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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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HanOneSail Featured By Owner Edited Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1.) I found this article through Expose-Lit

2.) Usually I write as my mood desires, it tends to lead into Love, Human Nature, Motivation, Dark, Abstract poems. I am also dreaming of finishing my first novel being fantasy fiction, after the first book I would continue with it for as long as I can.

3.) Five words that describe my writing encompass from Eccentric, Universal, Moving, Optimistic, and Lengthy.

4.) If I could be a character in a novel I would have to choose Jonah the Narrator in Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. The reason is to experience the adventure he goes through that results in the end of the world. Also to meet the Hoenikker children, quite an odd bunch.

5.) Five people on deviantart that have helped influence me are shilin ArtTraveller77 witwitch yami-joey kworking

6.) The last poem I Favorited is by zebrazebrazebra metamorphosisHe's caught the green bug
and the shape of him stumbles,
wound up and resounding like a spring;
a tumbling flower, or a man in heat deseated
who's caught the green bug like rain on the tongue.
Now he's coiled tit to thigh, skin twitching like a gadfly
and shaping a rare round amen to the sob of it,
the sheer glorious throb of it: the dirty thumb
pressing on the seeds in spring, the storms
and showers working hour to hour
at the nonsense of being
while down in the garden
his body becomes a boyish stamen
and aiming between the eyes of the sky
he splits himself, spitting aphids and sucking
at the ground, the euclidian sway of his petals
hounding for water, begging for sound: he settles
and stops in the earth, all naked and green.
He cannot tell the round arse of a tulip
from the sun. No, he cannot run,
and the mayflies are dying
one by one by one.


7.) This is a tough one for me as lately I've felt inclined towards another piece, but of all my writes they still pale in experience and thrill to this one: Unbecoming Fables by HanOneSail

8.) Other deviants should watch me so that they can find some inspiration in my writings. I have over 100 poems at a great length and many short 4 liners if they are pressed on time. I'm also sure I wouldn't mind giving their page a glance and if I enjoy it, I will come back for more.

9.) My best pick up line is, "Want to get some pizza and make some art together?" (honestly I have none)

10.) A question I have for others in the literature community is when did you start taking writing more seriously and passionately?
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Valerie-Red Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student Writer

1. Where did you come across this article?

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")
different stuff. mostly fiction involving family and romance in a somewhat realistic setting.

3. List 5 words to describe your writing
crazy
over the top
depressing (in more ways than one)
funny
improving (I really wish my English was better sometimes)

4. If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?
Scarlet Kensington in the trilogy ghost-girl. she's pretty, though, and she gets the hot guy at the end of the story. plus she hangs out with ghosts!

5. Which five people on site are your biggest influences?
youngguardian, Sapphiresenthiss, KawaiiDerpy, xXWeAreOneXx, and abalamAnderson.


6. What was the last piece of literature you fav'd?
A poem my friend wrote as a birthdaygift to someone.

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

8. Why should other deviants watch you?
because I write in a few different genres they are likely to find something they like among my works, or future works.

9. And a silly one because we need a sense of humour- what is your best pick up line?
I lost my teddy, will you sleep with me? (silly question, silly answer. you asked for it)

10. What one question would you like to ask other members of the literature community?
what keeps you motivated when you don't feel like writing?
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:iconhanonesail:
HanOneSail Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In response to your number ten, in order to stay motivated I explore.
Usually listening to music, relaxing with games or going to sleep will do it.
Other times constantly surfing tumblr or viewing deviations on DA helps a lot too.

As a last resort, exercise... well what I mean by that is walks/sprint outside of the house can do a lot. Seeing a movie with friends, hanging out or talking to others and listening to their experiences can really inspire anything.
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ranfallboy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
1.Where did you come across this article?

I came across this article from the good folks at 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")

This one is tricky for little old me being that I have yet to fully write much yet. What I am writing is a handful of fantasy and scy-fi short stories and am working on a huge fantasy novel. Also I am writing two fantasy manga, but for completed work I got a couple of poems if you wanna check that out.

3. List 5 words to describe your writing.

Hopeful, over-the-top(with some things), overly detailed(been told), King inspired(of the Stephen variety, love that guy), and in-the-works(for now).

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

Randall Flagg(with double Gs), where off the bat we share the same first name not to mention who would not wish to be a near omni-chaotic-demigod. He is just the tops man and his dialogue is my enjoyable to read in fiction, god I lost count of how many times I just re-read paragraph upon paragraph of his monologues. The chills man.

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

I suppose Dattebayo681, McNIMs and KateChan89. Other than these three I dont browse too much, have no doubt there are many other talented people just been too lazy to explore. Will fix that.

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

That would be Fallout Equestria, if your a fan of either or both than I recommend you check it out.

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

The Petal, its cute and I love the guy.

8. Why should other deviants watch you?

Well this sounds like a trap question, I dont to rub off like a snob or something. I will give it a shot, I think deviants should watch me out because even though I dont have a lot of content out right now I have alot of stories on my lap just itching to be posted and some will very soon it is just to me all of my stories are like unpolished gems that when even when complete I feel like I can make them shine just a bit brighter.

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

"I may not have biotics but I can give you a lift.", or something like that.

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

How do they deal with the infamous writers block that blockades the creative flow, and what genre of music the like, Power Metal for me folks. 
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SpiderwebWisher Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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:iconhanonesail:
HanOneSail Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Writing is an expressive art which can be put on any medium if desired enough.
The mind contains everything it ever experiences and then emotion kicks in retelling of every bit of it all.
With writing the potentials are limitless, though varied, and are a basis for all kinds of creativity.
Whether or not people write, read, or create art; in their minds they are thinking which relates closely in hand to the act of writing.

As we write we find out more than we ever knew about ourselves or even others. In the long run it branches towards new paths of creativity and ideas.
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Michael-Grace Featured By Owner 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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