Literary Terminology GuideLit Basics WeekLiterary Terminology Guide8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
This will be a straightforward article that lists some basic literary terms (in alphabetical order) that can be found in, well, literary works. You could use some of these terms to write a spectacular poem or prose piece about cake.
Before we get started, head on over to this other PE article that lists a BUNCH of Poetry Terms and Techniques.
An item of soft, sweet food made from a mixture of flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and often decorated. Also known as the first half of my otp.
A narrative that has multiple layers of meanings. Allegories are written in the form of fables, parables, poems, stories, and almost any other style or genre. The main purpose of an allegory is to tell a story that has characters, a setting, as well as other types of symbols, that have both literal and figurative meanings.
A reference to someth
Being Scary with MemnalarSome of you may recognize Memnalar from his hatted days, others might know him as that guy who's moderately old but still not as old as ndifference (hi guys!), but at this point in time his annual Halloween contest is a fixture. For those of you who've missed out on the glorious yearly improvements this brings to the horror gallery, you can view submissions for all the years he's hosted it—and other horror-themed contests—here:Being Scary with Memnalar2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
2012 ‡ 2011 ‡ Vampires for Kids ‡ 2009 ‡ Easterween
What is horror? Is it the same thing as scary?
Let's say that the sum of human experience is represented in metaphor b
Thank you Graphics - over to Lit!:iconarthistoryproject: :iconcommunityrelations:Thank you Graphics - over to Lit!3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
August was Graphics month, a culmination of
Comics & Cartoons, Anthro, Fan Art and Anime/Manga
- thank you to our fabulous Community Volunteers for Graphics...
:iconKasumiCR: alexandrasalas -Fan Art
:iconKovoWolf: KovoWolf - Anthro
:iconMiss-It-Girl: Miss-It-Girl - Anime & Manga
:iconLyricanna: Lyricanna - Fan Art
To see the whole collection of Graphics Articles, please check out the Gallery here.
Now over to the LITERATURE Community for September!
Introducing your Lit Community Volunteers...
PE Prose Basics: Hear Me My Audience!!Hello everyone!PE Prose Basics: Hear Me My Audience!!1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Throughout this week we will be discussing a variety of elements in prose writing and this topic is something which isn't just relevant to prose writers, but can be applied to all forms.
Imagine your piece of work is laid out on a stage for people to read. In the seats are the people who you want to read it- who are they? Can you see their faces, imagine their lives? Why have they been drawn to come see your work and read your story? What did you to to keep that audience sat down and interested in your work? Did you think about them when you wrote?
An audience is anyone who could potentially read your work. In writing, we talk about "target audience" and how understanding that audience can help shape the way you write. That intended audience could be specified by age, interests, personalities, cultural background, religion- anything! Of course you may gain readers outside of that target group, but considering your audience will involve your reader in the wr
My Prompt Journal (Lit Community Experiment cont.)Hello All and Welcome to 2013!My Prompt Journal (Lit Community Experiment cont.)2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Not that many people have picked up on this yet! Come on guys, lets get involved
(Original Gif too trippy for words!)
I hope everyone had a lovely break and are fully in the swing of the New Year!
Now this journal isn't a personal one, despite the title- in fact it is a journal I am challenging all of you to write and all of you to help others write. At this time of year, we've made resolutions and I expect half of you have included "write more" as one of those resolutions. This experiment is to help you fulfil that resolution so by 2014 you are sat here feeling achieved.
Prompts. Prompts are awesome. Why are they so awesome- because they get you writing! There are times when you feel unmotivated, wanting to write but not sure what to writ
How To Be A Productive WriterHow To Be A Productive WriterHow To Be A Productive Writer9 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
You know the type: the writer who submits something new everyday, who floods your inbox with new poems and prose pieces that they somehow had time to write since the last time you logged in to dA. How do they do it? Are there more than 24 hours in their day? Do they have chunks of spare time that you don't? Super discipline? Magic powers?
It may seem like a strange and mystical phenomenon, but believe it or not, that person is probably just as busy as you are. Even more unbelievable: you can become that person, too. It doesn't take magic powers or a high tolerance to lack of sleep or loads of spare time, but it does take discipline. Ready? Okay.
Actually, not quite ready yet. You know when you're really on a roll, when you're writing and writing and suddenly... you stop to check Facebook? Yeah. Whether it be Facebook or email or the refrigerator or deviantART, we want to get rid of distractions. Move to a distraction-free ar
Four Line Long Poems - Results!With the launch of the group FourLinePoems came the launch of our fantastic (even if we do say so ourselves) and challenging Poetry Contest. You can read all about that right here however the contest has now ended and the winners have been decided! We asked you to write a poem using just four lines, and just four words. The entries were fantastic, and picking through them for some winners was a challenging process. But without further ado...Four Line Long Poems - Results!2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
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YOU and the CommunityI hate writing journals like the one, but it's necessary to stop myself repeating comments all over the place. (Also writing this on my iPhone so bear with me!)YOU and the Community1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Joining a community is part of getting a sense of identity. You want to belong and be defined by the community you associate yourself with (even if you pretend you don't). You want to have a voice in the community and a sense of control too. When that doesn't go your way, sometimes the community you want to feel part of becomes jaded. You question it and wonder why you bother- why you even care?
There's been a few posts of late, some comments and grumbles of unhappiness in the literature community. As a CV, I feel very accountable for that. I've felt those frustrations too- and I think about what needs to be done to unravel those frustration, is maybe think about our own behaviours and motivations. Why are we doing what we actively think is the thing we need to do? Can you realistically change things? Do you hav
The Epic Author-OffTWO AUTHORS ENTER...ONE AUTHOR LEAVESThe Epic Author-Off2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Ladies, gents, and unclassy bitches, welcome to the Bibliodome! Here in each corner we've got our opponents, getting ready to face off in an epic battle of words, the likes of which have never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Well, unless you've been watching epic rap battles on YouTube.
thank you SilverInkblot for linking me this!
Anyway, the plan is a bracket-style showdown in which you pick an author and use mad skills (all kinds of literature welcome! Prose, poetry, song, etc!) to get to the top, while of course doing your best to represent that author's life and, more than anything else, literary style.
There must be at least 16 people for this to happen. Brackets look silly if there aren't at least four rounds, so tell your friends. And then blackmail them until they promise to submit an entry. You keep a dossier on th
Everything You've Learned About Writing is a LieLiterature Basics WeekEverything You've Learned About Writing is a Lie8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Okay, so maybe not everything. But there's a lot of stuff that I remember learning in middle and high school that turned out to not actually work for me -- or for pretty much anybody -- as a writer. I'm hoping that if I can lay these lies out for you, we cans turn it around and unlearn some of these bad habits. Because, man, nothing says "noob" like practicing some of these frequently-taught faux pas.
Lie #1: Be super duper descriptive!
Wait, wait, I know what you're thinking. Descriptive language is good, right? You want your reader to know what you're talking about, and to be able to see, smell it, hear it, touch it, taste it the way you do in your head. The problem is that, when it comes to description, a little bit goes a long wa
30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume XIWhat's This?30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume XI3 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. And, if there is a writer that may not be listed in this edition, you may wish to read the first
Literature DD Roundup- December 2012Greetings everyone!Literature DD Roundup- December 20122 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Today is New Years Eve, so before we share the roundup for December, on behalf of the Lit CVs, I wish you all a fantastic 2013!
It’s been a year of progression for the literature community, one I hope you will all join us on the continued journey for 2013. The community isn’t just 4 volunteers, it is ALL OF YOU, and I hope you share your ideas and get involved.
December has showcased some fantastic pieces of writing, and because of this we have actually snuck in a few bonus features. On Christmas day, we had 4 Literature DDs and from mid-December onwards we added some extra DDs over the weekend- something which we will now be doing every weekend!
(ps. Did anyone notice we’d snuck in some extra DDs lately?)
Here is the roundup for December:
Features by BeccaJS
Project Educate: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and RengaAs part of Poetry Forms week at projecteducate, we wanted to go into a bit of detail regarding some of the more well-known Eastern forms of writing. The same way there are many forms of Western poetry, there are many forms of Eastern poetry, and ultimately this article will barely begin to scrape the surface of even the forms that it actually touches on, but within this article, there are links to resources that delve further into the subject matter, and all are worth reading if the subject interests you.Project Educate: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Renga2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Haiku & Senryu
Haiku, in the classical Japanese sense, is a small poem comprised of 17 characters known as on (sometimes onji). These characters each represent one unit of sound, and each unit of sound has its own meaning which then contributes to the overall haiku. The 17 on are split into phrases of 5, 7, and 5, which is where the most commonly know
Art History: Writing a Pantomime:iconarthistoryproject: :iconcrliterature:Art History: Writing a Pantomime3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Pantomime is easy to write? (Oh no it isn’t!)
Pantomime is a traditional form of theatre, which in its most recognised form originated from the Victorian era and continues to be a prominent aspect of British theatre today. Writing a Pantomime as a scriptwriter may seem like an easy feat- the traditional fairy-tale put onto stage, but in fact it is a style where the traditional conventions are still a strong element of modern pantomime scriptwriting.
This art history article not only shares where the origins of pantomime came from, but shares some of those conventions which as a scriptwriter need consider before writing.
The birth of Pantomime
Like most forms of theatre, the origins of pantomime derive from the ancient Greeks. Greek theatre was not only an entertainment form, but a celebration of the god Dionysus and a way of retelling the stories we now know as Greek Myths. Significant
dA turns 13: Delectably Devious Tales CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! Please bear with us whilst the judges deliberate (there's 52 entries to read!) and the results will be out soon!dA turns 13: Delectably Devious Tales2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
As you will know by now, today marks deviantART's 13th birthday! Throughout Community Relations, we are celebrating in style with a wonderful array of events, contest and fun all to get you in the celebratory mood- and even better we've thrown in some prizes along the way!
Are you in the mood to join in this devious writing challenge? Below are 13 special words, each of which must be used in your piece. We would like you to write either a short story or poem that encompasses these words!
The following 13 words must be included in your piece
Stories must be no longer than
Love dA Lit: Issue 98Note: Why do you love dA's Literature Community?Love dA Lit: Issue 982 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Welcome to the ninety-eighth issue of Love dA Lit! Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group every week. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.
LITplease's Community Portal
Literature Links | Group Spotlight | Workshops, Prompts and Ch
A Year in HaikuOn July 18th, 2013, Multhaiku was created, and the group quickly became a haven for all kinds of Eastern and minimalist poetry. In a year's time we have:A Year in Haiku8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
created a successful and thriving twitter account, GenreHaiku, co-managed by myself and hopeburnsblue (she is always looking for pieces to feature, go contact her, go! ).
created a haiku sonnet hybrid and held a contest around the form.
participated in our very first HaikuWriMo with a Bingo in February of 2014.
What the group specializes in is minimalist poetry of fictional genres, such as scifaiku and horrorku, just for example. We take pride in this and wanted to showc
30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume XIIWhat's This?30 Writers You Should Discover: Volume XII2 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. And, if there is a writer that may not be listed in this edition, you may wish to read <a wytiwyg="1" href="http://ladylincoln.deviantart.com/journal/30-Writers-You-Should-Discover-Volume-V-253955140">
Love dA Lit: Issue 125Welcome to the one-hundred twenty-fifth issue of Love dA Lit! Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group or project for two weeks. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.Love dA Lit: Issue 1252 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
The bi-weekly group spotlight is FreeVersePoetry!
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A Smattering of Lit News
Literature Links | Group Spotlight | Workshops, Prompt
PE: Interview with some dA Haiku MastersHello allPE: Interview with some dA Haiku Masters2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
As part of this weeks projecteducate, we have interviewed two members whose work is almost entirely focussed on fixed form poetry- and in this instance Eastern Poetry.
In my early deviantART days, Eastern poetry writing went through a popular phase. There were regular HaikuWriMo months, challenges and clubs; some of which still continue in their own ways. Two members who have continued that popularity and developed their skills in these forums are jade-pandora and moyanII- both owners of a huge collection of Eastern poetry, DD's and beautiful creative writing. Both these delightful deviants have taken the time to share their experiences in this interview.
jade-pandora was born in Los Angeles, California. She started writing seriously in 2001, joined deviantArt in 2003, and in 2007 discovered dA’s literature community when she stumbled into the HaikuWriMo of October 2007. Her fascination with Haiku dre
Love dA Lit: Issue 115Welcome to the one-hundred fifteenth issue of Love dA Lit! Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group every week. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.Love dA Lit: Issue 1152 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Note: Due to a number of reasons [I am terrible at interviews, responding, finding groups, and I would like to give these groups more exposure, etc] the weekly group spotlight will become bi-weekly instead.
Glory-Be-Project is the spotlighted group!
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The Ladies of Lit: Volume XXVWelcome to volume twenty-five my Literature series, The Ladies of Lit!The Ladies of Lit: Volume XXV2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
The premise here is simple. Below you will find an assortment of Literature features from a selection of female deviants here on DeviantART, all of them suggested by you. In this article, you will also find a variety of other things of interest, including:
This article’s deviant spotlight: featuring the lovely UntamedUnwanted. She has offered to answer a few questions as well, to tell us a bit about what inspires her writing and which piece in particular she favors.
Additional information about our upcoming events, including a special critique Q and A session in our official TheLadiesofLit chatroom. And we also have a selection of other interesting Literature news links to share with you.
Our “meet our contributors