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Fan Fiction Has a New Home

Tue May 20, 2014, 9:36 AM

As many of you have noticed, the Literature gallery gets a huge influx of fan fiction submissions. We're hoping that by having Fan Fiction under the Literature umbrella, the number of miscats in the overall gallery will drop. And, for those of us who frequent both galleries, it'll simplify submitting and finding work. :boogie:

Of course, we can't cut down on miscats without your help! Please spread the word by favoriting and sharing this journal, and by moving any of your own submissions as appropriate.

Not sure whether your submission counts as fan fiction? FAQ #572: What does deviantART consider "Fan Art" to be?

(Note that gallery updates for both Literature and Fan Fiction is in the works. Please continue to use the category that best fits your work.)


You're welcome to bring your concerns to us at any time!
Literature CVs: GrimFace242IrrevocableFateneurotype , ShadowedAcolyte (CRLiterature)
Fan Fiction CV: SingingFlames 

communityrelations Moonbeam13 

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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   General Artist
:wave: Hello, this has been listed in the latest update of deviousNEWS! Have a great week :heart:
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Sunflower333 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Oh good! Now it's more organized.
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:iconstickiebun13:
StickieBun13 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for moving the fanfiction category. I can honestly say that as a fanfiction writer myself, I had no idea that there was even a fanfiction category. But a few days ago I saw that pop up in the Literature category and I took the time to move all my fanfiction chapters to that category I thought it was a new category completely and had wondered why we "didn't" have it before this week. It makes much more sense to have it in Literature. I'd never think to look in "fanart" to place my piece of literature in.
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:iconhg-the-hamster:
HG-The-Hamster Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Finally now I can sumit a lot more stories of mine
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MysticKenji Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice!
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The right change to make. :thumbsup: Great work guys. :)
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:iconrollingtomorrow:
RollingTomorrow Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   General Artist
This is great! :la: The little changes that streamline things more are so helpful. :D
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:iconnightmaresdreaming:
NightmaresDreaming Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I was worried sick, I went to look up fanfictions and I saw that there was no folder, so I started freaking out.
Then I saw they moved it to the literature section and I was like "Oh, okay, that makes things easier I guess."

Now if only people started submitting fan art in the fan art section.
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:iconintroverted-ghost:
introverted-ghost Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   Writer
This is so exciting! :nuu:
I'm all for fan fiction, but it's been really hard to find original lit amongst all the incorrectly categorized fan fiction. I really hope people take notice of this and make use of it!
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:iconfoxaircurrent:
FoxAircurrent Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
I honestly don't know why people submit fan fiction under literature. It had it's own place that I found very easily the first time I ever submitted a work. Maybe people don't think it's fan fiction or something, or don't know about the category or are too lazy to dig for the proper one. :shrug:

All I know is it makes it harder to find stuff because you don't know where someone could have placed it.  
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A lot of people simply didn't know about the fan fiction gallery before; it wouldn't occur to them to check and see if a visual art gallery has its own literature subsection, and they automatically assume Literature is the catch-all gallery for written art. It's an understandable mistake and all boils down to that tricky area of terminology.
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:iconfoxaircurrent:
FoxAircurrent Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
It is understandable but I still don't know why they didn't just look at where other people put their works. That's what I did.
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:iconjayerror:
jayerror Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Yes! And people also don't put keywords, either... And then complain when they don't get much exporsure ^^;
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:iconfoxaircurrent:
FoxAircurrent Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
I'm not one to put keywords in either :shrug: honestly I don't care if people stumble across my art or not. I used to but now, meh. If people find it they find it if they don't they don't.
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introverted-ghost Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   Writer
I wholeheartedly agree with JZLobo - being an active member of the community helps a lot more than keywords. If you don't participate, people aren't going to find you.
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jayerror Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Yes indeed!

What I meant about the keywords was directed at writers of FanFiction... Since it's very specific writing (characters, fandom, genre, pairing) people often search specifically. It can be hard to find without the keywords.

For example, typing Naruto will get you a lot of stories, but if you wanted a story with NarutoxSasuke, you'd need to type something like NaruSasu, etc. But if they didn't write that somewhere in the summary or the keywords, then it wouldn't show up in the results, thus that story misses out on a viewer
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:iconintroverted-ghost:
introverted-ghost Featured By Owner May 23, 2014   Writer
Oh, of course. It plays a part, there's no doubt about that. I'm just of the mindset that if you give, you get back.
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Keywords don't contribute as much as you'd think. Sure, they make it slightly easier for readers to find you, but only if said readers are actively looking. If you really want exposure, you have to put yourself out there, and that means being an active part of the community. Engage other people, comment on their artwork, post in the forums, etc. Actually, in my personal experience, the forums are the best way to get attention, because you're in there, interacting with people, seeding links to your page with every post you make.
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jayerror Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Yes Indeed. The very best way is to GET YOURSELF OUT THERE. Post a lot. Comment a lot. There are places where you can swap critique, llamas, etc... All ways to get more people seeing your page. ^^

What I meant about keywords was aimed specifically at fanfiction...

Since there are set parameters such as a pairing, theme, or fandom, people often searches for those things in particular. And if the keywords aren't there, it's can be hard to find them~
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Author-XIV Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Hooray! I'm going to have to move all my submissions to that folder. Thanks for the notice and the change~!
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! I'm sure it will surprise no one that I'm happy about this. :D I mean, I think I've blabbered enough about how - at least in the fandoms I'm in - there's such a clear division between the fanart and fanfic on most of the places I hang out that it seemed to make no sense to have fanfic grouped under fanart.
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TheMidnightWhisp Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Woot! 
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:icontherevolutioncat:
therevolutioncat Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
I guess it's just good timing I just started posting my FFn stuff here, then? :P
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Not necessarily. There's been a fan fiction gallery on dA for years. The only thing that's changes is that it's a bit easier to find.
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pulbern Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Smrt! :slow:
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:iconriorlyne:
Riorlyne Featured By Owner May 21, 2014   Writer
(Umm, what are miscats? ;P Of course, 90% of my fan-fiction poetry does involve cats, but I never thought I might be miscatting them. I'd better check them over properly and re-cat them if I need to. Can't have any miscatted stuff in my gallery, now can I? :D)
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hopefully, Fan Fiction will have its own poetry section soon. I'm not a big fan of the stuff, but I know there's enough people producing it to justify a gallery.
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:iconriorlyne:
Riorlyne Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   Writer
I was trying to make a joke with the mis-cats, not particularly inquiring about a fan-poetry category, but thank you! I will look forward to further categorisation options. :D
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, it's a little tricky right now because there's no Poetry subsection, I'd personally say use Fan Fiction but that does suggest prose P:
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:iconriorlyne:
Riorlyne Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   Writer
Yup, but it's not too bad. I'll live. ;)
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not a big fan of fanfic poetry, but I know there's enough people producing it to justify a gallery.
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:iconmtgreat:
MTGreat Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! That is great news.
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:iconpindanglicious:
pindanglicious Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great! now i can write fanfictions beside in FFn too XD
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You always could. Fan Fiction has had its own gallery for years; it's just easier to find now. It's even had its own Community Volunteer for about two years now. :iconsingingflames: is the current CV for the Fan Fiction gallery, and I was her predecessor.
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:iconthebrassglass:
TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh hey, would ya look at that.
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:icondevibrigard:
DeviBrigard Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
And then there's the people who just submit it to the journal portal :roll:
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Those are typically the most poorly written that I've seen :stare:
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:icondevibrigard:
DeviBrigard Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
:XD:
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah... :iconfacepalmplz:
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner May 20, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Great news :la:
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Huzzah! Hopefully this will fix the most grievous miscatting problem for both galleries. <<
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fawnliing Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Writer
I would have thought that Fan Fiction would have implied Literature already. 'Cause you know Fan FICTION! I probably havn't payed to much attention to it since, I don't read to much fanfiction on here. 
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JZLobo Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fan Fiction kind of awkwardly straddles both fan art and literature. It's been a subsection within the FAN art gallery for a while. Fan Art is the gallery for all the "derivative" work. The problem is, that made it hard to find for newer members who weren't that familiar with the gallery system, and just submitted their fan fics to Literature anyway.
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:iconfawnliing:
fawnliing Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Writer
Ahh. I see. Thank you for that
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EclecticQuill Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Writer
Another update to the lit galleries? Didn't we have one last year? dA staff are being really active, my first 3 years here hardly anything changed at all.
Cool that fan fiction is under the lit galleries though, personal misgivings about the genre aside, it's still literature. :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We announced the proposed gallery updates, but I don't think we've done a ton. Haha, you may also have not noticed the changes until you were more plugged in to dA P:
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EclecticQuill Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Writer
If I remember correctly, on of the cats was taken out and incorporated into the others... can't remember which one though... or was that just announced and not yet executed?
That's a highly probable possibility, my first 3 years here I was so far out of the loop I didn't even know there was a loop. :laughing:
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:iconthebrassglass:
TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
There was a massive overhaul a year or two ago, I think you're right.
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EclecticQuill Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Writer
:nod: I think it was last year sometime, as it was shortly after I started to take part in the wider lit community. :)
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