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tWR Critiques You! with ColinSydney

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 29, 2014, 8:38 AM

tWR Critiques You! with ColinSydney

To know more about this series and why it started, read more about it HERE, on the first blog entry we posted.

The work we'll be critiquing for this article is A Story about Love by ColinSydney.

A Story about LoveShe stood in front of me with a big smile on her face.
Eager to hear what I called her out to say.
Frozen; stiff, cold in action and speech.
I was lost in the beauty of her eyes.
My ears were admiring the soft rings of the chords
which liven up the air as she spoke!
Saw in her the strength which I lack.
The pillar I could lean on.
The one I thought would stop my bleeding trenches.
The one in whose arm I had wished to lie,
staring into eternity as the light hits her brown eyes.
But I was just a crutch for her to balance her mangled heart.
Selfish reasons to drag my love through the gutter.
To hide her own insecurities and her own mistakes.
As the blinds were lifted, I could see her for what she is.
A broken instrument which needed to belong,
but never could create sweet music.
Ruffled by the betrayal of her heart.
She forgot that she was doing the same to someone else.
That she looked to heal herself by breaking someone else.
She was my mistake. My heartache. My sorrow.
She is no one.

It's probably a good idea to open this in a new tab so you can follow along to the critique! :eager: I'm going to start with the first thing I noticed when I took a look at this poem.

"She stood in front of me with a big smile on her face.
Eager to hear what I called her out to say.
Frozen; stiff, cold in action and speech.
I was lost in the beauty of her eyes."

The first thing I immediately noticed here was that each individual line for the first four lines ended in a fullstop or a period. That really changes the reading of your poem: every reader will pause briefly after seeing a fullstop, and while that's great when used sparingly or deliberately, if you have four consecutive lines of it, it has the effect of sounding stilted and mechanical, rather than having a easy to follow flow.

Arguably, that sort of effect could be completely intentional, as it creates a cool echo to the sentiment in line 3: "Frozen; stiff, cold in action and speech." However, in my opinion, the stilted effect here is more damaging than rewarding, because this echo does not complement lines 1, 2, and 4; furthermore, lines 2 and 3 are both what we call fragments: on their own, these two lines are incomplete sentences due to the fullstops, which creates confusion for the reader.

Additionally, line 3 in particular seems to stand alone regarding its sentiment - whereas line 1 has "a big smile", line 2 '[e]ager', and line 3, "beauty of her eyes", line 3 is odd because it's not clear to the reader to what the line is referring to: who or what is frozen / stiff / cold, etc? Another punctuation note: the semicolon following '[f]rozen' is odd. You can use semicolons to list, but make sure you do so for the entire list - so, either, "[f]rozen; stiff; cold in action and speech" or "[f]rozen, stiff, cold in action and speech". The irregularity here doesn't add to your poem, so it's best to get rid of it.

Consider the same four lines with these changes:

"She stood in front of me with a big smile on her face,
ager to hear what I called her out to say.
Frozen, stiff, cold in action and speech,
I was lost in the beauty of her eyes."

OK - I've just replaced the fullstops with commas, but the flow is easier to read, and most importantly, it's clearer now that it's the speaker, and not the 'she' of the poem, who has become frozen / stiff / cold, because of their reaction to "the beauty of her eyes".

Please, do note that commas aren't the only tool you have at your disposal: dashes, semicolons, colons, and more, are all ways to punctuate that you should experiment with, as well as with the lack of punctuation. The important thing is to read your poem after you've done punctuating it and see how it reads: maybe take a break, go away for a bit, ten, fifteen, sixty minutes. Then, come back, read it, and ask yourself whether the rhythm and flow you're reading and getting from your poem, from your punctuating, is the one you want for your readers.

To get more detail and in-depth about punctuating poetry, as I don't want this critique to focus on punctuation alone, check out LaMonaca's truly excellent series of "Punctuating Poetry", which is super useful and worth reading at least three times:

Punctuating Poetry Part OneSome people believe poetry shouldn't be punctuated and others are still taught to put a comma after every new line. So where is the balance? What does one - especially one new or growing in poetry - do? Well, that's simple: a poet must punctuate with purpose!
In order to punctuate with purpose, however, a poet must understand two things: what she wants to achieve with the poem and what a piece of punctuation can achieve in a poem. This means a poet must understand more than the common rules of punctuation; she must know the effect that certain punctuation points can have on a reader or in a text.
This overview tackles punctuation in poetry from a practical standpoint, but it's important to note that while there are "rules" for punctuation, and while there are even some "rules" for poetry, there are no set-in-stone conventional rules for punctuation in poetry.  There are schools of thought, and linguistic philosophy runs amuck, but there is nothing definit
Punctuating Poetry Part TwoShifting Gears
The great thing about punctuation is that there is rarely one single, correct, perfect way to punctuate a poem.  Given to a number of different poets, a poem could be punctuated and re-punctuated in as many different ways.  
So let's take a breather from so many rules and look at Leave the Door Open, by KrystalIce:
“Damn; I should've left the door open.”
At first glance, this could make a grammarian twitch!  It's just a jumble of symbols and shapes and - hey, take a deep breath.  Come back down from Oxford and pay attention.
This poem is an example of using punctuation, not just to punctuate ideas but to illustrate

The way I'm going to critique the rest of this is something I've totally fobbed off SilverInkblot from here, because I think it's super neat and easier to follow, so lots of kudos to her for coming up with that! Anyway, essentially, I'm going to make changes to your poem and annotate them with numbers, explaining why I've changed what I've changed/why I think something needs to be changed, so here goes.

She stood in front of me with a big smile on her face,1
Eager to hear what I called her out to say.
Frozen,1 stiff, cold in action and speech,1
I was lost in the beauty of her eyes.
My ears were admiring the soft rings of the chords
which livened2 up the air as she spoke!
I s3aw in her the strength which I lacked4:5
the pillar I could lean on,6
the one I thought would stop my bleeding trenches,6
the one in whose arms7 I had wished to lie,
staring into eternity as the light hits her brown eyes8.

But I was just a crutch for her to balance her mangled heart.
Selfish reasons to drag my love through the gutter -9
to hide her own insecurities and her own mistakes.
As the blinds were lifted, I could see her for what she was10.
A broken instrument which needed to belong,
but never could create sweet music.
Ruffled11 by the betrayal of her heart,12
she forgot that she was doing the same to someone else.
She13 looked to heal herself by breaking someone else.
She was my mistake. My heartache. My sorrow.
She is no one.

1 Anything marked 1 is regarding the punctuation-related changes I made previously.

2 Tense issue - you've used the past tense throughout, so it should be "livened", not "liven".

3 Without someone or something doing the seeing, this sentence becomes a fragment, and a bit disorienting and discordant, so I changed it to "I saw" rather than simply "Saw" for clarity.

4 Tense issue - past tense, therefore "lacked", not "lack".

5 and 6 I've changed the fullstop to a colon here because I think that highlights the "list" nature of the next three lines, and also, it makes them not be fragments, which is why I've also changed the fullstops to commas. (Of course, you can use semicolons for lists, if you prefer.) The anaphora you have going - "the pillar", "the one", "the one" - here is great, but for me, the anaphora has a stronger effect in a more clear list-format rather than in fragmented, stand-alone lines.

7 I changed "arm" to "arms", because lying in a singular arm sounds like an awkward position. Of course, the speaker could wish to have a single arm around them, which is far more natural, so feel free to change it to include 'around' somewhere in the line, and keep the singular 'arm', if you prefer!

8 I haven't made any changes here, but this is an difficult line, because there are two actions going on here - the speaker "staring into eternity", and the light that "hits her brown eyes". The speaker being aware of the latter while doing the former simultaneously is a bit awkward. I would suggest either equating the two actions - something like, "staring into the eternity of the light in her brown eyes" - or figuring out how to separate the two actions, whether by removing one, changing tenses, changing format, etc.

9 The phrase "selfish reasons" is slightly confusing because you hadn't expanded on those reasons yet, and if the line is a fragment - with a fullstop - it prevents those reasons from being properly explained, so I've changed the fullstop to a dash here. However, I'd suggest working with this line more as it's the line I personally had the most difficulty with while reading your poem.

10 Tense issue - past tense ("were lifted"), so "is" should be "was".

11 I haven't changed anything here, but I would suggest thinking your word-choice here. 'Ruffled' means to "disturb the smoothness or tranquility of" or "disorder or disarrange (someone's hair), typically by running one's hands through it", but it's a very mild word, and in this case - considering it's a 'betrayal' - perhaps a stronger word would be better. (Agitated? Disturbed? Disquieted?)

12 Fragment, changed the fullstop to a comma so it flows better.

13 I removed the "that" because it wasn't required/was unnecessary, and secondly, you have great anaphora this way.

As for your questions:

Are you comfortable with the emotional transition in the poem?
It's slightly abrupt, but not too abrupt to be your first priority for editing. If you want it to be not at all abrupt, having a similar 'sight' theme in line 12 as with line 11 would further emphasise that connection between betrayal and blindness as you mentioned in your second question, and make the transition a lot less abrupt.

Does it deliver the message of betrayal and blindness?
I saw those themes coming through, yes, and they work nicely together, actually, so well done on that front!

Now, for what I liked about this poem, and other things I thought you did really well: I really enjoyed lines 5 and 6, not only because of the slant rhymes of "admiring" and "rings", but also because of the exclamation mark, which was pretty surprising. Usually, I'm not a fan of exclamation marks in poetry - or in prose, even - but I thought it really worked here, because it made the sentiment have an endearing effect, which of course made the betrayal in the second stanza that much more meaningful.

Plus, of course, as I've mentioned a few times before, you used anaphora in this poem, which was great, and I thought it worked quite well, so nicely done on that! Probably my favourite part of your poem was the last line - I was going to point out the tense change, actually, from "was" to "is" and suggest you correct that when I realised that it worked quite well as it was, and the transition from "was" to "is" made the message of your poem more effective.

That's all I have for now regarding this piece - let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns, and I hope this critique helped!

ColinSydney's evolution as a Writer:

Time to do a bit of digging! I'm going to pick three pieces from ColinSydney's gallery, and then comment on what's changed - he's been a member for about five years now, so I'm sure there'll be lots to comment on.

The Lonely TravelerI have travelled far and wide.
In search of peace beside.
I have seen creatures big and strange.
From creepy crawlers to trees and grange.
I have seen beautiful women all around.
In search of love, nowhere to be found.
I have seen birds that sing all day.
Their song without a scar or nay.
I have seen men risking their lives in honor.
Their brides sitting and crying in a corner.
I have seen babies crying for a drop of milk.
Covered in some old ladies warm silk.
I have seen children play in their darkest hour.
Even though dead are their mother and father.
I have seen people cry for silly things.
For a bottle of whisky or a bee sting.
I have seen a world of endless possibilities.
But not men with simple abilities.
In this miniscule world of glitz and fashion.
Not even one heart with an endless passion.

The Lonely Traveler
This is the very first submitted deviation of ColinSydney's, and it's from 2010! Or, well, the deviation is, anyway, ColinSydney apparently wrote this when he was in eighth grade, which ... makes me feel bad for showing how he's improved now compared to then, because it's actually really impressive for an eight grader! So, wow, don't take the following too seriously:
  • repetition. The phrase "I have seen" appears a lot of times, so much so that it starts to lose effectiveness - the more repetition you have, the more difficult it is to keep it effective, unless you're careful about it. In comparison, the anaphora ColinSydney used in A Story about Love was much more effective!
  • rhyme scheme. The rhyme scheme here is very fixed - AABB - and while sometimes that can be done fantastically and to great effect, in this case, together with the punctuation, it makes for a slightly stilted read.
  • punctuation. Every single sentence in this poem ends in a fullstop or a period, which is a common attribute for starting poems (I used to do it!) and - as we've discussed above - makes for a difficult reading, but ColinSydney's definitely improved a lot on that front!

A PromiseI linger willow old.
A stormy night.
Clouds cover cold.
Dark streets lead the way.
Waste run allies.
Rats' squirmer at sight.
Men lying shiver.
Steam grates know.
These sights and sounds.
Alone without prospect.
The wintery fog settles.
My eyes search still.
A way that shines will.
Till it does fill.
This thirst that does know.
The deep and trodden loom.
Of my mother's boast.
That someday maybe I.
Her son could fulfill.
A promise not forgotten.
Time plunges into the light.
The sun sets ablaze.
The ghosts that did follow.
To feed on this heart hollow.
But a memory.
Incarcerated by the guilt.
A prison disillusioned.
The sins of my past.
Bear witness to what I have become.
Shadows of the day.
Does cover little.
The filth of my presence.
The saccharine mist.
Ends the day's gist.
Whilst this poignant struggle.
To see through another night.
Along this bitter stride.
With every feeble step.
Forgotten not yet.
A promise which will be kept.

A Promise
Even though it's only been one year later, in 2011, already there's a notable difference!
  • imagery. That first line is lovely - "I linger willow old"? Gorgeous. A marked improvement on "I have travelled far and wide" - much more original and well put together.
  • rhyme scheme. The rhyme scheme here is less fixed, and intriguingly so, making for an interesting poem.
  • punctuation. This is the one nitpick: again, every single sentence in this poem ends in a fullstop or a period. Here, it works to a better effect than it did in the previous poem, considering the well done rhyme scheme and the imagery; however, in some places, it still comes off as a bit stilted.

Far From HomePeering into these eternal vistas,
I see nothing but the path that was not chosen.
Yet I cannot stop admiring the tranquility which persists
in a place covered by the white of countless clouds.
Entranced by a sea of thought, the vast blue mist does
set apart, the pain which drags reality.
I am happy, I am sad. I am everything.
I feel everything I can feel. The present is
what it is and it would seem to transcend existence.
Engrossed by the many ripples which gather
deep thoughts in the vast unending depths, flows these
words expressing euphoria far from home.
Change came through unexpected tides;
It washed away the tears which once wet my cheek,
the crimson clot that had drenched my body
has faded away with little signs of dithered scars.
Fret but little reminders of life’s jealous sneers
which persuades the mind to tremble.
I do not think of tomorrow,
as for today is filled with thoughts and words which resonate
the emotions of now. Tomorrow; I do not see what comes
but uncertai

Far From Home
This poem's from 2014 and you can see the continued difference in the difference of themes - where before the themes have been easy to grasp and quite focused, here, there's a definite change in how ColinSydney's approaching a poem.
  • structure and language. One of the nitpicks I'd have with this poem is to tighten its structure as well as its language to make it more concise, and therefore increase its impact and effectiveness. But apart from that, you can definitely see how ColinSydney's writing has progressed.
  • imagery. Again, that's something that's been improved quite a lot - his imagery is more refreshing, original, and intriguingly not giving too much away, as you can tell from the first line, "peering into these eternal vistas".
  • punctuation. It's been handled very well here: not stilted, not repetitive, with thoughtful breaks here and there and a varied use of punctuation.

As you can see, ColinSydney's definitely improved a lot since 2010. Considering the effort that he's put into writing so far, and into editing and improving his work, I can't wait and look forward to see how far he goes with it! :eager:

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PE: Lit Basics Round-Up

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 8:05 PM by IrrevocableFate:iconirrevocablefate:

Lit Basics Week
projecteducate's Lit Basics has wound down, so lets take a stroll through the articles that came out this week! :eager: Hopefully, you learned something new or we refreshed your memory on something you all ready knew. We hope that you learned something from the plethora of useful information! ♥

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Lit 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.

There really isn't one sure way to get that much craved for attention. It's more a combination of things. So I took to polls, notes and chatting with the deviants of the Literature Community to put together a list of sorts.

  • Give feedback. It doesn't need to be a full blown ten page critique, but leaving a comment instead of just faving a deviation goes a long way. Lots of deviants will return the favor by browsing through your gallery.
  • Get involved with Groups. Pick a few groups that you personally enjoy watching; whether they be general submission groups, genre specific or just ones that have awesome prompts and contact them. Ask them if they have any open positions available. Or if you have a new idea for a feature or prompt series, run the idea by them.
  • On the subject of groups, don't lit dump your work. In other words, don't submit your deviations to 50 groups and hope for the best. Pick a few groups that are active in the community and submit your work to just those. Be involved with others submitting to that group. You'll get feedback and maybe make a few friends along the way.
  • Pimp yourself. That's right, I said it. Use the Thumbshare Forum, write something for every contest, join feedback groups, comment on Daily Deviations, ask for feedback in the Literature Forum using the current month's feedback thread (found as a sticky at the top of the forum) or self suggest your literature to the Lit CVs for Daily Deviations.
  • Post a regular journal. Deviants want to know that you're real and not some robot that pumps out chapter after chapter. Post a journal once a week and tell them a little about yourself. AND remember to respond to comments left on your journal.
  • Consistently submit new stories, poetry or chapters. There's nothing worse than finding a series of stories that you love and all of a sudden the writer drops off the face of the earth and doesn't post anything new for months. Sure, it's okay to take a hiatus, but write a journal letting your readers know that. On the same note, don't over saturate the system with four new chapters every day. That clutters up your watchers Message Centres.
  • Involve yourself with other writers. That's not just leaving feedback/critique for them, but also watching them and commenting on their journals. Make friends!
  • Cross post. There's a reason why dA includes easy share links on deviations. When you submit a new poem or chapter of your story, make sure to use the tumblr, twitter and FaceBook buttons to share your work.
  • Use commissions. That's right. Not everything is free. Use artists' commissions or start a thread in the Projects Forum asking deviants to draw your characters or a scene from your novel. They get the benefit of practicing their craft (and the :points:) and you get the added exposure when they post the artwork for their watchers to see.

I'd like to give much thanks to the following deviants for providing meaningful ideas, comments, insights and lots of pie bribery:

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Reading as a WriterHave you ever set down a book for good because you found something in it you don’t like? If you want to write, I suggest that bad habit end now.
Why, you ask? Because everything you read—and I mean everything–has positive value for you as a writer. Stephen King, and any author worth his or her salt, is a huge advocate of writers reading massive amounts.
Again you ask, why? How can everything be useful? There are a number of reasons and I’ll cover as many as I can.
Reading bad literature teaches you about yourself and shows you what to avoid—or at least how not to do something—in your own work. If you run across something that you don’t like, stop and ask yourself why you don’t like it. Is it just a personal preference? Was it out of place or poorly executed? Does it contradict something from earlier? As soon as you figure out the “why” of something’s badness, you learn a little about yourself and you
  dA Writers-Get NoticedIt's hard being a writer on dA. For every one writer, there are at least 15 artists, 10 of which are fan-artists. And why would people turn away from fanart, comics, and/or yaoi to read your poetry/prose? You have to give them a reason.
This tutorial will take you through a few steps which will hopefully bring your writing more attention, If you'd care to read:


I cannot stress how crucial this step is. Once you have your 1st draft done, revise for typos and grammatical errors. On the second time, read it out loud to revise for flow. Then check again for grammar and spelling. Read it again, revise word by word.
Can you create more impact with the same amount/less words? If you can, do it.
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This article is written for LitResources. Our goal is to be a collection and creation station for all resources pertaining to literature on deviantART. This article will feature the wonderful world of critique! DeviantART staff recently made it possible for unsubscribed members to leave critiques using the premium feature, so we thought it was an opportune moment to educate the community about the many facets of critique.
If, after reading the article, you have more information or resources to add, please leave your thoughts in a comment! And don't forget to :+favlove: this article to help spread the word.

Critique: What It Is, What It Is Not

Though the distinction might seem obvious to some, people often confuse writing a critique with writing a review.
To make it plain, a critique offers thoughts and advice for improving a piece of literature or art. Cri
  Crit Ticks for the Critics"He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help." - Abraham Lincoln
You've read guides, you've heard the propaganda, and now there's no going back. You've decided: "I want to write critiques too!"
Looking out over the gray expanse of dA, you spot a poem. Or a photograph. Or a juicy piece of digital art, and you know exactly what you want to say. Or maybe you don't, but you slog through, making the effort. And voila! A click and you navigate away, grinning, imagining the artist's delight when the deviant opens his or her message center upon the next log-in.
You left a critique, whether as a "critique" or in a comment box, but, as is inevitable in all short stories, something goes very very wrong. A mere day after you clicked submit, you receive a hurt and snarly reply informing you that you are a horrible-horrible person, and a shallow one at that. A literary terrorist, even, or a photographic floozy -- a wannabe painter who should

PE Feedback: How to Give a CritiqueHOW TO GIVE A CRITIQUE
It's a great thing that you want to critique other deviant's works and help them improve their skills through your constructive feedback. By critiquing fellow deviant's works, you are developing your critical thought and vision and thus, developing yourself as an artist. However, critiquing is not all about pointing out what others did wrong.  As ChewedKandi has pointed out in 'How To: Critiquing Artwork' "a critique is giving your opinion in a constructive manner about a subject - be it a piece a music, a piece of art, the meal you've just ate and so on."
That's the main point of this article: to share a few pointers on how to give a quality critique while providing links to a compilation of useful guides that focus on this very same topic.
Introduction: Let's start! :eager:
First things first! You've come across a piece of art that caught your attention and
  A Guide to Individually Hosted Contests     Hosting a contest as an individual as opposed to in a group can be a little intimidating since you don't automatically have the support of your admin team behind you but with a few simple things kept in mind one can just as easily make an individually hosted contest a success.
Gathering Prizes
     Before even announcing your contest you will have to make sure that you can provide a presentable selection of prizes and unless you are exceptionally wealthy and got some extra change you won't be able to offer several premium memberships or thousands of points, especially if you are planning to hold regular contests. While there is always the option to ask for prize donations via a pre-contest journal or simply collecting points all year round with your donation widget, you cannot rely on these being successful.
     But contest prizes don't have to cost you a lot or to be honest they don't even have to cost
  Why Comment in the First Place?Many people ask themselves (sometimes on a daily basis) why they should comment on a piece of work. Whether it's just a deviation that pops up into our message centres or a deviation on deviantART's home page, what makes us decide whether we should, or even want to, comment on that piece?
Why do we bother? Or more importantly, why don’t we bother?
This guide explores the thoughts that we may have, the excuses we make, and, hopefully, a few thoughts to encourage you to comment, not just with a few words and that's it, but to really give a fellow artist a constructive comment that they deserve... that we deserve.
What is mentioned below is by no means accurate or complete and it does not apply to everyone. It was written by ProjectComment as a Group, by deviants, for deviants and we sincerely hope you enjoy reading this.
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What is Worth Critiquing?This article outlines a few questions to ask yourself before you request critique on anything.
1. Have I self-critiqued my piece?
Have you given the piece a thorough examination, looking for ways you can improve, parts that could be removed/added to, techniques that might work better, etc?
If you haven't reviewed the piece for yourself, I highly suggest doing so before you request critique. Self-review is a skill you need to develop as an artist in order to improve. Critique from others is wonderful, but learning to apply your own critique to your pieces will help you produce better art on your first attempt.
2. Is the piece of good quality?
Do not request critiques on doodles, first writing drafts, snapshot photographs, etc. Critique should be reserved for a piece you want to learn from and improve, which means the piece should have required thought and time to complete.
There are always exceptions to these sorts of rules. A drawing that is half-way completed, for

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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



Affiliation Policy

If you would like your group to affiliate with CRLiterature, please inform us WHY you want to affiliate with us, otherwise we will reject your request. We only affiliate with the following:

:bulletgreen: Official deviantART groups
:bulletgreen: Established groups for the literature community.
:bulletgreen: Groups that encourage critique sharing
:bulletgreen: Groups that share news

We will not accept the following:

:bulletred: New groups with no information what the group is about
:bulletred: Groups for other art forms

Newest Members



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Amberlouie Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Professional Writer
neurotype Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Professional Writer
creationtakesun Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, i inform you that I do a link about your group here : o0-freebies-stock-0o.deviantar…

have a nice day.
Jesper6 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
How does one get a story looked at and featured?
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014   Writer
If you're speaking of DDs, check out our DD Suggestion Guidelines (each CV has their own, and you can find a link on the group homepage) and then pick the best one to send your self suggestion to.  We all take self suggestions.
ThomasCranham Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Thanks for requesting my story :) it's one i'm very proud of and if going to be included in my collection published later this year!
Lady-Yume Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   Writer
Thank you for requesting my piece "Heart Sold" :heart:
ProjectStarconia Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, why can't i fricken post my stuff here?
neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We only post featured DDs in the gallery. If all you need is an art sharing group, please use Groups search, although we recommend watching this group for official updates.
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   Writer
We're not a general submission group.  Our galleries are reserved for projecteducate articles and Literature Daily Deviations. 

If you're looking for a general submission group, I would suggest WritersInk.  We also allow submissions to our Favourites, but that is only if you're suggesting someone else's literature. 
Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
Oh and here's the link to the results journal:… since I cannot seem to copy the favlink or thumb from my tab, boo :XD:
Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
Hello there guys! My contest results are finally out and it would mean a great deal to me if you could help spread the word through a fave and anything else you can assist me with, thank you! :love:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a bit manual (as in you have to copy the text for the original) but we have a process!
Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014   General Artist
Gosh, I missed a poem request from you guys cause I was away for so long and now it has expired. My apologies! :saddummy:
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014   Writer
I just resent the request.
Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014   General Artist
because pies are always chic and savvy, thank you oodles on end! :tighthug:
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014   Writer
You're welcome.  And make sure you tell neurotype that first part!
Riorlyne Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014   Writer
Thank you guys for requesting When It Rains! :D
ARIrish Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014   Writer
Guys, a poem popped up in my in-tray from CRLiterature, and I accidentally deleted it when I tried to click on it, and now I can't find it. The first line was something about 'marr[ying] every bedside witch...'

Help a fellow out, would ya?
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