Dire ContrastsA countess in regality,
A pauper left to starve to death,
She bathes in love, in luxury,
And as the other's choking breath
Is strangled from her whittled form,
Amidst the comfort, always warm,
The tears, the fears that mar her face,
Shall never touch exalted grace.
Intricacies Of The SoulLife has been quite tough for me,
Like daggers cutting deep,
Emulsified in all my hurt,
So much I could not weep.
I reached rock bottom many times,
Smashed through rock and steel,
To find out who I truly am,
And what I truly feel.
On this journey I met a man,
Who came and stole my heart,
Now that he holds me in his palm,
I cant see well ever part.
I met a girl whos name so sweet,
Reflects her perfectly,
Blooming flower of the wild,
Beauty for all to see.
She taught me that I cannot die,
With others left behind,
I have my purpose here in life,
To love and to be kind.
Happiness you find within,
Your soul and gloried wonders,
To reach it we cannot dwell,
On all of lifes great thunder.
To let those battles that have raged,
Beat the inner me,
Would be to cut out my heart,
And soul for all to see.
So I cant let depression bear
Down on me like darkness,
I must fight through every day,
Fight for happiness.
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
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!
This 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
Publishing Resources ListMake sure you the news article!
So you've written something freaking awesome. You've edited a million times (and if you haven't, turn around and go do that. Right now). You think you maybe want to take the leap and try publishing something. But you have no idea where to start.
Well, this is a good place to be.
This the journal where I'll be keeping a running list of all the publishing resources I find, both on and off dA. Most of it will probably be related to literary journals, since that's the stage where I'm at in my literary career, but I'll add things about book publishing as I find them.
If you ever find a great resource, or if you'd like to request something specific, please leave me a note in the comments.
Also this journal is probably going to be super-messy and slightly badly-categorized for the first few weeks, so if anything looks out of place and/or you can think of a better way for me to organize this, please
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
Writing Resources for Noobs (...and not-so-noobs)I spend a lot of time giving advice to young writers. It's cool, I like doing it, and I really don't mind spending time with newbies discussing the business and the art. But I thought it might be useful to everyone if I put some of my favorite stuff here in one post.
Chuck gets it.
I find that I often link a series of the same places over and over. There are a lot of resources out there on the web, and yeah, I could just tell y'all to go Google it, but while Google brings up some great links, I also have my own personal favorites. So here you go, EKA's Favorite Writing Resources:
On Querying, Publishers, and Agents
Absolute Write: Bewares & Background Checks
Jennifer Represents, blog of l
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 writers
PARTICIPANTS- (click the link next to name to go to Project Edit pieces)
5 things + 10 more + 20!http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/23/creativity-_n_3956110.html
be honest with yourself about the things you are doing in this article
deal with them
and then go conquer your shit
10 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.
Prompts. 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
Writer Review FeatureAs part of The Review Project I went around dA leaving writers I greatly admire and am constantly inspired by, some tiny reviews.
Here they are all gathered up as a feature. Please, if you have the time take a look at a gallery or two (if not all of them) or fav to save for later! If I have time, I'll try and add one of my favorite deviations of theirs but for now y'all will have to do the exploring.
Without further ado:
melodysnow's words have a way of getting under your skin. Her pieces are always refreshing and raw – they are painted thoughts revealed with a rhythm as natural as your own thoughts. Honesty in the form of painfully beautiful imagery, reading her work is experiencing the soft beating heart of a blooming writer.
intricately-ordinary writes intricately but is hardly ordinary. Her writing is often a winding path of vivid imagery from which blooms inspiring insight.
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…
Amber 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.
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 Novel
BarbecuedIguana not only explains basic plotting, but also covers the entire writing process in this compact deviation.
Planning the Evil Plot
One 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.
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
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
WRITTEN IN THE STARS- A PROSE 'N POETRY CONTESTWRITTEN IN THE STARS-
WITH A WHOPPING 58 ENTRIES !! YOU GUYS ARE INCREDIBLE!!
- A PROSE AND POETRY CONTEST
GUYS PLEASE STICK TO WESTERN ZODIAC
YOU CAN FIND ALL THE SUBMITTED ENTRIES IN THE >>STARS CONTEST ENTRIES<< FOLDER
SO EXCITED TO BE RECEIVING YOUR PIECES SOON! <3
I kindly ask if anyone is willing to donate for this contest:
SEEKING BOTH POINT AND PRIZE DONATIONS PLEASE <3
GUYS WHAT I URGENTLY NEED NOW IS
--- 1 MORE 3 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION DONATION FOR THE PROSE WINNER AND
--- 2 MORE 3 MONTH OR 1 6 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION FOR THE POETRY WINNER
Only if you can, do DONATE POINTS TO DIRECTLY TO ME OR TO MY DONATION POOL PLZ.
I ALSO NEED
Yorick MagazineYorick Magazine has quickly become one of my favorite small presses. The editor is very responsive and nice, and the entire process from submission to being published has been nice - Alex personally notifies contributors when the issue is put out. And perhaps, best of all, Yorick doesn't abuse issuu. (Issuu is the online program some publishers use for their issues.) I'm so used to seeing issuu issues that are WAY too long - a "everybody get's in" kind of publication. They're not a lot of fun to get published in because, well, you don't like the other things you're published next to. I liked Alex's choices. Check it out: http://issuu.com/yorickmagazine/docs/spring2013
(Okay, okay, I didn't read the prose yet - and might not - because I just don't like prose much, but I can vouch for the poems.)
If you're interested in submitting: http://yorickmagazine.com/
If you want to tweet something bizarre, random, comical, or in general unprofessional (not rude) to Alex, they've got a good
Love Letter to Yourself Contest, CLOSED!!! Edit: This contest is now officially closed! Thank you to everyone who entered. Please scroll down for the final prize list as well as run time for voting. We will be working hard to narrow down the amazing entries. Winners will be posted no later than March 15th. However, if we come to a conclusion before that, I will post the winner's blog early. Thanks again to all who participated and donated prizes!
Edit: Only three days left to enter! Enter while you can!
Scroll down for updated prize list. Seriously, we have tons of awesome prizes. Thank you to everyone who's donated!
Welcome to PoeticalCondition's Second Official Contest!!!
Okay, so it is February, and what is in February? Valentines day!
We are sure to see at least a zillion variations on the valentine concept in prompts and contests. Some people adore the day, some hate it and some, like myself, just think it's stupid. So we'll see the
usual love and h
Welcome to HaikuWriMo Bingo!Greetings haiku enthusiasts, and have we got a surprise for you!
This month, during our first celebration of our HaikuWriMo, we'll be doing rounds of Bingo to help urge your creative spirits to get to haiku writing. There will be fun, and our prize pool is always on the lookout for more donations to either myself or TwilightPoetess.
We've prepared a multitude of prompts from all but three of the group's genres to serve as the numbers for our gameboard, and we are also welcoming two new additions to the gallery, the Erotic genre for sensual content (but not explicit), and the Epistolary Genre for haiku letters.
Without further chattering let's get right into how this works, shall we? Here is the gameboard I'll be playing with:
The 'HaikuBingo1-1' gamebo
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
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