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Welcome to the Feedback Frenzy, a week filled with constructed critiques and interaction between deviants who are searching for the same thing: to improve their art by receiving feedback on their artworks.
However, many deviants are always eager to receive constructive feedback (or even to give feedback to others!) and there are plenty of groups around deviantART that focus and specialize in giving and receiving feedback of the highest quality!
Dedicated "Comment" groups:
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Dedicated "Critique" groups:
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The Archer's Legacy-Part One Sunlight flittered through the canopy of leaves above. The smell of flowers and ripened fruit rode the small breeze like horsemen, ruffling the grass. Birds chirped as if celebrating the warm, spring day. An arrow whistled, cutting through the air as if it were nothing.
It stuck cleanly at the center of an assortment of red and white circles. Lucinda, a maiden of seventeen with night black hair and dark chocolate eyes notched another arrow into the taught string of her bow. The black and red arrow shot past fifty yards of trees and shrubbery to pierce the back of the previous arrow, splitting it in half.
Lucinda allowed her arms to fall. "What a waste," she murmured. "I'll have to make more, I suppose."
The girl crossed the expanse of forest quickly, long hair trailing behind her. Thin, graceful f
Writer's Tip: Mary Sue'sMary Sue. It’s the phrase that makes nearly every writer cringe. To have a character labeled a Mary Sue is probably one of the worst feelings in the world, but why is that? What exactly is a Mary Sue?DarlingMionette
The term Mary Sue originated as, yah you guessed it, a character named Mary Sue in the 1973 Paula Smith story entitled “A Trekkie’s Tale”. The story was a parody fan fiction centered around a 15 year old girl who epitomized the Mary Sue term we know and dread today. She was the youngest, smartest, prettiest, most well-trained teen ever to grace the Star Trek universe. Not surprisingly, the character was so ridiculously over-done that readers could only sit back, shake their heads, and laugh over how nauseating the character was.
Now, the original Mary Sue was a parody, but what she stood for was a very real problem. Throughout fan fiction and amateur writing at the time there was a prevalent trend of young female characters often characterized by an overblown assor
So one of my old writing group buddies runs this tumblr blog on writing, and a few weeks ago, she posted something that I thought was really cool. It totally reminded me of those "Draw this again" memes you see here on dA, but for writing. She took something she'd written several years ago and posted it, then rewrote the same scene as she might have written it now that she has more experience under her belt. It was pretty cool to see the growth, and she's all amazing and published in an anthology with freaking George R.R. Martin and Neil Gaiman now. It was just cool to see that she started out just like we all do, really horrible and awful, and she probably never thought she'd improve as much as she has. We all feel like that sometimes, and lately, I've been feeling pretty discouraged with my writing. So I decided to try this, just to prove to myself that I have gotten better and that I need to stop moping and just keep writing.
The "before" piece is part of the story I pretty much dedicated my entire high school years to. There was a time when I thought my story was brilliant and my characters were amazing and I loved it, and then somewhere halfway through my senior year, I realized that the thing sucked and I just wanted to shred it. I was going through my old writing files the other day looking for ideas and found the entire novel. So here it is, horrible writing from me when I was 16 or 17 years old (read at your own risk). And this--the writing itself--is not even the worst part. That little bit of writing does not show you all the horrible cliches. SO MANY CLICHES! Ugh. And the stupid premise. And the insanely and excessively large cast of unnecessary characters. And the telling instead of showing. So much telling. Also the lame dialogue that makes me want to cry. And did I not know how to use contractions at all, or what? Do you see the almost complete lack of contractions in the 'before' part?! And...and....ok, I'll stop there.
But there it is rewritten. Not brilliant, still, but it's better. And that's somehow very encouraging. It means I've made progress. It means that even though I still have a lot to learn and a long ways to go, I'm getting there.
Oh! And LOOK! I even have old ugly art to go with it!
Slade and The Dragon: fav.me/d53qvxj
I even made it a cover! And a TITLE?! What?! fav.me/d53qqcu
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