TF: Old Soldier FIRST DRAFT Contest EntryTitle: Transformers: Old Soldier FIRST DRAFT Contest Entry
Universe: G1 (Pre-Earth)
Warnings: Violence, Non-canon character death
Author's Note: This is my (mostly) unedited first draft. The contest specified minimal editing, which was extremely difficult for me. While I don't think this is bad, it's not as refined as I'd normally post. In fact, there are two details which need work/editing. Hopefully, they're not as obvious to others as they are to me (since I'm super critical of my own work).
Smoke hung heavy over Praxus, obscuring optics and clogging vents. Here, the once proud city-state stood cracked and charred, covered in ash. The glorious crystals of the Helix Gardens, the pinnacle of Cybertronian art and beauty, lay shattered. Many of the civilians were gone, long since fled or dead. Those that remained had abandoned their civilian ways, forced into more militaristic roles.
Raising above the surrounding ruins, th
PE Prose Basics: Varying SentencesVarying Your SentencesPE Prose Basics: Varying Sentences in Literature Features More Like This
When I was in college, I took an early morning Anthropology class. I had to wake up at five to catch the bus. Ugh. Yeah, I'm not a morning person. But I did it. The first day, our instructor stood before us and starting reading from the textbook. Word for word. Completely monotone. I was asleep within ten minutes. The rest of the week was the same; arrive, begin listening to the instructor, pass out. I had to drop the class and get whatever refund I could, while I could. It was my worse class experience there.
Most people know that in public speaking, the person talking needs to vary their tone and speech patterns and such to hold their audience's attention. They need to have a rhythm. Otherwise, they'll end up putting the audience to sleep. The same applies to writing. If you use the same sentence length or structure continually, you'll be the literary equivalent of my instructor. Repea
Fan Fiction On deviantARTGalleries MonthFan Fiction On deviantART in Literature Features More Like This
What Is Fan Fiction?
Everyday, we are inspired by movies, television, novels, and other forms of media. They engage our minds with a variety of stories and characters, their plights and triumphs, their everyday minutiae. Fan fiction authors are so enamored with these other worlds and their inhabitants that they must partake in the stories which have brought them so much enjoyment. They expand on the current universe, explain gaps in the narrative and delve into characters' motivations.
A good fan fiction (or fanfic) is more than simple borrowing another writer's characters and universe. The fan fiction author must immerse his or her readers in the story, make them believe it is a natural extension of the source material. Characters have their own mannerisms and quirks; each universe has its own history and rules that need to be followed. The fan fiction author must master the nuances of those characters and the world they inhabit (unless purposely writi
PE: Literature Basics SettingsLiterature Basics WeekPE: Literature Basics Settings in Literature Features More Like This
Along with characters and plot, setting is one of the most important choices we make when we write. In the most basic terms, setting is where your literary work takes place. It's up to you, as the author, to use it and mold it to fit the needs of your writing, make it more than just a backdrop to your prose or poetry.
A good setting becomes like a character itself. It can be express moods, offer comfort or hindrance. The setting can even be the main antagonist - consider the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's The Shining, or the island in the 2000 Tom Hanks' film, Cast Away. In both of these examples, the protagonist(s) have to survive their surroundings, one mundane, the other ... less so.
Make Your Setting Work For You
Everything in your written work must be chosen for maximum effect. When deciding on your setting, decide what you want to accomplish with it. Here are some possibilities.
PE: Community Week PLZ AccountsCommunity Week - PLZ AccountsPE: Community Week PLZ Accounts in Deviant Events More Like This
Can you spot the difference between and :icongladlikeplz
If you hover your mouse over it, you’ll see that the first is a link to a deviation (http://fav.me/d5judp5), while the second is an icon for a special type of account called a PLZ account.
PLZ accounts are deviantART accounts made for the sole reason of being an emoticon. Anyone can make these accounts. (For more information on making PLZ accounts, see this previous Project Educate journal http://fav.me/d3jjwiv.) The deviant chooses an account name that represents the image he/she wishes to display, and usually adds the phrase ‘PLZ’ at the end, so other deviants are aware that that account exists to be an emote (in the example above, the account name is “gladlikeplz”).
To use the PLZ account, you merely
TF: Entomophobia - Halloween TradeTitle: EntomophobiaTF: Entomophobia - Halloween Trade in Sci-Fi More Like This
Warnings: Disturbing imagery
Author's Note: This is my submission for the TF-SecretSanta Halloween Trade for xDeadlyxxxDesirex. This is a Halloween story, so I tried for scary. It's not as lighthearted as my normal fics, although it has its humorous moments (I couldn't help myself). I pulled on two personal fears of mine when I wrote this, to try and add some real creepiness to it. I hope it works. Time conversions: Klik 1.2 minutes, Nanoklik approximately 1 second. Comm transmissions are marked with colons ::like this.::
The Rust Sea spread across Cybertron's equator, an immense red scar across its surface. Erratic pillars twisted into the sky. Corrosive gasses bled from the ground, slowly eating the land away, turning everything to an endless expanse of rust. Across the ground, miniature hills rose and fell, forming 'waves' that traveled as far as the optic could see.
Numerous Cybertronian artists tried to duplicate the Rust Sea in
NaPoWriMo Week One - PromptsAnd ... We're Off!NaPoWriMo Week One - Prompts in Deviant Events More Like This
Welcome to the start of NaPoWriMo, the month long event where poets the world over put their pens to paper and fingers to the keyboard with the intent of producing 30 poems in 30 days!
To help with this endeavor, here are some prompts for any who wish to use them!
Feel free to use any, or all, you'd like and post your progress here!
Find the list of your watchers. Choose a deviant's name from it. Write a poem based off that name (not the person, just the name).
Write a poem devoted to your favorite beverage.
Visit the Daily Deviations page (http://www.deviantart.com/dailydeviations/). Write a poem based off of one of the DDs' titles.
Make a list of your favorite words. Write a poem using 90% of them.
Grab the nearest book. Flip to page 29 and choose ten words that catch your eye. W
Transformers: All for OneTitle: All for OneTransformers: All for One in Humor More Like This
Author's Note: This is currently a one shot, but if people like it and comment, I'll add more one shot chapters. My humorous stories tend to focus on Bumblebee, so I thought I'd shake things up and try my hand at a funny Decepticon story. I hope Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp are not too OOC-ish (it's been years since I saw the G1 show and I mainly know them from the IDW comics). Time unit conversion Nano-klik: ~ 1 second; Deca-cycle: ~ 3 weeks
"Slaggit! This is ridiculous!" Skywarp ranted. "This is not our responsibility. It's it's demeaning!"
Forty-three, Thundercracker silently counted to himself. Forty-three outbursts. His trine brother had been complaining, loudly, since Megatron had assigned them to this cursed duty. Not that he blamed his wingmate. For unknown reasons, the trine had been assigned construction duty. Of all things, construction duty. They were hauling large metal beams over a
Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?At this point, you've all had awesomesauce articles on word choice, varying sentences, dialect, and dialogue. Which is great, because it cuts my job down to five minutes of nattering on about how you bring all these elements together to create that elusive thing people always go on about: VOICE.Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway? in Literature Features More Like This
Voice is the personality of the book.
You know that thing about avoiding cliché except every single plotline ever has been done and has the TVTropes article to prove it and OH GODS WHY?!?!
Voice solves 97% of that. It lends originality to your story by tossing a filter over the whole thing. 'The Shining' needed that kid-voice so readers could stare in horror over his shoulder, understanding things like the dark cloud of suicide in his father's head without having his reaction ruin half a page of ominous build. 'Dir
When and How to EditLit Basics WeekWhen and How to Edit 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:
Dr. EditloveLit Basics WeekDr. Editlove in Literature Features More Like This
Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the edit
It's a common misconception that the end result of writing is a finished product, which can then be sent out to magazines, nailed to a door, read aloud to your prisoners—whatever it is you usually do with your work.
The end result of writing is editing. And the goal of editing is to produce a finished result you can take pride in.
What editing is for
Resolving big errors, e.g. continuity, plot holes, inaccuracies, and other problems that will dampen the overall effect of your work.
Fixing details, e.g. grammar/spelling, ambiguous wording, and other technical issues.
Producing a polished work.
Editing gives you the opportunity to take your work and bring it up to scratch.
Why don't we do this on the initial write? Because getting the ideas down in the first place, and getting them all the way to completion, is a demanding process. Maybe you've written a piece about an improbable goal, but
Choosing a Literary Format and LengthLit Basics WeekChoosing a Literary Format and Length 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
Fan Fiction Has a New HomeLiterature > Fan FictionFan Fiction Has a New Home in Deviant Events More Like This
As many of you have noticed, the Literature gallery gets a huge influx of fan fiction submissions. We're hoping that by having Fan Fiction under the Literature umbrella, the number of miscats in the overall gallery will drop. And, for those of us who frequent both galleries, it'll simplify submitting and finding work.
Of course, we can't cut down on miscats without your help! Please spread the word by favoriting and sharing this journal, and by moving any of your own submissions as appropriate.
Not sure whether your submission counts as fan fiction? :faq572:
(Note that gallery updates for both Literature and Fan Fiction is in the works. Please continue to use the category that best fits your work.)
You're welcome to bring your concerns to us at any time!
Literature CVs: inknalcohol , HugQueen , neurotype , ShadowedAcolyte (CRLiterature)
Fan Fiction CV: SingingFlame
Short vs. Long - Contest Contest closed, thank you for participating!Short vs. Long - Contest in Literature Features More Like This
Story planning isn't about length—you can use all of the tips throughout this week to figure out anything from a very well-researched drabble to a cycle of novels.
So I'm just taking a moment to talk about the big difference between writing a short vs. long work. I'm not hashing out every distinction—I'm leaving microfiction in particular to the experts—so for our purposes here a short story is anything from 1,000 to 10,000 words and a novel is 40,000 words and above. (Literaticat will tell you different things. Trust her.)
The basics are the same: you need a beginning, middle, and end (yes, short stories are complete stories)! You need an engaging protagonist who works well with the plot, and there's the same range of available genres.
So what is the difference?
Scope. A short story has to be <
Formatting for the Interweb EraFormatting for the Interweb EraFormatting for the Interweb Era in Literature Features More Like This
Why worry about formatting once you've got your text looking pretty?
We've been introduced to why audience matters, but once you have an audience, you need to keep it, too. One of the easiest ways to lose your audience is to make it physically difficult for them to read your text.
Authors have had books printed for centuries in varying formats and sizes. If it mattered so much to the quality of the writing, publishers wouldn't take liberties from edition to edition. Much as you shouldn't underestimate the importance of good formatting, you shouldn't overestimate the need for frills, either.
Note: I'm going to reference "default" a bunch here. Mostly this means "don't touch it," or "unmodified." Let the viewer make any changes on their end. (For instance, the default font size on my desktop is 16px, versus 12px on my teeny low-resolution netbook. If you made me see 16 on both, or vic
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? 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
A Smattering of Lit NewsNO LONGER BEING UPDATED - ONGOING THINGS 'N' SHIT BELOWA Smattering of Lit News in Literature Features More Like This
pyrohmstr is currently offering histograms of letter use (and color, for you visual artists) as commissions. Data data data!
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.
Need to ask an expert questions for your project, or have a skillset to offer? TheKnow!
Publishing Resources by SadisticIceCream
Persistent-Practice has been prolific with posts.
ScreamPrompts is chock full of awesome, challenging prompts.
How to Stop Planning and Use What You've GotArticle cowritten by ShadowedAcolyte and neurotype.How to Stop Planning and Use What You've Got 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.
PE Prose Basics: Revise and EditProse Basics Week is winding down now and hopefully you've learned a lot from the brilliant past articles. But, there's more to writing than just getting that first draft done, isn't there? That's where the next big crucial step comes in: revision.PE Prose Basics: Revise and Edit in Literature Features More Like This
The Art of Revising:
Revision is such a huge topic to cover, especially since there are many ways to go about it. You can do self-edits, which always are a good first step, or you can get outside revisions from peers. Both are good ideas to really get your work to be top notch. But, the big thing to remember is that there's more to just editing your work than cleaning up a few spelling and grammar mistakes. Revising also includes corrections to sentence flow, scenes, and sometimes overall plot. So, before we jump into some ways to edit, here are a few different terms of methods of editing that may be handy to know-- especially if you're asking a peer to help you with revisions.
PE Prose Basics: Pacing ( and Show vs. Tell)Hello, everyone! As you all know, this week over at projecteducate is Prose Basics. We're here to help all you prose writers (whether flash fiction, short stories, or novels) get better at your craft with some basic tips for growth. Today, I'm going to be talking about something you've probably heard about again and again: pacing.PE Prose Basics: Pacing ( and Show vs. Tell) in Literature Features More Like This
What is Pacing?
No, it's not what you do when you're stuck on a scene and need to get up and stretch those leg muscles to get your writing juices flowing. It's actually a very important ability that writers have to control the speed their story is read. You as the author get to manipulate the reader in a way and make the speed of the story match the scene. What better way to drop the reader right into the moment? But, pacing also holds the ability to make or break your story and keep or lose your reader's interest. This is why it's so important in writing.
Setting the Scene:
NaNoEdMo: A Month for EditingIt's finally the halfway point in the NaNoWriMo challenge! For some, they've already graced the 50,000 word limit, others are close enough to reach, some are still hanging around the daily word count limit, and for others... you're struggling to catch up! But, no matter where in your challenge you are, there's one thing that everyone shares: a novel. More correctly, an unedited novel.NaNoEdMo: A Month for Editing in Literature Features More Like This
While yes, NaNo is meant to prove that you can, indeed, get a novel written (and by novel, I mean first draft), many of us writers would love to see a more polished piece. Whether it's for your personal use, showing to family and friends, using your self-publishing option for it, or seeking traditional publishing down the road, editing is important to having a nice, solid piece of work. You may be proud now that you've got 50,000 words written (or close to it), but you'll be even prouder to have a grammatically correct, plot-hole filled in, novel.
But, for many, the editing process seems to be a bi
The Top Reasons for Manuscript RejectionOne of the things that the literary agency I work for does some weekends out of the year is teach seminars on query writing and the first 5 pages of manuscripts (which, basically just means the first page of the manuscript). The seminars last only a day or two, but aim to help writers improve their queries and start of their books so that they have a better chance of standing out in the ever-growing slush pile. Since I know many members of the literature community here aim to one day be published writers, I thought I would share our sheet of the top reasons for manuscript rejections. Please note: These are in no particular order.The Top Reasons for Manuscript Rejection in Literature Features More Like This
Wrong genre Agents have guidelines for specific genres that they like to represent. Just like you and me, they have certain genres they love and certain genres they don't. Sometimes, it's not because of personal preference, but because they don't know the market for some books as well as other agents who are very passionate about
February Literature NewsletterThere were a lot of exciting events going on here at CRLiterature last month, which definitely kept all of us on our toes, and hopefully the members of the literature community active and informed. Our Prose Basics Week with projecteducate was a lot of fun and a big success and we thank all who helped out with it. We also sadly had to say good-bye to the always wonderful and inspirational BeccaJS, who left the CV team after many terms of helping out with being a voice in the literature community. A busy start to 2014, but it hopefully is only the tip of the iceberg of things to come.February Literature Newsletter in Literature Features More Like This
Blogs from CRLiterature
Literature Articles You Should KnowTHANK YOU, BECCAResults: Literature Community Chat EventLiterature DD Roundup
Literature DD Roundup - October 2013Greetings!Literature DD Roundup - October 2013 in Literature Features More Like This
A bit of a crazy month October was (and we guarantee November will be with NaNoWriMo now here) with lots of little events happening here and there. We had our Introduction Chat with the 2 new CVs and opened up for questions about CVing, what we look for in literature, etc.
Also, please keep those suggestions coming! We're getting a little low on them lately, and now that busy October's over and you know a little more about each of us and what we're looking for and love, why not send some over? We look forward to your suggestions
Features by BeccaJS
Lately, the wait by MehreenFreedI do not like you poets by insomniaplague
honey-filled hearts by saltwaterlungsMan Sold Separately by GuinevereToGwen
NaNoEdMo: Self-Revision Tips #1 Tips on Editing: Week #1NaNoEdMo: Self-Revision Tips #1 in Literature Features More Like This
A little behind, but as promised, here is the first article on some ways you can work on revising your manuscript by yourself! While it's always good to have another person (or people-- definitely people) give it a looking over before you truly come out and say that it's finished, you as a writer want to do a few readings over of your work yourself before turning it over to someone.
While there are many tips out there about editing which you can probably find all over the internet and of course in helpful magazines and books on writing and publishing, I thought I'd narrow it down and focus on a single technique heavier in each of these articles.
This week's focus is:
It's probably something that you've heard from creative writing teachers or professors from time to time, but it's something that you definitely should take to heart. The ear is a better critic than the eye, and many times we
Publishing ScamsCopied and pasted from my blog since deviantART's been having this problem for a while now. I had meant to post something on this matter back in October since it was when I noticed more and more "publishers" like this popping up on the site, but never got around to it. Of course, with all of these unprofessional publishers coming out of the woodwork again recently, I thought I'd share what I shared on my blog here.Publishing Scams in Art Features More Like This
What is a scam publisher?
Essentially, a scam publisher is a press that cheats authors into believing that they are getting traditionally published by their rules and guidelines. However, if you read the fine print, you'll see that "traditionally" publishing you is not at all what's happening. This can range from promising royalties which never come, making you pay a fee to be published, or even stem from lack of professionalism. While the term "scam" usually means forcing you to pay, there are many other
Romancing Romantics Poetry Contest:iconflyingheartsplz:Romancing Romantics Poetry Contest in Personal More Like This
Valentine's Day is soon approaching, and what better way to kick off the season of love than with a poetry contest? A romantic poetry contest. But! Instead of writing a poem to your secret admirer or your true love expressing just how much they mean to you or how your heart yearns for them, you'll be writing it for someone else: a Romantic poet.
For this contest, you'll have a choice between any of the Romantic poets (from any country of your choice) to write a romantic poem to. You can find a list of Romantic poets HERE!
Please keep in mind when writing: the specific poet's style, themes, and/or life to make it more interesting. We want these poems to be written for them, not just generic love poems with their names slapped on. So, the more references there are to the poet, the more bonus points for you! Your poem can either be written fro
Lit. Anthology for Charity (CLOSED!)This anthology is CLOSED for submissions!Lit. Anthology for Charity (CLOSED!) in Personal Journal More Like This
Thank you to everyone who helped support our cause. I'll be getting in touch with those to be published in the anthology soon!
Two days ago, a local animal shelter's cat building suffered from a tremendous fire that completely destroyed the building, leaving 160 cats without a place to stay. 8 were lost in the fire (Daniel, Cassiopeia, Stuffin, Floopey, Pisces, Sadie, Sparkler, and Atlas), 3 in critical condition, and 4 are currently missing and being looked for. There's so much damage that the building is beyond saving and needs to be rebuilt, and the shelter staff is looking for anyone able to foster the cats while arrangements can be made-- but 160 cats are a lot to find foster homes for. They're currently looking for cat beds, litter, blankets, cat food, and any monetary donation that can help them right now (information on where/what to donate can be found
Writers' Block: The MythLit Basics WeekWriters' Block: The Myth 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
PE: How to Make the Most of Your Lit on dALit Basics WeekPE: How to Make the Most of Your Lit on dA 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.
Lit: Characters and SettingsGallery Descriptions MonthLit: Characters and Settings 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.
PE: Dos and Don'ts of Literature DDsDaily Deviations WeekPE: Dos and Don'ts of Literature DDs in Literature Features More Like This
Literature is just a small portion of DeviantArt compared to the Visual Arts, but it is just as mighty. The libraries in our literature galleries are filled with epic poems, tales of fantasy adventures, space operas, curl up on the couch romance, six word stories and spectacular sonnets that will leave you mesmerized. But it's not like they have neon signs attached to them that blink and say "Read me!" Which means we have to wade through the other literature that isn't quite up to snuff. And then the idea hit us.
Why not make a list of things that put up the red danger flag when we're reading lit?
Don't pretend like you don't know what we're talking about. Imagine clicking on a link and finding one giant wall of text with no paragraph breaks or indentations. Or maybe it's a poem full of high school hormones and teenage love cliches. No wait, it's the story that af
PE Prose Basics Wrap UpAs projecteducate's Prose Basics week comes to an end, let's look back at all the awesome articles that came out this week. We learned all sorts of new things and hopefully got a refresher on some oldies. Whether you're just starting out in the world of writing or a well seasoned writer, there was plenty of advice to be taken in and lessons to be learned.PE Prose Basics Wrap Up in Literature Features More Like This
Review of the Articles from this Week
Hear Me My Audience!! Formatting for the Interweb Era ''Said'' and Effective Dialogue TagsHook, Line, and Sinker: How to
Writing Effective DialogueWe've all struggled through figuring out how to write dialogue that not only gets the information out there, but also helps build characters or advance the plot. There are tons of books and blogs out there on the topic, too. But just reading about it doesn't do much good if we're not ready to try it out. Give it a go and see what other people think. But let's start with the basics.Writing Effective Dialogue in Deviant Events More Like This
What is Effective Dialogue?
Dialogue that's written well will reveal character traits, add to the tension and suspense, helps cut down on text walls of description and of course, advances your plot. One of the most important things to keep in mind when you're writing dialogue is that in fiction, your reader doesn't want to read all the mundane things we say on a regular basis. So if it's not moving the plot or adding to your character's personality, you should think about cutting it completely.
What do I mean by reveals character traits?
Introducing Prose BasicsOnce again, the Literature Community is taking over projecteducate and this time it's to work on our prose writing. What better way than to go back to basics, right?Introducing Prose Basics in Literature Features More Like This
What is prose?
Okay, maybe not that basic. Over the course of the week, we're going to be educating (or re-educating) you on the fundamentals of prose. Simple things that we overlook, but hear about constantly when receiving feedback and critique. You know, the flow of your story, crazy text walls, your dialogue and it's effectiveness, point of view and NOT switching it in the middle of the story, even how to start your story to have an effective hook and a bunch more but we don't want to give away all the surprises!
And since I don't have fancy schmancy GIFs to share :
I keep six honest serving men. (They taught me everything I know); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who. -Rudyard Kipling
Worldbuilding and Your WritingIt's probably one of the most basic tasks of writing. Some of us take our time and carefully plan and plot every aspect of the world we're writing in. Others figure out the basics and jump right into the story. Like most aspects of writing, it comes down to what's comfortable for you, as a writer. But, if you're writing prose, you have to do a little bit of worldbuilding.Worldbuilding and Your Writing in Literature Features More Like This
What is Worldbuilding?
Seems like the question of the hour. Everyone's talking about it. Some writers are making a big deal about it, while others say they don't do any at all. Worldbuilding is as simple as creating the world in which you're writing. How much worldbuilding you do is up to you.
How much should I build?
Remember, that no matter what, you'll always know more about your world than you'll ever write. It's not a bad thing; in fact, it should make your story stronger. The amount of building you do depends on the typ
NaNo is Around the CornerOnce again, we find ourselves getting ready for the insanity that is NaNoWriMo. If you've never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. That means in the span of thirty days, participants will write 50,000 words.NaNo is Around the Corner in Literature Features More Like This
1,667 words per day if they're writing every day.
2,273 words per day if they're only writing on weekdays.
6,250 words per day if they're only writing on weekends.
Either way it's a pretty hefty feat, and not something to walk into unprepared. Even if you're a "by the seat of your pants" type of writer.
Which is where planning and plotting come in. Sure, if you're a pantser, you can sit down and bang out a couple chapters, maybe a whole book, but can you do it in a month? Probably not. At least not without a little bit of preparation. For all the pantsers and everyone else, compiled here is a short list of things to keep in mind, ways to prepare, what no
May Literature DD Round Up:iconirrevocablefate:May Literature DD Round Up in Literature Features More Like This
Features by HugQueen
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 Cheyanne-Author 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 daybreaksmiles 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
:thumb301330846: 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
Making the Most of the Words You UseHave you ever opened up a dictionary and just starting reading it? (Oh, come on, I know I'm not the only one!) Well, if you haven't, you should go do that, right now, before you read any further. Okay, you're back. There are literally hundreds of thousands of words out there, and all of them are waiting for you to use them in your next literary masterpiece.Making the Most of the Words You Use in Literature Features More Like This
Now, you may be asking "So what?" Words are just words, right? So long as you get your point across, that's all that matters, right? After all, green is green, whether you call it olive or neon or sea-foam. Right? Right?
Wrong! Consider this scene: Abigail walked through the quiet garden. The hedges formed a maze for her to navigate.
It gets the point across, but doesn't paint much of a picture without context. It's kind of boring, and doesn't give you any details or reason for caring. By adding or changing a few words, you can turn this dry piece of toast into an enchanting seedcake of delight.
Defining and Redefining with GenreDefining and Redefining with Genre in Deviant Events More Like This
Defining and Refining with Genre
So you want to write a story, eh? I assume you do since you’re reading this article, so let’s get going!
One of the first and (in my modest opinion) and most important things you need to begin is to know what genre you are going to base your wonderful tale in. Genre (in the literary form) is defined as a category of literary composition, and are often determined by technique, tone and content. There are many categories and sub-categories, and you need to decide which one (or ones) that you want to focus in. After all, this is going to set the tone and setting for everything that comes after. It will determine the characters and situations you will be working with, and even provide some rules you would do well to follow.
Are you going to write a horror story? Comedy? High fantasy? Possibly historical or non-fiction? Or maybe you want one of the numerous sub-genres such as Steampunk, noir, alternate history or themed cookbooks. Yo
What Is A Story?Lit Basics WeekWhat Is A Story? in Personal More Like This
Well, the internet has a lot of entries when you search for the words "definition of story" (a lot possibly meaning millions). It's where many of us get our wisdom from, isn't it? One of the pages I selected said a "story" is defined as
"a narrative, either true or fictitious, prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale."
I like the definition, and although that's not the only thing that a story is, I believe it's a nice groundwork to build up from. The most interesting parts are the words "prose or verse", "narrative", and "designed to interest, amuse or instruct": narrative, to me, implies the presence of a plot and so of a beginning-middle-end kind of structure. The second part tells me that a story needs to be told in a certain way. And "prose or verse" is a useful reminder that a story isn't only prose - it doesn't matter if your story is written in poetry or prose form
tWR Interviews: Plot BuildingHello everyone, and welcome to our "tWR Interviews", where we interview experienced writers of our community about the art of writing!tWR Interviews: Plot Building in Literature Features More Like This
If you're reading, please favourite and share the article so we can spread this amazing resource around!
Today we're interviewing ML-Larson, PennedinWhite and ThornyEnglishRose on plot building. With added wisdom from raspil, LadyLincoln, julietcaesar, neurotype, illuminara and LiliWrites!
If you want to get some more educational reading, here are the other interviews we've released so far:On WritingProse and Poetry BasicsTo Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme?
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 Writing 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, HugQueen, inknalcohol, 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
Poetry Basics Week - Assonance and ConsonanceThese two rhetoric figures are the classic examples of writing techniques that are as easy to employ as they are to be overdone and make what you're writing feel awful, like you're trying too hard.Poetry Basics Week - Assonance and Consonance in Literature Features More Like This
What they mean is sort of obvious from the name, and that's your first help: unlike other rhetoric devices, they're as simple as the name sounds.
Consonance is the repetition of the same consonant sound in a sentence, verse or stanza. Assonance, similarly, is the repetition of a vowel sound in a short sequence.
You probably read or heard both of them a lot! Either in ads or Literature or songs, assonance and consonance are a very helpful trick. The similarity of sound that they create makes what you're reading or listening (mind you – that's the effect they have when used correctly) be fluid, it gives it a rhythm of its own and even its own "mood".
When it's overdone, on the other hand, it will make everything feel forced and put there just to have
tWR Interviews: Rhetoric Figures in PoetryHello everyone, and welcome to our "tWR Interviews", where we interview experienced writers of our community about the art of writing!tWR Interviews: Rhetoric Figures in Poetry in Literature Features More Like This
If you're reading, please favourite and share the article so we can spread this amazing resource around!
Today we're interviewing the amazing thetaoofchaos, LaBruyere and Vigilo on rhetoric figures for poetry!
If you want to get some more educational reading, here are the other interviews we've released so far:On WritingProse and Poetry BasicsTo Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme?Descrip
How To Enjoy Life On DeviantArtCommunity WeekHow To Enjoy Life On DeviantArt in Deviant Events More Like This
There have been many articles written about this subject, but my article today touches on something a bit different: communication and its difficulties, and how to overcome them.
DA is like a class full of foreign people
It's as simple as that: DeviantArt is a mixture of cultures (which is a beautiful thing). However, we always tend to fall in the habit of considering everyone similar to us, or coming from our same background and culture: that's because in real life, most of the people around us and most of our friends are exactly that. We share with them a hometown, school courses, workplace, a "history" - and we can see them: just their facial features can tell us about their heritage and about things that maybe we could or should avoid saying or joking about. But on DA, very often, the only thing we share with people who become our watchers, or deviants that we interact with in the forums or groups, is
tWR Interviews: Characters, Imagery and MetaphorsHello everyone, and welcome to our "tWR Interviews", where we interview experienced writers of our community about the art of writing!tWR Interviews: Characters, Imagery and Metaphors in Literature Features More Like This
If you're reading, please favourite and share the article so we can spread this amazing resource around!
I would like to take this as an occasion to remind the readers that what these deviants say isn't "The One And Only Truth", but rather concepts to analyse, think about, and learn from. Whether you learn from agreement, or disagreement with them, it depends on you alone.
Today we're interviewing SilverInkblot, BeccaJS and DrippingWords on imagery/metaphors for poetry, and SadisticIceCream and LadyLincoln (with help from julietcaesar, illuminara, neurotype and LiliWrites) on character building for prose.
If you want to get some more educational reading, here are the other interviews we've released so far:
tWR Interviews: On BrevityHello everyone, and welcome to our "tWR Interviews", where we interview experienced writers of our community about the art of writing!tWR Interviews: On Brevity in Literature Features More Like This
If you're reading, please favourite and share the article so we can spread this amazing resource around!
This interview is a bit unconventional. I created a forum thread, HERE and let people contribute to it however they wanted. I'm going to feature the best (in my opinion) comments, and you can look over the rest of the thread for the rest!
If you want to get some more educational reading, here are the other interviews we've released so far:On WritingProse and Poetry Basics
tWR Interviews: To Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme?Hello everyone, and welcome to another chapter of our "tWR Interviews", where we interview experienced writers of our community about the art of writing!tWR Interviews: To Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme? in Literature Features More Like This
If you're reading, please favourite the article and share it so we can spread this amazing resource around!
First of all, let me say that the writers we are interviewing today, kiwi-damnation, williamszm and now Nichrysalis, are incredible. I have so much respect for their skills.
Secondly, one mysterious deviant is still missing from the interview, so stay tuned for when this will be updated because they're quite worth your while too.
And thirdly, we have a small appearance by the lovely jade-pandora. (:
Previous tWR Interviews: On WritingPros
How to Make the Most out of Lit GroupsCommunity WeekHow to Make the Most out of Lit Groups in Deviant Events More Like This
..and stay active! Which we all know isn't always easy.
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
All the Literature Educate! Updated 26/02All the Literature Educate! in Literature Features More Like This
Over the past few years, projecteducate has worked hard to provide educational articles for various art forms. Within literature, we've seen our fair share and over the past 2 years we've used our own group CRLiterature to manage these articles to ensure as much of the community can see them. However, sometimes we miss people and that's a shame because the articles we've written as a community have been pretty spectacular and still valid today.
So to help people pick up the articles they may have missed, here is a list of them all! This is a great chance for you to read what you may have missed, or tag your friends who may find them useful!
Most Recent First
Publishing Week: March 2015
COMING SOON! Make sure you watch CRLiterature & projecteducate for articles!
Lit Basics Week: July 2014
PE Lit Basics: What is Creative Nonfiction?Literature Basics WeekPE Lit Basics: What is Creative Nonfiction? in Literature Features More Like This
What is Creative Nonfiction?
Creative nonfiction is a popular category choice on deviantaART, and its one of those forms of writing we're exposed to on a much greater scale than perhaps we realise. Creative Nonfiction doesn't mean exaggerating, but making real stories well written. Examples can be found in news articles, biographies, literary journalism, travel/food writing and even personal essays. The scale of what Creative nonfiction covers is large, but its all about good execution that makes this form of writing effective.
I sometimes find it easier to start these kind subjects to discuss firstly what the subject isn't. In a generalisation, there are many people who assume that creative nonfiction is a chance to rant about your real life in an informal way and consider it as creative writing. It is also not technical writing, which falls into its own genre. However, Creative nonfiction goes into a much deeper style of writing, turning those
PE Prose Basics: Hear Me My Audience!!Hello everyone!PE Prose Basics: Hear Me My Audience!! 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
PE: Poetry Forms- An A-Z An A-Z of Poetry Forms!PE: Poetry Forms- An A-Z in Literature Features More Like This
To kick start this week at projecteducate, we're starting off with a slightly lighter-hearted article listing just some of the poetic forms that exist out there. Lets be honest, there are hundreds and we can't list every single one. This is just a slice of the forms out there and if you are wishing to expand your understanding of different forms, do some research and don't take this as gospel!
Each form has a direct link to a site that describes the form in more detail, usually with examples too. I have also included some good examples from dA when I have found them.
Yes some of these link to wikipedia!
ABC- A poem where each word, line or stanza starts with the next continuous letter of the alphabet. Also known as an "Abcedarian"
It's CRITmas 2014! FINAL DAYIt's CRITmas 2014! FINAL DAY in Deviant Events More Like This
Update 06/01 We've got about 12 hours left before the contest deadline! We've had one person do 12 in 2 hours today, so if you are feeling mad and want a prize, go for it! Also please don't forget to log your critiques in this journal as so many have already done!
Update 04/01 2 days left! Please check your name is on the completer list if you have claimed your 12 critiques! There's still plenty of time to contribute, even if you don't make it to 12!
Update 01/01 Happy New year everyone! Here is to an amazing 2015! We've still got 5 days left of this challenge and starting to see more people completing! Keep those critiques rolling, you are doing fantastic!
Update 28/12 How are we getting on? Starting to see a few critiques springing about, which is fantastic! You will notice at the bottom of this journal, there is now a list of challenge participants who have submitted their completed critique
PE: Story Planning Week!Greetings everyone and welcome to another fun-packed week at projecteducate! This week has been teamed back up with CRLiterature and will be focussing on story planning!PE: Story Planning Week! in Literature Features More Like This
What do we mean by “story planning”?
Planning a story sounds like an easy task- even at primary school level you are taught that a story must have a beginning, a middle and an end. However there are plenty of important elements that build a story; a lot of prep work that can actually improve the quality of your novel writing in the long run. This can cover almost anything- from world building, character development, creating past history and plot mapping etc. There is a huge range of elements that can turn your idea into a strong well-structured novel.
Are you going to tell me how to write a novel?
Not exactly. We can’t tell you how to approach your novel and how to write it from chapter 1 through to the end. We’re not giv
PE: Story Planning Round-upGreetings all!PE: Story Planning Round-up in Literature Features More Like This
WHAT AN AWESOME WEEK!
So last week we had a fantastic event based on Story Planning; a week that was slightly relaxed for a PE week, but full of good advice. These articles haven't just been written for the sake of filling a week, we genuinely hope there is something in them that is useful to you as a writer, to help you with your journey. There's a flash fiction month around the corner, as well as a camp NaNoWriMo and then a full NaNoWrimo in November. There are the times to get planning- don't leave it too close to the deadline!
Here is a list of all the articles we posted in the past week! Please favourite, share the love, comment and express gratitude- especially to our article writers who took the personal time to write these articles and share a little of their own writin
What we can Learn from Sir Terry"It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living."What we can Learn from Sir Terry in Literature Features More Like This
Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent
On March 12th, 2015, the world lost a literary great. Sir Terry Pratchett, a conqueror of the fantasy/Sci-fi industry who not only wrote captivating stories, but threw in wonderfully weird dilemmas full or wit and humour. A truly talented, funny writer, who sported a black fedora hat, silver beard and an imagination most writers would envy.
Pratchett’s health decline has been well publicised; raising awareness for Alzheimer’s as well as funding and campaigning for more research into the debilitating disease. In fact he donated substantial amounts into organisations for this research; organisations that fans have sin
May Workshop: The Metamorphosis:iconwriters-workshop:May Workshop: The Metamorphosis 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
Introducing Poetry Basics (Your help needed!)Hello all!Introducing Poetry Basics (Your help needed!) in Literature Features More Like This
Lots of space for articles if people would like to contribute!
Whilst the prose enthusiasts embark on the quest of NaNoWrimo, we thought we'd take an opportunity to keep you poetry lovers in the literature loop in November.
From November 18th- 24th, we are hosting another week at projecteducate. This time the theme is "Poetry Basics". As previous educate weeks, we would like to invite members of the community to come write informative/ educational articles to contribute to this week.
We are looking for articles on:
- The construction of poetry (ie. meter, verse etc)
- Interviews with popular poets on dA (or off)
- Looking at classic popular poems or poets (analysis, discussion etc)
Please note: we are NOT looking for articles on poetry forms- we did a
Literary Terminology GuideLit Basics WeekLiterary Terminology Guide 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
PE: Lit Basics Round-UpLit Basics WeekPE: Lit Basics Round-Up 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!
Writers Weekly: Contests, Articles, and Forums Stay up-to-date on the literature community.Writers Weekly: Contests, Articles, and Forums in Literature Features More Like This
[Last updated: November 15th]
This is theWrittenRevolution's blog for literature community news promotion. I'll post highlights from my 'Love DA Lit' news series, the DDs for that week, as well as listing some updates from our affiliates! This journal will be updated once a week, on Sunday, along with my news article. Please feel free to comment or send me (HugQueen) a note with any comments, questions, or suggestions! I am always happy to include literature relevant things[or things from our affiliates I might have missed]!
Love DA Lit: Issue 223
Literature Community Relations
:iconHugQueen: HugQueen - HugQueen's DD Suggestion Guidelines
:iconLiliWrites: LiliWrites -
Project Educate: Lit Publishing WeekPublishing WeekProject Educate: Lit Publishing Week in Literature Features More Like This
Welcome to Publishing Week hosted by CRLiterature and projecteducate!
What can I expect from this week?
This week we'll be delving into the depths of literature publishing. :iconwooooplz: Oooooh, spooky and scary stuff, right? Not really. Okay. Well, maybe a little, but we'll help make it less so! We'll tackle everything from general resources to what it's like to be on the publisher's side of things. Here is a handy dandy schedule ( NOW WITH LINKS):
Intro by HugQueen
10 Reasons to ALWAYS Read Submission Guidelines by SadisticIceCream
LIT me explain u a thing: Jan - June 2013LIT me explain u a thing...about literature newsLIT me explain u a thing: Jan - June 2013 in Literature Features More Like This
There is a lot of it.
2013 is all ready [more than] half over. I don't know where the time has gone, but it's gone. Now, Nichrysalis had this fantastic idea about a "recap" of the significant news and events happening around the literature community and he kindly gave me his blessing to do something with this idea!
However, I know how much goes on during the year and one article might be a bit overwhelming [for me to do and for you to read] so I've decided to split it up into two six month segments. January to June and July to December.
Be prepared. :iconscaroutplz:
If you manage to make it through all of this I will let you ride on a unicorn or give you cupcakes. Or cupcakes while you ride the unicorn.
January | February |
Building Your VocabularySo you want to build your vocabulary? The answers are really simple, I swear, and you can do it! However, before we go in any detail I want to make something clear...Building Your Vocabulary in Literature Features More Like This
Just because you know those big, fancy words DOESN'T mean you have to or should use them!
Smaller words can be as effective and, sometimes, more effective.
Vocabulary is important, there isn't any doubt about it. Using, or finding, the right word can be key when you're writing. Though we don't always quite know the right word and maybe you never knew it or you just can't quite remember what it was. Either way, you are now determined to fill up that vocabulary!
Large words are fantastic, if used properly. Don't try to impress your reader by throwing out a bunch of obscure, long words. If you must use them do so sparingly. It's just as important to remember that your readers are intelligent and chances are they may know what the word means or they'll use a di
DD Suggestion Guidelines:faq61:DD Suggestion Guidelines in Literature Features More Like This
Hello lovelies! I'm now one of the Literature CVs!
ZETUS LAPETUS. SQUEEEEEEEEEEE. YOU DEARS, I'M SO EXCITED. MUCH WOW. MANY EXCITEMENT. I TRY BE VERY CALM.
Okay, Stephany put on your serious shoes. First things first, I want to remind everyone that a DD is a FEATURE not an award.
Before sending in a suggestion ask yourself this question "Would I want the whole of DA to see this?"
As artists are now being recommended as people to watch to new deviants, we want to ensure they are active members of the site. Please keep this in mind when suggesting a piece!
Remember that proper spelling and grammar is important. Minor errors are acceptable of course!
Preview images need to be used with permission, saying you found it on google doesn't count.
Make sure the deviant whose work you're suggesting hasn't had a DD in the past 6 months. [:faq313:]
Any kind of prose is welcome! Prose needs to be able to catch and hold
Love dA Lit: Issue 151Welcome to the one-hundred fifty-first issue of Love dA Lit! :iconsquee-loveplz: 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 151 in Literature Features More Like This
Souljournalists is the bi-weekly spotlight!
LITplease's Community Portal
A Smattering of Lit News
Literature Links | Group Spotlight |
'Fairy Tale' ContestFairy Tale'Fairy Tale' Contest in Deviant Events More Like This
BestestFriendContest Group ENTRIES
Bestest Friend (DreamingAutumn) and I are back with another contest!
This contest's theme is 'Fairy Tale'! What does that mean? Well, why don't you just ruminate, whilst I illuminate the possibilities...
Simply put, you write something related to "fairy tale", that could be ANYTHING. Want to write your own fairy tale? Go for it! Want to modernize or rewrite the ending for an existing tale, do it! You can even incorporate another element into it. Maybe it's a cross between Sci-Fi and Fantasy or a Mystery and Fantasy tale! Or do some combination, how about a Snow White Sci-Fi where she is the one kissing the prince awake? The possibilities are endle
Love dA Lit: Issue 150Welcome to the one-hundred fiftieth issue of Love dA Lit! :iconheartbumplz: 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 150 in Literature Features More Like This
GrammarNaziCritiques is the bi-weekly spotlight!
LITplease's Community Portal
A Smattering of Lit News
Literature Links | Group Spotlight |
Readymades: Hallmarks of Lazy WritingReadymadesReadymades: Hallmarks of Lazy Writing in Literature Features More Like This
Hallmarks of Lazy Writing
ShadowedAcolyte here for projecteducate's Prose Basics Week. I decided to tackle "lazy writing" as a topic, because they always say "write what you know" and boy, do I know laziness. Then I realized there were dozens of ways to be a lazy writer, so I heroically narrowed the scope of my article down to one broad topic: readymades. After talking about what a "readymade" is, I'll explain why they should be avoided in writing prose*, and I'll finish with some tips to help you avoid using them yourself.
Before we go any further, I should note that the term is not a technical one. It is the word I was taught to use to identify a set of common problems with weak writing, so it's the word I use. I hope you'll find this article helpful, but it's not a textbook.
*I say "prose" because it's Prose Basics Week, but readymades infect poetry as well. If you're more a poet than a prose
Fighting the Bloat!Literature Basics WeekFighting the Bloat! 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
The Name GameThe Name GameThe Name Game in Personal More Like This
Pitfalls to Avoid and Tricks to Use while Naming People and Places
We've all been there. You're reading a pretty interesting piece of fantasy fiction, and a few paragraphs in you learn that the main villain's name is "Abraxas the Cruel, Lord of the Black Tower." You wince at the unoriginality, close the deviation, and move on to something more interesting. We've all been on the other side of things, too, with a detailed plot outline in hand, staring at a Word document that displays only a single line: "???? knew what he had to do--kill the president." We're sure that once we get that protagonist's name down, that perfect name, we'll be able to write the whole thing in one gush of brilliance, but all that's coming to mind are banal names like "John Everyman" or over-the-top ones like "Staff Sergeant Max Fightmaster".*
*Yes, that is his rea
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 Project 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.
Unbirthday Literature ContestOur beloved home-on-the-internet turns fourteen (with a special "Alice in Wonderland" theme) this week, and we all know what "fourteen" means: acne, the step-and-sway at awkward school dances, and confusing emotions.Unbirthday Literature Contest in Deviant Events More Like This
Or, it means a 14-themed, surrealist literature contest hosted by CRLiterature! This one allows both poetry and prose submissions, so there's something for everyone.
Dates NOW to Aug 19th, 2014, midnight PST (14 days long)
Tone Surrealism - blur the line between reality and the unconsciousTypes of Entries Both Poetry and ProsePoetry your entry must be a sonnet of 14 lines (for more about sonnets, check out this excellent article by fyoot)Prose your entry must be a complete story, exactly 14 sentences longSubmission respond to this journal with a link to your submission and the words "CONTEST" and either "POETRY" or "PROSE"Also your submission must have a link to
Demystifying the Poetry GalleryGalleries MonthDemystifying the Poetry Gallery in Deviant Events More Like This
Hi! ShadowedAcolyte here for projecteducate, and today we're going to talk about the categories and options in the Poetry Gallery. Well, mostly I'm going to be the one talking, but there will be discussion questions at the end!
So you're uploading a poem, and you've successfully navigated to Literature, and then to Poetry. What now? (I'm assuming your poem isn't in someone else's canon setting; if it is, it belongs under Literature > Fan Fiction instead.) Your first options are the "genre" categories (and yes, we're using the term loosely): Children's, Emotional, Family Life, General Poetry, Horror, Human Nature, Humor, Narrative, Nature, Romantic, Sociopolitical, Spiritual, and Transgressive.
Most of these are pretty self-explanatory, but it's easily possible that your poem could fit properly in multiple categories (a poem about romance could easily explore human nature or even spiritual themes). In these situations, pick t
August Workshop: Dr. WilliamsMore submissions added!August Workshop: Dr. Williams in Deviant Events More Like This
Submissions ready for workshopping are below. It's time for all of us to read and comment. New submissions are still welcomed!
This month's Writer's Workshop focuses on concrete language in poetry, and specifically on the work of Dr. William Carlos Williams, an important modernist writer.
The Workshop Brief
This workshop will challenge you to write a short poem using primarily concrete language (language that describes things that can be experienced in the physical world with the senses, as opposed to abstract concepts like "love" or "sadness"). Williams summed up the importance of concrete language in a phrase he repeated often in his work: "No ideas but in things." This workshop is all about writing concrete, clear, and striking poetry.
First, read a good amount of Williams's poetry (links to the right); it's up to you how much that is, but the more, the betterWrite a poem influenced by Williams's styleYour piece must be a poem
Yes You Can!Yes You Can!Yes You Can! in Literature Features More Like This
Helpful Hints On Reading and Discussing Poetry
Contest Information Below!
Hi! Welcome to projecteducate’s week on poetry forms. I’m here to talk about poetry in more general terms, which might help you with the rest of the week. As a great lover of poetry, it makes me incredibly sad when I see a comment on dA that says
I just don’t get poetry
I like this poem, but I don’t know why
I can’t possibly say anything about this poem, it’s just so much better than I could do
If you can see yourself in any of those comments, this article is for you! By the end of it, you’ll have some idea of what to think about when reading and later commenting on a poem, as well as the opportunity to win some points in a contest. Obviously no article is going to teach you “eve
DD Suggestion GuidelinesHave you found a piece of literature you think I should feature? Excellent. Just make sure you've read the following.DD Suggestion Guidelines in Personal More Like This
How Should You Structure Your Suggestion?
Put "DD Suggestion" in the subject line.
Include only one deviation per note.
Include a thumb to the suggested deviation AS WELL AS a reason why the deviant/deviation should be featured. Feel free to go overboard here--I'd love to quote your reasons.
Let me know that you've checked to make sure the deviant hasn't received a DD in the last 6 months. (:faq313
Send your suggestion to only ONE of the Literature CVs.
What Should You Suggest?
I love poetry more than prose, so I'd overwhelmingly prefer to receive poetry suggestions. In poetry, I look for concrete, specific language (seriously, read that awesome article). I enjoy
Unbirthday Contest Results!Just in time for you to have forgotten that it ever occurred, here are the results of the Unbirthday Literature Contest hosted by CRLiterature! The tardiness should be blamed entirely on ShadowedAcolyte, and not on the other judges who made up the Court of the Surreal: neurotype, inknalcohol, DrippingWords, and TheMaidenInBlack. There were an amazing 27 entries, but here are your winners:Unbirthday Contest Results! in Literature Features More Like This
Best in Show
This tale of one woman's unusual journey won the cup by a large margin!
Prize: 1500 points!
Best in Prose
Whatever world these characters are in, it certainly isn't this one; the setting is richly characterized in so short a piece.
Prize: 1000 points!
Best in Poetry
Unexpected enjambment and fresh double rhymes enlighten this stellar sonnet and its unsettling tone.
Prize: 1000 points!
Using Colloquialisms: Are you down with it? Colloqualism: You down with it?Using Colloquialisms: Are you down with it? in Deviant Events More Like This
A word or phrase that is not formal or literary and is used in ordinary or familiar conversation. synonyms: slang, idioms, patois, dialect.
Examples: whatcha, gotta, face on, ovver.
I’m sure you’ve had a good telling off by your teachers for using colloquial language inappropriately in your writing. I’ve had essays returned with the word “too informal” scrawled along the margin or a big red exclamation mark next to a certain word, who hasn’t? What just me? Oh right… my bad!
So WHY would we use colloquial language in our writing, after years of tackling the angry red pen?
I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its over – or a person by their accent – but it happens. You can tell us a lot about a character by the kind of language they use. Are they all gangsta, dropping hooded verbs
Notes on Co-WritingNotes on Co-WritingNotes on Co-Writing in Deviant Events More Like This
verb: co-write [kəʊˈrʌɪt]
gerund or present participle: cowriting
write (something) together with another person.
Successful co-writers often go under a pseudo name, such as Nicci French, Tania Carver, Scott Mariani.
We're not going to talk about one off poems or stories, we're getting into the nitty gritty of long term co-writing. By this, we mean writing together for 6+ months.
The number one question we get whenever we mention co-writing is:
How does it work?
For us, it starts with finding someone who you can be friends with.
Don't go looking for someone who you only want to write with. Of course it's important that you both share a passion for what you're about to start, BUT there's a reason most co-writing duos are married or close friends. It's important that you have
Structuring a story: Linear VS Non-linearStructuring a story: Linear VS Non-linear in Deviant Events More Like This
Structuring a Story: Linear VS Non-Linear
*** Last day to submit!! ***
Thanks to everyone who took part in last week's workshop! <3
I'm looking for people to help run workshops (more detail at bottom).
So now that we’ve talked about how to kick start our imagination, we now need to start putting those ideas on paper. I was going to do an article on planning Project Educate’s story planning week was not long ago. There’s a roundup of PE’s story planning week here: http://beccalicious.deviantart.com/journal/PE-Story-Planning-Round-up-378695534
I recommend it; it’s very useful and interesting.
So now onto structure.
I like to split structure up into two categories: linear structure and non-linear structure (simple, eh?). Linear being when the events of the story happen in chronologica
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Structuring a Story: Framing devices
Welcome to another :iconpocketstories: workshop! We're glad you could make it! This month's workshop will focus on framing devices; what they are, how we can use them, and why we should use them.
What’s a framing device?
So this links into the way we structure our stories, and also into the narrative. Instead of a story using a straight forward omniscient narrator (the most common frame) we can use other methods to tell the story.
Someone telling the story.
This could be someone telling the story to children, around a campfire, anything. The key is to make the story teller a character, but without this character actually impacting on the story that’s being told.
This is a great way to tell a story from a specific person’s perspective, and allows for heavy characterisation.
Feature - LiteratureEither write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -- Benjamin FranklinFeature - Literature in Art Features More Like This
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Featured Art of Encouragement
Feature - LiteratureThe art of writing, is the art of discovering what your believe -- Gustave FlaubertFeature - Literature in Art Features More Like This
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Featured Art of Encouragement
Feature - LiteratureYou must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. -- Ray BradburyFeature - Literature in Art Features More Like This
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What was the last book you read? Rewrite the last page (and only the last page) to give it a comp
Feature - LiteratureWriting is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. -- E. L. DoctorowFeature - Literature in Art Features More Like This
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Featured Art of Encouragement
Feature - LiteratureI’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. -- Steven WrightFeature - Literature in Art Features More Like This
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Bonus Christmas FeatureEvery gift which is given, even if it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. -- Pindar.Bonus Christmas Feature in Art Features More Like This
Welcome to the Special Edition feature - Christmas at the Cafe.
To finish off the year, and to spread a little joy, we’d like to share with you some festive holiday themed artwork.
The Daily Bread Cafe will be back in full in the new year, with our first feature of 2015 to be published on January 3rd. We wish you a safe and happy holiday, and we will see you in 2015.
Featured Deviants - Literature
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Featured Deviants - Visual Arts