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Journal Entry: Fri Jan 21, 2011, 9:36 AM

Critique folders

The Advanced Critique folders are officially open! :w00t: Before you rush off to submit there, please read the instructions on this deviation first...

TwmCritFolderSubmissionProcess by Kira73

This is our hopeful attempt at gaining equal feedback on a higher level. I, as well as the other TWM staff members, will be participating in giving critique for this venture, but there's no way we can critique it all. For this to be successful, we need your help as well. To gain, first you have to give... the way many real critique groups operate. This is not the place for those seeking more comments or faves, but a place to post for future revises. A place for hard feedback.

You DO NOT have to be a dA subscriber to submit to Advanced Critique. We don't care what symbol you carry in front of your name, as long as you like to crit. If you do not understand how to go about giving a critique, you can consult the guides in the main Advanced Critique folder. You may also note us and we'll be happy to provide you with working examples of crit given to those on dA.

For now, we have subfolders for poetry and prose. If they fill up more than expected, we may add genres as well. At the moment, we are imposing NO LIMITS on submissions to the Advanced subfolders, as long as you first critique a TWM member and fill out the form. As the subfolders fill up, we may impose limits, but for now... critique away! :)

Please note... if you already have a deviation submitted to TWM that you wish to submit for Advanced, please do not ask us to move it. All you need to do is yank it from the galleries (please note us if you are unfamiliar with how to do this) then resubmit to TWM when the Advanced requirements are met.

More folder news

Please ignore the folder marked 'February' for the time being. EmmyIsAZebra will be cranking out some prompty goodness next month that will involve weekly contests and points galore. Be sure to watch for it! The prompts she has in store for you all are delicious.

The 'Transgressive' folder has been deleted, since we've had all of four devs posted since the genre folders first opened in October. The four deviations it contained went into the genres that were the next best fit (general, horror, and romance). If you have a transgressive genre deviation and question on where it should go, please don't hesitate to ask us.

For fanfiction, we've had a few questions about where to place those. We do not, nor will not have a fanfiction folder set up. You may post them in whichever genre you feel fits your fanfic the best.

TWM in the news!

TheWritersMeow has been featured with an interview in :iconirrevocablefate:'s latest Love dA Lit news article. You can check out and fave the article here -->…

More dA lit news

:new: :iconnycterent: wants your opinion on how to improve dA's lit gallery… .

:bulletblack: :iconsoul-poets: Will be starting weekly features via blog and news articles. From their founder: Our literature on Deviantart is starving, and the only thing we can do about it is join together and give each other exposure. Soul Poetry Features is about poetry produced from artists that deserve recognition. You don't have to join Soul-Poets to be featured, but it helps to receive notes and comments from artists about poems they are really proud of. Thank you!

:bulletblack: :iconsixwordstories: has started their 52 Week Challenge. The one for week 2 : Write a story involving one specific colour without mentioning the actual color… .

:bulletblack: :iconeditorialsquad: has made some exciting changes to their critique system, and are looking for staff members… .

:bulletblack: :iconbeta-readers: is in dire need of betas… !

:bulletblack: Literature news section on dA.

:bulletblack: Past lit DD's.

:bulletblack: Dev Lit on Twitter.

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Which Submission best demonstrated the Family prompt Best? 

4 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
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    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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“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
2 deviants said
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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