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Fan-Fiction-Tastic News #5

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 5:54 PM

Welcome to the fifth edition of my Fan-Fiction-Tastic News! :squee-love: - PLZ 

Hi! Happy Febuary, everyone! :PinkBummy: I hope your year is going well!

I'd like to take a moment to clarify something about Daily Deviation suggestions that seems to be a misconception. DDs are chosen on their merits alone and not on any perceived popularity. Multiple suggestions on a deviation does not increase its likelihood of being chosen and ties up the Community Volunteer as he/she clears out the extra suggestions. Also, several CVs have mentioned that they prefer to feature less known deviants and the extra notes may convince them that the deviation in question is popular enough on its own and does not need the added exposure. The moral? If you'd like to suggest something, one note is all we need. Thank you. highfive 

Daily Deviations :jumpingjacks: 

While I received many excellent suggestions this last month, there weren't any that were quite what I was looking for as a Daily Deviation feature. :sad: Please keep sending those notes, as I'm always interested in any DD suggestions you have. ;) Here are my guidelines for anyone interested.

Daily Deviation GuidelinesHello!
:new: I am now accepting Literature DD suggestions! My guidelines will remain the same, except altering to include the new gallery. When suggesting, please mention in your note whether your suggestion is for Lit or Fan Fiction.
I welcome and love all DD suggestions I receive. While I am always perusing for new stories, I rely on my fellow deviants for help in finding the 'hidden gems.' Please share any interesting, intriguing, fascinating, and any other fun adjective-worthy fan fiction you know of. :) Here are some things to remember when you consider suggesting a piece.
Please only one suggestion per note, with the subject line "DD Suggestion," or something similar. Please include the thumb of the piece.
While not required, I'd love to hear what you enjoyed about it and why you believe it deserves a DD. Please include that in your note.
The deviant cannot have had a DD within the last six mont

Weekly Features Spread More Love Emote - PLZ 

Every week, I feature a new fan fiction story on my profile page. Drop by and check them out! :D


4F Challenge - No Be Verbs (Minecraft)When you came, so did the zombies. It's you the monsters want. You brought them here. You looked innocent enough at first, participating in trades and tending the farms. But then night came. Night never left. The sun may shine, but night will never leave.
You refuse to leave. You locked us in our homes. You buried me, and probably others. There I stayed, for months. Helpless and forgotten in a little hole just barely big enough to fit me. I thought I would never get out. The zombies' moans and footsteps loomed over me every night.
Months, and I finally got to see what you had done. You built a massive, ugly wall around the place. Beyond the wall you built some evil monstrosity. I know what it does. You forced some of us into small glass confines. You trick our guardians into coming, just to send them into a death trap. And for what? A little iron.
You shipped me and a few others out though unnatural, white doors to a house away from the village, Never to see our ho
TMNT: Don't Go GentlyDon't Go Gently
Character death

Mikey wasn't breathing.
Considering his wounds and the sick angle of his head, I hoped he wouldn't again.
My own body sang with a harmonious blend of anger and pain. The pain tried to keep me flat on the ground, but the anger seeped into my broken bones, forcing me to grasp and pull myself to my feet.
Seconds later, hands grabbed me from behind. Only the warm familiarity kept my sword from curving in a decapitating arc.
"St-Stop. Jus'… Jus' stop, Leo."
"Don?" My voice rasped, as if it were an echo.
"N-No," Raph replied shakily. "He's- gone." His grip tightened to steady me; his fingers dug into one of my wounds, igniting a fresh wave of anguish. Two of us left... soon to be one, if my body spoke the truth.
I forced a defiant growl as Raph eased me against him, sliding back toward the ground. "I won't go gently. Let- Let me-,"
"S'done. S'over, Leo."
Raph had his moments, but when it truly mattered

News Newsboy Emote + PLZ


LIT me explain u a thing: July - Dec 2013LIT me explain u a thing...about literature news
There is a lot of it.
2013 is now over. :nuu: I KNOW. WHERE DID IT GO? BUT IT'S GONE. IT'S GONE I TELL YOU. :iconrazycryplz: It's crazy, I'm crazy. It's okay though, we have all this news to keep us company. Look at that beautiful news. Look at it with love in your eyes. Anyways. This is the second part of the article "LIT me explain u a thing" chronicling what the Lit community was up to in 2013! [A lot I tell you, I mean look at how long this is.]
I hope you've prepared yourself. :iconespurreyesplz:

Guess what. If you manage to slough through this entire article you get your choice of ice cream and a ride in a super secret magical box that may or may not be blue! Also, please :+fav: this to spread it along. SPREAD IT LIKE A LITERATURE-Y PLAGUE.
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PE Prose Basics Wrap UpAs projecteducate's Prose Basics week comes to an end, let's look back at all the awesome articles that came out this week.  We learned all sorts of new things and hopefully got a refresher on some oldies.  Whether you're just starting out in the world of writing or a well seasoned writer, there was plenty of advice to be taken in and lessons to be learned.
Review of the Articles from this Week

Hear Me My Audience!! Formatting for the Interweb Era ''Said'' and Effective Dialogue TagsHook, Line, and Sinker: How to
Love dA Lit: Issue 157Welcome to the one-hundred fifty-seventh issue of Love dA Lit! :heart: 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.
Note: ANSWER THIS POLL, PLEASE. It'll help me understand what's working and what's not. c: I'll also be keeping the group section. ♥ Also sorry about the double post! ^^;
LITplease's Community Portal
A Smattering of Lit News

Literature L

Groups deviantART Groups 

:iconliteraryfanfiction: Come join us for quality fan fiction and weekly flash fan fiction prompts!

:iconwordsofourhearts: A group for writers dedicated to contributing to the world of deviantART.

:icondevfeatures: collects features from across deviantART created by the community, from literature to any medium of art and design.

Contests :blueribbon:

TBA: What Happens Next Contest + CLOSEDEDIT: If we don't get at least six entries, this contest will be closed and RoyalBlackheart will toss some points to the few that do participate. If we do only get six entries, there will only be 1 winner and the other five may get very small prizes for trying. Please contribute to the contest or let me know if a date extension is needed!

With Transformers Prime now over, everyone has their own opinions what's going to happen next to the cast of the show. Prime is gone, Megatron has disappeared, and everything looks to be in peace and plentiful.
Your Task: Draw or write what you currently believe that Knock Out is up to, now that he claims to have joined the Autobot side at the end of the third season of TFP.
Creativity will play a big role in this, but its not going to be everything. Thorough, complete work with just the right amount of details is key.
:star: Content Begins:<

Discuss! You talk too much! 

Last month, I asked, "Did you make any New Year's Resolutions? How good are you at keeping Resolutions, if you've made any before? Feel free to share any dA related ones." Here are your replies:

  • bedroom-inc says, "Not a single resolution was made. XD"
  • PaDiYaFLAME says, "I don't make New Year's Resolutions.  As I've never once seen someone actually keep their NYR it seems kinda pointless to me.  I always felt that if I'm going to change something the date doesn't matter.  That's just me.  Shrug"
  • DecepticonFlamewar says, "I've never been much for "new years resolutions" exactly. I do have a couple goals for the new year, and honestly, a lot of them are fanfiction-related. Fanfiction is what I"m having the most fun with right now, so it's where I'm focusing my efforts. High on my list right now is editing my NaNoWriMo fanfic to perfection, coming up with a coherent plan for and drafting a sequel for it, writing a second-person reader-insert with a mundane premise that shows high levels of literary merit, and finally finishing my Transformers Bayverse road trip story. All of these for bits and giggles. I am such a troll."
  • hypermagical says, "I totally failed in my quest to suggest a DD to you by New Year's. Stare BUT I plan to make up for it as soon as possible."
  • As for me: "I'm not one for resolutions myself, but I made some loose goals for myself (I'm not great at keeping them). I want to write more (fan fiction or original). I want to be sure I'm aware of my family's needs and am there for them. I also want to be more communally aware and active, especially here on dA."

New New discussion topic!

What aspect of writing do you find the most difficult (planning, grammar, research, word choice, or whatever)?  

Star!  Have any news, groups or contests you want me to feature? Comment below and I'll include it next month! :boogie:

The fifth addition of Fan-Fiction-Tastic News! Come see what's been going on and join our monthly discussion. :)
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bedroom-inc Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I'll have to make a list...
wording, varying sentences, title, possibly character creation...
(I have a longer list but I didn't want to look bad.:shifty:)
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fulcrumisthebomb Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think my heart just skipped a few vital beats when Don't Go Gently was featured here! :o I am so honoured!

*ahem* As to the question:
This may seem like such a simple thing, but I always have immense trouble giving my written works a title. I consider titles extremely important- they are the first, and sometimes only, bit of a story people will see and it needs to both fit the story and intrigue the viewer.

I believe my other large problem is not constructing an overarching plotline to follow when writing longer stories. Without at least a skeleton of a plan to follow, my chaptered stories can easily peter out, or I might write myself into a corner.
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

Don't Go Gently is still being featured on my profile until tomorrow. ;)

I completely sympathize with your title dilemma. Titles are possibly one of the hardest things for me too. Occasionally, they spring to mind without much thought, but usually I ponder over the perfect title the entire time I'm writing a piece. :facepalm: I'm so bad at those. :grump:

hypermagical Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
I'm not sure if this counts as an aspect of the actual writing, but I find it difficult to organize my thoughts. If it wasn't spit out in the first draft or three, I'll probably lose a good chunk of what my original plan was. :noes:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've done that. :nod:
PaDiYaFLAME Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm.  The most difficult part for me would be the connecting details.  I'm currently working on writing for a comic and have many scenes planned out but it's the transition between scenes that's the killer for me.
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Transitions can be a pain. :sadnod: 
iammemyself Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have two problems: planning and editing.  I don't usually have a plan when I write something, just an idea maybe.  Sometimes this causes fics or chapters to explode, to put it bluntly.  I'm usually happy with the explosions, but explosions are pretty hard to control, and even harder to plan for...  Then I have to edit it about ten times and when I finally think it's ready to go, I read it later and find more stuff I should have edited out (or stuff I should have edited in). 
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
When I plan, I forget to write stuff down. Later, once I've posted the story, I realize that (oops) I've forgotten things I really wanted to include. :roll:
nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What I personally find the most difficult about writing is the amount of time it actually takes to get a story idea typed or on paper, as opposed to the amount of time it takes to conjure it in my mind. It gets disconcerting sometimes after sitting in front of the computer for three hours, typing away only to see that not even half of the piece is done.

Also, thank you for the feature.
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

That's understandable. I can see something so clearly, but it takes so much longer to spell it out. :nod:

My pleasure!

LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Grammar. It wasn't stressed at my school or well taught, so I kind of wander around in the wilderness sometimes, unsure of what I'm doing. :lol:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe, I actually love grammar. I'm not sure why. I even love just sitting down and reading grammar books. =P
LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lucky! I wish I loved it, it'd make it so much easier to be good at. :lol:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm one of the few people I know who does. =P (The other are all lit people here on dA. I've never person face-to-face that loves it like I do.)
LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: I know a few people who do, but I prefer not studying grammar intensively.
BalunStormhands Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I very much appreciated the prose writing week posts. They were great. 
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
They were great! :D
MarcoEmma Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Pacing. I suck at pacing. :XD:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Been there, done that. :XD:
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
For me most difficult is starting writing: I think too much and then get distracted and then I need to check my e-mails... It's not that I don't enjoy writing, especially when it flows, there really is no better feeling, but other times, I feel like I'm fighting myself for every line and it just won't turn out right. I know that if I force myself to work through this that I'll then have something to work with and I'll get those times that flow more often. But right now, finding that discipline has been difficult.
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I do that more than I care to admit. ^^;
DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The hardest thing for me is assessing the value of my own work after the fact. I've had pieces I thought were awful that ended up being some of my most popular works, and pieces I thought were great that... were not. 

If it has to be an actual part of the process and not just choosing what to publish, editing for continuity is a nightmare with longer works, and including description is hard for shorter ones. 
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

I have problems with assessing my works' value as well, especially when I'm almost finished with a longer piece. I get to a point where I decide that it's the worst thing I've ever written. This happens to every longer story I have. I always struggle with final revisions and posting because of my self-doubt.

Continuity's a bitch. =P As is finding the proper balance of description and brevity in a shorter piece.

DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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