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Hello all! As you've probably guessed by the title of the journal and the Community Relations journal skin, this is the monthly update from the literature community volunteers. :)

Discussion!


It's National Novel Writing Month again! It's a great time to share your NaNo experiences, whether it's you're first time or you're a 10 year veteran. Do you usually participate? Do you complete your goals? Do you struggle, or is this a cake walk? And, do you have secret tricks for crossing the finish line?

Most importantly, I'd like to discuss if you think NaNoWriMo is worth the effort. Do you feel accomplished after 50,000 words? Do you lament the sacrifices necessary to complete your goal?

So tell us all about your experiences, and if NaNo is worth the effort to you!

Farewell and New!


In the CR team, we said goodbye to UnicornReality. Please thank them for all their hard work.

There have also been some welcome additions to the team!  Please give your support and welcome to the following new volunteers:
sTiViA - Manga and Anime Gallery

Lit Central


October was a spooky good time with wonderful contests and events! Now it's November. NaNoWriMo, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas preparation are upon us. We're seeing the NaNo groups hitting their stride, the chat schedules are busy, and hopefully NaNo-ers are doing well. (If not, stop procrastinating with this article and meet your quota. :shakefist:) For those not participating in NaNo I hope you're enjoying the alternative activities, there are quite a few going around. :eager:

Here is a news summary of the things going on:

:star: NaNoWriMo Chat Schedule
:star: Literature DDs October 2012
:star: Writing Without Publishing
:star: Request a free prize! November

Writing Exercises/Contests:
Odessy II is accepting Chapter 4 submissions!
#30 A prompt for your face from ScreamPrompts
The Visual Narrative Project – Write Our Next Film
SixWordStories – Weekly prompt is Spontaneity
Vintage Christmas Short Story Contest
Cliché Competition
Dear Teen Me Contest
Be A Critic Vol. 1
November Thankstivity


Features and other news
Ladies of Lit Volume XXVI
Love dA Lit: Issue 101
Are You Ready? (For NaNoWriMo)
Secret Santa Sign Up
Writers with a Promise: Issue 15
Demonstrably Deviant XI

The Lit Forum


The Monthly Critique Thread:  November
Do people judge writing more harshly than drawing?
NaNoWriMo
Writer's block isn't real.
What is your stance on Grammar Nazi... ism?

CR & dA news around the patch


Art History Month is Stock and Resources
Celebrating Deviousness- November
Pimps and Whoas- October 26th 2012
Site Update: Muro and Stash
Site Update: Literature Appearance, Stash Writer
Daily Deviations Roundup
Holiday Card Project

As always...


If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to let us know! We love feedback. It helps us to do the best we can. :)

The Literature Community Volunteers


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icefire8521 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my first time doing NaNoWriMo. So far...I'm failing horribly at it. I practically fell behind by 1000 words on the first day, and right now I have no motivation and it's currently stuck at a little over 1400 words. So...now I'm just doing it whenever. But now, I have a start on a story I was planning on writing so that was nice.
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James--Steele Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Featured here: [link] :aww:
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   Writer
This is my first year doing NaNo, so I can't really say how well it works for getting that first draft done. :shrug: I feel like it's going okay so far, but it's so early in the month that I've got no idea how it'll all come together at the end. Like *SkysongMA, I am breezing through my story outline rather more quickly than I would have liked.

That said, I think the actual event is just the boost I needed. With the serious project I was working on before, I was always concerned about writing myself into a corner, not doing justice to (what I believe was) a very good start. But NaNoWriMo offers an opportunity to keep happily tapping away at something whether it's good or bad. :-) And isn't it nice to just get some writing done?
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thorns Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   Writer
Oooh, congratulations on taking the leap! :highfive: I hope you're having a good time!

About breezing through the outline, this is what I told *SkysongMA, which may or may not help either of you:

Ooh, yeah that rushing through plot can be tricky for NaNo. Not everyone is the same, but sometimes I'm in such a rush to go go go for nano that I only bare bones the scenes. When I go to edit later, I sometimes end up with 2 or 3 times the length with the necessary details added (as in, no more plot added, just more flesh). If that's the case, you could either not worry about it until later, when the novel is finished, or slow down your rush a little as you write making sure you add in more scene information. Just my two cents though. Don't feel obligated to listen to me, especially if that's not your issue. :)

NaNo does seem to help many people with a helpful boost in productivity and putting away the inner editor for a while. It is nice to just get some writing done and I hope you continue to climb toward your goal. :la:
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012   Writer
Thanks! :-)

I am hoping that, if I don't quite hit 50,000 words, I'll be able to go back and just keep tapping stuff in where things were a bit thin before. While it's also quite a distraction, NaNo's word count stats are quite handy for making sure you've at least done the bare minimum for the day. If I had to deliberately keep note of the word count when I started and when I left off, I don't think it that would seem like such a viable option.
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Writer
I'm having a good time so far, although I'm a little nervous at how quickly I'm burning through my plot. I haven't been working on a regular project for a couple of months, so it's nice to have a clear goal.
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thorns Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   Writer
Having a good time is the best sort of NaNo experience in my opinion! :la:

Ooh, yeah that rushing through plot can be tricky for NaNo. Not everyone is the same, but sometimes I'm in such a rush to go go go for nano that I only bare bones the scenes. When I go to edit later, I sometimes end up with 2 or 3 times the length with the necessary details added (as in, no more plot added, just more flesh). If that's the case, you could either not worry about it until later, when the novel is finished, or slow down your rush a little as you write making sure you add in more scene information. Just my two cents though. Don't feel obligated to listen to me, especially if that's not your issue. :)

Has it been easy to get back into the swing after not working on a regular project in so long?
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Writer
(What I'm doing is a lot of descriptions instead of singular scenes that convey the same info. That's probably the majority of what will change during edits.)

It's not necessarily easy, but it felt so good. I was kind of hopping between fanfiction and this novel-written-in-short-stories project, which meant that some days I was just, like, "...How do write?"
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   General Artist
Wonderful! :w00t:
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thorns Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   Writer
:la:
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