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Theme of the Week: HospitalPeople break their bones, people fall ill, people scrape and get cuts and bruises... and some people go to the mental hospital. Surgery, lobotomy, coma, test tube, blood. Blood everywhere. Fix it! Mend the wounds. Bring out the Oxycontin for the patient.
Was a loved one in the hospital? Were you? One of your dear characters? What is it like to be broken? Went somewhere where you are labeled as broken?
They try to fix you, but sometimes they fail. The doctor is sorry the boy didn't get better in the chemotherapy. The family cries and prays for the suffering soul.
But sometimes you come out good as new! Like nothing happened! You thank the doctor and the doctor is proud to do their job!
And birth. The mother loves the new soul brought to the world, born under the watchful eyes... in the hospital.
Hospitals are made to help people. They work hard, and we work hard to write our poems and prose. Let the doctors, the nurses and the hospitals inspire us this week!
Stay healthy, or get better,
Monthly Challenge: JuneThat's right, they're back.
I've noticed, time and time again, that writers seem to have problems finishing their stories. Why? Well, it's simple, really. Most of the time it is due to the writer starting with an amazing idea, and writing it down the moment it pops into their head. The problem? Once they are several chapters in, they get stuck. They don't know what to write next, or where they are going with their story. I have for you, today, a simple solution to this problem. The moment you recognize an amazing idea, before writing the first chapter, write the last chapter. The climax. The big, unexpected, plot twisting, unimaginable end.
If you start by writing the climax, then you know what it is you are building up to suddenly, before you know it, you are writing chapter after chapter, and each word, each sentence and paragraph, has meaning because you know what you are building up to. If you know where the story ends, then writing the how to get there is like clockwork.
Monthly Challenge JanuaryThere is a world where magic powers can be purchases, for a price. If you happen to be rich you can buy these powers with money. Some rich people by magic for their baby when it is born. If you do not have money sometimes you can trade something of great value for a magic power. Sometimes this is value and money and sometimes it is not. Others choose to go into debt for magic power, they will work or make payments for a certain number of years.
Not everyone wants magic, the law forbids people with magic from doing certain types of jobs and in some cultures magic makes you an outcast.
Here is your challenge:
Choose one character and a one situation to write your story on.
The best pieces will be featured but for the monthly challenge just see what you can do. How inventive can you get?
How far can you take the story?
Each story needs to contain some element of magic or the effects of magic.
Characters: (gender can be switched)
1. A young man in his mid twenties who is bored by what the
Theme of the Week: DemonsThey are the spawn of Hell, minions of all evil. There's the charming and sexy succubi, then there's the repulsive horned monstrosities. Either way, there here for one thing; your suffering, or your soul.
Demons and devils have been a phenomenon throughout all cultures. Beings of evil.
The traditional European demons are the typical red skin and broad horned humanoids. The Asian demons, often appearing ghost-like and not always resembling humans. The Native American demons are usually depicted as animals, but with horrifying disfigured and frightening deformities. There's demons all over the human race.
So this week, we'll dab the quill in the ink and unleash our inner demon onto the parchment. Haunt your keyboard with demonic and evil words. Bring chills into the Unseen-Writers' audience.
But don't let evil corrupt you.
Theme of the Week: Post-ApocalypseThe world supposedly "ended" yesterday. I really hope none of you actually believed in that nonsense.
But if it was, those of us alive would live in a post-apocalyptic world right now. If the world ended yesterday, how did it end? Alien invasion? The Devil sending his wrath down upon us? Meteor crash? A massive nuclear war? Zombie apocalypse? Pandemic? That's all up to you now.
Create something ravening.
As always, our Weekly Theme is always rather vague. It doesn't have to be 12/21/12 related, just anything relating to a post-apocalyptic scenario.
Remember, nothing lasts forever.
Theme of the Week: Loss and DenialDenial is the first of the five steps of loss. The sane deny things they don't want to hear, the insane deny everything.
If you don't want to hear it, you pretend it never happened. Denial leads to anger or bargaining. It never happened, it won't happen, it can't happen. Loss does that to you.
Theme of the Week: Poison...toxins... cyanide... arsenic... heroin... blood poisoning... murderer... and the antidote!
Who's familiar with that green skull and bones? Don't drink this or you'll suffer.
Alice in Wonderland found "Drink Me." Who's gonna fall for that?
Poison harms and kills. The antidote saves the day.
Poison Rasputin. Poison Cleopatra. Poison your enemy and keep the antidote safe, or throw it in the fires. Poison the wine. Cheers, drink up, and fall over dead.
Nightshade. Nice name, isn't it? Such a beautiful flower. A beautiful death.
and happiness. The suicide pill. Death in pill form.
Methamphetamine. Makes you feel good until your brain boils in you.
Chicago. Pop, six, squish, ah-ah, Cicero, Lipschitz.
Assassinate writers' block,
Theme of the Week: DesireAll of us have desires. Some of them are sinful: gluttony, envy, greed, and vanity are all parts of desire, as well as part of the Seven Deadly Sins.
But desire is not always a sin. We want to live by each others' happiness, not by misery. Human beings are like that. We want to help, or we want to take. Wants are always something that are used for selflessness or selfishness..
To want want something for your birthday, to give something for Christmas. Te be hungry or thirsty. To make a difference in the world. Seemingly futile, or seemingly significant, all desires revolve around only one thing. You.
And we desire inspiration, right? Well, "desire" itself is this week's inspiration.
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 an artist? What are we addicted to? Inspiration.
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?
Getting Back to InspirationOvercoming that mental block or that lack of inspiration can be extremely hard! I would like this to be the beginning of something to help all types of artists and hobbyists to overcome that barrier and continue to do what it is that calls you.
Your art work is a form of self-expression. Every piece that you create is unique to you, I ask that you appreciate even what you think may be the worst piece ever as that (a unique piece of you).
1.) As a rule of thumb—never throw out anything that you create, no matter how bad you think it is. In some way, you have learned from it, you can look back at it later and it may serve as inspiration to recreate it with all that you have recently learned and it may be your next masterpiece. In the very least, you may look at it later on and that piece that you created and thought was so horrible will show you just how far you have really come.
2. ) Keep a folder on your computer of work that has always served to inspire you. If this work has
Literature Preview Images - What Can I Use?Hello, everyone!
Using a preview image for literature is something that can be a good creative addition to your piece.
However, there are some rules that go along with it.
What sort of things can I use for Preview images?
Preview images which were created using your own resources and your own efforts are most appropriate for use; you should not simply 'take' images which belong to other creative people without first getting their permission. Otherwise all preview images must abide by the deviantART terms of service as well as all other relevant policies.
Simply saving a random picture you found online without obtaining the artist or photographer's exact permission is against the rules of dA. More so than that, it is also unfair to the person who originally created the piece. Simply saying "I got this image from here" and providing a link.
If you didn't ask the person and they did not say yes, then please do not use the image. This could can put deviants in trouble as wel
Devious Journal EntryI am in love with the owner of http://www.kriswilson.com but she won't sell me her website no matter how much I charm/seduce/threaten her and her fishing lure shirts. What do I DOOOOOO!?
This love crap is for the coconuts.
Also, don't look at the new signed print available for $8.95 or else you'll be overcummed with the buyers bug http://store.explosm.net/products/pet-peeve-print-autographed
I WARNED YOU
Also also I've been working on some Zombie plushies and Female plushies to be ready by Halloween because both are equally as scary.
Also also also we're still grinding away with Comedy Central so don't touch that dial
Features for Published WritersOver the past few months, we have had the pleasure of encountering several members who had their writing professionally published in a means that made it possible for others to buy. For a few, we were linked to novels or eBooks on Amazon, Lulu, Barnes and Noble, and other websites.
It's really a wonderful thing for a writer to get their words out in print. Even for those of you who managed to get your work physically printed through a publishing house, it can be very difficult for an author to gather up a fanbase and receive enough advertising for their writing.
As Writers--club is a group with over ten thousand members, we would like to take a small step toward helping our rising authors.
If you have had your work published where it is available for others to buy online, whether it be as a novel, poetry book, short story, eBook, a work as a part of an anthology, please send a note to the group with a link to where it can be purchased. Anyone who has s
Writing Prompt ~ Behind a MaskHello!
Featuring those who submitted to the previous writing prompt from Live-Love-Write, here are the participants for this week, featured in style, along with information on the newest prompt. Please remember to fave this journal to help support your work and the prompt!
The beautiful featured piece can be found below:
For those of you who use the writing prompt, please remember to put the Live-Love-Write icon in your artist's comments if using the prompt, and please submit to the Writing Prompt gallery for your feature every week!
Please keep in mind that if you do not see your submission here, you have not read the submission rules and/or you have not included some variation of Live-Love-Write in your Artist's Comments. The Writing Prompt submission guidelines are easy and simple, very clear and quite painless to follow!
Last Week's Writing Prompt
“The Light That Finds Me”
Writing Tips #2: EditingNote: If you have any writing questions, ask it on "thepenspointofview.tumblr.com". It's a writing advice blog I run, and if you want personalized advice, it's a lot easier to reach me.
Editing is often the hardest part of writing a book, because chances are, once you reach the point where you need to edit, you either are tired of seeing the same pages over and over, don’t know what to do, or simply don’t know how to correctly go back and fix your mistakes. Hopefully these five tips below will help if you have this common, yet deadly problem.
-Write with the heart first, then edit with the mind.
This is something my teacher taught me, but if the advice sounds familiar, then you most likely heard this famous quote in the movie, Finding Forrester (2000): “No thinking-that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is…to
Holiday Card Project - Monroe Clinic HospitalHello all,
I had the pleasure of being able to take 80 cards from the Holiday Card Project and drop them off at my local hospital, thus spreading some cheer here in Wisconsin! The package with the cards arrived Wednesday evening and I was excited to get them sent off to the hospital however I had to wait until Friday because of a silly blizzard.
For the sake of showing off how amazing this community is, I took a picture of a few cards which are now at my local hospital.
I wish I could have taken photos of all of the wonderful cards, but I wanted to be sure they remained categorized as well as safe from the hands of my children. If anyone recognizes any of these cards as their own I'd love to know who sent them all.
After clearing off my car which was covered in nearly a foot of snow vowbreaker and I drove to our local hospital to drop off all of the cards.
Photo taken by :dev
Art We Heart: AutumnArt We ♥ is a hand-selected art feature, chosen by deviantART staff members, showcasing art we believe the community will enjoy.
:iconthesmallwonder:A reflection by thesmallwonder
While warm summer is probably my favorite season, I have a soft spot for fall. It's a colorful season full of reds, oranges, and other fiery colors. It means cuddling with blankets, wearing cute scarves, and sipping warm cups of tea.
But mostly I love fall because it reminds me of one of my favorite childhood fairy tales called, "The Leaf in the Shape of a Key" by Joan Aiken. It's about boy who rides his bike beneath trees in fall, catching all shapes and colors of leaves. The last leaf is in the shape of a key, and it opens a door in the base of a tree.
I rode my bike under a lot of trees as a kid hoping to recreate the magic, but unfortunately, it's a little less whimsical when you live in a neighborhood of pine trees.
Still, fall is a time of nostalgia for me and the photograph
Theme of the Week: HomeHome is where the heart is. Live in the city, live in the country, live in the jungles. Home is where you make it, like the bird makes a nest, like the wolves make a pack, like the leprechaun would dig an underground home.
You can do anything relating to what "home" means to you. So get comfortable and let inspiration find its way into your head... and makes its home there.
Happy upcoming Thanksgiving!
ReflectionsVal's pursuit led him to the foul beast's domain. The hollowed-out cavern reeked of blood and rancid meat. The dim light he had seen as he charged through the tunnel after the monster could now be identified: torches. Rows of mysteriously lit torches lined the walls of the huge cave. At its center was a substantially large labyrinth of mirrors.
He spotted the beast entering.
He spun his silver broadsword in his hand and hurried in behind it.
His garb was a simple blue and white crusader's leather with thick armored pads and reinforcing steel studs. Lightweight and flexible, but quite effective defense against blunt blows and – in a pinch – the slashing claws of the unholy spawn of the earth. All monster-hunters wore a similar variety in Val's experience. It would serve him well in these close quarters of the mirrored maze.
Right, left, forward, left, right he turned, always catching a glimpse of the beast's tail as he wove his way through the corridors. Every so often he sp
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