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Lit: Characters and Settings

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 5:00 AM by GrimFace242:icongrimface242:

Gallery Descriptions Month

Have you ever wandered through the Literature Gallery here on dA and wondered what the Characters & Settings sub category was for?  Then ask no more.  It should almost be obvious what goes in here, but let's play dumb for a minute. 

The Characters & Settings gallery is NOT for your prose, poetry or scripts.  Finished stories or poems don't belong here.  They belong in their own categories.  Here, we should find character information.  Well what is character information:

  • Characters Sheets.  Any character sheet that you've completed for your character(s) and would like to share.  Blank sheets should be submitted to the Resources & Stocks > Tutorials > Writing gallery.
  • Character Profiles or Biographies.  You wrote a short description or history for your character but it won't be included in the final cut of your story.
  • Setting the Scene.  Like a Character Description but for your setting, it's a description of the world your story is set in.  Which could vary from a lengthy History Of to a brief listing of fantasy races/species.
  • Plot Outlines. A full outline of the how the story will begin, move forward and eventually end all put together into a single deviation.
  • Synopsis. This is a brief summary of what your story is about and usually consists of a few paragraphs, sometimes includes a list of characters but definitely includes the end of the story.  This is what would be sent to publishers/agents/reviewers/betas.
  • Blurbs. Similar to a synopsis, but not the same.  A blurb includes the same things as a synopsis EXCEPT the ending.  It's the back of the book summary that you use to hook a reader in.

Here are some examples of what you should expect to find in the

Characters & Settings Gallery:

Ally's Complete Updated Bio
Verse:  Creepypasta/ Slenderverse. Ally can be viewed as either.
Name:  Ally
Alias: Slender Doll, Ally-Doll, Nightmare Puppet, Victorian Ghost Child, Nightmare Bringer, Wind-Up Child, Operator's Doll, Operator's Puppet
Species:  Half-human/ Half-Slender
Gender:  Female
Sexual Preference:  Pansexual
Age:  118 (looks 18)
Birthdate: 12/6/1895
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: East Berlin, Germany
Blood Type: AB+
Alignment: Unknown
Affiliation: Slenderman/ Slender's Proxies
Occupation:  Unknown
Figure:  Petite; Slim (Normal), Widowy; Slender (Nightmare)
Height: 5' 4' (Normal)/ 6' 1' (Nightma
I Cared More Than You Thought (Dan's Backstory)Dan followed Katharine through the dense forest, following the path they took everyday to the mines. He looked around at the scenery surrounding them which included a variety of tall trees, bushy plants, and tall grass. His nine-year-old mind was captivated with nature and creatures.
However, he was not very fond of deer or bunnies or dogs. He rather found happiness from the opposite.
Dan kneeled down as a small, green snake slithered out from a patch of rocks. Swiftly, he picked it up and held the serpent near the head so it could not turn and bite him.
"Hi there..." he said as he stood up. "I'm Daniel." he smiled.
The snake squirmed a bit, and Dan watched it. 
He was very fond of the cold-blooded. Reptiles were his favorite animals. He was teased for it back at the camp, but he didn't mind. He captured lizards and snakes whenever he wanted, and he hid them from their leader.
"Daniel!" Katharine screamed and stormed over to him. "Do you want us to get another penalty!?" she snapp
Timeline of Flora DeMacey (Part I)Timeline of Flora DeMacey
Birth – 7 years: Born on the 8th May X771 in the town of Dahlia in Fiore, Flora was the fourth child of Vico DeMacey and Pollyanna DeMacey (Neè Brookfield) and the younger sibling of her three brothers Eligio, Devin and Martino. Flora’s Father was a man of tradition, wishing to uphold the male values of the DeMacey family line as all children baring the last name for the past three generations have all been boys including himself, all of which being proud members of the all male guild Quatro Cerberus. Always having the desire to raise a family of four boys and have them follow his footsteps, Vico felt a disappointment to the birth of his daughter, trying again a few years later and Pollyanna giving birth to her younger brother, Fabio, in X786 to fulfill his wish.
Flora spent a lot of her childhood chasing after her older brothers wishing to share in their activities, the only one willing to acknowledge her being her oldest br

Character Sheet: E.D.G.E.
Name: Isaac Grave
Nicknames:: E.D.G.E., The Abhorrent, The Wakeless
Age: 26 at The Fall. Currently unknown.
Height: 187.6cm (6 foot 1 inch)
Weight: 79kg (155 lbs)
No history currently exists for the humanoid known as Edge. His name has been taken from the engraving on his isolation chambers, possibly an acronym whose meaning has been lost with the passage of time. His outward appearance betraying his physical and mental abilities, Edge stands just over 187cm with slight build, red hair, and skin a slight pallid color. Upon his face and neck appear numerous scars, looking to have been caused by a blade of some kind. His most notable features naturally, Edge's eyes are two separate colors. His right its natural blue, the left an amber color. Along with it's unique appearance, his augmented eye provides incredible
My TF OC Relationship list. *WIP*This will show who belongs to who:
Decepticon Redbolt:
- Son of Grayscar and Skylove
- Twin to Boltfang
- Half Brother to Redstar
- Brotherly figure to Volume and Black Hole.
- Mate Flare and several others.
Autobot Boltfang:
- Son of Grayscar and Skylove
- Twin to Redbolt
- Half Brother to Redstar
- Mate to Seastar
Decepticon Grayscar:
- Father of Boltfang and Redbolt
- Mate to Skylove
Autobot Skylove:
- Mother of Boltfang, Redbolt and Redstar
- Mate to Grayscar
Autobot Ninjadash:
- Son of Prowl and Jazz
- Older Brother to Tunefusion and Silversong
- Also OFFICIAL son to Huntress
- Secret crush to Sweetaquawave.
Autobot Tunefusion:
- Son of Prowl and Jazz
- Younger Brother to Ninjadash
- Older Brother to Silversong
- Also Official son to Huntress/Silverstar
Autobot Ninjadash:
- Son of Prowl and Jazz
- Younger Sister to Tunefusion and Ninjadash
- Also son
Fire Touched Blurb
Being Ungifted is a death sentence in Agansi, where almost everyone is born under an element. Kirilee, born Ungifted, recieves the rarest element during a tragedy in which both her parents die. On the other side of the country, a boy with the same rare element becomes King after his father dies. Tyan's step-brother, jealous of being looked over, has put a plan into action. A plan that, if Tyan and Kirilee cannot combat, will be the end of civilization forever.
Everyone controls an element. The elements are fire, earth, water, air, and darkness. There are also shapeshifters, and a strange race called the Katani.
Kirilee - Fireling - Main Protagonist
Tyan - Fireling - Main Protagonist
Jason - Shapeshifter - Main Antagonist
Jessamine - Shapeshifter - Main Antagonist
Kikeh - Waterling - Protagonist
Thorne - Darkling - Protagonist
other characters to be added as story progresses
The Blackburn Family LegendUnpopular Dawn Blackburn isn't an ordinary seventeen year old sorceress. Unknown to her she is the reincarnation of the famous sorceress Amity Blackburn. With high grades and a love for doing mostly everything, Dawn couldn't be happier.
Dawn's life changes drastically when her powers awaken. Suddenly she gets two best friends Cecilia Lockwood and Phoebe Cartwright, classmates who never looked at her twice before and the most popular boy in school, Ivan Saravia, starts to bug her like crazy. Freaked out by how suddenly she changed from keeping to herself to having two best friends, Dawn tries to find the answer. When she gets hit with the astonishing truth, she finds herself fighting demons and protecting the people she loves. Just like Amity did years ago. Elliot, Dawn's older brother, and her best friends have mythical powers of their own and help her battle against the demons. Will Dawn manage to keep the people she loves safe? What would happen if she fails and the demons won?


PE Gallery Descriptions

What belongs in the nonfiction gallery?

Loosely speaking, nonfiction is anything true. This includes stories from your childhood, journalistic accounts of what's happening in the world today, and opinions, even when they're about fictional topics.

So writing about why you think Loki x horse is the best ship ever could go to the Editorial gallery, but actually writing a story about the birth of Sleipnir belongs in (fan) fiction.

Being a WriterOn Why Being a Writer is Neither Glamorous nor Exciting
If you watch the blogs and various sites around the internet about writing, you've probably seen at least one list that details a few universal truths about writers, but they all pretty much boil down to several actual truths.
All writers write.
All writers procrastinate.
Writers don't actually write, because we spend all our time doing something else.
This probably explains why, in the dark hours of one of the very last days of NaNoWriMo, I'm sitting here writing this, when my NaNo is sitting in another window with a pathetic 31.8k words.
Will I finish by 11:59pm tomorrow? Probably not. Do I care? Not particularly, although I'm sure that there's probably some part of my brain, which has been hardwired in a certain way that will start seriously freaking out sometime around 5:00pm tomorrow night.
Why am I so far behind, you ask? Simple. I told myself that I was not going to do NaNo this year. I haven't written anything since Februa
The Hard Work of PoetryPoets are constantly crippled, creatively. It's the way it works. You write a line and, just now, right now, it seems like it's the best line in the world to date. It's a shiny, beautiful line, a thought, an image so remarkably profound that you are in awe of yourself, or (if you are a seasoned poet) in awe of that angelic being which sits on high in your mind and occasionally drops little scraps of poetic manna into your head. Now, you only need to write a poem around it.
And fail.
Because the poem takes over, sprouts a million legs and scurries in directions you had no real intention of it going – and now the Wondrous Line of Glory and Poetic Win doesn't fit. You have to either change it or take it out and save it for another poem. Or make it a haiku-like short poem on its own, so all those other words don't assault it again. If you're an experienced poet, you'll probably just store it in a .txt file or on a post-it note somewhere and lament it until you're old and nothing matte
Why Spirit Day Is Not EnoughPreface
This essay was written in October of 2010 after DeviantART released this article supporting the Spirit Day movement to bring awareness to LGBT bullying.
I wrote it because there were so many comments on the official article that were defaming to one group or another that I felt the true issue had been lost in the rhetoric. The point of Spirit Day is to show solidarity and compassion for your fellow human beings. Not gay or straight or ill or handicapped - those categories don't matter. We're just humans, each flawed and each perfect. Spirit Day was an attempt to remind us of that.
I was confronted with two major arguments to this editorial in the original posting. One was that singling out LGBT suicides meant that I was putting more importance on that group than any other. For the purpose of the article, I suppose that's true. Spirit Day focused on LGBT issues, so the article (
The Editorial gallery is a place to submit pieces that take a definite side. A review will let the reader decide whether or not they want to look into something, but works submitted here say 'this is my opinion, and here's why it's a good opinion.' A persuasive essay can be an editorial, too.
Academic Essays is pretty self-explanatory, but here's a great example of when something about a fictional topic is considered nonfiction:

Essay: Accidental PredatorAccidental Predator
"Real vampires don't sparkle," is the uniting battle-cry of the anti-Twilight series movement. Long-time fans of the vampire fantasy genre all tend to agree that vampires are blood-sucking, night-stalking, sun-fearing, semi-immortal fiends of incalculable strength and power. The drop-dead-sexy definition isn't a foreign idea either. Yet when these defining items come together in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, vampire lovers all over the world have risen up in protest. The mere mention of the series seems an affront to the vampire subject in question. After over a century's worth of exposure to Dracula-stylized vampires, the introduction of this new, different vampire has divided the literary culture.  1
In an attempt to pacify those masses that harbor distaste for Twilight and the subsequent series, here is presented a solution to the controversial issue at hand: the "vampires" in Meyer's Twilight are not vampire

What about stories featuring me/my friends?

If you and your real life friends go on a made-up adventure, that's fiction because none of it happened. This doesn't mean that nonfiction is strictly the whole truth and nothing but the truth, though. You can leave out boring in-between bits, or you may have to fill in some dialogue because you can't remember the exact conversation, or minor events may be rearranged for a better flow. But anything under the heading of "nonfiction" should be something the reader can accept as true, either because it happened or because it's the best reconstruction of what happened, according to your research. (It goes without saying that deliberately lying in the nonfiction gallery to make yourself look more interesting is sadpathetic.)

Of course, it may be necessary to change some details, like names or other identifying information, in order to protect someone's privacy. And no, you shouldn't be sharing information that can be traced back to a person without permission. That's still nonfiction, although it's best if you put a note in your Artists Comments explaining what you had to change.

These pieces, along with pieces about someone else's life, usually belong under Biography & Memoir. Note that unlike a journal, you're not just going on about your day, you're reformatting things so they tell a story.

Suicides Learning To SpeakIt’s 6 a.m. A girl is beginning the journey back from Oz, anchored to life by the whirr and beep of machines and tubes. Above her emaciated body, nurses pace, write on clipboards, click their heels and purse their lips. She is oblivious. Her mind drifts in freefall, stuck in an eggshell skull wrapped in nasal gastric tubing and an oxygen pipe forced down her throat like a synthetic umbilical cord. Somewhere, neurotransmitters are sewing themselves back into conscious awareness. There is a person lost somewhere in that body. There is a mind overboard in a black sea, sending up a flare. The nurses are afraid that she will stay in there forever. A family jostles at the side of the bed in the cramped, generic hospital room. All the King’s horses and all the King’s men… I don’t need ruby shoes to find my way home. My name is Ruby, the nurses click their heels and my family makes the wish.
I’m finding my way back to consciousness through the sound
  Seven Inexplicable MomentsOne: From a tender age, I exhibited a freakish connection to the supernatural world. The strange way I could see ghosts in the burnt remains of a house and how I could predict that Jeremy, my little brother, would fall off a ladder and break his arm three weeks prior to the actual incident mortified my parents, and my second sight was discouraged by their derisive remarks. Born with what they called “a wild imagination,” I drifted through childhood on the borderland between dimensions with one foot grounded in this world and one foot grounded in the next. I frequently floated into that plane, seeing the unseen mingle with the living. Certain I was defective somehow, my parents had me tested. Physically and mentally I was fine. Doctors and psychiatrists had no ailment to blame for my weird behavior. My parents, however, were not convinced I was normal. I could tell them I had just seen a dark entity hovering in the toolshed out back – its body not a body   Into the GraveSigns line the road, flimsy plastic threatening to twist away in the bite of fall wind. They proclaim: “Plots starting as low as $750!”
It had never occurred to me that graveyards needed advertising.
This road splits the city’s economic divide. To the west there is a sprawling cemetery with lawns still immaculately green even though the weather has turned its face towards winter. The grave markers are distinctive, curves and swoops and tall, tall angels. To the east, though, if it weren’t for the mausoleum standing guard, the cemetery would look like nothing more than a slightly overgrown field. There’s not a headstone in sight.
And because of that, I cannot find my grandfather.
He was buried months ago, and since that day, I hadn’t been back. Hadn’t even thought of going back. I’ve never understood graves as a place someone visits. The body is there, but the soul is so far gone, buried in other things. Accordions. Polka music. The smell

Sometimes, you might relate a personal story—yours or someone else's—to larger happenings. This is more like a journalistic piece (something you'd read in the newspaper), and can be considered an Article:

Critic vs Writer: A Conversation of ReconciliationI am a book blogger.
Since not everyone is familiar with the term, I'll go ahead and lay it out for you. I read, analyze, and write about books. I give my opinion on characters, setting, genre, style, and sometimes even covers. I say what works, what doesn't, and what I'd like to see.
In short, I criticize.
Back - back foul demon! Burn the witch! Don't come anywhere near me!
Yeah, I know you're all thinking it. What gives me the right to rifle through someone's hard work and put its flaws on display? Who do I think I am, slandering authors with false interpretations and quotes made out of context?
I'm a writer.
Yeah, of nothing but muck and lies.
No, no, I mean I write my own fiction. Or at least I did.
What, couldn't take some of your own medicine?
Yes and no.
Like most writers, I crave exposure. I want my work out there, read by the masses and enjoyed. DeviantArt, my blog, they're both small outlets where my writing can be seen.
But, as most writers
  The Poetic Mind as a MuscleThe Poetic Mind as a Muscle
As a poet at any given skill level, you might ponder different ways to advance your mastery of the craft. You might spend weeks dissecting famous and not so famous poets. You might read countless articles on poetic technique. You might just plow through any and every collection you can get your hands on, track all of the most well-know journals, follow all of the contemporaries. All of these things add up to a knowledgeable poet. However, does this necessarily make you a better poet?
No. The reason is that most of us equivocate poetic skill with divinely gifted talent. We often think of poetry as a latent ability that we merely possess or do not. This leads to certain diseases within the mind, whether it be the idea that our words are beyond reproach because they are "self expression," or we decide that words come out and that's all there is to it. Other times we are stricken by the undeniable flaws of our work, even t
  LearNawaal, the headteacher, leads me out of the glaring sunlight and into the classroom. My eyes adjusting to the relative gloom, I find myself faced with a dozen boys barely younger than me, comfortable, curious, and amused.
Minutes before, I and the Brighton Tubas delegation were being shown around the new school of Al Jiflik, a large village spread across one of the many beautiful valleys of the West Bank. It was my first day in occupied Palestine. Before thinking, I pressed my services on Nawaal, suggesting that my native tongue could be of great value in her English lesson. It is for this reason that I was soon politely shoved into the dark but comfortable classroom, and sat upon a traditional wooden schoolchair in a class of eighteen-year-olds.
The maths class is in mid-flow. My entrance shatters the atmosphere of learning, and I notice the presence of another dozen young people, girls, whispering and giggling at the back. Accepting the disruption, the maths teacher – who is yo

What about Reviews & Guides?

Firstly, if you're offering a tutorial on how to write better, consider using the Tutorials > Writing gallery instead. Of course, some pieces may work in either Tutorials or Guides, so when that happens, picking a gallery is up to you. If your piece begins with 'How To,' it's probably a guide.

Note that a guide can be about something like a zombie apocalypse or, in the example below, time travel; but if it's not a story (e.g. How I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse), and it's built on real-world logic plus a hypothetical, it belongs in Reviews & Guides.


Time Travel Do's and Don'tsDo's and Don'ts of Time Travel
So, you've finally done it. You've scraped together the millions of dollars, dozens of passports, countless vaccinations and hours and hours of anachronistic language classes. The day is at long last here, and you are ready to take that romantic little vacation – through time. Yes, time travel is everything you've been told. You will meet exotic people, doing exotic things in exotic eras. You will get to see the "Good Old Days" when they were better known as "These Wretched Times." But, before you hit the app button on your genius phone, there are a few things you should know:
Time Travel Don'ts
Don't shoot your grandfather. It's tempting isn't it? You've read about people who've done it on countless blogs and seen the very realistic, yet highly grainy videos, on YouTube. Shooting your biological grandfather isn't just against the law, both criminal and temporal, it is considered unacceptable behavior in just about all cultures. For now, let's put as
  My Really Long Webcomic Guide
Jenny's Really Long Webcomic Guide

I have been getting quite a few emails and questions about starting up your own webcomic, so I decided to compile all the articles I'd written before into this one comprehensive guide.
This massive wall of text has several sections:

- How to start
- Getting the story started
- Readership & research
- The Internets!
- Art
- Launching
- Yes!

These are my own guidelines, based on my own experiences, and these are my solutions to the problems and issues I have encountered along the way. This is not necessarily the one true way. There are probably many different solutions to any problem. And a bajillion books on this very subject too. But regardless of what I have to say, do what works for you!
So take your bathroom breaks now, because you'll be here for a bit! Sit tight and enjoy my blathering!
Part One: "How do you start a webcomic?" A Short Question... with a big, long, friggin' answer.
Okay, a l
  A Guide to Writing Combat-Related Mental IllnessComing Back from Combat: A Writer’s Guide to Combat Related Psychological Illness in Fiction
The aim of this guide is simple: plenty of people want to write about war, to explore it, to understand it and understand soldiers they know who are in it or have come from it. But, often times putting the aftermath, the pain, and the psychological impact war has on the mind into words is difficult to do well.
This guide exists to help fiction writers accurately portray psychological disorders in their work, because the people who suffer from these disorders and their loved ones deserve honesty and do not deserve to be misrepresented. The guide is here to help writers understand how these disorders come about, how they are treated, and how to think critically about how they might impact the person who has them.
I. Introduction
1. A disclaimer, and polemics.
2. Why are you writing a psychological illness into your story?
3. Terms you should be familiar with for this

As mentioned above, the point of a review is to let the reader decide whether or not they're interested in what you're reviewing. Yes, you can have an opinion about the thing, but the point of a review is to not let your bias overtake any good or bad qualities the book might have. You're not arguing that your opinion is the one that everyone should hold.

Book Review: Catch-22"Catch-22" by Joseph Heller is a very unique, funny, and scary book. Though it was written forty years ago, it is still all too relevant today.
At the center of the story is its protagonist, Yossarian, a bombardier in the Air Force during World War II, who is just as absurd and paradoxical as the rest of the world around him.
You see, Yossarian is scared to death of completing missions, but in order to go home, he must complete the required amount of missions. And as soon as he gets close, the number of required missions to send him home is inevitably raised.
So what to do? Well, there is ONE way...
If Yossarian can get himself declared insane, he no longer has to fly and can be sent home. But therein lies the problem: One willing to fly planes is deemed insane, because if he is willingly putting his life in danger then there is no way he could possibly be sane, and to get sent home, all he would then have to do is ask to no longer fly. BUT, if a person shows a desire to not want to fl
  book review The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins), a review
First, I want to make it clear that I do think The Hunger Game(HG) is a well written story.
But I still think Battle Royale by Koushun Takami is better.
Once you had seen impressive things before, you simply won't be so easily thrilled by similar, tamer things.
In the fictional universe of The Hunger Games, America had long been ruled by a totalitarian government. Said government divided its subjects into two classes, citizens from the privileged Capital, where people enjoyed wealth and power. The 12 Districts, where most citizens were forced into hard labors and starvation. Since the 12 Districts, along with the destroyed 13th District had once allied together and tired to rebel against the Capital, once the rebellion was suppressed, the Capital brought up The Hunger Games as a punishment for the failed Districts. A game that forced every district to select two teenagers and took them to an isolated Stadium. The selected teenagers were t

What about the other galleries?

If there's one you're not sure about, or something is unclear above, feel free to ask. :peace:

Love dA Lit: Issue 179

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 24, 2014, 1:38 PM
IrrevocableFate's Lit treasure chest!
Issue 179

Welcome to the one-hundred seventy-ninth issue of Love dA Lit!  Doge   Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.

Note: I'm baaaaaack. :eyes: Did you miss me? After some consideration I've decided to scrap the "Looking to Help the Lit Community" section in favor of a separate article just for that purpose: Assist and Admin: Issue 1. I felt it was being too overshadowed by the rest of LdAL. However, I'll still be listing any recent calls for admin in Love dA Lit under the 'Group News' Section.

Literature Links



Group News

Inspiration (Workshops, Prompts and Challenges)





Ongoing Challenges [No Deadline]:

Lit Contests Galore!

These include contests that are purely Literature based and those that have other categories as well, but still accept Literature.

New Contests:

Contests Ending This Week:

Contest Extensions:



Regular Lit Articles

General Resources

Recently Added/Updated Resources


Looking for the rest of the resources? Go to the Community portal, below!

Looking for some groups?

If you're still not finding a group you like check out the list of all literature groups on dA: Click here!

Literature Community Relations

:icongrimface242: GrimFace242 - GrimFace242's DD Suggestion Guidelines

 :iconshadowedacolyte: ShadowedAcolyte - ShadowedAcolyte's DD Suggestion Guidelines

 :iconirrevocablefate: IrrevocableFate - IrrevocableFate's DD Suggestion Guidelines

:iconsingingflames: SingingFlames - SingingFlames' DD Suggestion Guidelines [ Fan Fiction ONLY.]

Go on and send your literature DD suggestions to them! :eager:

#CRLiterature - The Community Relations Literature Chatroom

:new:Literature CR Update - August 2014

:new:Literature DD Roundup - July 2014

Literature Forums

Literature Forum

Literature Forum Rules

:new: Monthly Literature Critique Thread: August

:note: FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?

:note: FAQ #18: Who selects the Daily Deviation and how is it chosen?

:note: FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

Contacting Me

:star: See something you don't like? That you like? Want changed or removed? Have a suggestion for the next issue? Then please send me a note! The Literature Community is huge, so I'm always going to miss something or make a mistake, don't be afraid to let me know. ♥

Hugs, love and thanks to:

:iconsonamyfan362: my favoritest LITplease Community Liaison.

:iconsottomissione-di-amo: for letting me run LITplease’s Community Portal.

:iconnaktarra: who sent me a prompt and contest!

:iconguineveretogwen: for letting me know about an author who is self-publishing her novel to raise money for a literacy charity.

More Journal Entries

Stuff Going On!

:star: :star: We are running a Unbirthday Contest - open to prose and poetry! Ends August 19. :star: :star:

New gallery categories are now available for submission.

We now take favorite suggestions! As we cannot respond directly to a declined submission, it is your responsibility to read the guidelines linked above.

We have a book club! The read for August 2014 is CARRIE by Stephen King Check out our schedule for upcoming books and events, and be sure to read the Book Club FAQ.

Daily Deviations

Suggest a literature Daily Deviation today!

Our lovely Community Volunteers collectively feature a few pieces of literature every day, many from suggestions by the community. Each CV likes to feature certain things more than others, and you can find their suggestion guidelines below!

We don't do fanfiction; please send those suggestions to SingingFlames.

How much do you read on dA? 

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23 deviants said I don't
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New to Literature on dA?

Expose-Lit: Your Literature LifelineWelcome to Expose-Lit, your group home on the web for a variety of tips on how to make the most of your DeviantART Literature experience. We hope to provide everyone with a fresh perspective and to assist wonderful deviants just like you in finding your way within our community. And, we all realize that every writer has their own personality, interests, strengths and weaknesses, so we aim to provide unique pathways into the community for everyone. We are here to help!
Welcome Wagon: Getting to Know You
If you are a new writer to DeviantART, or perhaps trying to discover what the general Literature community has to offer, you find out quickly how vast this community is and can be outright confused by everything that this diverse website offers. With the creation of Expose-Lit, it is our hope to merge together the wonderful Writers Welcome Wagon R
Breaking in to Lit!Introduction
Literature has long been considered one of the closest knit communities on deviantART. As a result, some people find it difficult to "break in" to the Lit crowd. There are rumors of elitism, difficulty in getting exposure, and lack-luster appreciation for the incredible work that goes into writing a good piece of prose or a well structured poem.
If you look at a painting you can see amazing detail, great use of color, and the importance of the subject immediately. You know it came from the artist's imagination and that he or she had to spend hours translating that to a canvas. The tangibility of the work is right in front of you. With writing, it is not quite the same. The effort the author puts into the work can only be appreciated if readers put in their own effort to read the work. The gratification is not instant, which is one reason the lit community is so close knit.
Those who do have large followings often also comment and read quite a lot of work h


This is the team of crazies trying to run this show!

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hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for requesting to feature my poem, "Caitlin!" :heart:
vespera Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
pssst, book club isn't on the "Important Literature Links" ;)
neurotype Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It's at the top, but that's a good point o:
LauraMizvaria Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Would you possibly consider promoting :iconthewritershaven: contest in a journal?…
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   Writer
As of right now, the only way for us to support your news is for you to submit it through our Journal.  Instructions can be found here
LauraMizvaria Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
ah, thank you very much!
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   Writer
You're very welcome.  Any questions, feel free to note or reply.
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WintersRead Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Photographer
Let's hypothesize that I have never read anything by Ray Bradbury. Because that would be preposterous. And shameful. Then we can assume that I want to, because who doesn't? Which title would I theoretically best begin with?
Memnalar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a personal favorite.
WintersRead Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Photographer
I'll look into it. Thanks Jay!
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Writer
WintersRead Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Photographer
I will definitely read at least one before the year is out.
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The famous one is Fahrenheit 451, but I personally prefer his short works. I think it somewhat depends on what you're into, he had one hell of a range.
WintersRead Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Photographer
Is The Martian Chronicles any good?

I like nearly anything mind-bending or intriguing.
neurotype Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest I haven't read it. His prose is consistently beautiful, though.
Memnalar Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Don't you love how some people totally ignore this group until they need something?…
PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Writer
We're in a fight, Jay. TOTALLY IN A FIGHT.
Memnalar Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Writer
You should be. I have Prince on my team.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're an admin here, send it through d:
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