Writers' Block: The MythLit Basics WeekWriters' Block: The Myth2 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
Love dA Lit: Issue 174Welcome to the one-hundred seventy-fourth 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. 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 1743 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
LITplease's Community Portal
A Smattering of Lit News
Literature Links | Workshops, Prompts and Challenges
Literature Contests | Resources | Open Admin Positions
Gallery Descriptions: Anthro Art [ Types ]Gallery DescriptionsGallery Descriptions: Anthro Art [ Types ]2 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
The unique thing about Anthro art is that it can take different shapes, sizes, and forms! There is no "right" or "wrong" way to draw or portray Anthro art because like fantasy art, they do not exist so there is nothing to "reference" them off from. Only our imagination.
Here are some features of animals that have been anthropomorphized!
Objects like fruit, cars, toasters, etc. that have been anthropomorphized!
Anthro art involving our favorite characters!
TIGGER'S REVENGE - by DanLuVisiArt
August Book Club Mid-Month Check-In: CARRIEHello, readers! Our beloved Nichrysalis has run into some personal stuff he has to deal with, so I'll be taking over for the rest of the this month's book club!August Book Club Mid-Month Check-In: CARRIE1 month ago in Literature Features More Like This
How are you liking CARRIE so far? At this point, you're at the mid point, having finished Part One of Stephen King's debut novel.
I'm going to post some questions for discussion below, but first....
OMG FAN ART!
And now, for some questions!
1. How do you feel about the portrayal of girls and women in thi
Lit: Characters and SettingsGallery Descriptions MonthLit: Characters and Settings1 month ago in Literature Features More Like This
Have you ever wandered through the Literature Gallery here on dA and wondered what the Characters & Settings sub category was for? Then ask no more. It should almost be obvious what goes in here, but let's play dumb for a minute.
The Characters & Settings gallery is NOT for your prose, poetry or scripts. Finished stories or poems don't belong here. They belong in their own categories. Here, we should find character information. Well what is character information:
Characters Sheets. Any character sheet that you've completed for your character(s) and would like to share. Blank sheets should be submitted to the Resources & Stocks > Tutorials > Writing gallery.Character Profiles or Biographies. You wrote a short description or history for your character but it won't be included in the final cut of your story.
Daily Bread Cafe | Issue 04"There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature."Daily Bread Cafe | Issue 042 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
- P.G. Wodehouse
Art History: Writing a Pantomime:iconarthistoryproject: :iconcrliterature:Art History: Writing a Pantomime2 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
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 Community10 months 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
Love dA Lit: Issue 175Welcome to the one-hundred seventy-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. 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 1753 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Note: FFM starts soon, are you participating? Maybe Flash Fiction isn't your thing and you're going to do Camp NaNo? Either way, I wish the very best to you and hope you get lots of writing done.
LITplease's Community Portal
A Smattering of Lit News
Literature Links | Workshops, Prompts and Challenges
July Book Club: The Thief Lord [Updated]That's right, we're reading Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord this month. So if you haven't started reading, START NOW. Wait, no, read the briefing below and THEN start reading.July Book Club: The Thief Lord [Updated]3 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
What do you need to know about this month?
You need to read the book. Uhm, I think this one's pretty self explanatory.Join in the mid month discussion journal. I'll be posting a journal through CRLiterature on July 13th with a few questions for discussion. You'll be expected to have read up to but not including Chapter 30. Seriously, these chapters are not long so it sounds scarier than it is.
:iconupdateplz: Attend the end of month chat. Much like the mid month discussion, the end of month chat will be a wrap up discussion of the book. The chat will take place
August Literature NewsletterJuly came and went so fast, I'm still trying to catch up with all the Flash Fiction Month deviations in my Message Centre. Not only did we have Flash Fiction Month, but also a projecteducate Literature Basics week that produced some of the best articles we've seen in a PE week. Go team!August Literature Newsletter2 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
July Book Club: Thief Lord by Cornelia FunkeLit me explain u a thing: January - JuneLove dA Lit Issue 176Ladies of Lit Volume XLIVLove dA Lit Issue 177Love dA Lit Issue 178The Know Database Round Up 13Literature Community Experiment VI
Undiscovered Weekly: LiteratureWelcome to the Literature Edition of Undiscovered WeeklyUndiscovered Weekly: Literature4 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
In case you're not familiar with it yet, Undiscovered Weekly is a series of articles aimed at putting a spotlight on some otherwise unknown talent across dA's various galleries.
Who's Featured in This Article?
:iconABipolarTeddyBear: :iconLongdragon92: :iconA-Shadow-Rose:
A Little Bit About ABipolarTeddyBear
ABipolarTeddyBear is a college student majoring in photography. He started out only writing rhyming poetry but now writes free verse. He uses poetry to as a personal therapy and that's the reason he keeps at it.
ABipolarTeddyBear's Gallery Feature
A Little Bit About Longdragon92
Also a student, Longdragon92 is going for an AA in General Education. She then plans to take a short break from school in order to substitute teach before going ba
Children's Literature, Morality + Changing IdealsIntroductionChildren's Literature, Morality + Changing Ideals2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
With the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, and its gradual integration into society, people at last had access to literature. It was William Caxton who first saw the opportunity to make money by printing and selling those stories and fables hitherto told by word of mouth.
At this time, literature did not have age-specific target audiences. Inevitably, some stories appealed to children more than others. Robin Hood was especially popular, while Aesop’s fables offered entertainment and life lessons to adults and children alike.
It is, of course, impossible to say exactly when and how literature was identified as a useful tool in teaching morality to children. It is speculated that there was no concept of ‘childhood’ before the eighteenth century, although historians debate this, as historians are apt to do.
May Workshop: The Metamorphosis:iconwriters-workshop:May Workshop: The Metamorphosis5 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
22/05 Additional submissions added. Please note that this workshop will conclude after this weekend, so get those last critiques in over the weekend! Thank you
17/05- Submissions now on view, see below!
09/05- Gallery is now open for submissions!
For those who read the story this week, what were your thoughts? This piece was given to me to read in one of my very first workshops at university, which is why I thought it was an appropriate choice. We don't need to delve deep into the context and themes of the piece, but in particular, I hope there was some attention paid to how characters reacted to the change, and beyond reaction but living and coping with that change- because guess what? This workshop is all about change and reaction.
The Workshop Brief
Your task write about the aftermath of change.
The change can be anything; something signific
Being Unscientific with SRSmithWho doesn't love science fiction?Being Unscientific with SRSmith2 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
If you just said "me," keep reading—you'll change your mind by the end of this article. (If you don't, I reserve the right to send a drone to your house. Isn't living in The Future great?!) As you'll see, science fiction goes beyond funny aliens and laser beams that conveniently miss. Some have even argued that, without science fiction, the Internet wouldn't have happened, and then we'd all be...outside right now. Quel horreur!
SRSmith has been a mainstay of the dA literature community for a long time, and he showcases other awesome dA writers on his flash fiction project,365tomorrows.
What is "science fiction"?
In my opinion, Science Fiction is any story that uses present or future science or technology as a key component, or where it provides the required underlying fabric on which the story is built. Future science or technology is speculative by nature, a
Literary Terminology GuideLit Basics WeekLiterary Terminology Guide2 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
Be A Critic: saltwaterlungssaltwaterlungsBe A Critic: saltwaterlungs8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
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How To Be A Productive WriterHow To Be A Productive WriterHow To Be A Productive Writer3 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
What Is BeACritic?What is BeACritic ?What Is BeACritic?8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
The simplest explanation is BeACritic strives to feature any artists on dA that are seeking feedback. It's both a feature and a contest. A feature to the deviant seeking feedback and a contest to those giving the feedback.
How does it work?
Once a deviant decides that they want to be featured by BeACritic, they send a note to the group with thumbcodes for three of their deviation. We then put them into the schedule in the next available slot. After the blog goes up, deviants have roughly two weeks to read/review the three deviations and leave their feedback. Once the time is up, the contest is closed and the next feature starts. Deviants may enter up to three times per feature.
How long does a feature/contest run?
A new feature will be started on the 1st and 15th of every month and will run until the next feature starts.
What are the prizes?
Everything You've Learned About Writing is a LieLiterature Basics WeekEverything You've Learned About Writing is a Lie2 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
LIT me explain u a thing Jan - June 2014LIT me explain u a thing...about literature newsLIT me explain u a thing Jan - June 20143 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
There is a lot of it.
Well hello 2014, my don't you look nice and new and fresh and just started. What do you mean 2014 is half over?! WHAT. WHEN. WELL, EXCUSE ME.
If you have not realized by now I'm a little crazy about news. I mean really, who gathers news spanning half a year and compiles it in one handy article? Me, that's who. Why? Because I love news, especially Lit news, and you. You beautiful, glorious creature; with that beating heart and ugh, your facial region just ugh, gorgeous. Oh right, I should stay on topic. [But you! How can I leave youuuu?!]
Anyways, this is the first part of the article series "LIT me explain u a thing" chronicling some of the things dA's Lit Community was up to in 2014!
Tell me when you're prepared, I'll hold your hand and we'll get through this article together.
Also, please this to spread it along because my sanity depends on it. No, really.
How to Stop Planning and Use What You've GotArticle cowritten by ShadowedAcolyte and neurotype.How to Stop Planning and Use What You've Got1 year 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.