Writers' Block: The MythLit Basics WeekWriters' Block: The Myth7 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 Make the Most out of Lit Groups..and stay active! Which we all know isn't always easy.How to Make the Most out of Lit Groups4 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
with a side of "submission rules, those tricksies"
Now, first of all: this article assumes a lot of stuff!
you're interested in writing and/or reading.you're not joining thousands of groups just to submit your stuff all over the place to get exposure but give nothing back.
you're not simply following groups to stay up-to-date on their events and news, without really wanting to participate in their life.
And with that off of our systems, let's start the tour!
First of all, remember this: Lit groups take a lot more effort than any other. This is because, obviously, reading through deviations takes more time than viewing pictures and photographs.
So let's create a fictional situation.
I know there are people who are on deviantART multiple times a day, but let's suppose that you're an average user who logs in once a day, and has thirty minutes to an hour of free time to devote to dA. And when you log in to
Win a 3 month membership...I'm giving away a 3 month premium membership. All you have to do is follow a few simple steps. It's quite similar to my previous membership giveaway, but with one difference because of dA's changes.Win a 3 month membership...3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What to do:
Fave this journal so more people notice it. I want to spread this out past my watchers to give more people a chance at this.
Leave a link to something that made you laugh and will hopefully amuse me as well. If it's a video, make sure that it is less than 3 minutes long. I don't want to have to drag my way through days worth of videos here.
No more than 5 submissions, so pick your best.
And that's how you do it, folks. Now get going! :iconisayplz: I need stuff to amuse me stat!
How to Stay Inspired and Focused on Your WritingLiterature Basics WeekHow to Stay Inspired and Focused on Your Writing7 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Our world is so full of noise and distraction. It’s no wonder “Walden” is a classic—Thoreau had time and quiet in which to write it! And plenty of inspiration from nature.
So how do we focus, as writers, on our craft? Even if it’s our passion, sometimes it takes a lot of effort to sit down and just write—especially if we struggle with attention or hyperactivity, whether diagnosed or not.
As someone who has studied both academic writing and reading in college and graduate school, and a veteran of National Poetry Writing Month for 7 years and National Novel Writing Month for one, I can attest that intentional writing, for fun or for a grade, is not easy to focus on, especially without a good writing environment.
So what to do? Many professional writers will tell you just one simple thing: write. James Patterson said, “The trick is making writing into a daily habit. Same time. Same place. Same hot beverage of choice.
PE: How to Make the Most of Your Lit on dALit Basics WeekPE: How to Make the Most of Your Lit on dA7 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
It goes without saying that being noticed on dA as an artist isn't easy. Add in the fact that you're submitting literature to a predominantly visual arts site and you have an even lower chance of being noticed. Your friendly Literature Community Volunteers do their best to feature an array of poetry and prose, but even that is only a single day feature of ONE of your deviations. Getting a following or even just getting deviants to read your lit and give feedback is hard work. But you'll see a common denominator amongst those deviants that have made it.
It's community involvement. You shouldn't expect to receive if you're not willing to give. But how exactly can accomplish that? Is going to random Lit Groups and leaving critique on a dozen or so deviations a week enough? Probably not. Will participating in group challenges, prompts and contests get you noticed? Not by itself. What if you run a weekly or bi-weekly feature article of Literature on dA? Still, no.
Fantastic Stock and Where to Find It - Feature 22I've been making a collection of some of the brilliant stock artistsFantastic Stock and Where to Find It - Feature 222 years ago in Art Features More Like This
works that I have come across. It started off as stock I can't provide
myself so I look for other peoples so I can suggest them. The way I
choose is quite odd, when I see a stock image I have an instant image in
my head of what I could do or create out of that piece of stock. The
image also has to be crystal clear and easily altered.
Anyway, Check them out, I'm sure you'll agree, just click on their deviation.
Male Models :
Viking Hoard stock 34 by Random-Acts-Stock Fallen Angel Gustov 15 by Falln-Stock Bear and cubs stock 12 by Random-Acts-Stock A15-S SMP045R by A15-S A5011S by arachnid5 Logan 3 by Nemesis-19 VINTAGE Male 18_quaddles by quaddles Male stock by vishstudio Male Stock by vishstudio :thumb324664342: How about a nice game -2 by mjranum-stock open umbrella by wroquephotography :thumb330645342: TRENCH AND SWORD1 by wroquephotography Warrior Portrait by Vinanti InSanta Claus - 1 by mjranum-stock Mutant Stock 05 by Tak104 Royal Red - 8 by mjranum-stock
PE: Lit Basics Round-UpLit Basics WeekPE: Lit Basics Round-Up7 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
projecteducate's Lit Basics has wound down, so lets take a stroll through the articles that came out this week! Hopefully, you learned something new or we refreshed your memory on something you all ready knew. We hope that you learned something from the plethora of useful information! ♥
Project Educate: Lit Basics Week
Literary Terminology Guide
PE: Literature Basics Settings
Fighting the Bloat!
When and How to EditLit Basics WeekWhen and How to Edit7 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Earlier in the week I got into what editing is and how to love it. Now, let's talk about the entrée following this apéritif: when to edit, and how to do it. And, perhaps even more importantly, how to stop.
Stop, you say?!
Yeah, it's really not that hard to get caught up in this perfectionist funk where all you do is wind around in circles on the same piece. Curb it from the beginning by having an idea of where you want to end. What should the reader walk away thinking about? What should the reader walk away feeling? Do things move fast enough to be interesting?
I stop editing when I get to a point where all my edits are just minor wording tweaks. At that point I'll go back and forth, and I'm not even changing the overall impression the story creates. If it's not productive, it's not worthwhile.
Now that we've gotten dessert out of the way:
Cute plz accounts and otherI made this journal just because I want to collect these in one place so I can use them in the future Feel free to use them to decorate your page or journals! I didn't make these. :iconsnowleopardlaplz:Cute plz accounts and other2 years ago in Personal More Like This
art tips? I get asked a lot to make tutorials, to teach people this or that when it comes to art, or a certain thing I like to draw.art tips?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm not a teacher, or an expert guys. I am just some random chick who likes to draw a lot and who practices drawing a lot. I don't think I would be very good at teaching or explaining. I cannot give out information like a teacher would. On paws or anatomy. I am no expert. However, I do give advice though, and my advice is usually the same.
If you want to draw a certain animal, research the animal. Watch documentaries, look up anatomy sketches, and photographs that inspire you. Even inspiring art, something that puts you in the mindset and gives you understanding of the animal. Research the animal inside and out to get the full understanding of it's anatomy, movements, attitude, weight, expressions, body language, markings, proportions, everything. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Learn it all. And then sketch and sketch an
Rules and General GuidelinesPlease try your best to follow ALL of these rules. If you see anyone breaking any of these rules in our group chatrooms, please screenshot your evidence and send it in via Group Note. Refrain from trying to solve the problem yourself. We do not want anyone to be involved in unnecessary drama. And of course, the reporter's identity will be kept anonymous.1st Offense: WarningRules and General Guidelines3 years ago in Personal More Like This
2nd Offense: Strict Warning
3rd Offense: Kicked and banned from the group.
Respect yourself, your peers, the mods and the rules.
All art submitted to the gallery must be your own work. We do not tolerate art theft/tracing/use of bases.
Please be at least semi-literate when you type your posts for RP
Please follow all the Roleplay Etiquette and refrain from god-modding at all times. God-modding i
My Favorite Artist Resources~My Favorite Artist Resources2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As an artist I've found some killer resources!
Here is my list.
1. The Resources & Stock Images section of Deviantart
I am CONSTANTLY searching for new stock images to use. Drawing from life is one of the best resources, yet not always convenient (or possible). So the next best thing is photographs! Just make sure you follow the stock photographer's rules (and always credit!)
I have my own stock account now, and everything is completely FREE to use. Non-commercial work, commercial work, you name it.
Kodriak-Stock :iconkodriak-stock: Kodriak-Stock
I seriously love this website. Holy crap. Especially helpful for anatomical work and muscle studies.
And bonus! For those iPad users out there, check out Pose Tool ($3.99) and Essential Skeleton 2 (free, yay!) for human bodies and boney bits.
3. Figure & Gesture Drawing - Humans
Fighting the Bloat!Literature Basics WeekFighting the Bloat!7 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Fighting the Bloat: Tips for Writing Strong, Lean Poetry and Prose
Hello, everyone! Ross here, for the Writing Basics week hosted by CRLiterature at projecteducate, and I'm talking about writing less. If you write from time to time in your life, it's certain that you either 1) are about to write too much, 2) are currently writing too much, or 3) have just recently written too much. We're going to help fix that.
Obviously I am not saying you should write less often, or write fewer words overall. I am saying that you need to make those words count if you want to be an effective writer: bloat is bad. Those of you who know me know that the preceding sentence is the most hypocritical thing you have ever read, because I sometimes elevate unnecessary verbosity to a sickening, scatological art form. So, to keep me on task, this article will periodically reference a TV show where the characters spend about
Awesome Stock: Male Stock ModelsAwesome Stock: Male Stock Models7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Crusader STOCK II by PhelanDavion Warriors 17 by CathleenTarawhiti
Crouching-Sneeking 03 by Null-Entity Firebending 1 [C] by MostlyGuyStock Mopp (6) by anyman82
Operator Soldier Stock - 39 by Nemesis-19 Yayo by borisspears Lormet-Cultural-Dancer-0294sml by Lormet-Images
Sword Pose 18 by deswitath
Cemetery Tears Stock 75 by LadyxBoleyn Gray Wizard 2014-01-01 02 by skydancer-stock Netley Abbey Photoshoot 35 by LadyxBoleyn
Must See Feature: Jewels of Summer-Part 1Jewels of Summer Feature- Part 1!Must See Feature: Jewels of Summer-Part 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks to everyone for taking a moment to look at my feature! Below you will find some jewels that I have recently come across.
Please sit back and enjoy the beautiful show!
***********Gift and Dedications!***********
*********Photomanipulations and Mixed Media*************
Bloody Rose by alexnoreagaWhy by babsartcreations:thumb379854166:Scattered by sara-hel
Home by NM-artHowl by Nellena:thumb370036157:
Purple Rain by MorriganArtoscuridad en mi corazon by DenysRoqueDesignWhere's my Prince Charming by pjenz
:thumb372713271:Queen of Dragons by DesignbyKatt:thumb376070666:
Wild nymph by ElenaDudinaDryade de l'ame by Le-MeridianI can hear the sound of the Universe by Kallaria
My Secret Place by Sisterslaughter165Hope II by Sandra-CristhinaRadioactive by TaniaART
Looking for you by EstherPuche-ArtRavens Violin Serenade by SweediesArtPierrot by Cinnamoncandy
Big Feature !Bonjour à tous et à toutes. Cela faisait longtemps que je n'avais pas fait de feature. Manque de temps, beaucoup de fatigue, de travail ... Je vais me rattraper, j'ai aimé énormément d'oeuvres sur Deviantart, et je compte bien vous en faire profiter! Alors pardonnez moi mon absence, et régalez vous avec toutes ces merveilles !!Big Feature !2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hello everyone. For a long time I had not made feature. Lack of time, a lot of fatigue, work ... I'll catch me, I liked a lot of works on Deviantart, and I intend to share it with you!
So forgive me my absence, and treat you with all these wonders!
MY GROUP :
Lost in Another World (RESULTS):iconmh1plz::iconmh2plz::iconmh3plz::iconmh4plz::iconmh5plz:Lost in Another World (RESULTS)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
First of all, I wanted to remember you that I selected the winning works for the representation of a CONTRAST between a character and his environment, not for your skills to draw or photomanipulate. So, please, don't feel offended if your beautiful work hadn't be choosen . I tried to select the more creative works in my mind.
I would also tell you that I'm really happy with all these beautiful creations you did ! Many thanks for your participations, I hope you'll try to participate to the next contest .
:iconkawaiistarloveplz: Starlight :iconkawaiistarloveplz:
Certainly the most creative work I've seen for this contest. Two "humanized" stars discovering a luminous town in the night. Excellent idea of contrast, really ! Congratulations f
Feature!Feature!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Poisoned Land by l-a-ll-o
Red Riding Witch by LaVampyress Malvina by kirina66 Resurrection by EstherPuche-Art
A Sinner Like Me by Elluna Princess of Shadows by DenysRoqueDesign The Secret Path by mi-eterna-primavera Anomaly by Amiltarea Victoriana _faestock challenge by ZedLord-Art Nahua by blaithiel
Feature - From Apr. 1 - Apr. 7Feature - From Apr. 1 - Apr. 72 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm coming with you by Fantaasiatoidab
Photoelectric by Surehuinel
No One Must Know... by DarkDevil16 Treasure by Aegis-Illustration Light Flowers + Video process by Bea-Gonzalez Underwater Dance. Aurelia by Vitaly-Sokol
Fallen by EnchantedWhispersArt Thorin Oakenshield - Painting by DennyKotian The Puppet Master by nina-Y
Arising by Spiritofdarkness Poison Ivy by GRAPHICSOUL Another Fairy Tale by TheLeafCloverz Escape by DesignbyKatt Ocean Road Light by CainPascoe
I am safe... Massive feature! Part OneJust in case anyone was wondering where I have been.... Where I live was on the outskirts of a terrible cyclone, so heaps of rain, flooding, being without power for a week, flooding ect. It wasn't very fun But at least we didn't get the worst of it. Anyway, I have missed you all! Here is a nice big feature for a bunch of amazing artists! I am going from A to Z with most of the brilliant artists I am watching, so expect another big feature soonI am safe... Massive feature! Part One2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Colours of Time by AnnMarieBone Elixir of life by aoao2 :thumb244724008: Perfume of Lavender and Lily by AprilLight Sweeney Todd by AuroraWienhold wormwood by JenaDellaGrottaglia Nazgul WIP by AYUMU-MICHI Beware of the killing eyes by Azzedar-san The Lioness by FP-Digital-Art Stop Bullying 2 by babsartcreations Sunset by Aeternum-Art Return To Lakeside by Batty-Phoenix The last day by Brumae-Art End Of Summer by BiBiARTs Welcome by Blackmoons32 Fairytale by Bluefairy-16 Elven Love Story by brandrificus Away She'd Fly by C-91 Hairball by camilladerrico Du hast mich by CarinaFilth Naughty angel by CassandraReitzig :thumb2
Feature #20 The Truth will free my Soul by LevanaTempest Fish to Water by DesignbyKatt Golden Forest by EnchantedWhispersArt Summer Breeze 2 by WhizzieWhizzer Alma de Cuervo by DenysRoqueDesign Venus Incarnate by SillyJellie Moonlight and Immortality by damilepidus Pavo by KitJoYuki Kannst du bei mir warten, by AnjaMillen Two Moons by maiarcita When Dreams Come True by babsartcreations Attracted to the Swamp by vampirekingdomFeature #202 years ago in Personal More Like This
Siren Song by Aegils Don't Trust Time by BenHammonds Henry Heartgold (Captain Golden Heart) by sharandula Early birds by TammyPhotography Explosive Girl - The Siren's by GabeehSilva Eternal calm by malaladanila Finder of lost loves by robhas1left New visions by Whendell July deviantID by Foxfires The Last Day by RazielMB Kidogo moja by Tammara Color Me Happy by Phatpuppyart-Studios Salvation by BurakUlker One Light in my Soul by Aeternum-Art MUERTE tattoo design by oldSkullLovebyMW
Features and Self-Promotion!Here we go with a feature of all my friends and the artists I love here on dA!Features and Self-Promotion!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Baby dragon by ElenaDudinaE D G E by Frederic-Lievre:thumb271942759:Frozen Tears by i-am-JENiusI'm looking at you by irinama3000 A.D. by J-u-d-a-sMissing dreams by KalosysArtEllesmera by DesignbyKatt:thumb277389533:Warm Wind by maiarcita:thumb277127597:Apocalypse by MaliciaRoseNoireFly by MirellaSantanaIce Queen by MiloshJevremovicR A I N by missalmostperfectLost Fairy by moonchild-ljiljaBeat Inside Me by NoorL3yoon:thumb277048680:Vaporising beauty by JJohnsonArtworksCheers by peroni68El cofre secreto by PauBuenoZ+ Quiet the love + by ROSALIANThe Ray Of Light by Lub-Ad:thumb277407145:The Offering by Sannalee01I Love the Rain... by Aeternum-ArtThe taste still remains by StarsColdNight:thumb263149735:Alien by Sylwia77:Sanctified: by TroyzenLilith- The Dark Goddess... by VillenueveChristina Aguilera by LucasValencio
Some by me!
Shy by FP-Digital-ArtThe Long Road by FP-Digital-ArtTemptation by FP-Digital-ArtFinally It's Snowing by FP-Digital-Art
Artist Showcase! Supporting Amazing Artists Showcase:Artist Showcase!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
[Bullet; Pink] [Bullet; Pink]
[Heart] :iconeastcorkpainter: [Heart]
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Blue Epiphany by KythraSadda Min Alsharq - close up by Kythra
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[Heart] :iconCelairen: [Heart]
Scorpio by Celairen:thumb327097446:B A S T E T by Celairen
[Bullet; Pink] [Bullet; Pink] [Bullet; Pink] [Bullet; Pink]
[Heart] :iconJoe-Maccer: [Heart]
Simply Irresistible by Joe-MaccerZero Sum by Joe-MaccerSummer's Almost Gone by Joe-Maccer
[Bullet; Pink] [Bullet; Pink] [Bullet; Pink] [Bullet; Pink]
[Heart] :iconvampirekingdom: [Heart]
Only the Talisman by vampirekingdomGoodbye by vampirekingdomLost Forever by vampirekingdom