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Theme of the Week: TeaEveryone loves a good cup o' tea to calm your nerves. It's nice to drink tea while you write your masterpiece. Tea comes from leaves, and leaves come from nature. It's healthy, it's tasty, it's relaxing.
Write about tea. Tea parties, Chai tea, poisoned tea, magic tea. Anything you can think of! And don't forget to write while drinking that fabulous tea. Just don't spill it on your paper!
(PS, I'm going to start posting TotW on Mondays from now on. It's more convenient for me that way.)
Theme of the Week: RainOH GOD IT'S MONDAY! I'M LATE!
Rain is what keeps the world functional. It is the lifeblood of all creatures, and the bane of electronics. It can be the peaceful drizzle that washes away your insecurities, or it is the fearsome storm, taker of lives and destroyer of homes.
Some people love the rain. Some love getting wet. Other hate the rain. It makes them sad. It's like the sky is crying over us. But without rain, there is drought. No one wants that.
So what will you write? A God of rain, spirits maybe? The light raindrops on your skin? Houses torn apart in the typhoon? A paradise with a waterfall? A rain dance ritual? The inspiration is endless.
May you never be thirsty,
Theme of the Week: HeartBoth literally and figuratively, the heart is the soul of our body. It's what pumps the blood that holds us together. Heart and soul are one, just as heart and brain are opposites. Do you trust your heart, or your brain? Either one could be the right choice.
You give your heart to the ones you love.
You keep it healthy to stay alive.
When it stops working, you die.
Life and death, that's what the heart is made out of.
Let's explore the literal and figurative heart this week. Let your heart guide your ink dance on the paper.
With all my heart,
Theme of the Week: SpaceThe place beyond the sky. Some call it the final frontier. Filled with stars, black holes, shifting gas, whole other worlds... and also a lot of nothing.
But that's only what's known to us thus far. What else is out there? Are there other people living out there? What awaits on the other side?
And never forget the fantasy. The sci-fi wonders that humans have made before. Perhaps you write sci-fi yourself, or perhaps you're more interested in real science behind it.
This week, we'll write about the stars. You can write by facts or by fiction. Anything relating to the mysterious realm of space.
Theme of the Week: AncientsIt is hard to provide history information from 10,000 years ago. We may be way off of how things actually were back then, maybe not.
Ancient religions, lifestyles, histories, myths and much more will be part of this weeks Theme. What kind of culture did some tribes of Neanderthals have? What about Methuselahs? Maybe stories of the ancient Greeks? Perhaps the evolution from Pangaea and the Ice Age? King Tut and Queen Nefertiti?
Best of luck on all of your writings!
Theme of the Week: OceansMost of our planet is covered in water. Oceans are almost like another world on their own. Different life lives down there, different food chains, different ecology. It may as well be its own planet!
Sail the boat across raging ocean and find a new land. Put on the scuba suit and experience what ocean life is. Get lost and drown in the water. And of course, mythology. The sunken city of Atlantis, the various gods and goddesses of water in many culture, mermaids, The Kraken, Cthulhu, the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, the list goes on and on for a possible eternity.
This week, find your inspiration in the waves of the ocean. Swim in the currents of the mind, alongside the fish of thought. Drown yourself in literature and insight.
Theme of the Week: AfterlifeWhat happens after death? What do we know about it? Many theories, many philosophies, many religious beliefs, yet no solid proof... yet. All we can do is theorize on the topic.
Reincarnation, ghosts, heaven and hell, alternate dimensions, Purgatory, limbo, or a bleak and eternal oblivion from which we cannot escape. Death is shrouded in mystery, and that is what makes it so scary to many people. We fear the unknown, and death and afterlife are an unknown. There is no way to know for sure, at least not yet. Maybe, one day, we will find the answers.
So what exactly IS afterlife? How is it displayed in various religions, pop-culture, literature and film. No two people feel the same way as the other on the matter.
Let's explore this mystery and let it shine light in your creative mind. What do you say? Your characters? Your stories? Your own exploration of the very word "afterlife"?
Let it shine in your mind, but don't be afraid. Let the philosophers and spirits inspire you!
Monthly Challenge July 2014 : Faster Than LightIt is going to be midnight for most deviants. For some, it has already passed. For me, living in Singapore (GMT +7) means that it's midnight for me as I post this. For most, it's still June 30th, and for others, it's early morning. Give or take a couple of hours, this is the time you should expect every MC to arrive. Funny how this all ties in with this month's Challenge...
I have recently bought a small little indie sci-fi game called Faster Than Light for my iPad. To a point, I consider it better than the PC version in terms of its accessibility and controls. In Faster Than Light (FTL), you man a spaceship carrying important documents that will end an intergalactic war if you succeed. And the way you travel is by using a "Faster Than Light" drive, that allows you to jump stars. It's a beautiful, tactical, and sometimes horrifying (everything is Permadeath, which means that if a crew member dies, or if the ship dies, then you're dead forever. Can be quite saddening.) little game th
Theme of the Week: EraseIf you could erase one thing in the world, what would it be? Would you erase a mistake that you made? Would you erase war? Would you erase the entire planet? Would you erase the typo you just made when writing?
Pink erasers, white erasers, wiping off the charcoal from the canvas. Well, what's on that canvas? What needs to be gone, and what is going to replace it?
Wipe off the smudges and make something beautiful.
Hope and love,
1,000 Word Short Story ContestGood day, writers of dA! Our new short story contest has subscriptions, points, features, and more to win! Everyone is welcomed to join the group and participate!
The challenge of this contest is to tell a story in just 1,000 words.
Theme: "After you’ve climbed a mountain, you still have to come down again."
Interpret at will; you can use the prompt literally, morally, linguistically, or metaphorically. We highly encourage creativity and using the prompt in unique ways!
You can use the exact line in your piece if you wish to, but it is not required.
Deadline: April 20th
Length [Bullet; Purple][Bullet; Purple]
Your story should be as close to 1,000 words as possible, but we will accept within 50 words of 1,000. Thus, you story needs to be between 950 and 1,050 words to be accepted.
[Bullet; Orange][Bullet; Orange] Prizes!<
Notes on Co-WritingNotes on Co-Writing
verb: co-write [kəʊˈrʌɪt]
gerund or present participle: cowriting
write (something) together with another person.
Successful co-writers often go under a pseudo name, such as Nicci French, Tania Carver, Scott Mariani.
We're not going to talk about one off poems or stories, we're getting into the nitty gritty of long term co-writing. By this, we mean writing together for 6+ months.
The number one question we get whenever we mention co-writing is:
How does it work?
For us, it starts with finding someone who you can be friends with.
Don't go looking for someone who you only want to write with. Of course it's important that you both share a passion for what you're about to start, BUT there's a reason most co-writing duos are married or close friends. It's important that you have
Plot A Scene WorkshopAs we strive to make WritersInk better for all our members, we've decided it's about time we started running some regular workshops to not only get YOU involved, but also to help you grow as writers. With CampNaNo slowly creeping up on us in July, we've decided to kick things off, we're going to keep it simple with a plotting workshop to get your ready to sit down and write without worrying.
Now, if any of you have followed my insanity, you may have seen my plotting journal. If that doesn't prove that I'm nutters, I don't know what will convince you, BUT scene plotting is a simple way to keep your plot moving while also keeping a record somewhere other than you head. I personally plot every scene I'm going to write on paper (even have a sheet for my longer works!). It helps to keep me focused when I start writing. Instead of just running with an idea, I have a solid structure to wor
Gofundme! Features for All!EDIT: Winner of the giveaway is: LaPetiteBallerine. Congrats! I'll be posting a feature for everyone that participated in the next few days I still need this info to be shared, so I may do something else with it. Stay tuned.
EDIT: Thank you for the response thus far! Please be sure to share this on your social media sites, if possible. Facebook, twitter, tumblr, anything at all.
Hey all. I had a few people suggest to me that I create a gofundme in order to raise some funds for my bills. I would really appreciate it if you could spread this journal around. I really don't have much to offer, but I figured perhaps doing a giveaway may help spread the message a bit
First here is the link to the gofundme page: http://www.gofundme.com/83p7mg
Here is the story from the gofundmepage, in case you want to read it.
"Hello! I thank you for visiting my page and taking a minute of your time to read my
Photography Troubleshooting:How to Photograph FoodMany of us lament about a lack of subjects to Photograph - and almost just as many of us create something on a daily basis that with a bit of presentation, can look like a masterpiece. Food is one of the most accessible Photographic subjects and if you've no idea where to start, hopefully this article will give you a few pointers. Firstly, you don't need an expensive D-SLR in order to capture some of the food masterpieces you see around.
The above was taken with a Sony Cybershot which is a good quality point and shoot camera. As you can see, the focus is crisp, the quality is good and the lighting is adequate. It works well - and it's easy enough to achieve whether you have a D-SLR or something smaller.
Before you start cooking - get prepared. It's the simplest easiest thing to say and you'll likely roll your eyes at such a mundane instruction but there have been many times when I've found mysel
Photofest - Contest ClosedThis contest has now ended. To see the results please go here.
October Contest CLOSED
1st October - 31st October
Closed - Browse Entries
November Contest CLOSED
1st November - 30th November
Closed - Browse Entries
1st December - 31st December
Closed - Browse Entries
The theme each month is dependent on the time! So, for October, the theme has to be in-keeping with something that happens during that month, or something that relates to that month. Halloween, Autumn, Fall - whatever 'happens' in that month and whatever
News - Halloween Art Contest!Notice: Please remember to submit your entries for the contest by Monday!
Hello everyone and welcome to the first official contest on dAhubPLUS
For this contest, we will be allowing you to submit Pixel Art, Traditional Art and Digital Art based on our Halloween theme of: Costumes!
What does this theme mean?
For this theme, we would like you to submit a new piece of artwork that shows your character(s) "getting Spooky" by wearing a Halloween costume.
How to enter!
1. Watch dAhubPLUS
2. Post a journal about this contest (your journal must link to the journal you are currently reading). For example, copy-paste the following into your journal:Hey! Check out the new contest on dAhubPLUS! 3. Submit your artwork to the Contest Folder
1. All artwork must be uploaded to deviantART on or after October 14th
Part 2 of the ContestThanks to the more than 800 detectives who took part in the Halloween Murder Mystery contest in Fairyland! We hope you had a great time. We are tallying results but, as I'm sure you can imagine, it is going to take a little while.
While you are waiting, we have a new challenge for you. This challenge is NOT required AT ALL. We would like to give you the opportunity to create art, written or visual, from the items you collected along your pathway.
Your task is to use the items you collected to recreate the murder scene. It can be serious, or it can be a spoof. It's up to you.
You can create a photomanipulation or drawing. You can paint it. You can write fan fiction, poetry, or prose about what happened. If you are creating written art, you only need to include the words to describe the items or incorporate them into a story.
1. You must have been a contestant in the murder mystery part of the contest to participate in t
POINT GIVEAWAYSHello members!
:iconCuteForCures: is giving away a 12 month premium membership!!! Check dat out toooo --> http://cuteforcures.deviantart.com/journal/12-Month-Premium-Membership-Giveaway-From-Lavie-348016664
Deadline: 31st Jan
:iconSolestrat: Solestrat is having a 400 point giveaway. CHECK IT OUT --> http://solestrat.deviantart.com/journal/400-Points-giveaway-351110236
Deadline: 4th Feb
:icondahub: is giving to people who watch, give llamas, and fav other people's work
You can also be featured if you donate some
FAVE this journal in order for our group to earn points for contests
So visit dAhub now!
Since these are festive times i will give 30 to a random winner
Favourite this journal. This will give you a number
A random number will be chosen EACH DAY from the 26th till the 31st
The winners will be post
Theme of the Week: Good and EvilGood and evil, justice and chaos, Yin and Yang, it goes by many terms. But it comes down to this, judgement and opinion. What is good and what is evil? More importantly, what's the difference? What draws the fine yet definitive line between them?
Let's explore that this week. What's the definition of it in your mind? A poem to the angels and demons? An essay of the philosophy? And your characters? What's their alignment on the good and evil line?
Hope and love,
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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