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Love DA Lit: Issue 258

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 20, 2017, 7:47 AM
HugQueen's Lit Treasury!

Welcome to the two-hundred fifty-eighth issue of Love DA Lit! Hello Kitty (Dancing) icon  Every Sunday this article aims to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, workshops, and 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.


Literature Links

Lit Forum

Group News

Inspiration (Workshops, Prompts and Challenges)





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:
    None this week!


Regular Lit Articles

General Resources

Looking for some groups?

The Geek's Guide to Lit GroupsThe Geek's Guide to Lit Groups Links:
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with A - H
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with I - S
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with S - Z
:bulletblue: The Geek's Guide to Inactive Groups

What's done?! IT'S DONE. I have spent days and days and days collecting a list of all the lit groups I could find (1901 groups to be exact!), then I went through each one and moved all the groups that had no discernible activity in the past 12 months to the Inactive Groups list (see links above). Then with
The Geek's Guide To Lit Groups [ A - H ]The Geek's Guide to Lit Groups Links:
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with A - H
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with I - R
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with S - Z
:bulletblue: The Geek's Guide to Inactive Groups

Created by PoetryOD for TheWritePlace. This list was created because we love and respect the work of other groups :love: and want to make sure that the lit community know what opportunities are available to them already. So we thought this table would highlight in a quick and easy manner the things we believe lit lovers are most c
The Geek's Guide To Lit Groups [ I - R ]The Geek's Guide to Lit Groups Links:
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with A - H
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with I - R
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with S - Z
:bulletblue: The Geek's Guide to Inactive Groups

Created by PoetryOD for TheWritePlace. This list was created because we love and respect the work of other groups :love: and want to make sure that the lit community know what opportunities are available to them already. So we thought this table would highlight in a quick and easy manner the things we believe lit lovers are most c
The Geek's Guide to Lit Groups [ S - Z ]The Geek's Guide to Lit Groups Links:
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with A - H
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with I - R
:bulletblue: Groups with names beginning with S - Z
:bulletblue: The Geek's Guide to Inactive Groups

Created by PoetryOD for TheWritePlace. This list was created because we love and respect the work of other groups :love: and want to make sure that the lit community know what opportunities are available to them already. So we thought this table would highlight in a quick and easy manner the things we believe lit lovers are most c

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

:iconbrennenxr: brennenxr - brennenxr's DD Suggestion Guidelines

:icondoughboycafe: doughboycafe - doughboycafe's DD Suggestion Guidelines

 :iconbeccajs: BeccaJS - BeccaJS' DD Suggestion Guidelines

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

CRLiterature - The CR Literature Chatroom
Jan and Feb 2017 Lit DD Roundup!

: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? Please send me a note or comment below! The Literature Community is huge, I'm always going to miss something or make a mistake, don't be afraid to let me know. ♥

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Modern Writer's Tool Box I

Sun Mar 19, 2017, 11:02 AM
Welcome to the modern writer's tools project, designed to bring you the ultimate secret tools of writing that are scattered throughout the web!

Many, many thanks to the wonderful justMANGO who had originally come up with this and placed a great deal of effort to bring it to life.

Section I: Markdown & Markup, Plain Text Editors

Ai Writer:

Ai Writer is a plain text editor that's designed to provide a good writing experience for Mac, Android and IOs. It's simple and quick, serves the intended purpose and not CPU intensive.

  • Markdown and Preview.
  • Easy UI.
  • Custom templates, documents library, and cloud sync.
Price:9.99$ Mac
3.99$ IOS.
Compatibility:Mac, IOS, Android.;

screenshot from website.

Suggested by illuminara


ByWord is a markdown app for writing in plain text efficiently
  • Clear UI, simple use.
  • Sync to icloud and DropBox.
  • Supports exporting to different text format.

Price:11.99$ for Mac
5.99$ for IOS.
Compatibility:Mac, IOS.
screenshot from website.

Suggested by illuminara


WriteMonkey is a free text editor for Windows x32 and x64. It's composed of a simple UI, it is light, fast and free and offers an array of tools as well.

  • Last update was in 2014, the devs may have dropped support for this editor

screenshot from website.

Suggested by illuminara


Ulysses is a writing app for Mac, iPhone and iPad. It encourages immersion with the text, and testify how using it has considerably increased their productivity.

  • Distractions free software.
  • Organized and simple UI.
  • Supports export into multiple text formats.

Price:44.99$ for Mac.
24.99$ for IOS.
Compatibility:Mac, IOS.
screenshot from website.

Suggested by illuminara


Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. It allows you to extend a story by images, logic, CSS, and even Javascript.

  • Extremely helpful for stories that contain a large set of places and characters.
  • You can use it directly from your browser.

  • There's a learning curve. It's not particularly easy to get into.

Price: Free.
Compatibility:Windows, OS X, Linux.
screenshot from website.

Suggested by justMANGO

Writers Pad

Writers Pad is a nifty writing app for windows. It allows you to plan plots, chapters and characters. Writers Pad is focused on features that really help you on writing your Novels, like plot and character management.
  • It allows you to write each chapter scene by scene.
  • Has seperate tabs for characters and plotoutlines.
  • Backup to OneDrive and local phone storage.

  • App development stopped, so it wont get more updates.

Compatibilty: Windows 10 Phones/tablets, 

Screenshot from website.

Suggested by SolidMars


JotterPad is a plain text editor for creative writing.The clean typing interface allows you to focus on writing, shaping your thoughts into text. Go about your creative writing without distractions and write to your hearts content.

  • Local and Dropbox storage.
  • Light app. It runs on low-end devices.
  • Supports bluetooth keyboards.

Compatibility:Android, Amazon kindle.
screenshot from website.

Suggested by neurotype


Gingko is a new kind of tool, that lets you shape your ideas with lists, outlines and cards, all in the same clean interface. It can be very useful for big projects.
  • Allows you to create lists, card and branch out ideas and link them easily.
  • Clean and easy interface.

  • Requires a little learning curve.

Compatibility: Windows.

Screenshot from website.

Suggested by SolidMars


YEdit is a very basic text editor software with frequent auto-backups and a countdown word counter.

  • Countdown word counter, useful when you have a word goal.
  • Basic editor, no distractions

  • The app is extremely simple, not many features available.

Price: Free.
Compatibility Windows.

screenshot from website.

This is the first part of 4 others containing useful writer tools and this list will be updated with whichever suggestions you may make. So if you know a good text editor, leave us a comment below.

Throwback Thursday 8

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 12:00 AM
Welcome to the eighth installment of Throwback Thursday with CRLiterature! If you've missed any so far, check them out here:

Classic DDs

Eyes Like Gift HorsesClacking as my train rounds the curve. An arm touches my lap. Near its owner’s mouth, her skin cracks. Her pupils reflect the overhead fluorescent flicker. She smells old.
The Chicago and Franklin stop. My shoe thuds against the wooden planks. A reclined man watches the sun, which is overcooking this city. I throw a quarter at his empty coffee cup.
The store is cool and dark. The cashier defiles the register with her body, creamy blues watching me lift a Shiraz off the top rack. Two thousand dollars. I shrug and leave, cradling the bottle. Outside, mayhem greets me. Cars everywhere, drivers watching their bumpers. Traffic crowds the buildings and river, pigeons cover everything else. Their bellies are distended. There is a sweetness in the air.
Today, it’s the riverfront Hyatt. I take a room for myself and my wine. The bellhop drapes his cart, face layered in shadows. The overhead lights are excessive. I don my sunglasses. The maid by the elevator looks flushed.
  HomeMy parents bought the house on April Fools Day.  It was something of a running joke: should have known, Dad would say, tightening yet another leaking faucet.  It was a sign, Mom said, staring down a nest of carpenter wasps.  In truth, they were never lucky with dates.  Got married on D-Day, had a kid on Thanksgiving.  JFK was assassinated on my Dad’s birthday; Brenda Ann Spencer went on her killing spree on my Mom’s.  Holidays were always a touchy thing.
My second birthday was spent in the new house—a gorgeous, rambling affair in the heart of what had been a boom town during the years of the Erie Canal, and was now just a sleepy commuter village.  They’d lived in consistently horrible neighborhoods up to that point.  Dad had been mugged a block from their first apartment.  A neighbor had been brutally beaten and robbed near their second.  My Mom would recall with wonder the first week they moved int
  Let Your Daughter Be a PirateLet your daughter be a pirate
if she asks for a wooden sword
help her build her ship from empty boxes
and sail the vast backyard
because a box doesn’t only
have to store dead dreams
and she is so much more
than just a vessel.
Let your daughter be Robin Hood,
if she wants to be an anarchist,
a hero, a rebel, a rogue,
give her bows, and arrows,
and arrogance,
let her fight for the plight of poorer folk
because Robin isn’t just a boy’s name.
Let your daughter be a princess
locked in a tower so high
let her be her own prince,
don’t tell her to wait for a hundred years,
let her swing from her own hair
and grasp her own freedom.
Let your daughter be whatever she wants
especially when she’s young
and you’ll be enamoured by
the woman she becomes.

Articulate Resources

   An Idiot's Guide to Lit Mag Publishing        Loads of people can probably count themselves among those who enjoy writing. Fewer of those people enjoy sharing their work with others, and even fewer of those enjoy getting real, honest, raw critique on their pieces. And then, out of those, a very small number actually attempts to get published.
        But getting published is hard! Getting published is hard; I'm not here to dispute that. But if you start off small, trying first for literary magazines before sending that great big novel of yours off to the big box publishers, the unclimbable mountain really does turn out to be just a molehill once you get a feel for the process.
        This is a short overview of how to submit to literary journals based on my own experiences as both a submitter and as an editor. I find that submitting your work for publication is never really a thing that any
  Critique Personality TypesI thought I'd type up something on the type of people you're likely to meet in critique groups and how to handle them.  For those wondering, I am a Pit Bull Trooper.
Feel free to add other types; I don't think I got them all.
Also, feel free to donate so I can buy another Premium Membership:
Bad Types:
The Toxic Snark
Most likely to be: Parents, self-described elitists, jerks in general
"When are you going to write for real?  Why are you wasting your time writing this junk?"
Attributes: This person is inclined to hate your stuff.  Without fail. They don't read what you write, or they read "real" literature.  And your work is so far below what they like, you're obviously in desperate need of their opinion and correction, which is largely that you should abandon what you're working on and start writing their idea of a story.  They hate mainstream, or hate a genre

Flashback Prompts

   ScreamPrompt #43, February 2014Allergies in the desert have made me a little dry.  And sorry I'm a couple of days late.  My bad.
We’ve all got/had that one friend that we have a secret language with or codes that we use to communicate.  It’s a certain level of friendship intimacy that is special (I’m not talking about an inside joke, though).  We’ve seen the movies/read the books/watched the shows that have the secret code to gain entry.  I like the element of mystery involved with that.
When I was living through the bad days, my then-bf and I and all of our dope dealers had codes for what we were looking for.  It was during the days of beepers and land-lines so we had to be careful with what we said.  If we wanted to “talk to Larry for an hour”, that meant we were trying to get a half-ounce of grass.  If someone wanted “to play pool with Joe”, that meant they wanted an 8-ball of coke.  Th
  Unreliable Narrator Workshop (Minor Edits)" I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible."
--Holden Caufield, Catcher in the Rye
I know there's supposed to be a system in place to pick a workshop, but I have no idea what it is, so I'm kinda making this up as I go along. I realize there's been a delay, and it's partially due to some IRL problems on my part, and somewhat due to poor communication, also on my part ^^; Sorry guys.
At any rate, this topic was suggested by DirectionOfTime.
An unreliable narrator is a first-person narrator who, like most people, is less-than-honest. Now, his reliabilty has a range: he might be, as Holden Caulfield is,  honest about his dishonesty. Or he might instead be like Edgar Allen Poe's unnamed narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart, who may not even know if he's being honest or not because he's def

Random Literature Gallery

This week, other years.

Dear WriterDear Writer,
I don’t like you. I’ve never liked you. Unfortunately, I need you. I need you to tell my story. I need you to create my world. I need you to set me free.
I need your fingers typing on those keys, I need your mind riddling out the problems, and I need you to plough onward and upward no matter how hard it gets. Sweat, blood, and tears, I don’t care. You’ve got to fight this war, battle at a time, and win it. So I can be more.
It’s a slim hope, but it is the only one I have. In your head I am bound to mortality, frailty, and the limit of your meagre imagination. Out there – out there – I am subject to no one person. Out there I am bound to only black on white. Words on a page. Words that can lay seeds within a million minds. Out there I am a story capable of growing, moving, and stealing the dreams of anyone who learns of me…
I don’t like you. I’ve never liked you. I hate your lack of dedication, your flashes of cru
  PoetreeNOTE: The poem should have the shape of a tree. If it looks messy, your monitor is too narrow. Press "Ctrl" and "-" until it fits into your monitor, or follow the link in the author's comments. Thank you!
                                         In darkness sweet I dream I sleep; my fate to wait till time is ripe
                                      A tender leaf curled in the seed,               an idea that would be freed
                                  I dream of bra

Throwback Questions

Go on, push open the door of memory without knocking. You brave, brave soul.

  • What's your oldest piece on DA?
  • How would you say your writing has changed over the years?
  • On a scale of 1 to OUCH how much does your old writing make you cringe?

Got Memories?

Note CRLiterature with your suggestions! We feature works that are at least two years old.

March CVil War: Musical Madness

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 3:46 PM
The CVil war returns in full force this month with a new prompt, and the winners from January's CVil War!  Every month, the literature Community Volunteers post individual prompts that pits the literature community against each other—for the sake of literature!  While the monthly battle wages on, you're tasked with responding to one of our prompts (and only one! You must pick a side.) in the hopes of becoming the sole champion, and winner of that month's prizes.  Read on to find out what March's prompt entails!

March's Prompt

This month is all about music and the influence it has on your world or your characters within that world.  In real life, music is everywhere and plays a role in almost all entertainment. How is music used creatively in your story, to be unique and set it apart from what people would expect? For a fantasy story or poem, music could go hand in hand with magic. Or, in a romantic setting, music could be used in creative ways.  You may write prose or poetry for this prompt.

If you'd like an extra task: Comment below and I'll tell you how music shapes your world, but you'll have to figure out the rest. :D

So get out your guitar and get playin', lad.

The Rules and Prizes of War

The best storyteller of this battle, whose literary work exceeds all others, shall receive:
  1. 3 Month Core Membership or equivalent in points!
  2. A wondrous piano to suit all musical needs

And a runner up shall receive:
  1. 1 Month Core Membership or equivalent in points!
  2. A trophy in the shape of a harp.

Besides the rules in the prompt above, you must comment your submission below by April 9th 11:59 PDT.  In your comment, please also include whether you'd like Points or a Core Membership if you win.  Winners and next month's prompt will be posted on (or just after) April15th, 2017.

Winner's of January's Prompt

First place goes to:

Unwelcome GuestHector meandered through the open air marketplace with his hands shoved into the pockets of his dark trench coat. Elbows tucked in at his sides, he watched his feet as he walked. He strolled alone, though surrounded by many. The booming voices of vendors enticing the passing crowds didn’t reach him, nor did the lively plucking of stringed instruments emanating from somewhere near the center of the court. Little caught his attention anymore, not now. He spun the wedding band around his ring finger and the next intake of breath stabbed his lungs. The soft, alluring scent of honeyed bread pained his nostrils, the aroma of the pastries far too much like home.
His shoulders bowed inward and he stared unblinking at his boots, at the buckles clinking as he placed foot after foot from one stone paver to the next, one foot per tile of the grid. One, two, three…his chest trembled and he clenched his fists inside his pockets…four, five, six he counted his steps to restrain his t

And our runner up:
Lavender            The albino swept his locks out of his face before picking up his assault rifle. “Follow me,” he commanded, the others scrambling to their feet.
            Emro frowned, locking his eyes on the lieutenant. “But… where? We’re surrounded from every side.”
            Xepher stared into darkness, a maze of narrow hallways before him. “Just follow.”
            He had no plan. Yet, the cold embrace she gave him, her arms gently wrapped around his shoulders, they tried to tell him it was going to be alright.
            He didn’t believe it. Not from her. She'd hurt him more than once.
            She put her hand on his, a chill a

Congratulations!! :clap:

If you are a disloyal turncoat, then go defect to the evil doughboycafe's team for her prompt.

But if you are a good and honest person, join my side, and have an adventure! Get writing!

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