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Journal Entry: Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:34 AM



Here at theWrittenRevolution we're always looking for new ways to give you inspiration to write, to want you to keep writing and to help you improve your works!
Keeping in line with this spirit, we thought our prompts could have been better with a little more "punch"!

Prompts sometimes are so vague that, for someone who has a bit of a writer's block or can't write "on demand" as much, they make people unable to work on them. By providing you with better, more structured prompts we are showing you a few crumbs that can guide you towards writing something concrete, and not just getting a wild idea in your head that you can never create on a page - or screen.

And the average writer says, I don't see the point of prompts.

Well, dear you, first of all prompts help you write out of your comfort zone. We all, as writers, tend to make "favourites" for what we like to write about, and by doing so we end up shrinking the range of literature we produce. Having favourites is fine, but a true writer needs to learn a bit of everything and how to put themselves in a situation that isn't their everyday one.
When you'll become a professional writer you will need to know how to write what is requested of you, so writing from prompts is a great exercise at that!

And the average writer says, but I have writer's block!
Well, I wasn't done talking yet, average writer!

Secondly, prompts are one of the best things for writer's block! Especially this new kind of prompts we're introducing, because they are based on more defined ideas and so, won't leave you with excuses like "I don't know what to write about" or "I don't have any ideas for this", or at least it's much less likely for them to. We'll be providing you prompts that include some sort of setting, clue about what you need to write, plus some restraints to make things fun, with two sets of difficulty for people who want a harder challenge.
We are, in short, providing you the spark you need to start off your story!
To guarantee you the best support throughout the prompt's duration, we'll host a chat event oriented towards feedback on your writing, and to reward you for your efforts, we'll be giving out 100 points as a random prize to one of the participants.
Our prompts used to be bi-weekly but in order to give you some more time to work on them, they now become monthly! The chat event will be around middle of the month, depending on when the weekend falls.

Stay alert for the first prompt blog in the next few days! :dummy: we'll also be featuring other prompts from other Lit Groups around deviantART so don't miss on this chance. (:

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:iconkitty-kat--89:
Kitty-Kat--89 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this still going in monthly ?
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doughboycafe Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Professional Writer
yes, August's should be up soon.
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Refugnic Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This sounds like fun...I found this group over the 'Undiscovered' category in a blog about a literature newsletter...you already got me to look at this, let's see if you can get me to join ;)
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
That's great :D I'm glad you think it's interesting. 

Now... what do we need to do to make you join? :plotting:
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Refugnic Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Answering is a good start, because it tells me that the group is still active. :P
Though I guess that is to expected with over 8000 members...which is also intimidating at the same time...you must be getting a flood of deviations every day, aren't you?

...ah well, nothing ventured, nothing gained and if I don't like it, I'll just leave again. :)
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
:giggle: we actually don't. Since you have to give critique to submit deviations to us, lots of people's submissions get declined because they "forget" to follow our rules... you won't be spammed, no worries.
And we are quite active, no boredom here.

I definitely agree. We don't bite, promise. ;)
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Refugnic Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I read through the guidelines...and I guess that makes sense. Since you only take one submission request per week, that's a whole lot of people missing their 'chance'. Actually I asked one :iconcarmalain7: a few questions regarding those rules...however I have one for you, if you don't mind.

The guideline states, that 'fanfiction' will not be accepted. That I understand and respect. However what I sometimes do is a bit different from the usual fanfiction.

One of my stories...namely 'Sigma Star Saga - The forgotten legacy' builds on the game 'Sigma Star Saga' for GBA (yup, I'm old :P)...as such, it's fanfiction.
However except for the history and a few key aspects (like the race of one of the characters), there's next to no link to the game...I'd only need to change a few things around and it'd be a complete original.
So now I ask you, what exactly is 'fanfiction'...as in, how do you define it?

Another example would be my short story 'The first chime' (currently featured on my profile). It's a commission piece with the character of someone else. (I'm damn proud that I even got commissioned in the first place :D)
Anyway, technically it's also a 'fanfiction', because it uses a character that's not mine, even though the story itself is an original.
And finally, the third case I've produced some time along the road, was a 'fanfiction' to a story another writer here on dA wrote, taking the character and giving him a story not related to the actual story at all...turns out that the original writer was so captivated by my interpretation of her character, that she's now trying to rewrite the story to make her version more like mine :XD:

I believe these are enough examples to show my plight with this particular topic.

Haha, I sure hope so. :D
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
:hmm: while on one side they sound like a specific case clear enough to be understood by outsiders of the fandom, I at the same time can't allow double standards to take place, you know? If yours is let in, others will ask the same, and it is a fine line we're threading on when fanfiction is concerned - fanfiction writers can be very passionate about it.

I feel that until a new resolution is reached about fanfiction from the whole admin team, we have to carry out our rule the same way for everything under the fanfiction umbrella. We just owe it to all the other members, you know?
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Refugnic Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, I fully understand that. However what I really wanted to know is where fanfiction starts.
Just to be safe here, it is considered 'fanfiction' as soon as any sort of character or setting attributed to a person other than the author of the story is involved. However it is not considered fanfiction, if settings and characters attributed to 'general knowledge' are used, is that correct? (Because let's be honest, otherwise it would be impossible to write any original story. Everything would be fanfiction, because you can only build on what you know).

A little example to clarify my point is the Norse mythology. That's general knowledge, not tied to any one person and settings using it is an original story, correct? However there's this thin line again...because there is a character from Marvel, called Thor, who is based on that mythology. So if you write a story about you meeting Thor, the god of thunder and protector of humanity, is it an original story (because it's based on the Norse mythology), of is it a fanfiction (because it's based on the character Thor from Marvel?)

A difficult distinction, wouldn't you agree?

Though I will of course yield to the decision. After all it's your group, your rules and who would I be to break them, right? However I'd still need to know, where that umbrella starts to avoid standing below it. :P
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Fanfiction starts and ends where its definition says so, really. There's not much room for interpretation because as long as fictional characters belonging to someone else are used, it will be fanfiction. :hmm:

"it is not considered fanfiction, if settings and characters attributed to 'general knowledge' are used, is that correct?""everything would be fanfiction, because you can only build on what you know" the second is an iperbole, and the first doesn't comply with what fanfiction is. The definition: "fiction written by fans of a TV series, movie, etc., using existing fictional characters and situations to develop new plots." - it's as simple as that, and "settings and characters attributed to general knowledge" is something I still don't completely understand: if you mean real people like politicians, celebrities and so on, well they aren't fictional characters - neither are real events or places fictional and so, none of this falls under the fanfiction umbrella.

And really, the Norse mythology Thor and the Marvel Thor universes have a lot of differences; but it's ultimately the writer's burden to mention whether they were inspired by mythology or Marvel because not always the context of the story makes it easy to discern for us. However, when one is writing a fanfiction about Marvel's Thor, most likely there won't only be Thor and the OC in the story, but other characters from Marvel's storyline of Thor as well and the settings of said story will in most cases make it clear whether one or the other universe has been used.
In case the deviation only contains Thor and doesn't have specific pointers that mark it as Marvel's Thor, and the writer doesn't specify the Thor mentioned belongs to the Marvel universe, we will accept it as an original piece inspired from mythology. But truly, I haven't yet seen a fanfiction submission to this group that wasn't specifically marked as fanfiction, that didn't contain in its Artist's Comments a mention regarding what fandom it was inspired from (if any) or wasn't clear enough for us to discern thanks to some detail given in the AC or in the comments section or somewhere.

An example: Thor and Loki, this deviation isn't marked as fanfiction because it's poetry and fanfiction doesn't have a poetry subcategory. However, in the Artist's Comment there is the mention "tribute to the movie/comic book" which makes it essentially fanfiction. Ragnarok - Prologue this isn't, since it's only based on mythological characters. (:
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TheOnly-MaKaila Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I don't want to be an average writer!
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Do you want to be a revolutionary? :la:
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TheOnly-MaKaila Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes!
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ErinM31 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
This sounds fun! I'll be watching for these! :popcorn:
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
:hug: that's great! Hope you enjoy. (:
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ErinM31 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
:aww:
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ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Writer
So, to clarify, everyone will gather in the chat event to give feedback on the stories for the prompt?
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
It's probably going to be a bit broader than that. In general, even people who haven't participated in the prompt can attend and I was thinking, we could do a Flash Fiction round for everyone to write something about the current prompt, whether they have already or otherwise. So who hasn't yet will have a starting point, and who already has might be able to either implement something more in their current writing, or find things to edit/add.
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ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Writer
You mean a flash fiction round in the chat event?
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
A flash fiction round regarding the prompt, yes. So who hasn't written about it might come up with something, and who has already might have an occasion to write something quick and find more inspiration.
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ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Writer
Okay then
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raspil Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014   Writer
awesome stuff!  i love a good prompt ;-)
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
:dummy:

I've been trying to figure out prompts for a while, and this is but a way of experimenting. (: as long as it will make more people participate and be successful at writing something out of it, I'll be happy.
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raspil Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   Writer
it's worth it.  good luck to you :-)
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
(: thank you!
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doughboycafe Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Writer
:la:
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
:iconlawooplz:
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amour-raven Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely, lovely, lovely! :heart:
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
:love:
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DeriveAnemone Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds great! Heart 
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
:hug: thanks! I hope everyone will enjoy them. 
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