In a Little Girl's MindThere sits the girl with the things in her eyes
Monsters, destruction, and sweet butterflies
Hopscotch and daisies, surrounded by screams
Beautiful dresses now torn at the seams
Crayons and paintbrushes, villains and grins
Young, gladsome innocence, hatred and sins
Little red houses on roads left to fade
Gorgeous moonlight shining off of the blade
Blood pouring out as she cries her own name
Knowing she's forced to take each bit of blame
She could have stopped it and left it behind
All of these things in her troubled young mind
She could have saved them if she dared to try
Rather, though, she left herself there to die.
Now, others watch as she sits on the ground
Keeping their distance and letting her drown
In her own worries and things she won't tell
Waiting for her mind to kill her as well…
Writing Lesson: Naming Your Character Your character's name is one of the most important decisions you have to make when writing a story. There are tons of resources for naming your characters (baby name websites being my personal favorite) but there are also many things you should take into consideration. Here are some do's and don'ts in no particular order.Writing Lesson: Naming Your Character2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Similar names for twins I read an article on names recently that expressly forbid the use of matching or similar twin names because it was "overdone". While yes, naming your twins Jayden and Kayden can be a bit tacky sounding, the truth is that people do it. A lot. I've personally met a pair of identical twins named Kirsten and Kristen. Do I think their parents are crazy? A little, but when you're choosing names for your twins, it's hard not to look for rhyming or alliteration. For writers, my only suggestion is to make them visually different enough that readers can tell them apart. Jace and Jackson are easy tw
So you want to join the dA lit community? Part IGreetings, all! WELCOME TO DEVIANTART! I'm so excited to welcome you to a community I have been a member of for going-on 8 years. I started thisSo you want to join the dA lit community? Part I2 years ago in Other More Like This
tutorial specifically because I know the literature community is difficult to find, so I wanted to create a kind of quick reference guide for writers who have just joined dA (or returned to it after a long haitus) to let people know how things work, where to go for critique, contests, help, DD suggestions, or just friendly conversation!
In this guide, I would like to talk about how to submit literature, critiques, Daily Deviations, people you should know, the literature forum, and groups.
This tutorial began life as a single article. About halfway through the first section, I realized there was no way I could fit all the information that I think is important for new members to know into a single guide without creating an impossibly-long article. So, I'll be including links to the other parts of this tutorial in the comments section at the bott
Pre-Writing and Brainstorming.Pre-Writing and Brainstorming.3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Writing is a multi-step process. If Shakespeare were to just write whatever he wanted to with no prior planning, well we probably wouldn't know who Shakespeare is today. Writing takes time, thought and a lot of organization in order for it to come out as one, cohesive work. In the midst of your random scribbling, many of your ideas may seem to be jumbled and in-cohesive. This makes it hard for you to really get your ideas in motion. How do you fix that? Well, the ultimate way to ensure flow with writing is to undergo Pre-Writing and a little organized Brainstorming.
There are several, critical points to Pre-Writing. For each point, write down whatever it is that entails of it.
~Why are you writing? Where do you plan to take your writing? Make sure you have a deep reason as to why you are writing. Wi
Helpful title ideas for Portrait PhotographyHelpful title ideas for Portrait Photography2 years ago in Photography More Like This
Helpful title ideas for Portraits & Human Photography
5 am, thinking of you
a certain romance
a chill in the air
a day to be remembered
a door to the unknown
a fresh start
a kiss to build a dream on
a little bit of heaven
a mirror's story
a moment suspended in time
a new beginning
a peaceful world
a smile like yours
a thousand shades of passion
a thousand years from now
a whole other story
after my dreams come true
after the rain
ain't this a fairytale?
all for love
all time adored
always in my heart
and I think you should know this
and so a star was born
and so the story began
any sign of trouble?
anywhere you go
as we dance with the devil
asleep or dead?
at the end of the day
awake and unafraid
back to the future
beauty in bloom
before her eyes stun me
before I leave
before you lie
behind the glass
bitter days of autumn
Types of Mary-Sue'sAngsty Sue: This type of Sue is created for people to feel bad for because of some dark past. Every other character in the story (unless they're mean or spiteful) will always make the Sue’s angst the biggest issue in the story and the fact that she constantly dwells in her own self pity will be considered a “natural reaction”. If two characters both have traumatic experiences, the Sue will receive more attention no matter what. The main goal of these is often to have the OC cuddle with a canon character.Types of Mary-Sue's1 year ago in Writing More Like This
Example one: Fred has just had his leg chopped off and will die if he does not receive medical attention immediately, but Mary-Sue is crying because of her daddy issues so everyone is busy comforting her. When Fred tries to call attention to the fact that he’s dying, the others will call him selfish for not caring about Mary-Sue.
Example two: Best friends, Lucy and Mary-Sue were both kidnapped. Lucy was raped, and Mary-Sue witnessed it. W
How to get comments - For WritersRecently, a member of the group I help admin, Authors-Club, brought to our attention that since joining,How to get comments - For Writers1 month ago in Writing More Like This
they really haven't been getting any feedback on their work, and were wondering how to get remedy this.
After giving it some thought, here's a quick "How to get comments" tutorial, pertaining to you authors out there.
Get comments on your writing!!
Many visual artists will tell you that finding that niche of followers who consistently comment on your work is hard. You either have to be in a fandom, and post up lots of fan art, have a kick ass style, or promote yourself till your finge
5 Steps to Organize Your NovelWhat You'll Need:5 Steps to Organize Your Novel4 years ago in Writing More Like This
A basic story idea
Printer (preferably laser) with plenty of paper
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 blank, they're a grand place to keep extra notes and page references). It's not necessary that you fill out every single line of the character sheet. Fill out only what is necessary for the character/plot. Feel free to add to the sheet as your write, too. The
Tips and advice for writing better angstBefore you start writing the most tragic back story ever for your character, I’d like to point out that not all good characters need angst. Its best if used sparingly and not the main focus of the plot. Also, just because someone’s OC has an angsty past, does not immediately make said character a Mary-Sue. If they have angst for all the wrong reasons, then they are a Mary-Sue.Tips and advice for writing better angst1 year ago in Writing More Like This
If you are writing certain types of trauma (rape, child abuse, ect.) try to include a trigger warning, unless it is a fanfiction of something that possesses the same exact type of trauma.
Part one: Writing Angst in General
First decide why you want to give this character angst in the first place. If you don’t what your character to be seen as a Mary-Sue, than you must have a good reason for their suffering. A good reason for angst might be to show why your character is the way they are today. Some bad reasons for trauma would be to make people feel sorry for your character, o
I Miss You: Should You Orphan Your Character?I Miss You: Should You Orphan Your Character?3 years ago in Writing More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
Be warned: this is a really sensitive issue. I really hope that this isn't something that is just taken lightly by an author. This discussion may also be a bit too gruesome for some, so viewer discretion is advised.
Some of the best and worst characters ever put to paper have been orphans. But are you writing Batman or just another Mary Sue?
Parents are key figures in shaping who we are, so you should have a very good reason to off characters with such impact. They can be well-thought out and if done right can provide a compelling insight into the psyche of their child. Maybe a neat-freak had parents who were absolute
Playing With Text in dA [Semi-Tutorial] UPDATEDFONTS ON DEVIANTARTPlaying With Text in dA [Semi-Tutorial] UPDATED2 years ago in Other More Like This
There are several things you can do with dA's text. You can use Italics, Bold, Underline,
Strikethrough, and even change font face or font type. However, there aren't many directions on how to do these things. So, I'm going to give you a quick semi-tutorial on how to work these.
These features are easy enough to use once you know what you're doing. You just have to learn tags. You can visit this link to learn about some other common HTML tags.
The Simpleist Tags to Use Are:
< i > to begin italics and < /i > to end the italics
< strong > to begin bold and < /strong > to end the bold
< b > to begin bold and < /b > to end the bold
< u > to begin underline and < /u > to end the underline
< strike >
to begin strike and< /strike > to end the strike
< s > to begin strike and < /s > to end the strike
< sup >
When the Hero is NOT a HeroWhen the Hero is NOT a Hero3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Protagonist & Antagonist ~ A Different Definition
There are Three Essential Characters in Every Story. There may be any number of side characters, but in traditional Adventures, and Romances of every stripe the main conflict is usually, if not always, a triangle of complimentary opposites.
Translation: You could tell the WHOLE story with ONLY these Three Characters; perhaps not with any real detail, but you could still do the entire basic plotline. (Yes I know, I've said some of this before. Bear with me.)
Yep. I'm sure you're familiar with: Hero Villain Heroine (or Sidekick) already. Those are pretty darn standard. So, let's define them in a more Literary, (and complicated,) fashion shall we?
Antagonist - Protagonist - Ally
ALLY? Who the heck is That?
Always there, though seldom named
I Dub Thee...I Dub Thee...3 years ago in Writing More Like This
On the psychology and choosing of names
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Many authors struggle with names. After coming up with a character who perfectly fits his or her intended role, planning personality traits, clothing, hobbies, and physical descriptions, now you have to sum all of that character's being up in a name!
There is an incredible number of ways to choose a name. Often authors are baffled by the vast array of first names and surnames that could be given to a character, and it's almost impossible to start. Whether you're hoping for a name that could belong to any girl on a street or a fantasy warrior from planet Xyla, there are infinite ways of choosing a name.
The best way to find ordinary names is a list. Sometimes one might choose a name that actually means something, while other times one might hope for an ordinary name with little more meaning than "her mom liked it."
Synonyms, the Thesaurus, and YouEvery now and then, I see one of those lists going round, be it on Tumblr, shared on blogs, or whatever. You know, those lists; the ones that go on for eight miles listing ten synonyms for dozens of common words.Synonyms, the Thesaurus, and You2 years ago in Writing More Like This
I hate those lists. In the wrong hands, they often do more harm than good. And in the right hands, they‘re just sort of useless.
There's one going around I do rather like, because it points out the idiocy of these lists. At the top, it says, 'instead of whispered, consider…' and lists off a whole bunch of words. One of those words is 'insinuated'. And the very first response to that list? 'Aye lil mama, let me insinuate in ya ear.' Now, that sentence sounds utterly ridiculous, because whisper and insinuate do not mean the same thing. Not even close. But these lists are often rife thesaurus copypasta like this that upon closer inspection make very little sense.
Let's take the word 'got' for a mome
Naming Characters: A TutorialThis is it! You have made a super sexy awesome character that fights evil purple monkeys and saves the world from imminent destruction! All you have to do is write the story! But suddenly, you're stuck. Yes, this character is super sexy and awesome, but... what's their name? This is a sad attempt at me showing you how to give your characters super sexy names to go along with their super sexy monkey fighting skills!Naming Characters: A Tutorial4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Option one: Think about it for a long time
Sometimes if you think about it long enough, inspiration will strike and you'll think of the perfect name for your character. Obviously this doesn't work for everyone, as most people can only think of the names of people they know. Which leads me to option 2...
Option two: Think of people you know
Now, this option doesn't work for some people because it freaks them out. I hate naming my characters after people I know, or at least see on a daily basis. It makes me feel awkward to talk a