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#FocusOnLit FAQs

Wed Oct 15, 2014, 9:09 AM
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How often do I need to post new work?
Gallery folders are set to allow one submission per week.  That gives everyone on a team sufficient time to read and leave feedback as well as create another chapter of their own story.

Do you accept poetry?  What about short stories and flash fiction?
No.  We only accept novel chapters from deviants that have been assigned a team.  We will not at any time allow poetry, shorts or flash fiction into the Gallery.  We're a strictly long prose group.

Is Fan Fiction allowed?
No.  Due to the vast amount of fandoms, it would be impossible to put teams together in a timely manner. 

What is a Team Leader responsible for?
Team Leaders will be the representative for the team to the admin here at FocusOnLit.  They will help motivate their team to write and leave feedback.  If there are any problems within a group, the Team Leader will bring that to the admin and steps will be taken to fix any problems. 

Which genres do you accept?
We accept all genres.  Some have been consolidated in order to create teams of similar genres without having deviants wait months.

What if I go on vacation or take a hiatus from dA?
If you're going to be away on vacation, we suggest that you inform your teammates and especially your Team Leader.  A friendly note just saying when you're leaving and when you'll be back is all it takes.  If you're taking a hiatus from dA, we ask that you contact both your teammates as well as admin so that your open spot can be filled as quickly as possible.

How do I write my blurb? 
Your blurb needs to contain a few key pieces of information.  You want to summarize your story but not give away all the details.  Think book jacket back.  That's what we're expecting.  You'll also need to add a list of characters.  This list should include your protagonist, antagonist and any major supporting characters that will be present during most of the story.  Please also list your genre in your blurb since all blurbs will be in the Featured Gallery Folder.

Why is a blurb mandatory?
It helps admin put you into a team with other deviants that are writing works similar to yours.  Once you're teamed up, your teammates will read your blurb to get them started on your story.

How long before I'm matched with a team?
Time frame varies.  When your membership is accepted and note is received, we'll try our best to give you an idea of how long it will take til we have a team for you.

How am I supposed to give good feedback if my teammates are more advanced than me?
Your experience level doesn't matter when it comes to feedback.  Even the most novice writer is able to point out details that are often overlooked by seasoned writers.  Never feel intimidated when you're leaving feedback.  Just be sure to make sure it's CONSTRUCTIVE. 

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FocusOnLit - What is it?

Wed Oct 15, 2014, 9:08 AM
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Simply put, FocusOnLit is a group that caters to chaptered prose writers.  If you're a poet or only write short prose, this isn't the group for you.  But for those of you that write novels, you'll want to keep reading because we're probably exactly what you've been looking for.

The concept of FocusOnLit is basically taking a real world crit group and putting it on the internet.  We're not beta readers, mentors or professionals (well, maybe some of us are).  We're friends that read each others' work and give feedback.

How does it work?

FocusOnLit admin will create teams of varying sizes (3-4 at most) based on genre.  Once a team is created, all team members will be sent a note with instructions on how, when and where to submit their deviations for feedback.  The first chapter and blurbs will be requested by FocusOnLit admin into our gallery.  In order to submit further chapters, team members will need to include links to their feedback on their teammates' deviations.

For example, we setup a team of three writers in the romance genre.  Each member will receive their note with directions for submitting.  The Team Leader will receive a request from the group to join the admin team.  The admin team will also request all three blurbs into our Blurb gallery folder and the first chapters into the team's gallery folder.  Team members must read the blurbs and first chapters, commenting on both.  Then when ready to send in their second chapters, they'll need to provide a link to the comment with their feedback.  This way we're ensuring that everyone is holding up their end of the deal.

I'm interested.  What's the next step?

Well, you'll need to send in a Join Request.  FocusOnLit admin will approve your request as soon as we receive a note from you with the following:
  • Genre of the story. Pretty self explanatory. We want to match you up with other deviants in the same genre.
  • Thumbcodes for the first three chapters/scenes.  This is to make sure that you're serious about feedback and hopefully won't flake after the first month.
  • A blurb for your story. Needs to include a brief summary of your story (think back of book paragraph to hook the reader), cast of characters and your genre should be listed here as well. This should be submitted as a deviation so it can later be included in the group gallery.
  • Your interest in being a team leader.  Team leaders will help FocusOnLit admin motivate everyone and be promoted to a Contributor at the group.  It's okay to say no here.
After you're accepted into the group, you've made it half way because now we have to wait until we have enough people in the same genre to create a team.  Waiting periods will vary. 

I've got a team.  Now what?

It's time to start giving feedback.  Obviously reading your teammates' blurbs is the best place to start.  They'll introduce you to the story you'll be reading, as well as the characters you'll be reading about.  Make sure to leave a comment here.  Next is to leave feedback on those first chapters in your Team Folder.

What does FocusOnLit consider feedback?

We understand that not everyone has time to sit down and do full in depth critiques.  Real Life tends to get in the way of doing that.  So instead, what we require is a comment that tells something the writer did very well and something that they could improve on.  Comments of "Well done!" and "I love this" will not be counted as feedback and will hold up your deviations from being accepted.

That's basically the whole process in a not so small nutshell.  If you still have questions, I suggest you read the FAQs.  And if you still have questions after that, note the group and we'll respond as promptly as possible.

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Ready, Set, NaNo!

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 5:49 PM
So it's that time of the year again and we're all racing around trying to get our bits together for NaNoWriMo.  OR, we're laughing at the people running around trying to get all their bits together for NaNo.  :giggle:  In the past, I've written articles on what NaNo is and how to prepare for it.  This isn't one of those articles.  Well, not entirely.  Let's start with the glaringly obvious.

What's the point of NaNo?

If you answered "To write a 50k Word Count Novel in a month's time," you're wrong.  NaNo is about conditioning writers to write regularly, keep those creative juices flowing and to work under pressure.  November is a busy month.  Students are back in school.  Parents are dealing with said students.  In the United States, we have Thanksgiving and of course everyone is getting ready for Christmas.  Add in clearing 1,667 words a day and we're talking about some major pressure.  But that's the point.  If you can write under those circumstances, then you can write when that kind of pressure isn't on.

50k words?  Are you kidding me?!

Well, that's what the official NaNo calls for, but seriously, some people just don't have the time to get that much in.  I include myself in that group.  I've tried NaNo so many times and have yet to succeed.  Mainly because it's a goal I know I can't reach.  Nearly two weeks of the month are out for me due to prior engagements that are yearly and I can't get out of.  BUT should that exclude me from participating in NaNo?  Should I be forced to feel like a shlub because I can't crank out the 50k and end up quitting half way in?  Absolutely not!

What other options are there?

I've decided to participate in NaNoWriMo one more time, but at a more relaxed pace.  Instead of going for the 50k goal, I'm cutting it in half.  It's still a lot of writing for me to accomplish in a month.  I'm still going to be forced to set a schedule for myself and stick to it.  Writing 25k words in a single month is still an accomplishment.  So I suggest to anyone that thinks 50k is just extraordinary and unreachable to try a smaller denomination word count. 

The point is to still challenge yourself.

Obviously don't set a word count so low that it's easy and you can do it in a couple days, but being a parent or active person isn't always conducive to writing a novel in a month.  Even a goal of 10k isn't bad for a busy month.  Remember, this is about challenging yourself, and testing your ability to stay focused for an entire month.  You can do it; 50k words might just be a bit of a stretch.

Before I leave you, let's do a quickie recap of tips and tricks    

If you know me, you know I've spent a good deal of time gathering things work and don't work for NaNo (and writing in general).  Here a couple things that I found work for nearly everyone:
  • Have a plan.  Don't go into NaNo thinking you can just pull something out your butt.
  • Understand that this is a first draft.  It's not going to be perfect. 
  • Don't edit as you write.  It will hold you word count back.
  • Make a schedule and be aware of times and days you won't be able to write.
  • Have friends that are doing NaNo too, so they can support you as the month progresses.
  • Make sure you want to write this story because you'll be stuck with these characters all month.

Some further reading if you need it

Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 1We may only be one week into October, but November and NaNoWriMo is just around the corner.  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.
:bulletblack: 1,667 words per day if they're writing every day.
:bulletblack: 2,273 words per day if they're only writing on weekdays.  
:bulletblack: 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.
So this year, instead of doing a basic what is NaNo and who's going to participate in it journal, we're gonna switch it up and give you some pointers on what you should be doing and what you definitely shouldn't be doing before and during NaNo.
The best place to get advice is from the people that have tried NaNo.  Notice how I didn't say "and succeeded?"  T
Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 2In my last journal, we discussed the best ways to prepare for NaNo and included a couple tips on how to make that writing go a little faster and smoother.  Well, now it's time to discuss how to NOT fail at NaNoWriMo.  Because just as there are some really grand ideas on how to prepare yourself and keep yourself on task during the month, there are also going to be those times of self doubt and using excuses to not write.  For NaNo, any of those excuses are completely unacceptable [well, except for life threatening excuses - those are allowed].
So once again, I reached out to the Lit Community to find out exactly why other deviants failed at NaNo, or what they found to NOT work for them and compiled it all together in a pretty little list like last time.
What Not to Do
:bulletpurple: Don't get sucked in Wikipedia, TVtropes or any other sites like that.  In fact turn off your WiFi so the internet isn't a distraction.  All your research
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.
:bulletblack: 1,667 words per day if they're writing every day.
:bulletblack: 2,273 words per day if they're only writing on weekdays.  
:bulletblack: 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

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!
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
Worldbuilding: Environments and Social StructuresAre you ready to build a world? Good!

The Magic Gateway, by jerry8448. This is what we want to do with worldbuilding.
Worldbuilding is a complex process, because it is essentially creating the base of a different reality from our own. An author must pull together all the elements of a 'world', and capture that in text. This applies in any genre of writing. Even non-fiction has aspects of worldbuilding because it has setting and world details the same as fiction. In any genre, if the world is flat, the story will be flat and one of the best ways to build a fictional world is to know about one's own. Stories and readers both require an interesting and engaging place to go to, and our world, as well as any imagined one, can provide this! Because our world is the base of most human experiences, it is a great place to understand for both personal and writing reasons. If the author understands the sett
PE Story Planning: Utter FoolishnessPlanning Utter Foolishness!
Alright, it's my birthday so I thought it was time to change up the deluge of organization and planning articles we've got for you, with a minor thought about foolishness. (Don't ask too much of me, I've been in birthday mode for a good twenty-four hours already. Get someone else to elaborate.) Oh, and cake. There must be cake. Make a wish...
This article had a point...
Oh right! Utter foolishness. Instead of detailed planning strategies, I offer you an alternative. I have an abundance of my own examples, but I will do my best to find some others that have some relevance. Hopefully. (Given the trend of this article so far, I'm not sure there is an applicable "relevant". We shall see.) :movingon: Anyway.
We are all inspired, right? I hope so, anyway, otherwise what would you be doing on deviantART? Where do you get your inspiration from? If you're running low, we have great groups here on dA; Lit-Visual-Alliance is all about (in t

How to Plot Like a GrimIn ten simple steps, you too can plot like a Grim.  ;P
1. Get an idea
This can be a brief snippet of dialogue. Or an ending that just seems perfect.  Sometimes it's just the concept of what I'd like to see a character go through.  I write that down.  Usually it doesn't see the cold light of day for at least a couple months, but when I've thought about it long enough and can't seem to get the idea out of my head, that's when I sit down and start plotting things out a bit.
2. Work out the basic plot
Now that I've got the idea, I need to work out the basic details.  But how do I do that?  Well, I write it down.  Then I think about the different angles to get to that idea.  I write those down.  If it's dialogue, who's talking? What do they feel? Who are they talking to?  If it's a snippet of a scene, who's in the scene? Why are they there? What are they doing? What's going on outside of that scene?
From the
Record Cards, Astronavigation and YouOnce upon a time, there was a strapping young lad named Arnold J. Rimmer.

Arnold Rimmer joins the Space Corps as a lowly third technician, but has great plans to work his way up through the ranks until he is an officer. To become an officer, however, one must pass the dreaded astronavigation exam. Fortunately, Rimmer is organised. He knows how to make the absolute most of his time, and so he takes a sheet of paper and draws up a revision schedule. He blocks out the times he must spend at work, and also those times when he will be distracted by his slovenly bunk-mate, David Lister. On another sheet of paper, he notes down all the subjects that will be covered in the astronavigation exam, and weights the importance of each one, colour-coding them for ease of reference. Now that he has established what he must revise and when he can revise it, he fills in each available slot in his schedule, using all his skill as an expert calligrapher to
How to Stop Planning and Use What You've GotArticle cowritten by ShadowedAcolyte and neurotype.
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.


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What's the exact deadline?  I'm working on a few other contest entries but I might take this on, if I've got time.
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