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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.

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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.

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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 demonstrates the Superstitions Prompt Best? 

38%
8 deviants said The Mysterious Case of the Cat in the NighttimeJimmy bolted upright in complete darkness.
The bed was empty. This was nothing new. His unfortunate habit of complaining to Seth “Blabbermouth” Crey about the little irritations of his life meant that the newly crowned king made it impossible for his butler to keep a long term relationship with anyone, even his mother.
However, he’d felt a rustle in the covers beside him. Probably wishful thinking, he thought sourly, settling back into the covers with a sigh.
A moment of silence occurred.
“Mew.”
“AAAHH!!”
Something fluffy had squirmed up his shirt and he nearly bolted from the bed and set his shirt on fire trying to light a candle. Two green eyes peered at him from within his collar and mewed again.
He grabbed the cat by the scruff of its neck and yanked it out roughly. It gazed at him mournfully and pawed at his face feebly in an attempt to inspire release.
He swallowed carefully. A supernatural intuition he’d inherited from his m
33%
7 deviants said Superstition Meets Farmer JoeBlack cat crossed my path…
Lucky me –
Barn’s been filled with mice.
14%
3 deviants said Crab ApplesMaggie stood in front of her full length mirror with her shirt off. Her shape was already changing. Anwir avoided meeting her gaze through the mirror. "You're still beautiful, if that's what you are worrying about" he said offhandedly. He was sitting on the edge of the bed, fully clothed, holding the letter from the doctor. "So? I'm not the one you should be worried about," Maggie mumbled turning to look at Anwir. "You see what them tests say. The baby either ain't gunna make it, or she gunna be a vegetable!" She stared at him, her eyes were pleading for him to look up, and acknowledge her. "What am I supposedta do? I just started gettin' my grades to low B's from the F's they were! I can't quit school for no retard baby." She moved to grab her tee shirt off the floor, but a sucker punch laid her out. Anwir was towering above her, fist raised for another blow. "Don't you call our kid that again!" he thundered. The house was too still, too silent. The doctor's letter had been crumpled i
10%
2 deviants said The black catThe black cat,
when it crosses your path;
expect bad luck.
For the cat,
it walks it usual route.
Next to the bakery,
it watches the mixer brake.
Snickering,
it leaves for the intersection.
Walking in the crosswalk;
it passes by a car.
The light changes,
it hits another car.
Snickering again;
the black cat leaves.
At the supermarket;
it always gets milk.
Wishing for no bad luck,
the cat doesn't move.
But,
it always happens.
Someone usually drops them,
or their cart hits their car.
Something happens,
when the black cat is around.
Sadness.
Fills the cat,
when he scurries back home.
To the park;
under the tree.
The black cat sleeps,
under the silver moon.
Hoping.
One day,
it will have a home.
Where people will believe;
it's not the black cats fault.
5%
1 deviant said Flip that shoe before I flip my shoe at youAn upturned shoe invites a medley of reactions.
"Turn it over!"
"Be quick about it!"
"The shoe!"
Or just plain calling you over and pointing towards the offending object.
That's because in desi-land--that's Pakistan and India to you folks--an upside down shoe is supposed to be disrespectful to God. I don't know how this superstition originated--but each and every Pakistani elder has this thinking firmly inscribed in stone in their minds: flip the shoe before I flip my shoe at you.
I usually comply when elders tell me to turn upside down shoes. Not because I think it makes much difference to God, but because I think it shows respect to my elders.
Will I tell my children to put their shoes upright, that is the question. The truth is, upside down shoes look untidy. While I might not have the same ingrained response to an overturned shoe as my elders, I will probably still ask others to turn them over. And turn them over myself. I suppose it's plain old cultural programming.
While two shoe

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