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Thu Mar 18, 2010, 5:55 PM by cherrichan13:iconcherrichan13:

General Rules

Be respectful!

Treat each other with respect, and don't insult people or comment with a negative attitude on their work. This group is about the power to transform through language, so consider your own comments!

That being said, however, this group is primarily about helping each other improving your skills as writers, so please don't hesitate to give honest (albeit constructive) criticism to help the writer develop their work.

Submitting to the Gallery

Submit to the gallery when you would like feedback on your written work. Keep in mind, though, that your pieces will not appear right away. They need to be approved by our administrators before they can be officially submitted. Pieces submitted to the gallery will be evaluated on grammar, originality, quality and effort.
    All submissions must:
  • be English. (Sorry, but most of our members aren't fluent in other languages and therefore would not be able to critique accurately, and most of the admins wouldn't be able to moderate the submission. Another group, LaRevolucionEscrita is designed for other languages.)
  • be your own original work, which means we do not accept fan fiction.
  • a stand-alone work of roughly 1,500 words or less for the Prose or Poetry folders, or one of roughly 1,500 to 3,000 words for the Longer Works folder, and a work of roughly 3,000 words or less for the First Chapters/Prologues folder.
  • be formatted correctly. For prose, that means paragraphs and coherent sentences. This is a bit different for poetry as we understand the need for artistic expression.
  • include a specific request for constructive criticism in the deviation description. If you'd like more help with this, check out our guide, How to Ask For Feedback. You can also ask any of the admins for more help, and we'll be happy to help you think of something.
  • be accompanied by a link to a critique you have written. When you submit a piece to our group, in the artist's comments OR in the submission process page, you must provide a link to a critique that you have written for another person in the theWrittenRevolution's gallery. If you are submitting to the Longer Works and to the First Chapters/Prologues folder, your critique must be on another piece in that folder. This critique, which is simply a detailed, well thought-out constructive comment, must be written within one week of your own submission to the group. For help on how to write a critique, have a look at this guide.
    We're less likely to accept:
  • 'Mature' deviations. We want this group to be open and acceptable to all members.
  • Personal poetry, the meaning of which cannot be understood simply by analyzing it or interpreting its imagery. (For example, if someone would need to know personal things about you to get anything out of it.)
  • Deviations already accepted by a number (about more than fifteen) other groups, with a lot of feedback. This isn't about exclusivity, this is about giving exposure to the people who need it most.
We won't accept:
  • Journal submissions to our galleries. Even if your journal contains literature, that Lit should be appropriately categorised and belong to your gallery, not your journal which is the space where you share your life and personal things. If you want to submit your journal for a contest, Literature event, writing tutorial or anything of the sort you're welcome to do so through the "new blog entry" button on the Journal tab of our profile page, on the left. The rules to submit your blogs to us are outlined here.
  • badly researched work. Whereas poor grammar and mistakes are expected from the deviations you submit to us and are the reason why our group exists, researching isn't a part of this. Check your sources.
  • Trolls, hate speech, inflammatory deviations, and related stupidity. But that should go without saying!

If you disagree/are unsure about any of these factors, send us a note :note: or leave a comment and we'd be happy to discuss it.

We're sorry if your submission is declined because it doesn't meet these requirements, and we know it might be painful to be rejected for these reasons, but we regularly receive so many deviations that we must have high standards. If you don't understand what you need to do to make your deviation acceptable for the group, just ask! We want you to be included in the group. Keep in mind that because we decline one of your submissions, that doesn't mean we'll decline all of them. Feel free to submit again!

Note: We have a policy of one submission per member, per week.

Submitting a :+fav:

We have a number of folders, so here is a neat explanation for all of them! :D
Keep in mind, submissions to our Favourites folders don't need to follow our gallery rules.

In the Featured folder, we'd like you to submit other deviants' work that impressed you - not your own.

In the tWR Related folder, you can submit visual/written work that you OR others have made, that is related to our group - like supporting stamps!

In the Revolutionary folder, you can submit visual/written work that other deviants did fits the theme of revolution.

In the Prompt-inspired folder, you can submit the deviations you wrote after prompts (not necessarily ours, but please link to the prompts you wrote the deviation after so other people can try too!).

In the Member's DD and DLRs, you can submit the deviations you got a DD or DLR for.

In the Writing Resources folder, you can submit useful writing-related articles that you or others wrote.


How do I join?

Easy! Click the 'Join Us' button, and you'll get a message from an admin regarding our group rules. And if you just want to passively be a part of this group, that's great as well - just add us to your :+devwatch:.

Can I get an administration position?

We post a blog entry whenever we need new administrators so stay tuned. (:

Can I affiliate my group with you?

Send us a note and/or an affiliation request and we'll consider it! :thumbsup:

Why is my submission taking so long to be voted on?

We know it seems like nothing's going on, but the core of the group is a bustle of activity, and even though it seems like there's a large amount of admins, we all have specific roles and not all of the admins are able to vote. Also, keep in mind that we're people too, with school or a job, family and friends, and other commitments that we tend to. Sometimes we just can't spend as much time in theWrittenRevolution as we'd like to.

Each submission requires two votes to be accepted, and should be accompanied by a critique and feedback request, both of which must be verified. Voting takes time because there's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to fairly regulate the voting process. Your submission will expire after one week, but we will do our utmost best to ensure that it does not take that long; only in an emergency situation would it come to that.

Do I have to be a Premium Member to participate in critique?

No, you do not! If you can't utilize the official critique feature, that does not matter whatsoever!

What are the guidelines for writing a critique?

We don't expect you to write a full critique every time (unless you want to!) - that would take too much of your time. However, we do have a standard. At its most basic level, we expect your critique to be constructive and make points that will help the writer improve. Not sure what to do? Start by answering their feedback questions. Or check out our guide on How to Give Feedback.

How do I find the link for the critique that I've written?

Go to the deviation for which you wrote the comment. Find your comment and look beside your username - there should be an indication of how long ago you wrote the comment (this is called a timestamp). Click it, and then copy the URL it takes you to. Paste the link in a comment on your submission page. Still unsure? Ask us! We're happy to help! :note:

I went to the chatroom and it was empty. Why?

The chatroom is right now only used when chat events are hosted, and we usually advertise those through polls or blog entries, so keep an eye out!

How can I get involved in the Mentorship Project?

The current Mentorship Project is ongoing, so you can't officially participate, but you can check out our lessons in the links in our profile page.

Why aren't submissions to the Featured gallery folder allowed?

The Featured gallery folder is for the selected deviations of Featured Members.

Can I submit visual/found poetry?


What's the Writers of the Revolution thing all about?

HERE is what you're looking for. If you still have any questions, feel free to ask! :note:

What's this "tWR Critiques You!" thing all about?

HERE is what you're looking for. If you still have any questions, again, feel free to comment on the blog or note us! :note:

Who made your profile page design?

ginkgografix, the CSS fairy. :heart:

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, let us know, we will be happy to answer them! Send us a note :note: or leave a comment anywhere around the group and we'll get back to you.

Keep writing, we can't wait to see what you come up with!

>>All hail ginkgografix for this beautiful skin.
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JohnnyCurcio Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Professional Writer
I have read the rules and would like to join.
Klingel-Chelle Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018  New Deviant
read the rules <3
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018   Writer
Good! Official welcome is on your profile page.
jdsandberg Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I've read and would like to join
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018   Writer
That's great! An official welcome will be on your profile page. (:
Flutterbest Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I've read the rules and I'd still like to join c: 
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018   Writer
Wonderful! An official welcome will be on your profile page. (:
im-waterproof Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the reply on my request to join.  I have read the rules, and I would like to join still please.  I will not have a high number of submissions, but I will do my best to make sure they meet the standards before submitting.  Offering constructive criticism sounds fun too!  
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018   Writer
Great! Will leave official welcome on your profile page. (:
Kinky-Simon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
Hi, and thanks for taking the time to come back to me with an update on the process of joining the group. The rules are acceptable, and given I have a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the Open University, I'm not expecting to find any difficulty with either the quality of my writing or ability to produce coherent and constructive critique.
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018   Writer
Okay! An official welcome is on your trippy home page. (:
Kinky-Simon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
Hi - great to hear back form you again, and thanks so much for accepting.

Being quite new to DA, I'm still settling in. I'm not sure for example, if DA has software that will allow us to write in-line critiques of prose, or if they have to be more of a summing-up of thoughts via the 'Comments' box, so to speak - but I'll doubtless get the hang of things as I see what others do... :-)
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018   Writer
Answered on your home page. ;)
DMSalesman Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I've read the rules and I accept to abide by them. By the way, I happen to have one or two questions.
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018   Writer
Ask away. Might have to wait a bit for answers. You'll have to request to join as well. (:
DMSalesman Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Waiting is not an issue. My request has already been made, by the way. Now, for my questions.

Is it fine if I critique what I find, even if I don't provide any critiqueable pieces myself? If so, am I allowed to mention theWrittenRevolution in my critique? Last but not least, should I periodically report my critiques as comments to the group's homepage?

That is all. Thanks in advance.
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018   Writer
Hmm. I don't see your request anywhere, and you're not a member now, so - do you mind requesting again?

Yes, you can critique what you find at tWR, even without a submission. I'd say, don't mention tWR unless you're a member, and even then, I think it would be better if you didn't put our name in your footer like you have for ProjectComment. This is only because it looks to me like a staff position, which we don't have. You shouldn't post the crit on the group's homepage; it's unneeded.

You're welcome.
DMSalesman Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, that is perfect. Thanks for the clarifications. Your point about not mentioning a group in the signature makes sense, indeed; I'll probably remove ProjectComment as well.

As for my request, I'll make another sometime today.
ScarletRaven12 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Student General Artist
I accept every rule here. it is very easy and understandable to follow.
 If something is out of place, please send me a note.
Thank you.
MaytheStarsEvershine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Student Writer
Pretty good and basic, I accept the rules and will abide by them.
LucentLight Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good rules, I follow. Or I've read the rules and accept them, whichever you prefer.
HRSegovia Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I've read the rules and agree to abide by them.
ant-under-glass Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Student Writer
I've read the rules and respect them! Thank you for building such a wonderful environment for us writers to convene!
KonungenCarolus Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I've read all the rules, considered the idea of the group, and I would be very happy to join still! The fact you pay so much attention to making sure each and every person is completely cognizant of the rules is admirable and speaks to the overall quality of the group.
Sci-Fifan95 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017
I understand the rules, and I will respect and follow them.
peblezQ Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Student Filmographer
I've read and understood the rules, and I will follow them :)
Charanty Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017
I have read and understood the rules, and I agree to follow then.
InsomniaWriter Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
I have read and understood the rules and I would still really like to join this group. :D (Big Grin) 
Afflicted-Writer Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I've read and understood the rules of the group. I would still love to join :) thank you for making sure your guidelines are understood. That makes me appreciate this group much more.
aneunoia Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I've read the rules and I most certainly agree to follow them! I'd be happy to join!
Whim-N-Wonder Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have read the rules, agree to follow them, and I would be happy to join the group! 
Ave1004 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to join you, although I might not be able to commit as often since I will be juggling my art with writing, learning how to play the piano and in the future, my tertiary education. Please take good care of me!
 Ayano Tateyama (Bows) [V12] 
jeffhales Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in love with the idyllic "everyone's a mentor and mentee" strategy this group is based upon. Please bring me in; I'd be happy to do my part in continually raising the bar. : )
DaesLune Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
Looks good to me!
SilentResidentWolf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything sounds good and I like what I see! Sign me up, please..
MoikkaEps Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds good! I will definitely love to be part of your group :)
Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It works like another group I am already member in but is quite inactive now: TheCritiquables.
Looking forward to be able to give good comments/critiques and as well as the intriguing prompts (like the color haikus) :)
ariacandy2 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Student General Artist
I would love to join this group. I already critiqued someone's work and it's amazing. The writers in this group are very talented. I just have one problem.Where exactly do you send the link of the critique ? If possible I would love a link.
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional Writer
you mean when you have to submit? if you put it in your artist's comments of the deviation you are trying to submit to our group, we will see it. We check all deviations to see if the feedback and critique requirements are already displayed. If you ever forget, we will comment on your submission process and you can reply there with a link.
Feathers-Upon-Wind Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016  Student Writer
The word limits are pretty low. A 1,500 word story is not that long, 3,000 words is even a bit short. May I ask why the word limits are so low?
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional Writer
Yes, we realize that for standard publication word limits, ours are low. It is a limit we've seen over the years works best on da to get feedback - this site tends to favor shorter work than longer, that is to say. Though we have been thinking of raising that word limit in Jan.
Feathers-Upon-Wind Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Student Writer
That makes sense. I was just curious. Thank you. 
Davidbolcso Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Student Writer
I really like how you guys run this group.
I'd love to join :)
drowsydoe Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Ah this doesn't quite sound like the group for me, then ^^; sorry, thank you very much though!
FizzyPinkBubbles Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand! :) I accept! 
GlaciesArdeat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
i'm not online often at all anymore so if i joined i'd barely submit works except for once in a while..
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Professional Writer
That is fine. there is no quota for what you need to submit or how often, only that you need to accompany what you submit with a critique of something in the group gallery.
GlaciesArdeat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
ah ok, that sounds ok, may i join then? (it says to comment to inform that i wish to join, does that mean here, or on the group home page?)
doughboycafe Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional Writer
Have you already tried to join the group? you have to go to the main page and hit join - it is an option under watch, and then we can approve your membership (if you haven't done this already).
GlaciesArdeat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
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