumbs of the lady writer of your choice, and a small blurb as to why you feel they merit this honor. Thank you for supporting this project!
The Great Lit Crit Event!:iconlawooplz: EXTENSION!! :iconlawooplz:The Great Lit Crit Event!11 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Being that I've been a bit absent (real life, ugh) I've decided to extend BOTH PARTS of this contest.
If you have not yet submitted a poem or story to the contest, you have until AUGUST 15TH to send me a note with a thumb or link to your deviation.
If you still need time to leave feedback, you have until AUGUST 31ST to leave your comments or critiques to be entered in the epic prize drawing.
Because Critique is Awesome!
A couple weeks ago, I wrote a couple articles about critique in the deviantART community. The response to those articles was generally positive, which was completely awesome. Several people expressed a desire t
Literature Gallery Restructure UPDATED GALLERY STRUCTURE PROPOSAL - JULY 29Literature Gallery Restructure2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Remember that time there was like a giant discussion about how there should maybe be microfiction and flash fiction and short stories and novella and novel-chapter categories and it was like, whoa that's a lot? Well, we had another discussion and decided to go back to the way things were a long time ago: we're proposing to ditch the length-level categorizations for prose. No more figuring out whether your work is flash fiction, a vignette, or a chapter before submitting.
Original journal below the totally relevant GIF. (Everyone loves it when GRRM does that, right? Right?!)
If you haven't browsed Literature lately, it's a mess. Sure, some of it comes from people whose work truly transcends genres (ever read the Library of Congress classification for Gravity's Rainbow?) and some of it comes from how people choose to interpret certain genres.
But a lot of it comes from people having troub
September Literature NewsIt seems like summer just started and now, it's already September. We were kinda quiet over the summer, but it looks like the contests are starting to pick up again and everyone's becoming a bit more active. Let's keep the ball rolling and write write write!September Literature News8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
News Articles, Interviews & Features
The Ladies of Lit Volume XLV
Being Unscientific with SRSmith
Be A Critic: Update
New Gallery Categories
30 Writers You Should Discover Volume XXII
The Know Database Round Up 15
The Know Request Journal
Writers-Workshop's Do You Want To Host A Workshop?
July Literature DD Round Up:iconirrevocablefate:July Literature DD Round Up9 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Features by IrrevocableFate
Solace by Medoriko Bo. by Silver-cLaw if you need help making it through the day by trembling-knees
Features by inknalcohol
Mr. Five by TheVoiceofMadness We Hold Hearts by ttbloodlusttt Te by ZetsubouDahlia What I gave you by WhitePlumFragrance Heart Sold. by Lady-Yume :thumb407777094: FACTORY DEMON FORKLIFT BATTLE by AntiMach Last Words by estallidos .Red lips. by BlackRoseMew The Heart Necklace by Mimibert Cyclical love by xXI-Feel-InfiniteXx Paradigm Shift by jade-pandora [transmissions of a dead girl] by crimsonletters Southern modernization by Emmaessence may as well buy another pack by creativelycliche The Coffee God by anapests-and-ink Bad Shot by CrumbledWings
Features by neurotype
Senryu Series 12 by Laurence55 The Interview by levi3o4 :thumb459736038: Visitor by sliverofciel :thumb451905651: Margie by capricecake daughters by sunshinegypsy Palani by Augmented4th Parental Guidance by Rangavar :thumb4436160
Publishing Resources List Totally overwhelmed? Start here!Publishing Resources List4 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Make sure you the news article!
So you've written something freaking awesome. You've edited a million times (and if you haven't, turn around and go do that. Right now). You think you maybe want to take the leap and try publishing something. But you have no idea where to start.
Well, this is a good place to be.
This the journal where I'll be keeping a running list of all the publishing resources I find, both on and off dA. Most of it will probably be related to literary journals, since that's the stage where I'm at in my literary career, but I'll add things about book publishing as I find them.
If you ever find a great resource, or if you'd like to request something specific, please leave me a note in the comments.
Also this journal is probably going t
July Literature NewsletterHello again! Yes, it's that time again—the start-of-a-new-month blogfest. While we're not doing any big projects, Flash Fiction Month is underway over at Flash-Fic-Month ! For the not-so-flash-inclined, Camp NaNo is always an option. And, er, we'll have something for you poets and scriptwriters soon-like.July Literature Newsletter10 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
In the meantime, check out our book club—now with fabulous prizes! —and get ready for Project Educate: Lit Basics Week (that's right, all literature) at the end of this month.
Blogs from CRLiterature
Love dA Lit - issues 173, 174, 175Project Educate Sign UpsJuly Book Club: The Thief LordJune Literature DD Roundup
Writing Exercises and Contests
Seniority Announcements - January 2013Seniority Announcements - January 20132 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 deviants holding the highly saught after ` -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.
So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community.
Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many other
30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume VIIIWhat's This?30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume VIII3 years ago in Literature Features 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 seven articles in
May Literature DD Round Up:iconirrevocablefate:May Literature DD Round Up11 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Features by IrrevocableFate
Features by inknalcohol
The Ink Line by Adonael Those Nights by MadamGuillotine Ode To The Tsundere by Acaciathorn
Dear Daddy's Girl by OfOneSoul 8 Ways to Help You Write Without Writing by x--Lurid--x Play Ball by bryosgirl
EG Sample Chapter 1 by EKKnight Howl by RussianTim fat by Konjuku
Reading as a Writer by Faraleigh :thumb445491633: do you even hear yourself? by hypermagical
I'll Never Grow Tired by SeptemberSkies2298 The Writer's Ink by EricAMBM tense shifts by straybutterflies
How to love a girl who can't love herself. by lupus-astra
Features by neurotype
Synonyms, the Thesaurus, and You by ML-Larson Fan Fiction for the Unconvinced by SCFrankles Our Weight and Ropes by BlackBowfin
Missing Persons by NoOtherKing Lessons for Today by Falareste Sumus de stellis by tirasunil
Earthquake Cafe by ThermadorianGrey Conversation piece by greenbank Shallow Water by CynicalSyndrome
Letter to a father by Exillior Glass by PaperDart Glacial Affairs by haphazardmelody
Fingers by MatieuCanadaWilliams Nonessential Prosthesis by AceFleam The big feeling by milksop
Vietnam by sound-dispute Weaver's Web by dragoeniex The Unemployed Assassin by laurotica
Features by ShadowedAcolyte
Erosion of the Catskills by ElegantFaith Blue Check Flag by CrumpetsHarvey intimate thunder by fake-theory
LIT me explain u a thing: July - Dec 2013LIT me explain u a thing...about literature newsLIT me explain u a thing: July - Dec 20131 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
There is a lot of it.
2013 is now over. I KNOW. WHERE DID IT GO? BUT IT'S GONE. IT'S GONE I TELL YOU. :iconrazycryplz: It's crazy, I'm crazy. It's okay though, we have all this news to keep us company. Look at that beautiful news. Look at it with love in your eyes. Anyways. This is the second part of the article "LIT me explain u a thing" chronicling what the Lit community was up to in 2013! [A lot I tell you, I mean look at how long this is.]
I hope you've prepared yourself. :iconespurreyesplz:
Guess what. If you manage to slough through this entire article you get your choice of ice cream and a ride in a super secret magical box that may or may not be blue! Also, please this to spread it along. SPREAD IT LIKE A LITERATURE-Y PLAGUE.
Literature DD Roundup- September 2013Hello all!Literature DD Roundup- September 20132 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
A Busy Month for Literature
We started the month out with five Lit CVs, and sadly we're ending it with only four. So if you haven't already, please take a moment to swing by Nichrysalis's profile and thank him for being an awesome CV.
Here is the roundup for September
Features by BeccaJS
A Short Visit by Iago-de-XibalbaLately, the wait by MehreenFreedI do not like you poets by insomniaplaguehoney-filled hearts by saltwaterlungsMan Sold Separately by GuinevereToGwen
Features by inknalcohol
One Sip by dragoeniexFlash Fic: Teatime at the Bee Room by PandaCat-ProductionsThe Cabin in the Woods by MatthewKoonThe Unquiet Dead - Prologue by WriterOfStuffMoonlit Nocturne by julietcaesarThe Chronicles of Langdon P. Rutherford - Act 1 by sincebecomeswhyBlackbird's Feather by SimpleSilkSkyTo Consecrate by a-la-douce-memoireThe First Kiss by SolidMarsYou can't have it all by SilverInkblot:thumb
The Literature Community ExperimentThis is a typical example of a BeccaJS shower pondering! The idea of this is to try and bring together as many people as possible all in one journal, but not for the sake of making a big number, but to encourage interaction and share useful tidbits. We often say the "literature community" has drifted apart over the past few years and this is just one attempt to try get people to come back together. It's a little hippy, perhaps a far-fetched idea, which is why I am calling it an "experiment". This could be successful and could be a complete fail- only you guys and your efforts can decide its fate!The Literature Community Experiment2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Wow! The response for this has been HUGE!!! Thank you so much all of you who have participated! Don't forget to add CRLiterature to your watch as well as replying to all these wonderful comments!
So you may be new to the literature side of deviantART, or you may be one of those long
Reasons to Love dA's Lit Community: Part 2This is the second half of my Reasons to Love dA's Literature Community. If you have no idea what is going on this explains it a bit more. ♥Reasons to Love dA's Lit Community: Part 22 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Reasons to Love dA's Lit Community: Part 1
I love the literature community because it helps my writing and I also love to read what other people write and the ideas they come up with.
I love the literature community here on dA for various reasons, and one is that they are always supportive when you need some support or help. They always seem to be willing to give advice when it is asked for, or to just talk literature in often. Literature is one of the most powerful forms of art with the capability to shape the world and our cultures as we know it. Even t
Literature News - June 2013Monthly update from your Literature Community Volunteers!Literature News - June 20132 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Good grief, where did May go? Oh, here it went....
Blogs from CRLiterature
Literature DD Roundup - MayLet's Talk about the Lit Community
Who Cares About the Literature Community?Story Planning Week is coming up!
Writing Exercises and Contests
Dialectical Dessertism: The Contest
Be A Critic Volume 15
FotoFriday: coming at you~
Mondo Grove Monday
Exquisite Corpse Round 2 (signups open until June 7)<a href="http://fav.me/d67e1nz">
The Triumph ProjectDr. Maya Angelou, a literary and cultural luminary, died this Wednesday. While glowing words have and will continue to be spoken about her talent, activism, and dauntless spirit, she is honored especially for her body of work. She took her own suffering and the suffering of others and, through her words, transfigured that suffering into triumphant art.The Triumph Project11 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Some of us in Community Relations invite you to participate in a new Project in remembrance of Dr. Angelou, one that grew out of a suggestion by Aeirmid. Together, we'll be creating art about triumph, be it personal, societal, or even hypothetical. At the end of the project, all deviations will be featured. This isn't a contest; it is a way for us to use our talents, following Dr. Angelou's example, to enrich our community.
What counts as triumphant? That's up to you. It could be a non-fiction biographical account of an historic leader, or an autobiographical poem about a personal moment of triumph.
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