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A Welcome and Rules

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 11, 2010, 8:26 AM






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Our purpose and mission:


This group is designed for writers looking for constructive criticism, writing tips, and encouragement. A place for those truly wanting to improve their skills. We can all benefit from positive feedback and become better writers with one another's assistance.

The Writer's Meow showcases everything from fiction and fan fiction, to poetry and songs, to nonfiction articles and essays. Seasoned writers and novices with a dream of writing are encouraged to join.

Kitty emoticon by Chaosgoettin

Joining the group:

:bulletblack: Hit the button titled "Join this Group." Hitting 'watch' will only allow you to view work, not submit.

:bulletblack: We'd appreciate it if you place our icon in your journal or our link in your signature to show your support.

:bulletblack: Don't forget to comment on other club members' submissions - that is why we are here. And be sure to mention you are visiting their deviation from TMW. That way they can pay you back in kind.

:writer: by arrioch

What we accept:

:bulletblack: Prose... both fiction and non-fiction

:bulletblack: Fan fictions (with disclaimers please)

:bulletblack: Novelists... we will accept all of your chapters, not just the first one and/or prologue. Please refer to the submission guidelines for more.

:bulletblack: Articles and writing tips

:bulletblack: Poetry and songs

:bulletblack: Visual poetry. Photography/artwork with accompanying literature in the artist comments section are also accepted. Please note... we will accept these forms of media ONLY if the literature is YOUR OWN WORK. The image does not have to belong to you, but it MUST be credited in the artist comments section.

:bulletblack: Sorry, NO comics or manga. We are first and foremost a literature group.

:bulletblack: No scraps! If it's not good enough for your gallery, it's not good enough for ours, either.

:bulletblack: The deviation must be a proper deviantArt literature submission. A cover photo with a link in the artist comments section to another site where your story is posted will be considered spam, and will be declined.

:bulletblack: This should go without saying, but all literature must be your own! Posting someone else's work without written permission or at least verbal consent is considered plagiarism. All stolen work will be declined and reported.

Kitty emoticon by Chaosgoettin

Submissions:

:bulletblack: Due to the amount of members here, we can only accept ONE submission per deviant per week. If you submit more than one within a seven day period, we will chose one for you and the rest will be declined. Sorry, but we want to try to avoid becoming an 'exposure only' group.

Novelists... again, you are welcome to post all your chapters here, but we ask you to please respect the submission limit rule. If you wish your other chapters to be read before they can be submitted, including a link to them in your artist comments would be prudent.

:bulletblack: There are no limits or minimums on word count.

:bulletblack: There are no rules here pertaining to ratings. We will take them all. If your deviation contains adult themes, please make sure it is marked as such and/or the mature filter is on. We do not wish to censor, but our audience is very broad. Please be respectful.

:bulletblack: We do not deny work based on quality, but we do ask that you post your best work possible. Run your work through a spell check, and recheck your grammar/punctuation. If there is something in particular you need assistance with, be sure to include that in your artist comments.

:bulletblack: We now have gallery folders! The featured folder is no longer open for submissions, but will be saved for contest winners, DDs/DLDs, and member recognitions.

To submit, go to gallery page, scroll down to find the appropriate folder, and click the '+' sign. You can also enter the gallery folder itself and click 'submit to this folder.' The genre folders can be accessed directly from the group's home page as well, for your convenience.

If you don't know the category of your submission, please note either the group or one of the gallery moderators. If your submission is a chapter out of a larger work, submit to the gallery your story as a whole fits into. Member submissions are run through on Sundays and Wednesdays. Hopefully this will give you all time to read at your leisure.

Please DO NOT send your own submissions to the group favorites folder! They will be declined.


:writer: by arrioch

Advanced critique:

This folder is meant for members looking for more than just comments and encouragement. Operating on a crit for a crit system, it is for those looking to take their writing to the next level. For more on what this project entails, click here thewritersmeow.deviantart.com/… and here fav.me/d370hbx




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Which Submission best demonstrated the Family prompt Best? 

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3 deviants said Home    I never really realized how grateful I was to have a home until I lost the only one I’d ever known. One moment was all it had taken for me to lose everything, a simple opening of a door.

    How many months has it been since the Society took me away from my home? Kenzie Monroe pondered as she looked up from her book to stare outside the window at the slowly falling snow. Since I became immortal and got stuck here in this tiny town with a man that I’m pretty sure practically hates me?
    I think about a year and a half, she calculated slowly, returning to her book. Time is running out….how much longer before the Society gets tired of waiting and just decides to off my family?
    She couldn’t come up with an answer for that question so she read for a while in silence, eventually getting lost in the story. She didn’t even notice that Ellio
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3 deviants said Last ChristmasTommy shoved Arnold off the table as his old mum brought a badly cooked turkey onto the table. “There,” she said in satisfaction, “see? Didn’t burn it this year.”
“Didn’t cook it, either,” Liz commented, pushing Arnold away as he tried vainly to get back onto the table.
“What d’you mean?” her mother demanded.
“It’s not dead,” Fred told her in exasperation.
“Not dead? Course it’s dead!”
He picked up a fork and stabbed it. It squawked loudly and attempted to fly away with its wings tied together.
“It’s just... fresh, that’s all,” she said quickly. “It’ll be dead soon in any case. Who wants a wing?”
“I’m not hungry,” Fred said hurriedly, pushing Arnold away again as the dog yapped irritably.
“What? You vegetarian or something?” his dad said suspiciously.
“I am now,” he replied uneasily, grimacing at the cr
18%
2 deviants said
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2 deviants said SoulmateThe sunrises he is always there,
with a cheerful smile
brightening my dreadful days.
Supporting me
when I didn't want anyone to carry me.
Being there
when I felt no one was.
Whispering sweet words,
that calmed my soul and heart.
Even through the downs
you had my back.
Keeping yourself together,
when I fell apart.
You picked up the pieces
of my shattered personality.
Shaping me
to what I am today.
Seeing the changes
and the paths we have taken.
In the time we have had
and what we have accomplished.
I feel proud
to have you by myside.
The nights we stayed home
playing cards
instead of going out,
we had so much fun.
Then the nights we felt Euphoric,
under the ray of flashing lights.
We were on top of the world
going to the games
and parties.
Making each bad day
or hard day at work,
worth it.
That smile
keeps me going.
Motivating me
to be that carefree.
To not hang on my emotions,
sticking to the light
and not the dark.
For you are my sun,
and I am your moon.
Completing each other
or just
9%
1 deviant said Family mends where friends endI have always wanted a friend whose mind works the way mine does. It does not have anything to do with comparison; I do not mean to say that I am an intellectual Everest surrounded by molehills, that nobody “measures up to me”. It is just that the way different radio stations are on different frequencies, I wanted someone on my frequency.
My frequency matched others’ in the manner of a Venn diagram (in which each component is represented by a circle, and the places where the circles overlap stand for the qualities shared by the overlapping elements). I “fit in” with many different people, but nobody fitted me.
In school, I used to keep raising my hand until the teacher told me to let somebody else answer. I still remember the time in eighth grade when the teacher asked what whales were hunted for, and I answered “blubber”. A classmate blasted me with a wide-eyed look of incredulity that I have not forgotten to this day. I was the only one in th
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No deviants said Today is your dayThere are lots of people in your life who will come and go. Hold on to the people who has stuck with you through thick and thin and learn to let go of the people who has left you. Don't question why they left, don't think about what went wrong or how you could have fixed it. And for god's sake stop blaming yourself for it. It is not your fault. Just let go. Because people who are meant to stay will stay with you forever. People who care and appreciate you will fight for you no matter what. Yes, it is going to hurt and it will probably hurt for a long time but slowly you will begin to realize that loosing those people was actually a gain and not a loss. You have to stay strong. You have to wake up everyday and tell yourself there are still people out there who loves you and cares about you. And I'm not making it up. There are honestly people out there who feels that way for you. Don't take these people for granted.If there are people out there who takes their precious time to ask how yo

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