Why You Should Still Be Experimenting As we began our trek into the world of art most of us spent a decent amount of time experimenting to find our niche. But for many artists, once they find their place and style they often stop listening for any other callings.What Exactly do You Mean by "Experiment". Trying new things - of course we should experiment and text our tools, that's one of the first steps to becoming an artist in learning what you're working with and how to use your resources and tools to produce the best outcome for your art. What this article is about however is going outside your style and technique. Why Should You Experiment? Experimenting is a crucial part of learning. It's also a giant piece of expanding, improving and adding to what you already have. Imagine if the first thing you created was all you ever did. I'd be taking photo after photo of the sunrise: two problems with that are I'm not a mining person
Writer's Block: Of Course It's RealLiterature Basics Ever feel like no matter what you do, you just. can't. write? You're not alone. Many other writers have been in the same situation, left frustrated and exhausted trying to get through this. But what can you do about it?What is Writer's Block? According to wikipedia "Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce work for years.Steps to Overcoming Writers BlockQuit. At least for now, take a step back and breathe. The more you struggle the more worked up you become and the worse the block seems to get. Before anything else, give your mind a break for a bit and come back. Sometimes that's all you even need to do. Remember, your mind, just like your body needs rest.Disconnect
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Title Poetry Contest [winners]WinnersHonestly; every contest seems like it's harder and harder to judge but after a LOT of reading and re-reading, power outages and more reading I can finally announce the winners!!! 1st place: dietcocaine with lost, but never foundsee more of her work here 2nd Place: SilverInkblot with The sound of an approaching trainread more of her work here 3rd Place: GuinevereToGwen with
My  Prompt JournalNavigationIdea Prompts Words/Phrases Include These 3 Words... Group Prompts Visual Inspiration Monthly Challenges Articles & Resources Other Lists/JournalsWhat is This?Some literature awesomeness in a journal? Yes, yes it is. But allow me to elaborate a bit more on that.If you read BeccaJS My Prompt Journal (
Publishing Resources List2/24/2015: Finally got around to cleaning up broken links and weird code. Let me know if I missed anything!Make sure you the news article!So you've written something freaking awesome. You've edited a million times (and if you haven't, turn around and go do that. Right now). You think you maybe want to take the leap and try publishing something. But you have no idea where to start.Well, this is a good place to be.This the journal where I'll be keeping a running list of all the publishing resources I find, both on and off dA. Most of it will probably be related to literary journals, since that's the stage where I'm at in my literary career, but I'll add things about book publishing as I find them.If you ever find a great resource, or if you'd like to request something specific, please leave me a note in the comments.Also this journal is probably going to be super-messy and slightly badly-categor
Writing Style vs. VoiceA Writer's Guide to Style vs. VoiceHere on dA, there seems to be a lot of confusion and general mass hysteria when it comes to the subjects of writing style and voice. What are they? What's the difference? Can you write one without the other? How important are they, anyhow? Do you really need either of them? Wait, what are they again?Style is the form and structure with which you write.Voice is the attitude and perspective with which you write.In other words, voice is the emotion and feeling of a piece of literature, and style is the technical way of communicating that emotion.Clearly, there is a tangible difference between the two. Style is a delivery system for voice. While voice can and should affect the form with which you write, you can most certainly write one without the other. However, the best writing is a masterful fusion of both. I'm here to illustrate for you the difference between style and voice and to define exactly what they are and how you can us
The Art of Refining ProseThe Art of Refining ProseMany writers dread the editing process. Not only does it delay the showcase of prose, it can seem a tedious and painstaking task. Often, editing is more time-consuming than the initial writing and consequently, it is either ignored altogether or briefly indulged. This is a great shame. Sincere editing not only proves a pleasurable experience but invaluable to prose, as this is a wonderful opportunity to buff, polish and tighten the impact of one's writing.Some might argue that editing is not only unnecessary, but detrimental to the raw concept of ones inspiration. The answer to this is simple: select a prose that hasnt been edited and compare against one that has. Its soon evident that a well-edited piece is not only easier to read, but communicates the authors ideas with greater clarity. Few Bestsellers hit the shelves having skipped the editing office. And unless the author has behind them years upon years of writi
Prosody GuideHere's a short and limited guide to prosody. Thought it might be helpful. Let's start with few terms:Rhythm - refers to the natural rise and fall of the voice when something is being spoken or read aloud.Meter - comes from the Greek word for "measure," is used to describe a regular rhythmic pattern that operates throughout a given poem.Cesura - is a strong break/pause in the middle of a line.Scansion - the act of determining the meter of a poem by marking the stressed and unstressed syllables in its lines.Accents - (Stressed syllables) are marked by a slant line above the syllable (/)Slack Syllables (unstressed syllables) are marked in one of two ways--either with an x above the syllable, or with a mark that looks like a somewhat flattened u.Blank Verse - Unrhymed iambic pentameter. This is not what is known as Free Verse! Blank verse is usually divided into verse paragraphs, which are of different lengths (unlike stanzas w
Poetry Self-Edit ChecklistPoetry Self-Edit Quick Start Guide and ChecklistIntroductionThe idea behind this is to give newer poets a way to better edit their poetry themselves, without having to rely as much on an external editor. It can be frustrating, especially for new poets to request feedback from a friend, or worse, to post a poem, and have all of the responses be about grammatical errors and other details. We write poetry to convey ideas and emotions, and when something is off technically about the poem it distracts the reader. When a reader is distracted enough to notice an error or other problem it means they might spend the time they might otherwise have spent glowing about your poem to post a comment correcting you instead. After this introduction is over the checklist will be as brief as possible while retaining its utility. The idea is to serve as an organizational tool and a reminder rather than to educate on effective
The Joy of Crit: G-ratedThe Joy of Crit: The G-rated versionPlease indulge me in a thought experiment. Imagine that you drank some herbal tea that you found in the kitchen cupboard, not realizing that it would make you unable to tell a lie. Now, what if later that evening you were planning to attend your high school prom with someone you would be dating for the first time? You spend hours in the bathroom getting ready. Finally you meet up with your date and he or she asks, "so, how do I look?"If your date looks wonderful, this question is easy to answer. A few superlatives, and maybe a comment about something you especially like, such as their hair style, just so that your praises don't ring hollow, will more than suffice. However, if the date looks so-so or is having a desperately bad hair day... Well, I'm sure you can see how answering this question the wrong way could end up with you dancing by yourself. It's not difficult to u
How to Write Euphonically How to Write Euphonically By Nic Swaner Warning: This tutorial is half-learned and half-self-taught. I may use improper terms and techniques that I have found that just work (for me). If you study phonaesthetics, feel free to correct me. More and more I see young writers try their hand at poetry and prose, and what follows is a seemingness to forget and forego the artistic side of writing. While your writing could be bogged down in the dust and details, it could just as easily be euphonious, or beautiful-sounding. But how do you write euphonic literature? Doesn't it just happen, and don't I have to be specific or the reader will have no clue what I'm talking about? No, and no. Writing euphonically is a painstaking pro
Effective BrevityEffective BrevitydeviantArt is a minimalist experience. No one has time to use words unwisely. You may write lengthily, but not redundantly. This is good practice; a rule they don't teach you at school, but that all writers ought to learn before they break it.Brevity is the best way to show-not-tell. It is the best way to keep pace. It is the best way to create convincing characters and plot.5 steps to keeping it brief:NOUNSWhy use a genus when you could use a species? When describing Aunt Maria's dog, is it more effective to say "dog" or "dachshund". "Dachshund" not only tells me what the dog looks like, it tells me about Aunt Maria too.Why use an abstract when you could use a concrete? The story of "the love affair" may be longer than the noun phrase, but its length is compensated ten times over by the new insight. Do not talk to me about "death" or "dream" unless I know whose death or which dream. It must be an action or event to earn its place, not a "thing".Wh
Tips On Self-PublishingTips On Self-PublishingI recently decided to self-publish a compilation of my work. It is something that I've wanted to do for a long time, but have always put off for several reasons; the imagined cost, basic lethargy in editing the damn thing, and laziness when it came to mail-outs to publishers. If this sounds like you so far, you might be able to benefit from a few things I learned along the way. Below I will discuss almost everything you will need to know before jumping into a self-publishing project, some pitfalls to avoid, and approximately what to expect to come out of your pocket. (I'm talking about money, pervert.)Once I decided I was definitely going forward with this project, my first step was to find publishing houses/printers that offered the services that I wanted. There are many resources for this, but I found the below link most helpful in finding presses that would actually not only turn around a quote quickly,
Tips For Writing Flash Fictionby Stephen R. Smith with excerpts by Kathy KachelriesIn order to improve as a writer, you need feedback. It's difficult to write something the size of a novel, and equally difficult to carve out the time required to read one and provide any sort of meaningful critique on it. This severely handicaps the feedback loop so important for the aspiring writer.Flash Fiction on the other hand allows you to exercise all of your story writing and editing skills while creating works that can be read in a few minutes. This makes it ideal for examining ideas, developing writing skills and getting the feedback needed to help elevate you in your craft. Note that while Flash Fiction stories can be read in a few minutes, you shouldn't expect to write them that quickly.Kathy Kachelries, founder of 365tomorrows, had this to say about Flash Fiction:"The most concise and widely-cited example of flash fiction is the story Ernest Hemingway penned, allegedly to settle a bar bet: For sale: baby shoes.
A Beginner's Guide to Poetry In my wanderings around dA, I've realized that many deviantArt poets don't know what dA means by the different classifications of poetry. Contrary to popular belief, not all rhyming poetry belongs in the category of "Traditional Fixed Forms." Much of the rhyming poetry I have seen on dA would actually fall under the category of Free Verse. Which is why I am writing this little essay. My intent is to define and explain, with examples, some of the types of poetry that actually do fall into the category of Traditional Fixed Forms. (Some, not all. To try and explain all the forms would take a lifetime.) I will also touch upon some Eastern style poetry, and a few techniques that will make your Free Verse poetry better. (Though I am, by no means, an expert.) For more information on any of these techniques, please utilize your favorite search engine. Google (Bing, Jeeves, or Whatever) is your friend. This essay is a cursory lo
PE Prose Basics: Revise and EditProse Basics Week is winding down now and hopefully you've learned a lot from the brilliant past articles. But, there's more to writing than just getting that first draft done, isn't there? That's where the next big crucial step comes in: revision.The Art of Revising:Revision is such a huge topic to cover, especially since there are many ways to go about it. You can do self-edits, which always are a good first step, or you can get outside revisions from peers. Both are good ideas to really get your work to be top notch. But, the big thing to remember is that there's more to just editing your work than cleaning up a few spelling and grammar mistakes. Revising also includes corrections to sentence flow, scenes, and sometimes overall plot. So, before we jump into some ways to edit, here are a few different terms of methods of editing that may be handy to know-- especially if you're asking a peer to help you with revisions.Types of
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Essay Writing for StudentsEssay Writing for Students First off, this is informal, meaning this is how I do my essay plans, not what some academic that lives under a rock has handed out for use. It’s a rough skeleton or framework that you can use to plan for the contents of your academic essay without having to write a proper, full draft. Drafting a complete essay isn’t always an option for in-class essays where the question is given to you on the day or you simply lack the time. If you know your material well then this will be all you need to pump out a nice A grade for your in-class essay. For assignment type essays, it can be used for the initial planning stages of your essay, but in that case a full draft will still be required for editing and handing in purposes (naturally). Think of it a shorthand prompt guide for your essay which you only have to expand on come exam day. If your memory is terrible like mine, then this method will be your best friend. I’ll attempt
Prose Critique BasicsProse Critique BasicsCritique... we all want it. We all need it. But what exactly is the embodiment of this fear-inspiring, often frustrating word?Ever since dA rolled out their advanced critique system in 2009, I've made it a point to read through many prose critiques, mainly in seeking a person to look at my own work. While most critiques are helpful to some degree, it never fails to surprise me how many exist out there are nothing more than in depth comments. Just the critic's opinion or view on the piece, which is usually made of nothing but positives. In short... a review. Of course, the receiving authors snatch up whatever feedback they can get, but are all those stars really fair to them?A critique is by definition, the art of criticizing, which in turn means (according to dictionary.com): to censure or find fault with. So it stands to say that a proper critique would imply the seeking of faults, right? Not an Amazon.com type of review, or a
How to Start and Stay WritingI recently solicited my watchers to ask me writing questions that I would then attempt to answer in a writing guide such as this. This article is my first response, and there will be many more to come.I've been asked to give advice on ways a writer can begin to put words on a page. The bottom line is as simple as this: sit your butt down and write.Duh, right? It's the only way I know to actually write.Sure, sitting your butt in a chair is easy, but getting your fingers to move and stay moving is a challenge. Here are three things that have helped me.1) Have a goal.Your goal can be as simple as "describe the person in this picture" or as ambitious as "write 1,000 words of my novel." Having a goal will drive you forward and motivate you to keep writing. Whatever you do, don't move your butt from your chair until you accomplish your goal.Other practical goals include setting a timer, writing to the end of a chapter or scene, and completing a particular section of an outline or numbe
Grammar GuideGrammar Guide For Self-Editing or Editing Groupsby Kelly Mortimer ©2008A Awkward Sentence Structure Rearrange, rephrase, or try deleting unnecessary words.Aa Additive Adjunct No comma before too when its the last word of a sentence, and too means also. Ex: Jane graduated from high school too. Use a comma when too appears elsewhere and still means also. Ex: Jane, too, graduated from high school.Ap- Attribution Punctuation When using an attribution such as said, dont use a period at the end of the preceding sentence. Use a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point. Dont capitalize he, she, they. Exs: I have to move into a new house, she said. --Its huge! she said. -- Im going to live here? she asked [or said]. If the attribution comes before the sentence, use a comma. Ex: She add