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Comments and Commenting We all know that getting the exposure you want for your work is a tough endeavour here on dA. Despite the wonders of the site, the simple fact of the matter is that comments are hard to come by these days.
There may be many reasons for this - lack of time on the part of many browsers, lack of interest, or simply: not knowing what to say. We've all been there at one point (some of us more than others), and it presented the question - "what is it that writers want out of a comment?"
The only way to find the answer to this question was to set up a poll - which received an amazing response from the lit community, and with your help, this editorial will highlight some points that will aid in leaving some insightful and appreciated comments.
First and foremost - Read.
Many of the writers on dA want f
BestDA photos Collection #6
The Dark Rift by SurrealExposure
An Evening to Remember by Matthias-Haker
Snowfall by MariannaInsomnia*** by opriscoFloral Countess by FlexDreams
in the tower by MaryaStemptation by Art-de-ViantThe sunken ice by XavierJamonetWinter Tale by Oer-WoutI've found you by Cottoon
Mill Stones on Stanage Edge by georgewjohnsonBallerinas by MaryaSAnything by haania
Lu Yu by artofdan70
Project Educate: Fight Artist's/Writer's BlockArtist/Writer's block is the worst nightmare for writers and artists! Because of this, many artists and writers quit! Writer's/Artist's block is usually only temporary, but it can be long too! Here are some ways to fight writer's/artist's block!
Find a place or situation that inspires you:
Yes, you've all probably heard this a lot of times, but it's true. Finding places that you like can inspire you to do more art/writing! That place doesn't have to be quiet, it can be a huge city bursting with life and sound! Places won't only inspire you, but so will situations. Taking a walk around your city or even you neighborhood can inspire you. Try going to special events that take places. See how people interact! Just like a place, these situations don't have to be happy or very community-like. Sometimes bad situations can inspire artist's/writer's to express their feelings through art or writing.
Pull up old ideas:
Artist's/Writer's usually throw the majorit
Writing Tournament 2014 Round IIThe time is nigh for the second round of Fourth Annual Writers--club Literature Tournament! We congratulate everyone who had made it this far and thank everyone for their entries.
The list of surviving participants can be found here:
The survivors' deviations are in this folder: http://writers--club.deviantart.com/gallery/48467772
Round II Theme: Inner Passage
Interpret at will; the inner passage can be physical, like a corridor in the heart of a castle, or metaphorical, like the passage of a heart or mind. Other ways to interpret "inner passage" are welcomed and encouraged!
Deadline: April 13th
[Bullet; Red][Bullet; Red] Media [Bullet; Red][Bullet; Red]
Poetry or prose
There is no minimum length requirement for prose or poetry, but prose submissions should not exceed 7,000 words.
Lili's 26th Birthday Contest! [CLOSED] Contest is closed to entries! Expect results no later than December 6th. Thank you to everyone who entered, promoted, and donated prizes!
Random Factoid: It occured to me that I've run a contest for my birthday every year since I turned 21! That makes this the 6th annual Lili's Birthday Contest.
THEME: Period Drama
Write a poem or short story that is set in a past period. You could write about the roaring 20s, or the ancient Samurai of Japan, or the horrific events of the World Wars. I don't care what period you choose, but make it come alive on the page (well, screen ).
1. One entry per person.
2. Poems should be no more than 100 lines. Stories should be no more than 2500 words.
3. Please put a link to this journal in your artist comment!
4. Correct grammar and spelling, please! I don't consider use of lowercase an issue.
5. Fanfiction is accceptable as long as you cred
Making the Most of the Words You UseHave you ever opened up a dictionary and just starting reading it? (Oh, come on, I know I'm not the only one!) Well, if you haven't, you should go do that, right now, before you read any further. Okay, you're back. There are literally hundreds of thousands of words out there, and all of them are waiting for you to use them in your next literary masterpiece.
Now, you may be asking "So what?" Words are just words, right? So long as you get your point across, that's all that matters, right? After all, green is green, whether you call it olive or neon or sea-foam. Right? Right?
Wrong! Consider this scene: Abigail walked through the quiet garden. The hedges formed a maze for her to navigate.
It gets the point across, but doesn't paint much of a picture without context. It's kind of boring, and doesn't give you any details or reason for caring. By adding or changing a few words, you can turn this dry piece of toast into an enchanting seedcake of delight.
mechanici want to kiss every aching wound you have,
bandage your heart every time it bleeds,
and patch up your mind over and over
because not a single tear deserves to fall
from your brandy-drenched eyes
but this dripping heart of mine can only feel
and the healing honey words it flames get caught
in the back of my throat and on the roof of my mouth
so i only have these passionate guttural cries
to tell you that i care all too much
and in order to fix you up again,
i would need to tear myself to tatters
and trade all of my working parts
for your leftover, fading pieces
but i just haven’t figured out how.
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Bluefley has a gallery filled with artwork that whisks you off in to a Sci-fi daydream, and keeps you captivated for hours. Marc has been a member of our community for over a decade and has achieved nothing but success with his astounding commitment to interacting with the community, sharing a prolific amount of video tutorials and generally being an all round rockstar deviant. It is no joke that we are absolutely delighted to award the Deviousness Award for April 2014 to ... Read More