Transformers: Tarnished IdolsTitle: Transformers: Tarnished Idols
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What do you need from @theMaidenInBlack as a CV?There are many projects we all have in mind for when "we will be Community Volunteers", and I am no exception. (: but life doesn't always go the way we want, and when we finally are given the honour of becoming a CV and serving all of you ladies and gents, well... sometimes we don't have as much free time for our own projects as we thought, because being a CV can be really time consuming. if only I had been made CV when I didn't have a job/adult life yet...
So the question is: what do you feel that, as a CV, I should or could be doing more? Obviously, I wouldn't be able to do all the things you will suggest - I'd probably need 50-hour-days. but it's good to have open communication and if there's stuff that you think the community is lacking and that it really needs, I'd love to hear about it, so that at least we can take care of SOME of it! If I can work together with the other lit CVS LiliWrites and brennenxr, and with the great staff at cr
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Personal Quote: "I reject your reality, and substitute my own." Bonus points if you know where that's from.
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Cosplay Friday: Game of Thrones
Cosplay Friday: Where are my dragons?!
Game Of Thrones – Daenerys Targaryen by luchia-28
Game of Thrones
The dragons are back this spring with the return of one of the most popular shows currently running on cable television. HBO’s Game of Thrones has gone to painstaking lengths to bring the heroic fantasy book series A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin to life
Title: Supernatural: Pastry Abuse
Time Frame: Post S10 E5 (“Fan Fiction”), Sequel to my fic “Indecently Odd”
Author's Note: This is the direct sequel to my “Indecently Odd” story, although it can be read alone. Castiel confronts Crowley about his suggestion in the previous fic.
“We've gone over this, Castiel,” Crowley said, staring down at the summoning ritual. He kicked a small puff of dirt at the smoldering remains. “It's called a phone. Use it.”
“Had I done so, you could have ignored it,” Castiel replied, glaring at the demon.
“Me? Never!” Crowley held a hand up to his chest, affecting shock. Dropping his hand, he raised his eyebrows at the angel, the corners of his mouth curving in a slight smile. “You'll never know if you don't try.”
Tightening his lips, Castiel looked aside. “I still do not have you in my contact list.”
Crowley rocked back and forth on his heels. “You don't know how to add a contact, do you?”
“It is hardly important.”
“If it keeps you from summoning at all times, day and night, then I bloody well call that important, don't you?”
“I have rarely summoned you–”
“Rarely is still too much, darling.” Crowley grimaced and held out his hand. “Give me your phone.”
“Crowley,” the angel growled, “this is not what I wanted to discuss.”
“Then, give me the phone already, mate, and we can have ourselves a nice little chit chat.”
Castiel glared at the demon's outstretched hand for a moment longer. Crowley raised his eyebrows, waiting. With a sigh, Castiel dug into his pockets. He pulled the simple device out – a phone the Winchesters referred to as a “burner” – and, after a final glance, handed it over.
The demon rolled his eyes. He swiped the screen and 'tutted' under his breath. “Really, Cas? You haven't even changed your background. Don't you know anything about this thing?”
“I … have difficulties with technology,” the angel admitted.
“You, my fine feathered friend, are a technical difficulty.” Ignoring the angel's glare, Crowley fiddled with the other's phone.
Castiel tightened his lips. “If you are completely satisfied now, can we please discuss why I summoned you?”
“The sooner, the better.” The demon continued tapping.
“You purposely introduced me to a subject that Dean and Sam found uncomfortable.”
“The,” Castiel paused, mouth open for a moment before he plunged ahead, “Destiel subject matter you proposed I look into.”
“Ah, yes, that. Intriguing stuff, yes?” The demon smirked, still fiddling with the phone.
“You knew that Dean and Sam would not enjoy that. You set me up to make them uncomfortable.”
“I'd never! Besides, how would I know that Moose and Squirrel would be there when you went perusing the web?” Crowley waved a hand in a dismissive gesture.
Castiel glared at the demon, eyes narrowed, as Crowley continued tapping on the small screen. Castiel's jaw tightened. “Given my limitations in regard to computers, it is logical to assume that I might require help. And given that–”
“Fine, fine. Whatever. So, did you like it?” The demon glanced up, one side of his mouth curled up.
“Why would you ask …? It was not real, nor indicative of reality, so why would I find enjoyment from it? It is fiction.”
“It's fantasy. And that can be enjoyable, if you have the mind to let it.” Crowley looked at Castiel, his gaze traveling from the angel's feet to his head. “Or any sort of imagination to speak of.” He returned his attention to the phone. “Pictures or stories?”
“I beg your pardon?” This conversation was not proceeding as Castiel had intended.
“When you looked up Destiel, did you look up pictures or stories?”
“The original search revealed images, but I did not understand their purpose. So I changed my parameters to written works.”
“Did you see the foursome with the pie?” Crowley smirked.
The angel cocked his head, eyebrows furrowed. “I don't understand what that means.”
“Oh,” the demon chuckled, “it's not something I can explain. It really must be seen, to be fully appreciated. Here.” He opened the phone's browser and typed in several search terms.
“That's not necessary.”
“It really is.” He swiped the screen upwards a few times. “Ah, here we go!” Crowley stepped closer and angled the phone towards Castiel. The angel made no move to look at the screen. Crowley wiggled it, eyebrows raised and smirking. “You know you want to.”
“I highly doubt that. If I remember correctly, you stated something similar when you approached me about Destiel originally.”
“I said you might want to see it. Might. You're the one who chose to act on that without any further information. Besides, this,” Crowley pointed at the screen, “is the creation of your father's creations. One might say it's his grand-creation. Shouldn't you take a gander for that reason alone, if nothing else?”
“By that logic, I would spend the rest of time hunting down every single scribble and stack of rocks humanity has, and will, ever create, regardless of any actual artistic, structural or practical merits it might have.” Castiel eyes flicked down to the phone. “While such an effort is not pointless, it is hardly … what am I looking at?”
With a wicked grin, the demon pointed out figures on the screen. “That is Dean. That's Sam. Notice the antlers? And, that one there, is you.” His finger circled around the entire image. “Of course, let's not forget the fourth 'member' of your group: the pies.”
“That's … not appropriate use of pies.” Castiel cocked his head. “Why are we abusing the pastries in such a manner?”
“You tell me, mate. You're doing it.” Crowley shrugged with a smirk.
“I am not …! That is an illustration of the Winchesters and myself, not us actually performing those acts.” He took a step toward the infuriating demon, but reigned himself in. Castiel contemplated Crowley: his raised brows, his eager grin. The angel narrowed his eyes. “You're enjoying this. You purposely wish to aggravate me. That's why you told me about Destiel.”
“I did it for your own good, yeah?” Crowley pulled the phone back and resumed fiddling with it. “Haven't you heard that tripe, that knowledge is power? You – and Moose and Squirrel – have a fan base. A rather rabid one, I might add. Oh, sure, they may think you lot are rubbish, but it won't take much to nudge them into seeing the truth. You boys are quite real and within their reach, if they know where to grab.” He glanced up and caught Castiel's gaze. “I know vice and obsession – it's my livelihood, you might say – and you aught to know what these people think, and dream, about you before they do start after you. You almost lost Sam to one, if you'll remember.”
“Because one of your demons offered her a deal.”
“Hello? Demon? It's what we do. And it was an exceptionally rare and once-in-an-millennium deal. Who gets twenty-five years? No one!” Crowley held his arms wide. Seeing the angel's narrowed eyes, he shrugged it off. “Regardless, she passed on it. You kept Sam. Life goes on. But what about the next one?”
“Your demons would knowingly entrap Sam or Dean or myself? I would not recommend that course.”
“Please. Do you have any idea the number of love charms and knickknacks my blokes go through in a year? As if we'd even notice if one targeted you lot. And,” he held up a finger, “after the number of times you prats have tried to kill me, I really don't care if one does. If I even noticed, I'd nab me some Craig, maybe a few scones, sit back and enjoy the show!” His voice, normally level and melodic, rose in a flash of fury. The demon jabbed at the phone's buttons.
Typical. Castiel crossed his arms. How many conversations with Crowley devolved into sudden outbursts? Not as many as when they first met, granted, but a demon is a demon, after all. He allowed several seconds to pass – and, perhaps, Crowley's anger to fade – before saying, “If you don't care, why share this information?”
Eyes still fixed on his task, Crowley smirked. “I never denied that I enjoyed seeing you aggravated.”
Suddenly tired of it all, Castiel sighed. Conversations with demons – well, with this one, certainly – were frustrating, to say the least. And, apparently, caused Crowley no small amount of enjoyment when he attempted them. Not precisely his intentions. Ready to end this, his gaze fell to his phone, still in the demon's grasp.
“How long does it take to add a contact?”
“It's quite complicated,” Crowley assured him. “Could take another thirty, maybe forty, minutes.”
Crowley glanced up. “Honestly, I thought a gullible angel would be more fun. This is a bit disappointing, actually.”
“... I beg your pardon?”
“Cas, pet, you know who – what – I am, yes?” At the angel's nod, he continued, “Then, why would you ever believe me?”
“You are lying to me?”
“There we go! I knew you could do it, if you tried.” Crowley beamed.
Castiel eyed the small device. “What are you doing to my phone?”
“Not much. Just livening it up a bit. Giving it some personality. Really, it was quite boring before.”
“That doesn't sound like a good idea. I don't believe I would enjoy any personality you might provide my phone.” The angel stretched his hand out, taking a step towards the device. “I would like it back now.”
“See? This is much more fun.” Crowley turned his shoulder, blocking Castiel's reach. “Just a moment. Almost done.”
“And, there! All done.” The demon powered the phone off, then offered it to Castiel. The angel stared at it as if it might grow fangs and strike at him. Crowley waved it at him. “Come, now. Take it.”
“What did you do?”
“It's harmless,” Crowley said with a smile, still holding the phone out. “Fine. Look, I promise, alright? Nothing I did to your phone will cause harm to befall you or anyone you associate with, blah, blah, blah. I keep my word. You know that. Any changes I made are purely aesthetic.”
Castiel glared at the demon. Perhaps he should just get another phone and not risk whatever tampering Crowley had done. That would mean, however, having Dean reprogram his (admittedly short) contact list into the new phone, informing those same contacts of his new number, and would also raise questions about what had happened to this one. Dean and Sam repeatedly assured him that his skills at deception were less than adequate and he didn't feel like divulging this particular episode to them.
Really, though, what could Crowley have done to it?
Castiel took his phone back and turned it end over end, ensuring that it appeared intact, all the while ignoring Crowley's smirk. He paused a moment, eyeing the blank screen. Tightening his lips, he pressed the power button and unlocked the screen.
An all too familiar illustration – depicting himself, Sam (with moose antlers), Dean and numerous pies in a horrific display of indecency – greeted him.
Castiel's mouth dropped open. He jabbed and poked at it, trying to hide the offensive image. The illustration was affixed behind his icons and refused to move or change in any way, despite his efforts at swiping and tapping it.
“Crowley! Remove this! I don't …”
The demon was gone.
Decorum and patience were life's blood to angels. Fierce as they may be in war, they never lost their discipline, every move calculated for maximum effectiveness, in complete control. There were times, however, that Castiel envied Dean his ability to verbally (and often, quite loudly) express his frustration. A vocal catharsis would be welcome now. Instead, he clenched his jaw and glared at the spent summoning ritual, the only visual sign of Crowley's recent presence.
He did allow himself the small satisfaction of kicking the bowl over.
What to do about the phone? The picture did not respond to any of his efforts, remaining affixed to the background. (The shared information he had received from Metatron provided the term 'wallpaper', although Castiel could not fathom how this applied to an electronic device. There were no walls and certainly no paper present. Unfortunately, that shared knowledge did not impart a means to change the image.) He tapped through a few buttons, but the options listed did not seem promising.
The phone vibrated, Dean's name and number appearing. At the same moment, noise blared forth from the device, in a regular beat that the angel assumed humans meant to be musical. A man's voice shouted out harsh lyrics. Castiel shook his head.
“I do not care what size butts you like, or whether or not you are lying about it.”
Could a caller hear music, when used in this fashion? Castiel jabbed the answer button.
“Dean, did you hear that?”
“You didn't hear music just now?”
“What's going on, Cas?”
“Nothing. Everything's fine.”
Castiel coughed. “Dean, was there something I can do for you?”
“What music, Cas?”
The angel sighed. “Crowley got onto my phone and, when you called, it played a questionable song.”
“Huh.” Dean was silent for several moments. “What song?”
That song – or, more likely, its subject matter – was Crowley's idea of a joke. Castiel wasn't eager to see Dean's reaction to it. “I am unfamiliar with it.” Not a lie.
“Fine. Swing by the bunker and we can fix it. And don't leave your phone where just anybody can get to it. Common sense, man.”
“That was hardly my intention. And that is not necessary. My phone is fine.”
“I'm okay with looking at it.”
Castiel paused, remembering the illustrated pie abuse currently set as his wallpaper. “No, I don't think you are.”
Supernatural: Indecently OddTitle: Supernatural: Indecently Odd
Timeframe: Post S10 E5 (“Fan Fiction”)
Warnings: Mild Language
Author's Note: This is inspired by, and the characters' attitudes are taken from, the episode “Fan Fiction”.
Dean contemplated the double-stacked bacon cheeseburger – extra bacon, pickles, ketchup and mustard, thank you very much – with the same reverence others reserved for their beloved. He breathed in the savory aroma of perfectly sizzled beef and fried hickory heaven. Using both hands, he grasped the masterpiece and brought it to his mouth. He closed his eyes.
Sam cleared his throat.
Dean sighed. “Don't ruin the moment, dude.”
“Um, Dean?” Sam's voice was quiet.
Dean glared at his brother. Sam turned a concerned glance to him, then tilted his head in a brief nod at the only other occupant in the bunker. Scowling, Dean glanced down to the end of the library's table, where Castiel
Literature CVil War - Prose Team, Assemble!Welcome, my minions, to the first in a series of
promptsbattles to the death between brennenxr and myself.
Pick your side carefully between prose in all its forms, and poetry - it is time to show the community who's boss, and YOU can make a difference! Whether you are an experienced storycrafter or a blank slate ready to be filled, join my ranks in this war of words: step out of your comfort zone and prove your prowess to the masses
especially to brennenxr and the poetsies.
brennenxr and I have become fast friends since he joined the CV ranks and this is how all good rivalries start, don't they? In the spirit of healthy competition, creative fun and personal improvement we will be clashing Poetry VS Prose in monthly challenges all meant to make YOU better writers - while having a good old bit of fun and winning some prizes.
brennenxr, obviously, will lead the Poetry team, so if yo
Literary Contest Now Underway!Hello and welcome to the SupernaturalHunters literary contest!
The theme? Family. What does this mean exactly? Now take this as you will, but I have an very open mind about family. Family throughout the fandom, or the show, or the actors, we are all a big family to me, here in the group. I want you guys to show to me what you family is to you, using the show, or any of the things I listed up there. (Remember, it don't end in blood, but it doesn't start their either)
For the rules: The stories must be at least, 5 paragraphs, and just to make it a little more fun, you have to include, at least on verbal confrontation between the family. Shouldn't be too hard right? OKi doke then! Authors can submit up to two times, and may only win once.
PRIZES! 1st place prize, One month of Core Membership. 2nd place prize, 100 points. 3rd place prize, 50 points.
Submissions go in the Literary Contest Entry Folder, which is so named. Here is a link, just in case any
Daily Deviation Suggestion DriveHave you seen some awesome work in your favorite galleries lately?
If so, then you're a prime candidate to join this year's Daily Deviation Suggestion Drive! The project is all in the name. Our community volunteers need the community's input to find and feature great artwork from all the galleries. They need YOU to point them toward amazing work! So, get your mouses (or touchscreens) in gear, and get suggesting!
Update! June 11th
We have definitely obliterated the record! There's been a total of 1002 individual pieces suggested so far, and we're not even at the halfway point of the month yet! Since people have been wondering, here are the participants so far:
'Fairy Tale' ContestFairy Tale
BestestFriendContest Group ENTRIES
Bestest Friend (DreamingAutumn) and I are back with another contest!
This contest's theme is 'Fairy Tale'! What does that mean? Well, why don't you just ruminate, whilst I illuminate the possibilities...
Simply put, you write something related to "fairy tale", that could be ANYTHING. Want to write your own fairy tale? Go for it! Want to modernize or rewrite the ending for an existing tale, do it! You can even incorporate another element into it. Maybe it's a cross between Sci-Fi and Fantasy or a Mystery and Fantasy tale! Or do some combination, how about a Snow White Sci-Fi where she is the one kissing the prince awake? The possibilities are endle
It's CRITmas 2014! FINAL DAY
Update 06/01 We've got about 12 hours left before the contest deadline! We've had one person do 12 in 2 hours today, so if you are feeling mad and want a prize, go for it! Also please don't forget to log your critiques in this journal as so many have already done!
Update 04/01 2 days left! Please check your name is on the completer list if you have claimed your 12 critiques! There's still plenty of time to contribute, even if you don't make it to 12!
Update 01/01 Happy New year everyone! Here is to an amazing 2015! We've still got 5 days left of this challenge and starting to see more people completing! Keep those critiques rolling, you are doing fantastic!
Update 28/12 How are we getting on? Starting to see a few critiques springing about, which is fantastic! You will notice at the bottom of this journal, there is now a list of challenge participants who have submitted their completed critique
The Gender Transformed Fairy Tales Challenge We're starting to see some submissions coming in! I am saving them all in a collection so do check them out! There are still plenty of spaces, so if you're curiously interested, then do sign up! Don't forget to spread the word too!
Previous: Wow 41 participants so far! There's lots of space, so it you want a story, come ask for a story! Also a few people have asked if they can submit a poem, I have no issue with this, so please if you want to poem instead you can!
It's been a long time since The Ancient Egyptian Deity challenge and the Poetic Spice-rack challenge and I thought it was time for another forum frolic because:
1. I enjoy them
2. It gets people writing.
Did you know t
Winners of the Murder Mystery contest, Part 2First, I sincerely apologize for taking so long to post the results of this competition. Life happened!
In this, the second half of the Halloween Murder Mystery game, participants recreated the murder scene through written or visual art. The prizes were as follows:
First place: 1,500 points and $45 print
Second place: 1,000 points and $30 print
Third place: 500 points and $20 print
IMPORTANT: Winners, please add the print of your choice to your wishlist, update your wishlist address on file, and note the link to the image you want to Aeirmid no later than December 18th.
So without further ado, the winners are:
Congratulations to the winners! Again, please let Aeirmid know your picks for the prints ASAP. Thank you!
Ye Pirate Tales (Talk Like a Pirate Day!) 1 week left, don't forget to send me a note with your entry!
Entries are starting to come in now and will be stored in the contest folder for all to see! Can't wait to see the entries roll in!
Behold me literary feather-bearers, how fair ye in on a week where we celebrate talking like yon pirate? It's time we took the celebrations to a new level and test ye wits in a tourney!
To pit ye writers against each other, we arr asking for your best pirate legend. Give us a tale of mystery, of cunning and wit- be it stupendous or just plain stupid. We're looking for humour and exaggeration, we want intrigue and excitement- do ye think you can do it? Then lets hear ye!
September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Bestest Friend ContestCONTEST IS NOW OPEN!
BESTEST FRIENDS ARE AWESOME.
In celebration of my bestest friend DreamingAutumn coming to visit me, we've decided to host a contest! The premise of this contest will be simple, write something to your best friend! It could be anything! Maybe you want to write them a letter telling them how much you care, or a write piece dedicated to them. Maybe you want to write about your favorite memory, your silliest moment, or that time you both laughed so hard your sides hurt because one of you did the Six Little Ducks Dance from Barney. ANYthing!
Want to donate something? Feature, points, pm, a print, something you made? Note either HugQueen or DreamingAutumn. Or donate straight to RainbowMonkeh! If you donate a prize you're still eligible to enter and win!
Contest: Fan Art and MusicEdit: Contest is now closed for judging
Hello everyone We have a new contest for you. This one is very open ended to allow for maximum creativity . This time, we're asking you to create a Fan Art that connects to music in some way. Whether there's a certain song that has always reminded you of a certain character or theme, or if you
secretlywant to draw a battle of the bands AU, or maybe you love a character who is also a musician, or maybe there's a song that you want to illustrate, this contest gives you a lot of options!
Some Examples of Music Related Fan Art
Create a piece of Fan Art that connects thematically to music. Some suggestions have been listed above, but feel free to deviate from them!
This contest starts on September 12th, 12:00AM PST and ends on October 13th 11:59PM
How to Create an Original Character!Fan Fiction Week
Miko Uchiha. Like Sasuke without his emotional drama? And Sakura without being so cold to Naruto? And Hinata if she was brave? And on Team 7 with the main three? And as Naruto's Future girlfriend/wife? And if Orochimaru wanted her instead of Sasuke? This is an Original Character in the works!
Yeah... She's "Original" alright... She's not very compelling... or dynamic... or necessary
But she's "Original" and that's all that matters, right?
Hello, everyone; Jakers here with my second guide to making your own character for fan fiction. With this, I aim to give you the tools and the insight into making a new character for a pre-existing property.
In case you're re-reading or just looking for a certain kind of advice, here's a little outline you. I'll will put a large header at the start of each section, and each section will be in this order.
The Golden Rule
The Ethics of FanfictionFanfiction Week
Whenever fanfiction is discussed, someone will inevitably bring up the discussion of whether or not fanfiction is "ethical" or "moral". For whatever reason, certain ideas and points within the fanfiction community always seem to led to enthuasic and at times heated debate.
Now, this article is not here to judge, nor to say either side of the argument is right or wrong, but rather to provide a point for thoughtful discussion and reflection.
Keeping that in mind, let's look at three major issues in regards to the ethics of fanfiction: Copyright and Legality, RPF, and turning fanfictions into "original" stories.
Copyright, or the Legality of Fanfiction
One of the huge issues that pops up time and time again when discussing fanfiction is the legality of it, and the Copyright. Is it really ethical to create something out of a world and characters that someone else spent so long creating?
Under Copyright law, the creator of a work of fiction gets sole ri
Why People Enjoy/Write Fan FictionFan Fiction
Introduction (or, how I accidentally started reading fan fiction)
Once upon a time, I was baffled by fan fiction, specifically by how many people enjoyed it. Without even allowing myself to delve into it, I, like so many others, had cast it off as a genre full of bad writing and incomprehensible plots. It turns out I wasn't just wrong in my assumptions. I was incredibly wrong.
Little did I know, I had been a part of the fan fiction culture a lot longer than I had realized. Growing up, I remember writing my own short-stories based on Hamtaro. And, later on, I wrote thousands and thousands of words about Warriors. Now, I primarily read fan fiction, but if there's something I've learned it's that the world has a lot more fan fiction than you might think.
So, just like so many more people before me, I found mys
Taking Your Fanfiction to the Next LevelFan Fiction Week
Hi, I’m Mothbanquet
As an author of fanfiction I always feel the need to be brutally honest about my craft, and about myself. So let’s start with the latter.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to become a writer, and it was the one go-to hobby that outlasted all others. Later on, I eventually became so passionate for a particular canon (my avatar should give that away!), that I just picked up my laptop and started mashing keys. And I’ve been writing ever since, including a couple of novels. I’ve also worked my damned hardest to improve and help others along the way in their own personal battles to become better writers.
Yet there was definitely a middle point where I had confidence in my skills thanks to my fanfic work but still had that final, indefinable barrier to overcome - that last Rubicon to cross before taking the plunge into the professional world.
This article is written for those who nodded to yoursel
The Director's Guide to Seamless IntegrationFanfiction Week
Or, more accurately: "Strategies to integrate your Original Character (OC's) into your fanfiction; from a director's point of view."
It's a more accurate description, but it's not quite as catchy and a bit too long.
It's a common problem that many fan-fiction writer has faced from time to time. You have created a perfect OC in your favourite fandom. You know exactly who you want to have in your fic. And you've got subplot coming out of subplots coming out of subplots. But how to integrate your OC into the canon? How to make sure your OC can waltz into the lives and times of the main characters without looking out of place? Sure, there are many ways to slice the pie, but some of them are getting old. The annual entrance ceremony at Hogwarts must see hundreds of OCs showing up on a yearly basis. So here are some other tricks and strategies you can consider as you plan your next fanfic. You never know where they might lead you.
Strategy 1: Alternative U
Project Educate: How To Critique Fan FictionFan Fiction Week
Welcome to the next installment of projecteducate 's efforts, a whole week about fanfiction!
One of the biggest misconceptions about the fanfic community is that fanfiction is written just for the writer's own pleasure, to appease a fantasy, and so on; implying that fanfiction writers don't really care about growing as a writer and improving their skills.
That's not only generalizing and offensive, but flat out wrong. Like for any other types of writing, a big part of the community will not care for feedback or critique (for any reason, from fair to plain childish), but there is always a niche of writers who thrives on constructive criticism and actively seeks it.
So the real question is, how do you critique fanfiction?
(note: this article does not teach you how to critique - just how critiquing fanfiction works, in simple terms)
Does Fan Fiction Need a Different Approach
The quick answer is: not necessarily. You c
Learn This: How to Critique LitWelcome to a CV project that has been years in the making. YES! Even before we knew we would be volunteers--ages before we even knew deviantArt existed--we were working on this collection of tutorials to bring only the most refined and technologically advanced methods to your interweb doorstep.
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Critique is an essential part of every artist's growth, both giving it and receiving it improve our own writing quality that much more - but how should you do it to get the most out of it? Worry not, here I am to save your day and let's be real, your full writing career. In my long time around DeviantArt I've established myself as the Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac of critique - an entrepreneur of the arts, but also a meth
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The "Learn This" suite of tutorials is our pride and joy and we are SO excited to finally be able to share them with you!
How to Write a First Draft Without PerfectionismMaybe you’ve heard that first drafts are supposed to suck, but what does that really mean? What does a sucky first draft look like? How do you allow yourself to suck? Why would you even want to allow yourself to write something that sucks in the first place?
Because otherwise, you’ll most likely be crippled by the writer’s arch nemesis: perfectionism.
Did you just cringe? We all experience it when we sit down to write, arrange everything just so, type a sentence or two (or a bit more if you’re lucky), and then it strikes—your inner editor. It smacks you across the face and demands that you fix that grammar mistake right now.
Or worse, you’ve written multiple chapters of your epic novel when you suddenly get a great idea for a new direction to take the story that will make it so much better! But you can’t just keep writing as if you’d written in that awesome new idea from the beginning. No, your inner editor screams at
Some perspective on 'core membership'I know this is probably gonna be a long journal, but if you manage to read all the way through the end you might perhaps even get to learn a few things.
Furthermore I want to state that my opinion on the matter is pretty much neutral. I'm not with DeviantArt on the matter, nor am I against them. I just want to make people see things from the perspective of a 27 year old woman that has been in the web industry for the last decade.
The internet is not free
First of all, and most important thing to realize, is that the internet is not free. Everyone who lived through the early ages of web 1.0. (old people like me) knows that it costs money to run a website. Back in the day user content wasn't a thing. Whenever you wanted to put something on the internet, you needed to get a domain name and rent a piece of web hosting and that would cost you a monthly fee. Gradually