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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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cynthiaalise Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
  • a complete story in proper sentences
  • realistic fiction
  • stienbeck
  • just to get started putting things on a page
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Amarantheans Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Prose it the written work of a person, not nessicarily a writer. Anyone can write prose, It takes a writer to notice that it has merit.

Sci Fi, Fantasy and Paranormal are the genres I enjoy.

I love Laurell K Hamilton, she is a really amazing author.

Wrong week but I am using this for a corse and I am looking into helping my mentee :D and learning along my way!
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GeekTransformed Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
At 38 years old I have no idea about grammar, now should any one think I am dumb or stupid. I have spent a life time getting around this. I am gifted with dyslexia and HDHD, how ever i need to work past this. Does any one have thoughts or ideas how I can do this.
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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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Tr33Atm0s Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hamburger 
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014   Writer
french fries.
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Tr33Atm0s Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stupid soda
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I would not separate prose so strictly from poetry as there are many mixed versions like prosetry or narrative poems, 6 word-stories. Where to draw the line really?

So, I prefer to give you my definition of (all comprising) literature. Literature is writing down visual pictures, ideas, dreams, feelings, emotions. To make your inner self visible and understable for others.

To me the most important is that the scenery is as vivid for my readers as I have seen it myself in front of my inner eye before noting it down. Sometimes I like to include hidden messages and hints and I feel always glad when I was able to conwey them in such a way the others could read them right away.


I would say that I have three preferred genres: Fantasy but not too excessive, historical novels with at least a 70% true background and rest fiction and third subtle suspence might it be in form of horror or crime, food for thoughts.


My most favorite writers on dA are DragonsChest and shehrozeameen. The choice was very difficult. All writers I have come across here are very good.

Apart from dA I like for the fantasy part Tolkien and Yeats, for the suspence part Poe, Dostojevsky, Goethe, for the historical part Dostojevski and Tolstoi.


I have no opinion on this last one because I am learning for my further studies which have nothing to do with writing.

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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:) thanks for the mention.

I appreciate your information based on the nature of prose, as well as the variations on it.
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome and thanks for liking my comment :heart:
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Petalierre Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I'm confused and slightly worried.
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Writer
It's a good thing.  OBVIOUSLY!
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Petalierre Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, okay, phew. But is this targeting literature or everything else?
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Writer
Well, yeah, it's Literature because we'll be going over the basics of prose writing.
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Petalierre Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even though I read your journal twice already... I still don't understand what prose writing is. Please don't give me a joke answer.
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Writer
I wouldn't.  But to be honest, prose is the opposite of poetry.  It usually has a paragraph structure and follows proper grammar and punctuation.  I can't say it's just fiction work, because it also includes non-fiction works, reviews, essays, et cetera. 

Make sense?
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Petalierre Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So it's just normal literature, like the ones you see everyday?
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:icongrimface242:
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014   Writer
Yeah, I guess.  It's a series of educational journals about prose.  Follow?
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Delphsco Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't even know what Prose is. -cries-
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Writer
Pssh.  Prose is easy.  It's not poetry.  Seriously.  That's the best definition.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:eyes:
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014   Writer
You're not allowed to look at the comments on this journal anymore.  They've ALL be compromised with pie.  You'd detest them.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The power of cake will get me through ti!
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Tr33Atm0s Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cake
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
mutant pokemon
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Tr33Atm0s Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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neonparrot Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Prose is usually more focused on action and thoughts, than feelings, at least the majority of it. Can't really give a definition ; A ;
Anything that's well-written, makes sense and at least a bit original.
I like Remarque, Dostoyevsky and random classical books, mostly russian (by random I mean author doesn't really matter). If that sounds like I'm and elitist and smart-ass, I'm not.
Nothing, I just like to read PE articles.
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Writer
I don't know if I agree with that.  Because well written prose can definitely hold strong feelings.
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neonparrot Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sure, but it's still mostly focused on thoughts and actions. At least, more, than poetry. There are exceptions, of course.
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Writer
:love:  Thank you.
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
You're welcome! :)

This week's P.E. will certainly come in handy, for a budding writer, like myself! :w00t: I can't wait to see what you guys (and gals) come up with! :la: Should be fun! :happybounce:
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NathalieWojta Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Greetings!

Prose is like a huge population inside my head, trying to escape the bony walls. With all might. :D (Big Grin)

Maybe I've started creating stories because I was a very talkative kid and as soon as I had no more facts to tell, fiction had to jump in and save the day. During childhood it became a kind of safe heaven from the world, where the heroes had good friends despite being a bit different.
Right now it is the contrast to my scientific work and keeps me through endless waiting times. It polishes my mind from dust and rust and gives it something to build that would not crumble because of the air pressure or the moon phase. :happybounce: Well it has to be reconstructed and renovated... a lot... but it is fun somehow.

My favorite genre of writing is fantasy but I am beginning to explore other grounds.
For reading I enjoy fantasy, crime and historical fiction the most but as long as it is well written I do not care as long as I have something to read.

My favorite authors are currently Jim Butcher and Tess Gerritson.

I am looking forward to this week because I am currently trying to sharpen my writing skills, since I am in charge for the author exercises within a small non-profit association. Well and one should never stop to polish the working tools, ay? :) (Smile) 
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Writer
Writing as an escape.  I can relate to that!

It's amazing how sometimes the genre really doesn't matter as long as it's written well.

:la:  Hopefully you'll find the articles helpful!  Even the most well seasoned writers will surely learn something new this week.
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DarkAcey Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Prose is my air and water -- I can't live without stories. I started writing to distance myself mentally from troubling times, and now I write to hopefully physically remove myself from the source of my problems. 

My favorite genre has always been sci-fi/fantasy. I lean more towards fantasy with strong elements of character and adventure. 

It's very hard for me to pick. I have two large bookshelves filled with wonderful books. My most recent favorite writer is Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear. I cannot recommend these books enough. 

This week I'm hoping to re-inspire myself to write. While I can't live without stories, writing them down can get a bit tedious. I've been outlining, drawing my characters, thinking about them day and night; basically everything to do with writing excluding the actual typing prose part. 

:saddummy:I blame my writer's block on a loss of confidence. Having recently completed a rigorous writing course at my college, I now cannot seem to write anything without my inner editor pointing out every flaw that was invisible before.
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Writer
:highfive:  I used writing to get out of my house and just as a plain ol' escape from reality. 

I can't feel the sci-fi, but I totally get the fantasy!

Only two bookshelves?  :giggle:  Half of my house is books.  Books on the wall, on shelves, back of the toilet, desks, drawers, bureaus, night stands.  I have books everywhere in my house.

I've been there myself.  Where the characters and the story is there, but you just can't get it out.  I find that if you just force yourself to write and NOT EDIT, you'll get stuff down.  Editing is for later.  But at least if you don't think about it, you'll get words down. 
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
embrace the shitty first draft! (the lit forum has adm entire writers block thread)

as for over planning, we did an article on that during Story Planning week!
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iammemyself Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Prose is how I identify and solve my own problems. 

I prefer fan fiction with a strong psychological component, or a humorous one, though of course both at once is best. 

My favorite dA writer is flamewarflipsides  IRL I like Dan Brown and Pauline Gedge.

I honestly don't know. 
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Writer
I'm hearing that response a lot and it's nice to know we're not all alone.
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DGVeil Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Prose my life blood. It's my story unspoken and my story yet made. It is everything I have been and everything I will be. It is the history of the world and the predictions made of the future. It is my every fear come to life and my every brave act. It is what I fear to be and hope to be.

My favorite genres are fantasy and SciFi. It's our history and our future. ^w^

A story is a story no matter who speaks it. Yes there are atrocious writers, but all of the writers are one.

I am the student. And I am an eager student. So I am excited to just learn!
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