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Literature Articles You Should Know

Wed Jan 15, 2014, 9:12 PM
I don't take the time to write good community-building articles, I'm no good at it. But organizing good community articles? I'm all over that! Many thanks go to the great people who put so much of their time and energy into this site. If you don't know these people, they are intelligent, kind hearted, and entirely too good to be associating with layabouts like me. They deserve a lot more, but I recommend thanking them with llamas, points, gifts, praise... or :+devwatch: watch them. I've yet to see anything bad come from any of these guys. Oh, and if you aren't watching CRLiterature you should be. :eyes:

I'm going to try and catalog the most recent postings of various literature articles that the crazy amazing people of our community produce. It's hard to keep track of them all, but somebody has to try! And in the "those who cannot do" mentality, I can handle list-making as opposed to creating a series of my own. Everything that ends up on this page (and more) goes into my Lit Community Favorites folder, or will from now on, so you can find everything I keep track of if you so desire. (You can also figure out broken links if I screw up, which is bound to happen eventually, if not sooner.) I'm aiming for ten or fewer links per series, whether that means a week's worth of a daily article or two months' of a monthly. Seems like seven or eight is the norm. Any more would blast this poor journal into oblivion; full indexes for these (which I think I'll be making as a minor service to repay these great people) will come soon.

:trophy: I don't have a great place to remind you all that the wonderful IrrevocableFate keeps a list of literature contests for us all, but you should all check it out anyway! (Last updated: 11 January.)

New to deviantART? Don't panic.


There are any number of resources available to you, I'm only going to mention a couple of them or I'd fill up the entire journal.
  • Expose-Lit: Your Literature Lifeline - a roundup of resources for the new writers on dA, including the Welcome Wagon, helpful links, chatrooms, forums, literature groups, competitions, and more. (Please note: the list of Community Volunteers is out of date, as this was posted back in 2012. For the CVs, check out CRLiterature or scroll down to the next section!)
  • Breaking into Lit! - some basic steps to get you involved in the community. (Again, this is from 2012, so there are a couple broken links, but on the whole this is very useful stuff!)
  • Tips: How to get started with the lit community!
  • And here are some FAQs, focusing on literature but covering a lot of dA basics.

Center of the Universe :eyes:


Also known as CRLiterature. In case you've forgotten, we have a great team of literature Community Volunteers who keep tabs on the literature community and make a central place for us to congregate for news and awesome literature. :typerhappy: They're good people, and don't let me hear anyone say different! (Except you, lovely CVs, you can demean yourselves all you like, that's your business...)


And don't forget the current stuffs from CRLiterature:

Daily Literature Recognition by the DailyLitRecognition team


Daily Literature Recognition is a group that is dedicated to bringing literature to the forefront of the deviantART community. We attempt to accomplish this by daily featuring Literature artists from around the community that deserve the recognition, but are not getting it. Each day we will feature 5 deviations from the Literature categories in a News Article. In order to support the artists that we feature, we ask that you fave the news article as well as check out the individual pieces. We understand that each day you may not be able to check out each and every one of the pieces. We just ask that you make an attempt to help support the growing Literature community and these artists.

The group has a number of administrators to whom you can send suggestions, that list is posted on the LitRecognition front page. They also have additional articles you can find through the group, such as a Saturday Spotlight interview.

Daily Bread Cafe by C-A-Harland


The DailyBreadCafe is a small attempt at building a helping branch to the ever growing community on dA. Not only is this publication created for you, but also to help spread the love to everyone on dA. This group is not specifically focused on literature, but they do have literary features from time to time, which I'll feature here. They've taken over an old account of someone else's, so don't get too confused if you look back in the journal history and find unrelated entries. I imagine they're working to get everything fixed to their satisfaction.

Love dA Lit by IrrevocableFate


There's no way I can post all of the Love dA Lit articles because she's been at it for years. :faint: Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group or project for two weeks. 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.

Ladies of Lit by LadyLincoln


This article is a monthly assortment of literature features from a selection of female deviants here on deviantART, all of them suggested by you. There's also a variety of other things of interest, including a deviant spotlight, upcoming events, a selection of other interesting Literature news links, and a "meet our contributors" section.

Because LadyLincoln keeps a list of links to old articles at the bottom of each feature, I'm only going to feature the current article here. This is merely a space-saving measure, in no way do I love LadyLincoln any less than the others.

Adjusting the Antennae by chromeantennae


A series of monthly interviews with inspiring people in the literature community, including digging into the various things each member does around the site, whether it be groups, features, or general helpfulness, as well as inspirations on and off site, deviants they think deserve a shout out, and their own galleries. (Also: Episode Archive)

League of Lit Groups by IrrevocableFate


Like groups? Want to join a group's admin team? Well this article is for you! Posted once a month (on the fourth Tuesday?) this article will revisit one past group spotlight from Love dA Lit and one literature group who is in need of admins to help with their various group activities.

Assist and Admin by IrrevocableFate


Ever thought about creating your own Literature group? STOP RIGHT THERE. You may not need to! There could already be a group that is doing the EXACT thing you want to do. Before you touch that 'Create a Group' button, check here to see if you can be a part of an admin team. You have the added benefit of already having a team around you. How cool is that?! Posted monthly and kept as up-to-date as possible.

Literary Compass by mirz-alt


Due to the nature of the site, shorter works tend to get more focus. It's easier to quickly read a poem or a short story, and thus many of the feature articles on dA showcase those works. However, there are many novelists and serial writers among the mix, oftentimes fighting an uphill battle to have their works seen and appreciated. With that in mind, mirz-alt has started an article to spotlight some of those artists and their literary-worlds. The works covered in this feature will exclusively be long-form fiction such as novels, trilogies, etc., or fiction serials. The group LiteraryCompass keeps track of the articles and novels alike.

30 Writers You Should Discover by LadyLincoln


An assortment every couple of months featuring various authors on deviantART who are well worth getting to know. All of their respective galleries are packed full of tremendous deviations that the author enjoys and hopes that you will too. If you have suggestions, you can note her (one suggestion per note please).

tWR's Interviews Series (theWrittenRevolution)


Together with their Mentorship Project, they'll be releasing a series of interviews with experienced writers and members of our community. They will all have a different focus, according to the parts of the Project they are paired with.

Community Participation: Be A Critic!


One of our CVs, GrimFace242, has brought back the wildly popular Be A Critic series, located at its own group, BeACritic. The challenge is to pick one of the pieces that were featured, give it constructive critique, and then leave a comment on the journal with a link to your critique. These have deadlines, so if you want to participate in the challenge, you have to do it on time. But the features are good forever.

Because Grim has the group to keep track of old articles, I'm only going to feature the current article here. This is merely a space-saving measure, in no way do I love GrimFace242 any less than the others.


More to Come, but you can Contact Me


Since I obviously have failed to find all the articles from the literature community, please note me! I want the outstanding articles from the literature community about the literature community for the wider community. I'm not currently interested in personal choice features (there are simply too many to include) or group-centric news, but you're welcome to try me. Worst I can say is no. :D (Fair warning, the longer this article gets, the pickier I'm gonna be.)

Mention Note: If the "Mention" feature flagged you, it's because I'm indexing the article that featured you, and your name came up. Sorry, no special feature from me today.

I hit the 'update' flag about once a month to make sure this shows up in recent entries, but I update daily.

This article is just an index of some really amazing literature articles posted by our community (not the official CVs, these are from anyone). These people are posting periodic articles and someone needs to collect them, so I have. Please don't give me any credit for all of this. I'm just typing up a list. They're the ones who deserve extra love. :dalove: (Hint hint.)

If you have things to add, please NOTE me, otherwise I'm liable to lose the information!
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:iconindigoskyes:
IndigoSkyes Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You all are lovely, thank you! :hug:
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:iconmotleydreams:
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! Glad to add you to the list of those who earned Lit Recognition! :)
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015   Writer
:squee:
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raspil Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   Writer
:-)
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DynamiteHearts Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015   General Artist
Thank you. New Lit-Compass should be up today or tomorrow.
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015   Writer
You live!

:huggle:
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:iconmotleydreams:
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:shifty: Is it obvious? :glomp:
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015   Writer
:giggle:
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SrTw Featured By Owner May 13, 2014   General Artist
Great.  This is a useful source and resource!
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:iconsandzen:
sandzen Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   General Artist
Wow, this is handy. 

Thank you. So much.
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:iconmotleydreams:
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sure thing! I keep it updated, more or less. Though once you start watching these peeps its usefulness goes down the tubes. :D
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy to see my username amongst some real wonderful people in this dA literature game. :) I actually have a feature/interview series of my own that I'd like to note you about, see if you think it has any eligibility or anything. ^^
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
By all means let me know! I'm not the most active of dA people right now, but once I get more activity I'll start extending this.
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'll note you now! :eager:
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014   General Artist
Thanks again. Since my mother's passing, things have been rough getting back on track, but I hope for a new Literary Compass soon.
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Life happens. I look forward to reading your Literary Compass when you get around to the next one.
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hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 Wow, thank you for the generous feature and all the lovely resources! :heart:
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:iconmotleydreams:
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! I'm not really featuring much, but I'm glad you like. :)
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SheDares Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:squee:
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WhitePlumFragrance Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So glad to see my name in here, thank you! :heart:
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:iconmotleydreams:
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're quite welcome!
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brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a wonderful article! I've been on the hunt for ways I can get more involved in the lit community and for groups/events I should look out for and you've made it incredibly easy for me!
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Glad to help! Keep an eye on these guys and you can't go wrong. :D
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brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a dummy! 
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:giggle:
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brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope to see some more of these in the future!
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'll certainly keep this list updated, and add to it when I find series that deserve the spot. Let me know if you poke around and find any yourself! :eager:
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brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Will do! Always glad to contribute where I can!
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Writer
:iconrainbowsqueeplz:
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wowza. :eyes:
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Writer
:iconeyesplz:
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Writer
Great roundup! :la:
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Writer
You are awesome.  I love this.
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:iconmotleydreams:
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I didn't do anything but make a list. They deserve the credit. =P
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   Writer
But you MADE the list and did all the formatting!  That's awesome in and of itself.
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:iconmotleydreams:
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"Did all the formatting"? That's built into the skin, plus a click in Sta.sh to add bullets. :o
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   Writer
Just shut up and take the compliment already!  :threaten:
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:lmao:
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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   Writer
:stinkeye:
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:iconmotleydreams:
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:rofl:
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:dummy:
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:la:
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Writer
I love this. :eager:
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you like! You were the unofficial inspiration for it, y'know. :cuddle:

Decided that news is only relevant when it gets posted, so I didn't link back to "issue 1" like I did for others. What do you think?
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Writer
I do, I do! :love: Awww!

I think that's perfect, it'd be kinda silly to link back to news from three years ago. :giggle:
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   General Artist
Awesome and informative article!  I am so happy that mirz-alt's Literary Compass got the light it deserves.  :heart:  
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:love: She didn't think it should be here. I thought different. :D Glad you like, thanks for faving!
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   General Artist
No problem! :love: 
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