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Dire ContrastsA countess in regality,A pauper left to starve to death,She bathes in love, in luxury,And as the other's choking breathIs strangled from her whittled form,Amidst the comfort, always warm,The tears, the fears that mar her face,Shall never touch exalted grace.
PennilessUnder this mask, can you see Im a mess?Battered by hardship, bruised by constant loneliness,Daggers slice through me everywhere,How is this justice? This isnt fair!Shadows consume- stealing away,My clarity, joy- each moment each day,I am left penniless wasting away.
remedies for those suffering from writer's blockI was gonna title this "prompt journal" but since I'm listing full-fledged strategies and I'm weird you get this lovely little thing, my own personal Chicken Soup for the Literary Constipated. These are all tactics I use frequently or thought would be fun.1. Create the prettiest, most unique imagery you can imagine and then write a poem around those words and phrases. (I once wrote a whole poem around the phrase cereal box savior )2. Write dedications you plan on never letting anyone see. It can range from two lines to twenty stanzas, but sit down and tell everyone what you think of them in as poetic a way as you can. This is really cathartic and a good practice for those who don't write dedications well (*cough* me)3. Write a diary entry in verse. Take your own emotions and stories and fictionalize them; make them close enough to the truth that it's easy to write but far enough from yourself that you still feel it's beautiful. This is also really cathartic.4. Take a com
Inspiring Deviants: LiteratureEveryday, I have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful deviants who continue to inspire me. In the eight years I have shared my writing here, I have had the privilege to meet others who value my passion for Literature and beyond – and have gained so much. From many here I have learned the power of stirring inspiration, delving into our creative passions, and connections in love and friendship. I wanted to spotlight just a few artistic souls who have made a distinctive impact in my life – and to express my deepest gratitude towards them all for making a difference within our Literature community.You Have Made a Difference in My Life…AGMeadeAmber shines not only through her graceful personality, but also in her talents as a writer. You can trust in knowing that with Amber’s writing you will find truth and beauty.:devDreamsinstati
May Mixup Madness (MMM) 2015 Welcome back to another round of May Mixup Madness (MMM). I am your host, kiwi-damnation and I hope you've all had a great 2015 so far. This month will hopefully bring a lot of fun and awesome your way. AAA went pretty well with some great entries . Well done to those who participated. I meant to put this up earlier but life gets in the way at times. Let's get ready to kick ass with May Mixup Madness. Who's with me?Ready?Ok.May Mixup Madness follows a similar structure to the cento poetic form in that you choose ONE musician or poet and use lines from various pieces of theirs. You can't use more than one line from each piece so if you're creating an 8 line, 2 stanza poem, you will need 8 different songs or poems to draw from. Once you have your musician/band/poet and your chosen lines, all you have to do is stitch them together to create something new and amazing!Choose it, Find it, Stitch it! 1.Choose ONE po
DFC 2012! The December Form Challenge is back!It’s that time of year again… DFC! Who’s ready to tackle the December Form Challenge for 2012?This year follows the same format as last year with new forms and new prompts to challenge and befuddle you.Please check out The DFC Form Chart 2012. All of the days are outlined with forms and prompts and explanations for each.If you can’t access the pdf, please don’t hesitate to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will sort it out straight away for you. I have a word document version that I can happily send out to you.All entries (that we know about) will be getting collected and placed into our designated DFC 2012 folder so that you can all peruse each other’s work. We also still have a
Project EditHello there odd collection of people who read my ramblings!I have an idea for a project. I was going through some of the really old pieces in my gallery recently that I haven't looked at in a long time, sorting through them and picking out some to edit and putting stuff into gallery folders to keep it organized and I had an idea. This would be the project:-select a handful of pieces (3-5) that you have an eye to improve, and could use feedback on-copy or move them into a gallery folder titled "project edit"-visit like gallery folders of fellow deviants and leave feedback for them-receive feedback on your own pieces-consider the input of your fellow writers and tackle your edit.-link me with finished pieces and I will select some to feature in subsequent "project edit" journals-propagate this project by suggesting participation from fellow writersPARTICIPANTS- (click the link next to name to go to Project Edit pieces)disrhythmic http://disrhythmic.deviantart.c
Community Project: One-Sentence-At-A-Time [CLOSED] Well, that's a wrap! SCFrankles got in the last word this time. Expect the deviation to be posted sometime tomorrow. Thanks for a smashing success! You've all seen these, I am sure. The idea is one person starts a story with a single sentence. Each participant writes a comment that adds another sentence to continue the story. You can leave as many comments as you'd like, but no two can be back to back. Please make sure you read previous comments so you know what general direction the story is headed. Some ground rules: The story will be written in third person omniscient which allows us to be in any character's head at any time. But try not to do too much jumping as that gets confusing. Absolutely stick to the ONE sentence per comment rule. They can be compound sentences. Let's aim to have this story done by January 5th at 11:59pm Pacific Time. I'll compile all the comments into one
5 things + 10 more + 20!http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/23/creativity-_n_3956110.htmlread itbe honest with yourself about the things you are doing in this articledeal with themand then go conquer your shit10 Mental Blocks of Creative Thinking: http://ispeakquotes.com/quotes/10-mental-blocks-of-creative-thinking"However great a man's natural talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at once." — Jean Jacques Rousseau close to my heart... top 20 literary quotes about short stories: http://writerswrite.co.za/the-top-20-literary-quotes-about-short-stories
My Prompt Journal (Lit Community Experiment cont.)Hello All and Welcome to 2013! Not that many people have picked up on this yet! Come on guys, lets get involved (Original Gif too trippy for words!)I hope everyone had a lovely break and are fully in the swing of the New Year! Now this journal isn't a personal one, despite the title- in fact it is a journal I am challenging all of you to write and all of you to help others write. At this time of year, we've made resolutions and I expect half of you have included "write more" as one of those resolutions. This experiment is to help you fulfil that resolution so by 2014 you are sat here feeling achieved.The ExperimentPrompts. Prompts are awesome. Why are they so awesome- because they get you writing! There are times when you feel unmotivated, wanting to write but not sure what to writ
Jump Start Your StoryWelcome to our brand spanking Quarterly Resource Feature! That's right, four times a year we're going to invade your inbox with some pointers, guides and tutorials to assist you in your writing adventures and there's nothing you can do about it! For our first feature, we're going to keep things simple and work with the basics of starting your story. It should be obvious that a story starts with an idea. But how do we get from a basic idea to a full blown novel? Well, there are lots of answers to that. Here are just some:How to Write a NovelBarbecuedIguana not only explains basic plotting, but also covers the entire writing process in this compact deviation.Planning the Evil PlotOne of the most thorough plotting resources I've seen in a very long time. MissLunaRose not only gives an in depth look to her process but us
Tips from Talented RhymersRhyming shouldn't be stigmatized over poor examples or be embraced as the only poetic form available to the writer due to the many classical examples from centuries before. It should be used if the writer is comfortable with it, or it is a part of how they write, or what they are writing calls for rhyming. The writers below are all talented at their craft and have generously accepted to contribute to the article.HoldTheNoise What is your opinion on rhyming literature on deviantART?Traditionally fixed literature in any place (not strictly deviantArt), can seem either very natural and effortless, or very forced. Although free verse tends to be significantly more popular here, there's something in a rhythmic poem that free verse does not always capture. Just like word choice or metaphors, the melody of a poem also helps in the telling of the story.Do you have an
Magic of Memories Comp - CLOSED** This competition has now CLOSED.Lit Competition #14 - "The Magic of Memories"I just read through my past journals and it seems this is my 14th lit competition here on DA, and my 17th competition overall, which is jolly! I have obviously been gone a long time so I wanted to meet people from the lit community and get involved again so this seemed like a good idea, plus obviously its almost Christmas so why the hell not!The ThemeThis year I asked my 7 closest friends to write their favourite memory from 2012 on a piece of paper about each of the other 7 (including me). They will all go into envelopes and on New Years Eve each person will get an envelope with these letters from the other 7 people about them. This is a great way to remind you of how far you have come in the past year, remember the best days and nights of that year, to feel loved, and it provides a permanent reminder that you can go back to in twenty years and remember this year. I'm hoping that it'll go
December 19thYOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT ITIn celebration of surviving past 2012 - as I hope we all will - I announce the:Glory Be! ProjectHere's the deal: I pledge to write a (SHORT) poem every day next year. And you will, too. Wow that sounds way worse than it is. The idea is to write something every day. Now before you decide to stop reading, obviously, 365 days in a row is a bit much to ask, but you can do... 320 at least, right? I know I can.Now, you're probably thinking, "define poem" or "I can't write a WHOLE poem, no matter how short every day" - I'm talking about haiku, twitter poems, fragments, six word story, etc. I'm not talking about writing a sonnet a day If you sit down to write a Glory Be! entry and it becomes a whole poem - AWESOME - if not, that's okay, too. You sat down and you wrote.Here's what I mean - a few of my little examples of what I could put down for my Glory Be entry for today
My Prompt Journal 2013This is my 2013 Prompt Journal! Feel free to suggest prompts and I will add them to this list!Basic Prompts Using found poetry, compile a "list poem" like this: To Be a Charming Female by ~CailinLiath Make it as humorous or serious, as long or as short, as you'd like. (betwixtthepages) Write about the adventures that you and your best childhood friend went on. The friend can be real or imaginary. (LiliWrites) Write a color poem about someone close to you (e.g. colour of your son's eyes). (Nichrysalis) Write a 100-word flash fiction that takes place at a circus. (SadisticIceCream) Write a story about an OH NO moment with your son. The OH NO has to be something YOU did. (ChristalKitto)
The Ancient Egyptian Deity Short Story Challenge!Hello!This challenge has been going on in the forums now for a couple of months, with an end date of the 31st August. I thought it would make sense firstly to have a journal to organise everything, including copies of the actual submissions as well as extending this rather popular thread to those who watch me, but may not embrace the forums. The original challenge article is here: The Ancient Egyptian Deity Challenge The Deities and assigned members Because of the very exciting volume of participants, I've actually re-used the list so some Deities have more than one person writing using them. It doesn't matter because everyone's writing an interpretation is different!Aken Tense placeusernamehere kmbrotherAmmit Duat SurrealCachinnationAmun thelittleone :devaibo
Contest! (...because I said so.)So I'm sitting here looking at this list of the 117 most beautiful words in the English language --> http://blog.topplaza.com/2011/05/117-most-beautiful-words-in-the-english-language/ <-- and have decided that since I'm failing miserably at creating something non-nostalgic lately, you people should write epic things and I shall reward you, and I also decided that I should totally stop writing in run-on sentences. Oops.The prompt:I've picked the 5 words from that list of wordies that I like best and/or think sound the weirdest:Dalliance A brief love affair.Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.Lissome Slender and graceful.Mellifluous Sweet sounding.Scintilla A spark or very small thing.You are to write a poem using one or more of the words and the poem must sound natural and knock my imaginary socks off. Link me in this journal or via note and I'll fav it and put it
PE - SciFaiku Poetry FormWhat on earth is SciFaiku?SciFaiku (science fiction haiku) is a minimalist science fiction poetry form similar to traditional haiku. According to Wikipedia (grain of salt guys), the earliest publication of SciFaiku was likely in 1962. It became known officially as SciFaiku in 1995 when the SciFaiku Manifesto was posted up by Tom Brink. (At the time of finalizing this article, the website is down; however, I have seen it go down and come back up before, so it's worth saving. They may be having server issues.)How does one write SciFaiku?SciFaiku is written like traditional contemporary haiku, and as such, SciFaiku seeks a sense of immediacy. A capture of a moment. A directness of expression, avoiding abstractions. A good SciFaiku does not make any judgments. Conveying a feeling of immediacy is important. Here's an example: Digging up an ancient city, finding the print
December Gems...Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland by Phatpuppyart-StudiosEglise Saint-Eustache 0387 by JuliaKretsch:thumb340451875:MANDALA DESIGN 131 5A by Philluppussendiri by styvopDances Oceans by MirellaSantanadream by BlackCocktailWho Are You.. by SweediesArtTolerance by emilielegerfumes by KaitForestFrost by DearPoetryGreen by Y43Serendipity and Snowfall by Sammur-amatFlight of Fantasy reworked by aldwarke..: Now and Forever :.. by Mademoiselle-Psprinkled with love by mj-magict e m p t e d by creativemikeydoze by kyptanuyWarm wishes from a marmot by Momotte2an almost epilogue by Another-HitchhikerSanta Fe de Bogota by AzizrianDaoXrakPrincess by MadPrinceFeanor:thumb340331397:Love by AmberZ-ArtThingsNight Dweller by juhoham.: God Has A Plan For Us All :. by NatiatVII:thumb340379067:It's a Delicate World. by likektCrow's Nest by Dragon-of-Rivendell:thumb315271464:mothers by ohsostarryeyed:thumb339957073:Steady She Goes by tiajoneslearning to breathe anew by Hfeather53:thumb340272392:Chained song by PaulVonGore:thumb322547868:I Watch You Fall by Ludifico:thumb340064678:no earthly good by YouInventedMeNeed by Barklook, little cat by that-black-she-wolfKindred Spirits by xeena-dragonkizz