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Lit Basics Week



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.

There really isn't one sure way to get that much craved for attention. It's more a combination of things. So I took to polls, notes and chatting with the deviants of the Literature Community to put together a list of sorts.


  • Give feedback. It doesn't need to be a full blown ten page critique, but leaving a comment instead of just faving a deviation goes a long way. Lots of deviants will return the favor by browsing through your gallery.
  • Get involved with Groups. Pick a few groups that you personally enjoy watching; whether they be general submission groups, genre specific or just ones that have awesome prompts and contact them. Ask them if they have any open positions available. Or if you have a new idea for a feature or prompt series, run the idea by them.
  • On the subject of groups, don't lit dump your work. In other words, don't submit your deviations to 50 groups and hope for the best. Pick a few groups that are active in the community and submit your work to just those. Be involved with others submitting to that group. You'll get feedback and maybe make a few friends along the way.
  • Pimp yourself. That's right, I said it. Use the Thumbshare Forum, write something for every contest, join feedback groups, comment on Daily Deviations, ask for feedback in the Literature Forum using the current month's feedback thread (found as a sticky at the top of the forum) or self suggest your literature to the Lit CVs for Daily Deviations.
  • Post a regular journal. Deviants want to know that you're real and not some robot that pumps out chapter after chapter. Post a journal once a week and tell them a little about yourself. AND remember to respond to comments left on your journal.
  • Consistently submit new stories, poetry or chapters. There's nothing worse than finding a series of stories that you love and all of a sudden the writer drops off the face of the earth and doesn't post anything new for months. Sure, it's okay to take a hiatus, but write a journal letting your readers know that. On the same note, don't over saturate the system with four new chapters every day. That clutters up your watchers Message Centres.
  • Involve yourself with other writers. That's not just leaving feedback/critique for them, but also watching them and commenting on their journals. Make friends!
  • Cross post. There's a reason why dA includes easy share links on deviations. When you submit a new poem or chapter of your story, make sure to use the tumblr, twitter and FaceBook buttons to share your work.
  • Use commissions. That's right. Not everything is free. Use artists' commissions or start a thread in the Projects Forum asking deviants to draw your characters or a scene from your novel. They get the benefit of practicing their craft (and the :points:) and you get the added exposure when they post the artwork for their watchers to see.

I'd like to give much thanks to the following deviants for providing meaningful ideas, comments, insights and lots of pie bribery:

bryosgirl C-A-Harland MarcoEmma mormonbookworm TarienCole


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Reading as a WriterHave you ever set down a book for good because you found something in it you don’t like? If you want to write, I suggest that bad habit end now.
Why, you ask? Because everything you read—and I mean everything–has positive value for you as a writer. Stephen King, and any author worth his or her salt, is a huge advocate of writers reading massive amounts.
Again you ask, why? How can everything be useful? There are a number of reasons and I’ll cover as many as I can.
Reading bad literature teaches you about yourself and shows you what to avoid—or at least how not to do something—in your own work. If you run across something that you don’t like, stop and ask yourself why you don’t like it. Is it just a personal preference? Was it out of place or poorly executed? Does it contradict something from earlier? As soon as you figure out the “why” of something’s badness, you learn a little about yourself and you
  dA Writers-Get NoticedIt's hard being a writer on dA. For every one writer, there are at least 15 artists, 10 of which are fan-artists. And why would people turn away from fanart, comics, and/or yaoi to read your poetry/prose? You have to give them a reason.
This tutorial will take you through a few steps which will hopefully bring your writing more attention, If you'd care to read:

1. REVISE!

I cannot stress how crucial this step is. Once you have your 1st draft done, revise for typos and grammatical errors. On the second time, read it out loud to revise for flow. Then check again for grammar and spelling. Read it again, revise word by word.
  
Can you create more impact with the same amount/less words? If you can, do it.
Now, here are a few things you should keep in mind as you revise.
          1a.Start BIG
          In most lit thumbs, the first 110 or s
Writing Useful Critiques
Preface

This article is written for LitResources. Our goal is to be a collection and creation station for all resources pertaining to literature on deviantART. This article will feature the wonderful world of critique! DeviantART staff recently made it possible for unsubscribed members to leave critiques using the premium feature, so we thought it was an opportune moment to educate the community about the many facets of critique.
If, after reading the article, you have more information or resources to add, please leave your thoughts in a comment! And don't forget to :+favlove: this article to help spread the word.

Critique: What It Is, What It Is Not

Though the distinction might seem obvious to some, people often confuse writing a critique with writing a review.
To make it plain, a critique offers thoughts and advice for improving a piece of literature or art. Cri
  Crit Ticks for the Critics"He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help." - Abraham Lincoln
Introduction:
You've read guides, you've heard the propaganda, and now there's no going back. You've decided: "I want to write critiques too!"
Looking out over the gray expanse of dA, you spot a poem. Or a photograph. Or a juicy piece of digital art, and you know exactly what you want to say. Or maybe you don't, but you slog through, making the effort. And voila! A click and you navigate away, grinning, imagining the artist's delight when the deviant opens his or her message center upon the next log-in.
You left a critique, whether as a "critique" or in a comment box, but, as is inevitable in all short stories, something goes very very wrong. A mere day after you clicked submit, you receive a hurt and snarly reply informing you that you are a horrible-horrible person, and a shallow one at that. A literary terrorist, even, or a photographic floozy -- a wannabe painter who should


PE Feedback: How to Give a CritiqueHOW TO GIVE A CRITIQUE
It's a great thing that you want to critique other deviant's works and help them improve their skills through your constructive feedback. By critiquing fellow deviant's works, you are developing your critical thought and vision and thus, developing yourself as an artist. However, critiquing is not all about pointing out what others did wrong.  As ChewedKandi has pointed out in 'How To: Critiquing Artwork' "a critique is giving your opinion in a constructive manner about a subject - be it a piece a music, a piece of art, the meal you've just ate and so on."
That's the main point of this article: to share a few pointers on how to give a quality critique while providing links to a compilation of useful guides that focus on this very same topic.
Introduction: Let's start! :eager:
First things first! You've come across a piece of art that caught your attention and
  A Guide to Individually Hosted Contests     Hosting a contest as an individual as opposed to in a group can be a little intimidating since you don't automatically have the support of your admin team behind you but with a few simple things kept in mind one can just as easily make an individually hosted contest a success.
Gathering Prizes
     Before even announcing your contest you will have to make sure that you can provide a presentable selection of prizes and unless you are exceptionally wealthy and got some extra change you won't be able to offer several premium memberships or thousands of points, especially if you are planning to hold regular contests. While there is always the option to ask for prize donations via a pre-contest journal or simply collecting points all year round with your donation widget, you cannot rely on these being successful.
     But contest prizes don't have to cost you a lot or to be honest they don't even have to cost
  Why Comment in the First Place?Many people ask themselves (sometimes on a daily basis) why they should comment on a piece of work. Whether it's just a deviation that pops up into our message centres or a deviation on deviantART's home page, what makes us decide whether we should, or even want to, comment on that piece?
Why do we bother? Or more importantly, why don’t we bother?
This guide explores the thoughts that we may have, the excuses we make, and, hopefully, a few thoughts to encourage you to comment, not just with a few words and that's it, but to really give a fellow artist a constructive comment that they deserve... that we deserve.
What is mentioned below is by no means accurate or complete and it does not apply to everyone. It was written by ProjectComment as a Group, by deviants, for deviants and we sincerely hope you enjoy reading this.
A massive thank you to annajordanart, catadescour, katdesignstudio, Jenniej92 and xblackxbloodxcellx who all contributed in the maki
What is Worth Critiquing?This article outlines a few questions to ask yourself before you request critique on anything.
1. Have I self-critiqued my piece?
Have you given the piece a thorough examination, looking for ways you can improve, parts that could be removed/added to, techniques that might work better, etc?
If you haven't reviewed the piece for yourself, I highly suggest doing so before you request critique. Self-review is a skill you need to develop as an artist in order to improve. Critique from others is wonderful, but learning to apply your own critique to your pieces will help you produce better art on your first attempt.
2. Is the piece of good quality?
Do not request critiques on doodles, first writing drafts, snapshot photographs, etc. Critique should be reserved for a piece you want to learn from and improve, which means the piece should have required thought and time to complete.
There are always exceptions to these sorts of rules. A drawing that is half-way completed, for



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Writers' Block: The Myth

Fri Jul 25, 2014, 6:00 PM by GrimFace242:icongrimface242:
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Lit Basics Week



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 thing as writers' block, but there comes a point where its just an overused excuse for being lazy.  Many writers have gotten to the point where instead of sitting down and forcing themselves to write (even if it's not the specific topic they want to write), they claim writers' block and put themselves into a non-writing rut that's harder than you can probably imagine to get out of.

Writers' block is also the up and coming excuse for not putting out quality writing.  We've all heard it before, "I know it's not the best, but I'm in the middle of a block and this is all I was able to write."  This is an excuse used by young and old, new and seasoned writers.  But again, it's still just an excuse for not writing.

Newsflash: Writing is Hard!


No matter your age or what stage of writing you're at, you've learned this lesson already.  Writing is not as easy as it sounds and you will come to a point in your writing career (whether you're a hobbyist or a professional, it's still your writing career) where the words don't flow out like they once did.  And that's exactly where we get to see who's serious about their writing.  It doesn't matter if this is just a hobby you do to pass time or if you're a full time paid writer; if you're serious about it, you'll fight through the rough spots to finish the story.

Don't use the excuse of writers' block and quit on your story.  Stop being lazy and fight for it.  Step up and get the job done.  And after you've yelled that in your head enough times that you're ready to get back in the saddle and try again but you're still hitting some bumps in the road, here's a couple things you might want to try to get out of that rut:

  • Change your environment. If you usually sit at a desk and write in the quiet of your room, go outside and write under a tree in the park.  If you usually use a laptop, switch to pen and paper.  Change what you're doing and you'll get a different result.
  • Jump to the middle.  We've established that you've hit a brick wall, and now you're trying to dig your way through with a spoon.  Why not go around the brick wall instead?  You've allowed this chapter or stanza or scene to stop you from writing, so go around it.  Go somewhere else and get your motivation back.  Come back when you're at a better spot or when you've figured out how to blow up the brick wall instead of tunnel through it.
  • Set a schedule.  Stop being lazy and allowing life to get in the way of your writing.  Pencil in a little bit of time every day or every other day, whatever fits with your life, BUT make sure you stick to it.  Turn off the Castle reruns, make your spouse watch the kids for an hour and then promptly lock yourself in the bathroom where no dogs can bother you.  And WRITE.  Just write.  Doesn't matter what it is (could even be an essay on how pie is more glorious than cake), it only matters that you write.
  • Train your brain.  Once you setup a schedule and stick to it, you'll find that writing will come more naturally.  Your brain will be ready to write at X time because that's the time you've been writing for the past six months every other day.  Missing a day here or there is okay, but in order to keep your brain toned like an athlete's muscles, you need to stick to that schedule, so set an alarm.
  • Seriously, stop taking yourself so seriously.  Not everything your write it going to be a piece of ingenious literature, so stop setting yourself up for failure.  Be happy that you were able to write that scene, chapter or poem.  It may not be perfect, but what's that old saying, "Practice makes perfect."  So all the little pieces you're writing now are stepping stones to writing that piece of awesome.  And surprise, if you're doing it right, you won't even know it's brilliant until others tell you because at that point you're gonna be well oiled machine made for writing literature.  You'll take the praise and work from the criticism.
  • Let it go.  It may be the hardest thing you'll ever do as a writer, but if you've written yourself into a corner and you see no way out, it's probably time to abandon ship and drop it.  It's obviously not working.  Back track to before things went awry and try again.  Maybe you just don't know the topic well enough and you need to a bit more research.  You may simply need to set it down and forget it for a month and try again later.

And now a few questions for you:


  • If you've ever claimed to suffer from writers' block, was it self induced?  And how did you work yourself out of it?
  • Do you have a writing schedule?  How long have you been sticking to it?
  • How is that essay on the glory that is pie coming along?


Well, it's that time and hopefully you've all had fun reading this month's Book Club book, The Thief Lord.  I'm slightly ahead of schedule, but I'll try my best not to include any spoilers.  :dummy:

Before we get into the discussion questions, let's look at more of the wonderful The Thief Lord Fanart here on dA.

Prosper, Bo, and Mom by OmNomWutNevrmind The Star Palace by Felt-heart

  THE THIEF LORD by Annorelka Venice by Echo-Cafe

.Thief Lord. by BroxxieTart

Discussion Time

  • The Thief Lord was written for a young age group (roughly 10-15 years old).  Do you think it is only appealing to that age group?  If not, how does it transcend to older age groups?
  • What do you think is the significance of the wing from the merry-go-round?  How does it affect the children?
  • Scipio's betrayal of appearing as an orphan, when really he is the son of a very rich man, causes him to be cast out by the children.  But he still goes to steal the wing.  Why do you think he remains loyal to the children?
  • Some feel that if the novel had been set anywhere but in Venice it wouldn't work as well with Prosper and Bo's story.  Do you agree or disagree and why?
  • Completely unrelated to the story itself, how are you enjoying the book so far?  Have any favorite parts or lines of dialogue?  Feel free to share.



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:shifty: Hey there... Long time, no speak...
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Writer
It has been a long time.  :paranoid:  How've you been?
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Not too bad, thank you. How are you? 
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Right now. kinda crazy.  But that should all wash over soon.
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