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Introducing Prose Basics

Mon Jan 20, 2014, 5:00 AM
Once 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?

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 :cough::


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

Books aren't written, they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it... -Michael Crichton

Writers aren't exactly people, they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

[The Writer's] standard of fidelity to the truth should be so high that his invention, out of his experience, should produce a truer account than anything factual can be. -Ernest Hemingway

People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it. -Harlan Ellison

There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one can agree what they are. -Somerset Maugham


Before you leave, answer some questions and join the conversation:


  • What is prose to you?
  • Do you have a preferred genre?
  • Who's your favorite writer (dA and/or otherwise)?
  • What are you looking forward to learning about this week?


Make sure you are following :iconprojecteducate: & :iconcrliterature: to get updates on articles for this week! There has been some amazing hard work put into this week by your fellow deviants, and we look forward to seeing what has been written!



And let the learning commence.

CRLiterature and projecteducate have teamed up yet again and this time it's for Prose Writers!  Make sure to READ, FAVE and COMMENT on this week's articles.
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Animale-J Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Love it. Thaks.
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
1. Prose: A type of written composition in which ideas or facts are presented (i.e. fiction or non fiction). What distinguishes prose from poetry is that prose is arranged by sentences within paragraphs (as opposed to lines within stanzas in poetry). In the case of fiction, the one who tells the story is called a narrator and in poetry, the narrator is called the speaker.

Note that poetry and prose are not entirely exclusive of one another; an example of this is "prosimetrum" which is a poem that exploits a combination of prose "prosa" and verse "metrum". I'm not sure if this is what they mean when they talk of a "prose poem".

2. Not in particular although I do enjoy when many genres are blended together (e.g. a caper story blended with fantasy, a fantasy blended with historical fiction).

3. Off of dA...hard to say. I'll name a few here:

Robert Cormier

Mark Salzman

Khalil Gibran

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Some of Judy Blume

On dA:








3. Surprise me
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I am honored to be included amongst your favorite DeviantART authors. :heart:
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The honour is mine :heart:
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SereneCyrene Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the mention, my friend. :shamrock: You're also one of my favorite writers here on dA.
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:thanks: I can't thank you enough.
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SereneCyrene Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
There's no need! :aww:
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khgirl153 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Thank you very much for mentioning me. ^/////^ I think you are a great writer yourself.
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure! I enjoy your writing very much and I appreciate your support :rose:
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