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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: 8 March.)

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 (Please note: the list of Community Volunteers is out of date, as this was posted back in 2012.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! (updated February 2nd)
  • 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! I've added links to each of their Daily Deviation guidelines, just in case you don't have them.


And don't forget the current stuffs from CRLiterature:

NaPoWriMo 2015


NaPoWriMo is over for this year, but the prompts are good forever! I'm going to leave these here for a month or two in case you didn't get a chance to use them.

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're also recruiting for more!

Daily Bread Cafe by C-A-Harland and team


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.

Spotlight Community Participation: Be A Critic! Spotlight


One of our CVs, inknalcohol, 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.

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 running list of features (The Ladies of Lit: Listing of Lovelies), 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.

WritersInk Editorials (WritersInk)


The group staff are putting together some useful resources that are worth checking out if you're looking for guidance.

AprilWriMo 2015 by moi


I'm not above a little self-promotion, but this list is for those of you who've missed one or more of the journals I posted with links to useful NaNo material. I'm a novelist, so most of my resources and planning blogs are about writing fiction, but these resources are good for anyone planning to turn any month into a flurry of literary activity! I'm going to leave these here because it seems like every few months there's something or other WriMo. July, November, certainly. I don't even know them all, but I want to keep these resources available to everyone who writes.

Community Participation: Distinction!



I spotted a game called 'Distinction' announced by SilverInkblot, and I think you all should check it out! What is Distinction and how do you play? (tl;dr - you're reading short pieces and guessing who wrote it based on literary sleuthing, which is so cool! :boogie:) You'll have to go watch her StyleOverSubstance account, there's no way I'm going to be able to keep up with all the featured pieces with names of potential authors and all of it.


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.)

I hit the 'update' flag about once a month to make sure this shows up in recent entries, but I update daily. (Unless things go crazy, like in April. Sorry!)

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!

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.
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:iconephemeraleloquence:
EphemeralEloquence Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for the feature!
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Writer
Wonderful. :)
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, dear. :D
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Writer
You're welcome!
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NathanielFlyingOwl Featured By Owner May 6, 2015   Writer
Thank you. :)
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Medoriko Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Writer
Thanks for mentioning my NaPo Journals from May :love: 
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:iconmotleydreams:
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Of course. :dalove:
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner May 6, 2015   General Artist
Thank you for the mention. Please note that LiteraryCompass is on indefinite hiatus due to lack of interest.
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I did see that, thank you. I was going to leave it on for a bit longer in case people were using this as a reference for old good articles, but I may bump it off (or at least to the bottom) in months to come.

I'm sorry to see it go, honestly, but I think there's pressures to not post work publicly as well as everything else (I know I'm debating that having just finished NaNoWriMo).
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner May 6, 2015   General Artist
Yeah. I think that may have contributed a lot to it. People don't want to post if they are querying, or they just move off-site if they decide to self-pub and promote. I guess I'm an odd man out posting my stuff on DA.

Thanks.
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're not, just not the majority, I'm sorry to say. Not like I could post any of my NaNo work in it's current state, it's horrendous. =P Might be easiest to just leave it until someone requests/suggests something. Good luck!
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ObsydianDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Excellent round-up of informative articles!
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I try. :) Glad you found it useful!
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inknalcohol Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   Writer
Psst.  ShadowedAcolyte retired last week.
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Whoops, thanks for letting me know! (Fixed.)
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Were you being self-deprecating on yourself regarding your efforts here?  If so, you can just forget feeling that way and let all of us here pat you on the shoulder, or shake your hand, or give you a hug (or all of the above) because, this is a more than fine journal about the lit comm events and such! :heart:

And a big thank you! :hug:
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is very passive usefulness. =P I open my message center and add some links to the article. It's not active usefulness like the work done by those featured here. But thank you for the pats, handshakes, and hugs anyway!
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
This is a great round - up. :heart:
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm always looking for more, but I think I hit at least some of the key ones. ;) I'm glad you like it!
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:love:
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:iconglomplz:
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015   Writer
this is such a fab resource, thank you!
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:iconmotleydreams:
MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, I'm glad you like it!
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Notebook0601 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much for mentioning me!
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, I'm just keeping track of some features.
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AllieG06 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015   General Artist
Thank you so very much for the mention
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm just keeping track of the features, no need to thank me.
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oichidan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Writer
Shocked Shocked I was really, really shocked. Yet I'm honored to receive such a mention and recognition. Thanks! :D
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, but I'm just keeping track of some features. Don't thank me!
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oichidan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Student Writer
stare 
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:giggle:
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DropDeadKrislyn Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so very much for the mention! You're a doll. :huggle:
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, you're welcome, I'm just keeping track of features. ;)
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IndigoSkyes Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You all are lovely, thank you! :hug:
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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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:iconraspil:
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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:iconinknalcohol:
inknalcohol Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015   Writer
You live!

:huggle:
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MotleyDreams Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:shifty: Is it obvious? :glomp:
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inknalcohol 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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sandzen Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   General Artist
Wow, this is handy. 

Thank you. So much.
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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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