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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: TimeTime is a cruel mistress; time flies when you're having fun, time slows when you are suffering. Your time on this plane of existence is limited. Don't be late for the party! And that essay you might have been procrastinating on is due in so little time. Time is precious, time is money.
But is time just a concept? What if time is all an illusion? Just a lucid dream?
Think about that. Let us write all about the concept of time this week, anything relating to the topic of time. Time to write, time to learn.
Take your sweet time,
PS. I'm going back to writing up Theme of the Week on Mondays rather than Sundays.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: AddictionThe vice, addiction. Whether clinically or emotionally, we had our addictions to be sated, for better or for worse. What about the artist? What are we addicted to? Inspiration. The will of creativity.
So let's sate that hunger with the topic of addiction itself. Drugs, food, chemicals, entertainment, medicines, even love. Are you the victim? Or are you the hunger itself?
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
Fan Fiction On deviantARTGalleries Month
What Is Fan Fiction?
Everyday, we are inspired by movies, television, novels, and other forms of media. They engage our minds with a variety of stories and characters, their plights and triumphs, their everyday minutiae. Fan fiction authors are so enamored with these other worlds and their inhabitants that they must partake in the stories which have brought them so much enjoyment. They expand on the current universe, explain gaps in the narrative and delve into characters' motivations.
A good fan fiction (or fanfic) is more than simple borrowing another writer's characters and universe. The fan fiction author must immerse his or her readers in the story, make them believe it is a natural extension of the source material. Characters have their own mannerisms and quirks; each universe has its own history and rules that need to be followed. The fan fiction author must master the nuances of those characters and the world they inhabit (unless purposely writi
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!<
When and How to EditLit Basics Week
Earlier in the week I got into what editing is and how to love it. Now, let's talk about the entrée following this apéritif: when to edit, and how to do it. And, perhaps even more importantly, how to stop.
Stop, you say?!
Yeah, it's really not that hard to get caught up in this perfectionist funk where all you do is wind around in circles on the same piece. Curb it from the beginning by having an idea of where you want to end. What should the reader walk away thinking about? What should the reader walk away feeling? Do things move fast enough to be interesting?
I stop editing when I get to a point where all my edits are just minor wording tweaks. At that point I'll go back and forth, and I'm not even changing the overall impression the story creates. If it's not productive, it's not worthwhile.
Now that we've gotten dessert out of the way:
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
How to Stay Inspired and Focused on Your WritingLiterature Basics Week
Our world is so full of noise and distraction. It’s no wonder “Walden” is a classic—Thoreau had time and quiet in which to write it! And plenty of inspiration from nature.
So how do we focus, as writers, on our craft? Even if it’s our passion, sometimes it takes a lot of effort to sit down and just write—especially if we struggle with attention or hyperactivity, whether diagnosed or not.
As someone who has studied both academic writing and reading in college and graduate school, and a veteran of National Poetry Writing Month for 7 years and National Novel Writing Month for one, I can attest that intentional writing, for fun or for a grade, is not easy to focus on, especially without a good writing environment.
So what to do? Many professional writers will tell you just one simple thing: write. James Patterson said, “The trick is making writing into a daily habit. Same time. Same place. Same hot beverage of choice.
Emotions in Writing and How to Portray ThemLit Basics Week
Wow, yes, emotions; they stir us, they sometimes rule us.
For your written world to come alive this critical element must be rightly imparted into your work. Your character’s emotional state is something that needs to be grasped in meaningful ways in order for a reader to begin caring about what is happening to them. Likewise, poets who write verses that do not express an emotional range will have lines that fall flat and lifeless on their intended readers.
Emotions are not one dimensional – each has a broad range of expression. For example, anger can be experienced anywhere from a mild annoyance, prompt bitter retorts, or become a barely-contained, seething cauldron; long before exploding into an unbridled rage. Often, intense feelings move through several stages all in one event.
Additionally, emotions seldom appear that are pure in their source; celebrated author and counselor H. Norman Wright, MFCC, CTS describes what mos
What Is A Story?Lit Basics Week
Well, the internet has a lot of entries when you search for the words "definition of story" (a lot possibly meaning millions). It's where many of us get our wisdom from, isn't it? One of the pages I selected said a "story" is defined as
"a narrative, either true or fictitious, prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale."
I like the definition, and although that's not the only thing that a story is, I believe it's a nice groundwork to build up from. The most interesting parts are the words "prose or verse", "narrative", and "designed to interest, amuse or instruct": narrative, to me, implies the presence of a plot and so of a beginning-middle-end kind of structure. The second part tells me that a story needs to be told in a certain way. And "prose or verse" is a useful reminder that a story isn't only prose - it doesn't matter if your story is written in poetry or prose form
PE: How to Make the Most of Your Lit on dALit Basics Week
It goes without saying that being noticed on dA as an artist isn't easy. Add in the fact that you're submitting literature to a predominantly visual arts site and you have an even lower chance of being noticed. Your friendly Literature Community Volunteers do their best to feature an array of poetry and prose, but even that is only a single day feature of ONE of your deviations. Getting a following or even just getting deviants to read your lit and give feedback is hard work. But you'll see a common denominator amongst those deviants that have made it.
It's community involvement. You shouldn't expect to receive if you're not willing to give. But how exactly can accomplish that? Is going to random Lit Groups and leaving critique on a dozen or so deviations a week enough? Probably not. Will participating in group challenges, prompts and contests get you noticed? Not by itself. What if you run a weekly or bi-weekly feature article of Literature on dA? Still, no.
Historical Fiction WorkshopOfficial Post Time for the upcoming Historical Fiction Workshop.
Please, guys, do me a favor and "sign up" - it isn´t as though we have limited spaces, but I'd like an advance idea of how many people we're going to have, even if they are only maybes.
What is it?: A 5 week long workshop on historical fiction, complete with exercises and resource guides.
Who can join?: Anyone. There is no experience requirement nor limited space. Please understand that our ability to help in languages other than English is limited, but if your native language is not English and you want to join, note me and we will see what we can work out.
When is it?: August 3rd to September 7th.
What's the goal here?: To have each participant end up with one finished, edited short story.
Who's driving this crazy train?: doughboycafe and VFreie If you have no idea who we are or what makes us anywhere near qualified to run this, more info closer to the date.
What is t
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,
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