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DDs: I Do That Now

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 2:09 PM

Includes GIFs for my your viewing pleasure.

FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?

Why bother suggesting?


Because people do awesome things and everyone should see 'em. Maybe they had the courage to write an intensely personal nonfiction piece, or the nerve to lampoon all the presidents, or because they wrote something that made you go 'wow, I wish I could write like that.' There's as many reasons as there are people on this site, and if you want to see stuff you like get featured, that's how you make it happen.



At the end of the day, DDs are a feature I think the entire site should see. Which doesn't mean only picking stuff I enjoy, but it does mean a certain degree of personalization. If I decline something, you can suggest it to one of the other CVs. Just don't note more than one person at a time.

All you really have to do is ask, 'Why should the whole site see this?' It's like I were running a magazine: sure, I'll say no to 67% of stuff (actual stats, yo), but I'd rather see it than not.

But of course, it's easier if you know what my 'why' is. So: I expect technical awesomeness. By which I mean a clear sense of style and voice: grammar/spelling flubs happen on a global site (and every single book I've ever read). Readability matters more. Or, this.

Is it well paced? Is the hook solid? Is it well-researched? Is the message conveyed without a direct statement? Also, voice voice voice voice voice. Voice.
  • No misinformation. I majored in science. (Cite your sources, too.)
  • I don't like metafiction. It's personal and unreasonable, and that's why I'm not the only CV. :B
  • Here is a list of literature dealbreakers. Please note that reading it isn't necessary or expected.

About poetry...the first thing I ask when I see it is 'why isn't this prose' and if the only answer is 'because linebreaks,' I will not be amused. I have no soul and don't get "feelings," so I focus on technical execution. 90% of poetry here depends on connecting emotionally to the author, the question is, does it go beyond?

:new: Please read this article on enjambment and make sure you've taken those elements into consideration. I cannot enumerate how many interestingly-worded, reasonably-deviced works I haven't been able to get through because the linebreaks made no sense. (Kudos to beeinthebottle for linking me.)

I don't often connect to work on an emotional level, so try this dude first:

:icongrimface242:

I extra-love humor, horror, transgressive, and nonfiction because they are sadly underrated.

Here is the folder of everything I've featured. You should think about adding to it.




  • One suggestion per note. Please put the author/title of what you're suggesting in the subject line. Only note one person at a time. I will tell you I'm not going to feature it, so wait until then to resuggest.
  • No contest entries if the contest is still running.
  • The preview needs to be used with permission (which includes stock imagery). This is an ART website, Google isn't a resource. 40 hours of work isn't window dressing for your novel's first draft.
  • If it has over 200 favorites, I won't feature it unless I really, really can't have it any other way.
  • I'm trying not to feature people twice in a row, but I can check for that myself.
  • Suggesting someone with multiple DDs? I'd like to see improvement and/or a big stylistic difference. They already know they can do that one thing right.

About self suggestions: your job is to sell your work. It's okay if you don't include a message with the suggestion. Do not tell me you know it's not that great. Why would I feature it if you're capable of making it better? Respect your time and mine, please.

Also, the style needs to live up to the content. This is 'Literature,' not BBC News.

A couple of notes on the foreign languages I actually know well enough to read in (I know a little Greek and Spanish too):
  • Je lis mieux que j'écris en français. Je pense pouvoir comprendre les textes écrit en français, même si je lis très lentment. Tant pis. Mais parce que le site est surtout en anglais, je nécessite une traduction anglaise pour une DD. (La traduction n'est pas forcée d'être merveilleuse. Seulement en anglais, je vous en prie.)
  • मेरे को थोड़ी सी हिंदी आती है, लेकिन ये साईट अंग्रेजी मैं है, इस लिए कृपया अंग्रेजी भी शामिल करना  (पथ है की शायद सभ अक्षरों गलत लिखे है, गूगल की बतकिस्मत मुझ पैर आगई ।) 

If you have any questions, ask ask ask! Just keep in mind that I work full time, and like videogames and reading Nature. Sometimes, I even have a life.



You have the right to not like everything. I don't know if you noticed, but the site's kind of gigantor now.

If you don't understand a format—and I see this a lot with haiku—look it up. Good writers read. (If I had a quarter for each time someone comments on a nonfiction piece saying the story is unbelievable, I'd have money. Check the gallery category, please.)


The artist does not choose the feature! Doesn't matter if it's a self suggestion or otherwise. FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

I don't mind notes asking me why I featured something (or a profile comment if you want to keep it public). Since notes are private space, I consider it highly unprofessional to share their content without permission. So you can say anything there, unless it straight-up violates the Terms of Service.

Some perspective, first: yes, we know it's a big feature. But it is still an art feature. It lasts 24 hours. There are something like 30 every day, 1-2 of which are from the Literature gallery. Please think about the scope of this. Getting a DD didn't make me as an artist. Getting five DDs didn't make me as an artist. It's cool, but it isn't, in the long run, life-changing.

If you want to rant, rather than discuss our differing viewpoints (which isn't going to change the fact that the piece was featured...), or you can't respect the fact that I didn't feature that piece just to fuck with you, please make a journal complaining about my taste in literature instead. I just ask that you don't link the artwork, as the artist had nothing to do with it.


Anyway, props to you for reading through this! Here, have an explosion. (Also props to pica-ae for giving me a solid GIF source.)



Trimmed some fat. Blame ShadowedAcolyte.
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Lucain24 Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have a question, I've suggested countless deviations (over 50) and never gotten a response back. Not from you, but other CVs just don't respond back. Is that a bad thing or a good thing?
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neurotype Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really nothing... depending on the schedule (and in some cases bad experiences, I'm more familiar with magazine editors on that front but I know it's happened here too), some have a policy to not respond. I mostly didn't get responses, either, but I'd see occasional features.

And from the other side, even if I say no fifty times I still would want to see the next thing, anyway.
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Lucain24 Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Alright then. Some give me feedback and others just don't even get back to me. It bothers me so..
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neurotype Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It can feel discouraging, but it's not in the least bit personal.
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Lucain24 Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Alright, if you say so c: 
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Cassy-Blue Feb 7, 2014   General Artist
what is metafiction? I have never heard of that term before (and I worked as a library intern for several years :stare:)
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neurotype Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fiction that discusses its existence as fiction, in short: www.eng.fju.edu.tw/Literary_Cr…

Personally, I just don't want to see anything that's like 'this is a poem about being a poet'. I'm liberally lumping in metacognitive fiction...although I might make an exception for good metacognitive nonfiction. But it would have to be damn good :stare:

Ooooo.
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Cassy-Blue Feb 7, 2014   General Artist
Yeeah, I can see why you're not a fan of it. Metafiction reminds me of fantasy stories that end with "and it was only a dream." or some other thing that makes the whole rest of the story become irrelevant/unreal in the story's reality. Gosh, those piss me off so much because I feel cheated.
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neurotype Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, those are the wooorst.

To be honest, my issues with metafiction are a little bit irrational (I haaaated 'Redshirts' and didn't like 'An Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England'). I really don't like being told what to think about fiction by the fiction itself.
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Cassy-Blue Feb 7, 2014   General Artist
I haven't read much of it to be honest. But I know the ones I've read I've always been like whaaaaa just happened here.
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