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DDs: An Introduction

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 13, 2013, 2:52 PM
Welcome to WritersInk's latest feature: Editorials

Our editorials will discuss issues which affect writers generally, as well as dA Lit specifically. First, we dive into Daily Devaitions (the links above will be enabled as articles are published!)


One of the best things about being a writer on deviantART is the opportunity to be  featured in a Daily Deviation (DD). While most literature communities can only offer you an audience of other writers, deviantART can expose your work to an incredible range of artists - and even non-artists (and other assorted muggles). A DD is a golden ticket to the kind of exposure which is so hard for a struggling wordsmith to find.

And yet, the systems behind DDs seem to be a mystery to a large part of the deviantART community. Our recent poll suggests that almost half of our voters don't understand what DDs are or how they work.

WritersInk is stepping in to help. Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking in more detail about some of the different aspects of DDs. We'll explain how suggestions are processed, how to suggest a piece, and what to look for when making a suggestion. We'll also pay a visit to Daily Literature Deviations (DLDs) - a smaller, but no less important, cornerstone of the literature community.

What are Daily Deviations?
DDs are works of art, hand-picked each day from across the whole range of artistic mediums - from visual art to literature to Journal CSS. You'll have seen them: they appear in the footer of most of deviantART's pages (including the home page). For the day of a deviation's feature, it can expect to get thousands of page views. It's difficult to buy that kind of publicity; and a thrill to receive it.

A small group of  Community Volunteers (CVs) run and choose the Daily Deviations. They rely on suggestions from the community to help them find the best artwork out there. Literature has to stand up against visual art - so the bar for quality is pretty high. It needs to be impacting, original and instantly engaging. There are four CVs dedicated to looking after literature DDs (they're all writers, too).

It's important to remember (and we think a lot of people don't realise this): DDs aren't supposed to be perfect.  As CV neurotype said: They're not an award, they're just a feature. Opinions will vary on what's worthy of the feature and what isn't, and anything is open to respectful criticism. We encourage everyone to read the literature DDs every now and again - but also to remember that DD-featured artists are desperate for feedback too. Constructive criticism is incredibly valuable, even to pieces which receive a lot of attention.

Fire and WaterIt was raining in Lancaster on September 3rd 1555, and Jane Ask loved the earthy smell that it coaxed out of the soil.
She wiped away the sheen of rainwater from her forehead with the back of her hand and set her small basket of nettles down by the front door. Later she would dry out the leaves and reduce them to a powder; the substance worked wonders on small wounds which refused to stop bleeding.
Jane had always been something of an herbalist. Growing up with only a father, and two older brothers from his first marriage, she had spent the majority of her childhood outdoors. Now practically a spinster at the age of twenty-two, she knew the Lancashire countryside as though it were the dearest friend, and for years now its other residents had come to her for aid. She knew which plants could heal or, if nothing were to be done, could simply ward off the pain.
She sniffed, wiping a drop of cold rainwater off the end of her nose, and looked across her herb garden at Sally. Sally was her co
The Origin of the InternetThis is the story of Compudites and Internedes – great gods of knowledge and communication. It is a story of their love for each other. It is a story of their betrayal at the hands of Hermes the messenger. It is a story of Internedes' destruction at the hands of Zeus. And it is a story of how, with the help of Athena, Compudites was able to be together with Internedes once more. It is the story of how and why humanity got one of the greatest resources ever known – the internet.
Compudites was a kind and gentle god, frail and limited in power, but boundless in intellect – a patron of sciences, mathematics, and technology. He was the guiding hand behind many of humanity's technological breakthroughs throughout the millennia. But just as technology and discoveries in the maths and sciences depend on others to spread them, Compudites was forever dependent on others to spread his knowledge. Hermes the messenger was one, swift like the wind, he helped carry messages between th
Why does it matter?
Writers here on deviantART are united by a common cause. Yes, we want people to read the words we've spent hours arranging on a page. But we're also desperate for feedback: to know what works, what doesn't, and why. We want to know what kind of people our writing speaks to, and whether we're hitting the right notes. We're all dependent on the wisdom of our fellow writers to help out, and that means we all need to put in a little bit of effort, too. Daily Deviations make a huge difference in attracting that sort of feedback.

By the end of these articles, we're confident that you'll be comfortable in seeking out and suggesting work to be featured - and by doing so, you'll be making an important contribution to the community.

Next weekend, we'll introduce you to the people who run literature deviations (and tell you a little more about what they do!)

if only, if only.i.
we drove nowhere
and we spoke a language
that nobody understood
underneath a foreign sky
blanketed in the scent of pine.
ii.
you told me
my eyes were like envelopes—
because they were always
opening
closing
fluttering to the sound
of breaking seals
and ink stained fingertips.
iii.
i told you
we should run away
to a new land
with new faces
because
i was enamored
with people i had never encountered
and places i had never gone.
iv.
you laughed at me
and said that
if i didn't spend
so much time with my head
buried in world maps
i would realize
that i was living on one.
v.
i remember
it rained that day
and the tea went cold
but the wind kept whistling
blue skies are coming
and i sighed
if only
if only

vi. our film expired in may
but time replays it in my dreams
as a flock of birds
head north in the sky
(if they can move on after summer
and gather their souls
then maybe i too will try.)
SolsticeOnce upon a time, when you were still sunlighthouses and shimmering existence wherever you were needed most, you found him. He was November, shaky on his first last legs, and you saw through the mind-twistings he feigned to the mind-twistings that were really there, knotted up in his dreams.
You were still birdsong then, and thunderstorms, and your bodyheat melted the frost claws that held him tight. You held onto him as his November deepened. When he howled, you howled with him, and the wind played with your voices and pressed the softness of your lungs against your cageribs—and then against each other's.
November became solstice, and you felt him shiver through that long night and didn't mind the coldbitten nails that grazed your skin. He slept when the moon drowned below the treeline, but the iceflakes began to drift in like small animals seeking the pulsing riverheat of your blood, and chilling you. He lay there, vulnerable as his world turned slowly towards the light, and you
The Stone by Balaria
More Reading
If you're impatient to know more about DDs - here are a few links to help you get started.
:bulletblack: FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?

:bulletblack: Project Educate on Daily Deviations fav.me/d5bt1h6

:bulletblack: The original "DD's are an award, not a feature" discussion fav.me/d5bf6vl

:bulletblack: How to suggest a DLD fav.me/d3uvun1


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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Writer
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
On a side-note *monstroooo I fixed the link to the intro :D it was leading elsewhere to a journal from the beginning of time
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconfacepalmplz:

Always something, isn't there? Thank you, Sleyfy :)
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is, you got cursed with my luck there, there's always a link that leads to an epic journey
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant work *monstroooo and I'm very happy to see that the reaction is positive!
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buneep Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
This is very informative, thank you for sharing. ^^
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, this is awesome.

I really wish there was a better system for suggesting but, alas, there isn't, so good on you for setting up an instruction manual for the one we have.

Thanks too for including my piece in here.
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Draconasaurus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They ARE an award, simply by being a feature. Except maybe for the people who receive one, who don't appreciate what an honor it is. Most of us would give up a body part for such an honor.
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a little harsh, most people who receive DD DO appreciate it, people just show excitement or appreciation differently, you can't assume they're not grateful simply because they weren't gushing over it, remember that everyone is different and so react differently :D
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet article, monstroooo. You know, my two cents worth on the multiple DD/DLDs means you're perfect topic is this: When I read that some people think that, well, the base issue here is that no one is perfect. You can look at famous authors even...like Stephen King for instance. The man is incredibly talented sure.

But there are a lot of folks who think his work is schlock. :shrug:

Anywho, good job and I look forward to more articles. :)
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