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Journal Entry: Sat Jan 19, 2013, 8:22 AM
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!)

Before we talk about how to identify and suggest a Daily Deviation, let's take a look at the people who select the Daily Deviations every day!

Who runs the Daily Deviations?

Daily Deviations (DDs) are selected by Community Volunteers (CVs) and Staff members. CVs are people who help manage, educate and support the community of artists who visit this site. That can mean anything from reporting news, to holding contests and features, to reporting common concerns to staff members.

As part of their duties, these dedicated members of the community choose deviations to be featured - and they can only feature one each per day. In the literature community, this task is managed by our very own literature CVs:neurotype, DorianHarper, and inknalcohol.

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The literature CVs

Featuring DDs and helping run the community requires a lot of hard work and time, the latter of which is hard to come by when you have your own personal life to take care of as well. When you add it all up, it's a huge responsibility. This is why the CVs rely heavily on suggestions by other deviants to help the process run quicker and smoother. The other benefit is that the more different people look around for new literature, the more new writers are discovered!

The literature CVs are always looking for good quality literature that showcases originality, character and technicality, but they each have specific types of literature that they prefer to receive. Simply put, they are writers just like the rest of us, and may only be knowledgeable in certain areas of literature.

How are Daily Deviations made?

The process for choosing and creating DDs is quite simple. A suggester can send a note to a CV with a deviation that they would like to see featured, and the CV will decide on whether or not they want to feature it. If the CV isn't 100% sure, they will consult the other lit CVs or browse the author's gallery for a deviation that they prefer over the one suggested.

The CVs

As you may already know, Community Volunteers are deviants with the ^ sign in front of their username. What a lot of people don't know is that CVs don't stay CVs forever - they usually only hold the position for about a year, and then it is given to someone else. Keep an eye on the CV's home CRLiterature to stay in the loop.

If at any time you aren't sure who the CVs are, you can find a complete list of all the CVs at FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?. The CVs can also be contacted at CRLiterature, where you can also find events and projects going on in the literature community as well as interesting articles and features.

Without further ado, here are our lovely, hard-working CVs who put so much time into helping our community run smoother. Please read their suggestion guidelines if you think you're interested in suggesting DDs - they will tell you not only what they want to see in a suggestion but also what they don't want to see!

The CVs will always read everything you send them! But that doesn't mean that they don't have their preferences; they each have their own niche in the realm of literature, and have more experience with certain types of literature. Each CV is listed below with their favorite type of literature, but keep in mind that you can send any of them any piece of literature that you think is worthy of a DD!

Username: neurotype
CV Nickname: 'Cake'
neurotype would love to see more  humor, horror or nonfiction prose suggestions

Username: DorianHarper
DorianHarper would love to see historical fiction, anything emotionally driven, horror, or fantasy

Username: inknalcohol
CV Nickname: 'Grim'
inknalcohol would love to see examples of improvement, and stories that pull you in.  Prose over poetry please

Who can suggest a DD?

Anyone can suggest a Daily Deviation! In fact, it is encouraged that everyone makes the effort to suggest literature every once in a while. The CVs are very busy and sending in your suggestions not only lightens their load but also helps expose your favorite writers.

Now that you know who to send your suggestions to, the big question is: How do I know if this is DD material? We'll cover this in next week's article, Identifying a potential DD.

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juniorel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013   Writer
This is awesome! I'm saving this in my inbox to remind me. :)
inknalcohol Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013   Writer
Awesome article!
Cionie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is a great article! Very informative, thank you :)
camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, this is excellent! I'm looking forward to the next one, I never know whether I should submit something or not!
Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for taking an interest! Hopefully the next one will help you out in that respect :XD:
camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure it will. I'm looking forward to it! :)
Janoera Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice work! You've done such a great job with it I'm nervous about my turn:D
Aikuna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh this is great to know, thanks for sharing! I've been trying to get more involved with the dA community lately and this seems like a great way that I haven't considered before. =)
monstroooo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful! The community's always looking for more people to make it stronger :)

Suggesting DDs is one good way of getting involved - but the easiest two things are simply to read and comment on other people's work, and to get involved with a couple of friendly groups :) The rest really just falls out from there :D
Aikuna Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the suggestions! I've been trying to do a little of both of those as well (it's almost overwhelming when you see the amount of possible groups to join!), slowly trying to get back into the dA community as I've been inactive here and with writing/art for quite some time now DX. But I think I could do with more reading and commenting on my part. ^^;
monstroooo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh it can very easily be overwhelming! And there's a temptation to spend too much time reading and commenting. I've seen lots of people absolutely beast feedback for a few weeks, maybe even a month. But everyone burns out and needs a break :shrug: I've been there myself!

The best way is to try and be active, but be relaxed about it. Maybe make a point of finding an hour each week to do some reading. Just don't feel obliged to read every journal and deviation, and don't feel bad about stuff you neglect :) So long as you're contributing something, then you're doing your bit and making the community a better place :boogie:

I've always felt that a small contribution from a large number of members is a more achievable and productive target than a huge contribution from just a few heroes. It's basically like a Marxist approach to literature :giggle:
Aikuna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I think you're definitely right about taking the small-contribution from many members approach! Also, I totally get what you mean by burn-out...just realized I matched your description of that the past few days in an attempt to "get back into deviantART" and spent quite a few hours on the site! Since I definitely won't be able to keep that up once school starts, I think I'll take your advice of just spending a little time each week to look through a few things, maybe a few each night if I'm not too busy. =)

Anyway, thanks so much for all the advice about getting involved! It's the kind of thing that should be obvious, but I'm the type to not realize, or at least over do it! :blushes:
monstroooo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure! :) I know it's not easy, but remember to strike a balance between enjoying the community, and helping the community!
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   Writer
Wonderful way to get the word out about "all things DD." Thanks, =HillsOfMyst!
Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant job =HillsOfMyst! :clap: thanks for introducing the Lit CVs! Along with nicknames lol
forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Why thank you :bow: though I can't take credit for including the nicknames, that was *monstroooo's idea (:
Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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