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The Literature Community Experiment

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 2:13 PM
This is a typical example of a Beccalicious shower pondering! The idea of this is to try and bring together as many people as possible all in one journal, but not for the sake of making a big number, but to encourage interaction and share useful tidbits. We often say the "literature community" has drifted apart over the past few years and this is just one attempt to try get people to come back together. It's a little hippy, perhaps a far-fetched idea, which is why I am calling it an "experiment". This could be successful and could be a complete fail- only you guys and your efforts can decide its fate!

:new: Wow! The response for this has been HUGE!!! Thank you so much all of you who have participated! Don't forget to add CRLiterature to your watch as well as replying to all these wonderful comments! :heart:



The Experiment


So you may be new to the literature side of deviantART, or you may be one of those long time sufferers who has stuck by for years, pulling your hair out at the reoccurring instances, the questions and even the occasional drama. The idea is to try and get this journal cross posted to as many groups as possible- spreading the word out there that we want to pull the community together where we can. All participants are encouraged to answer the questions below- a little like the "meet and greet" journal we did back in June. 

The second bit is a bit like speed dating- individuals can read others' answers and hopefully respond and seek a few watchers who have similar interests or seem like a curious person to watch. We want to enocurage everyone to pick 2-3 new people to watch each and maybe watch back those who add you

The Useful Links!


Because the literature community is one huge messy web, here are a couple of useful places to visit that you may have never heard of before, not visited for a while or just hang around already like a bad smell.

:bulletorange: Monthly Critique Thread
:bulletorange: #CRLiterature Chat room
:bulletorange: Literature Critique Tips

The Groups:


To get your group featured on this list, feature this journal entry on that group and it will be added by me with a short description as to what the group is for!

:iconcrliterature:- This is the main CR-led community hub for literature on dA. The group allows members to post information on their own literature projects/contests etc to share with the community as well as updating of community news, DD roundups and encouragement of community activity (such as this!)

:iconauthors-roundtable:- A new group, only launched last week aiming to support writers in an Arthurian style.

:iconspraying-revolution:- A group which shares artwork with the theme of peace in mind. (Not Lit specific)

:iconthewritinghaven:- An opportunity to request critique and give critique on your writing.

:iconsolutionssanctuary:is a group that aims to dispel myths and cure complaints around deviantART. Each month we'll focus on a different issue using contests, challenges, features, and chat events to highlight the problem and find viable solutions. We hope you'll join us in making deviantART the best it can be!

:iconsuturehq:- A very old school group, featuring some great older pieces.

:iconwriters-workshop:- The first literature group when the group format launched. Writers-Workshop hold regular workshops for all to participate and enjoy!

:iconlyriclub:This is the group for songwriters and other poets, who would like to share their songs, lyrics and poems, or simply read those of others. We have lyrical contests going every month, critique days, a Member of the Month award, interviews, a birthday list, and more!

:iconcommunity-projects:- A group supporting the Community Projects gallery and project awareness throughout deviantART.

:icondevnews:- A group aiming to promote deviantART's Community by spreading information about all current and upcoming events that are relevant to deviants.

:icondawishingwell:a group specifically created to give back to the dA community by granting dA-related wishes such as premium subs, supergroup status, giving items off of wishlists, point donations, features, DD requests, and more! 

:iconwordsmiths-guild:- A poetry specific group dedicated to the creation of excellent poetry and our growth as artists. 

:iconfighttowrite:- A group of crazy people obsessed with literature ready to share work.

:iconthesimulacrum:The Simulacrum is a library dedicated to the creators of, and appreciators of, snapshot poetry. Poetry that, in no more than ten lines, expresses and captures the blink of an essence.

:iconvicious-verse:- Our Jungian shadow must be expressed so that we may integrate our disparate selves. vicious-verse shall be a safe haven for the dark poetry that festers within us. We must be completely human if we are to know ourselves.

:iconprosepoetry-elegance:The purpose of Prosepoetry-Elegance is to be a showcase for the truly outstanding writing on deviantArt. As such, deviants undergo a screening process for general writing quality before they are allowed to join.

:iconhumanconditions:- A group of serious artists of any media whose work deals with emotions and the condition of being human.

:iconself-publishing:We welcome anyone who has ever wanted to or has ever been published in any publication (yes, your highschool lit mag counts!) If you're working on a poem or story that you would love to see in print, this is the place for you!

:iconincahootsliterature:As the name suggests, this is a group to get together and create literature in a fun way. You don't have to collab to be a part of the group, but we encourage y'all to get in on the fun.

:iconto-our-family: A group featuring work based on family life.

:icontheshelflife:- A group showcasing published deviants and their published pieces!

:icongeorge-orwell-da: A group seeking essays and writing pertaining to the Orwellian tradition (in the good sense), i.e. dystopian satires, essays that deal with society, politics and literature. 

:iconthewrittenrevolution: is a long serving, solid group- designed to give dedicated and inspired writers the chance to develop and promote their work through feedback and mutual support.

:icon15-minutes-of-fame: A group for mature writers of all ages who seek to show off their very best work; a place for readers to become acquainted with fame-worthy literature. No drama, no llamas. Just 15 minutes of fame.

:iconpowerfulwriting:- A group aiming to help writers improve and develop their own style of writing by focusing on three main areas: Critiques, prompts, and workshops. Plus, a bit of encouragement through features.

:iconpoeticalcondition: - A group dedicated to all forms of poetry!

The Important Bit...


Answer the following:

1. Where did you come across this article?
2. What forms of literature do you write? (be more specific- i.e.. tell us what genre, or styles such as "Eastern Poetry" or "Horror fiction")
3. List 5 words to describe your writing
4. If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?
5. Which five people on site are your biggest influences?
6. What was the last piece of literature you fav'd?
7. Which ONE piece of writing in your gallery shows you as a writer best? (JUST ONE, THINK CAREFULLY!)
8. Why should other deviants watch you?
9. And a silly one because we need a sense of humour- what is your best pick up line?
10. What one question would you like to ask other members of the literature community?


LET THE EXPERIMENT COMMENCE!





COME JOIN THE COMMUNITY EXPERIMENT! Meet new people, find awesome groups and touch base with the literature community!
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:iconspiderwebwisher:
SpiderwebWisher Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
1. Where did you come across this article?

I came across this on #TheWritersMeow.

2. What forms of literature do you write? (be more specific- i.e.. tell us what genre, or styles such as "Eastern Poetry" or "Horror fiction") 

I write short stories and sometimes poetry, mostly in the fields of romance and mystery so far (I'm experimenting). But I really do General Fiction writing...

3. List 5 words to describe your writing.

Deep, perceptive, detailed, suspenseful, and imaginative?

4. If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?

I would so be Death from Neil Gaiman's graphic novel series, Sandman. I would be her because she basically helps and accompanies people to the very end, anything that's ever lived and ended, she's been with. I could help people, even though it's with their last dying breath.

5. Which five people on site are your biggest influences?

I think (not in order) EmmyIsAZebra, CupofCharlie, 3wyl, Dejers, and SutekiiChan. :)

6. What was the last piece of literature you fav'd?

fav.me/d6fwbg0 - Permission, by samsamsammysam66

7. Which ONE piece of writing in your gallery shows you as a writer best? (JUST ONE, THINK CAREFULLY!) 

fav.me/d6mbwv2 - Sixty-one Seconds

8. Why should other deviants watch you?

I think the only reason other deviants (I call them deviantARTists) is if they like my work and want to support me. If they don't like my work, don't watch me. If they do, watch me. :) Simple as that.

9. And a silly one because we need a sense of humour- what is your best pick up line? 

This is a toughie. What about - Hey babe, can you please pretend I'm telling you a pick up line and you're being wooed by my sheer awesomeness?

10. What one question would you like to ask other members of the literature community?

What is the meaning of life? or What is true inspiration?
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SubjugatedSandwich Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Death is awesome! I own all the Absolute Sandmans. Took me forever to have enough money to get them. I have used almost that exact pick-up line before by the way. =D
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SpiderwebWisher Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, my mom bought all the Sandman graphic novels from a comic book collector and gave them to me. :D And, ooooh. Really? Didn't mean to. Great minds think alike?
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TheInnerAnimal Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist
1. Where did you come across this article? I was browsing DeviantART for something to read, and I came across this.

2. What forms of literature do you write? (be more specific- i.e.. tell us what genre, or styles such as "Eastern Poetry" or "Horror fiction") Well, I like to write fanficiton about animals.

3. List 5 words to describe your writing People tell me that I'm: detailed, imaginative, incredible, stunned

4. If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be and why? I would be the girl who would be saved by the handsome boy.

5. Which five people on site are your biggest influences? Everyone who isn't a art thief. 

6. What was the last piece of literature you fav'd? I haven't fav'd any yet

7. Which ONE piece of writing in your gallery shows you as a writer best? (JUST ONE, THINK CAREFULLY!)  The Dark Days: Chapter 1

8. Why should other deviants watch you? Well, I'm not saying that anyone should but if they like my writing then I guess I would love to have some watchers! 
:happybounce:
 
9. And a silly one because we need a sense of humour- what is your best pick up line? "Are you sixs nuts to the wind?"

10. What one question would you like to ask other members of the literature community? Why do you think writing is so powerful to the human mind and emotion?

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Michael-Grace Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Where did you come across this article? - I was a bit desperate to find a group where I would fit in, to be honest ^^;

2. What forms of literature do you write? - For the most part, I write 3rd person dialogues (role playing-style) and "Lore and Legend"-style excerpts pertaining to my characters.

3. List 5 words to describe your writing - Upper-class Novella Role Player

4. If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be and why? - Leo Valdez, from Rick Riordan's Lost Heroes of Olympus series. Why? Because of his electric personality, and his ability to jump-start himself into action. Plus, he's a heavy hitter - I love heavy hitters.

5. Which five people on site are your biggest influences? - Yuumei, ChrisCold, Goldenspines, KiXx6, and LehaniLee.

6. What was the last piece of literature you fav'd? - This one, actually - I don't think I've favorited anything else yet...

7. Which ONE piece of writing in your gallery shows you as a writer best? - At the moment, the only one I have: "He Who Wields the Darkness."

8. Why should other deviants watch you? - They shouldn't - stop peeking in my window already, will ya? It's creepy >_>

9. And a silly one because we need a sense of humour- what is your best pick up line? - If I had one, I wouldn't be single XD

10. What one question would you like to ask other members of the literature community? - What's your persona? (www.quotev.com/quiz/2883488/Ad…
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:icondaydreaming-aurora:
Daydreaming-Aurora Jun 16, 2013  Student Writer
I know that I'm a bit late to the party but I'd still like to participate. Here goes!

1. Where did you come across this article?
I was randomly exploring journals by the Lit CVs. I think I :+fav:ed this a while ago but never commented because I was too scared.

2. What forms of literature do you write? (be more specific- i.e.. tell us what genre, or styles such as "Eastern Poetry" or "Horror fiction")
I usually write free verse poetry which is often inspired by Romanticism. Dreams, romance, emotions and nature are the main concepts I write about. However, I have been experimenting with emotional prose lately.

3. List 5 words to describe your writing
Simple, amateurish, dreamy, sweet, improving (slowly!)


4. If you could be a character in any novel you've ever read, who would you be and why?
This question has just made me realize that few of the books I read have strong female protagonists. I need to change that.

5. Which five people on site are your biggest influences?
*Demachic, ~Peghan, ~Dreaming-Wordsmith, =Sammur-amat and *your-methamphetamine

6. What was the last piece of literature you fav'd?
Flora at the Pass by `KathrynODriscoll

7. Which ONE piece of writing in your gallery shows you as a writer best? (JUST ONE, THINK CAREFULLY!)
May Your Dreams Take Wing

8. Why should other deviants watch you?
I see things differently from the rest of the world and I try to capture what I see and feel on paper. My writing may not be great, but it may offer a different perspective of life.

9. And a silly one because we need a sense of humour- what is your best pick up line?
You're just like asthma. You take my breath away. ;P

10. What one question would you like to ask other members of the literature community?
Anybody want a friend?
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SubjugatedSandwich Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ha! I loved "improving" on #3. Now I think that should be one of everybody's words. What good would "great" writing be to anyone without a little perspective, right? An interesting perspective can take writing a long way in my opinion. And yes, who doesn't want a friend? Nice to meet you! =D
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Daydreaming-Aurora Sep 13, 2013  Student Writer
:huggle: Thanks! Nice to meet you!
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:iconluckyslugger:
1: a dear friend of mine tossed me a link, since I love writing but never had the courage to publish.
2: I usually write fantasy, but will occasionally write a poem if I feel so inclined.
3: creative, clever, fun, long, fantastic
4: probably Tavi from the Codex Alera. Despite having no power in a world where some mortals are effectively gods, he consistently defeats his opponents using brainpower alone.
5: well, I haven't been on the site actively for too long, so I don't have an answer for this question.
6: See 5 (regrettably)
7: See 6 :( . I only have Lacrima, and while I love what it is shaping up to be, I only have the prologue published.
8: Because as I grow more on the site, I'll start to publish and create even better stories, but I need you guys to do this. Plus, my stories are fun!
9: Okay, gonna make this one up on the spot: "Say, sweetheart, are you in a band? 'Cause you just rocked my world."
10: Anyone want to swap stories?
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:icongileadsbalm:
1. I don't remember how I came across this, it must have been posted by one of the groups I follow. Probably CRLiterature.

2. I usually stick to fixed form poetry and short stories, although I don't write much.

3. My writing is very short.

4. If I could be a character in a novel I've read it'd have to be Sherlock Holmes (book version, not Benadryl Crumblybuns) or Yasu from Nana because he's amazing. Although I dunno if manga counts >.>

5. My biggest influences are probably Poe, Pope, Wordsworth and some others. :iconjackgunski: and :iconejames10: are the only two writers on DA that I consistently read. I'd like to change that.

6. The last piece of literature I fav'd was Muckraking! by :iconhavetales-willtell:. It's six words long so I'll just post it: "Rake deflowers dirty hoes, spreads seed."

7. Hmmm, best work? That'll be the homage to Poe, [link]

8. You should watch me because I definitely won't clutter up your inbox. I only submit things every once in a Blue moon, usually only when I'm pretty satisfied with it.

9. I don't have a best pick up line, sorry to disappoint.

10. My question is: Why are you answering this question?
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