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This article is written for LitResources. Our goal is to be a collection and creation station for all resources pertaining to literature on deviantART. This article will feature the wonderful world of critique! DeviantART staff recently made it possible for unsubscribed members to leave critiques using the premium feature, so we thought it was an opportune moment to educate the community about the many facets of critique.
If, after reading the article, you have more information or resources to add, please leave your thoughts in a comment! And don't forget to :+favlove: this article to help spread the word.

Critique: What It Is, What It Is Not

Though the distinction might seem obvious to some, people often confuse writing a critique with writing a review.
To make it plain, a critique offers thoughts and advice for improving a piece of literature or art. Cri
DeviantART: A Critical Community (Part 1)You may have heard...
From the most novice to the most accomplished, dA is home to artists of all types and skills. This mish-mash of talent, experience, knowledge, and eagerness to learn creates a beautiful opportunity for mentorships between those who are learning and those who are willing to lend their time and patience to a burgeoning new artist or writer. But forming those relationships can be daunting for those looking for help and unfulfilling for those offering that help. 
This is the first of a two part article series that aims to address a few key points of miscommunication that seem to be common between those willing to offer critique and constructive commentary and those seeking feedback. You may have heard that the critique community on deviantART "sucks" or "doesn't exist", but I'll humbly beg to disagree. I've been an activ

What is Worth Critiquing?This article outlines a few questions to ask yourself before you request critique on anything.
1. Have I self-critiqued my piece?
Have you given the piece a thorough examination, looking for ways you can improve, parts that could be removed/added to, techniques that might work better, etc?
If you haven't reviewed the piece for yourself, I highly suggest doing so before you request critique. Self-review is a skill you need to develop as an artist in order to improve. Critique from others is wonderful, but learning to apply your own critique to your pieces will help you produce better art on your first attempt.
2. Is the piece of good quality?
Do not request critiques on doodles, first writing drafts, snapshot photographs, etc. Critique should be reserved for a piece you want to learn from and improve, which means the piece should have required thought and time to complete.
There are always exceptions to these sorts of rules. A drawing that is half-way completed, for
So You Want to CritiqueHere is a two-fold guide for deviants wishing to receive critique as well as deviants who want to give constructive critiques:
A Note to Non-subscribers
You're allowed to give and receive critique, too! The system for subscribers that dA has put in place is flashy, sure, but it doesn't alter the content of a quality critique. Comments have worked just fine for many years. I see no reason why you should stop using the tried and trusted system just because something new has come along. Now, onto the article!
Make Sure the Feeling's Mutual
Some people don't give critiques. Some people don't want critiques. That's okay. Being a member of dA does not precondition you to the critique-crowd.
However, if you do want to be a critique-groupie, make sure the artist you're giving critique to actually wants it. If the critique option is not enabled, or there's no request for critique in the comments, chances are critique is unwanted. If there's something you really, really want

How to Apply CritiqueHow to Apply Critique
by KneelingGlory
Critique is a vital element in learning any form of art. The advice offered by other artists in your genre help you build new skills as well as refine your natural talent. However, it is easy to forget that your art should remain your art. This guide attempts to help artists and writers who are new to receiving critique understand how to apply the advice offered by others without losing the uniqueness of a piece that made it critique-worthy in the first place.
Good Critique in a Nutshell
Before you can apply critique, you need to understand what a good critique does. The purpose of all constructive criticism is to help you improve your work. If someone offers critique it generally means he or she sees potential in your piece and wants to help you "polish" the piece. Therefore, a good critique offers:
- Observations on the piece's weak areas as well as strengths.
- Explanation of the reasons why a particular area
DeviantART: A Critical Community (Part 2)You may have heard...
From the most novice to the most accomplished, dA is home to artists of all types and skills. This mish-mash of talent, experience, knowledge, and eagerness to learn creates a beautiful opportunity for mentorships between those who are learning and those who are willing to lend their time and patience to a burgeoning new artist or writer. But forming those relationships can be daunting for those looking for help and unfulfilling for those offering that help. 
This is the second of a two part article series that aims to address a few key points of miscommunication that seem to be common between those willing to offer critique and constructive commentary and those seeking feedback. You may have heard that the critique community on deviantART "sucks" or "doesn't exist", but I'll humbly beg to disagree. I've been an active participant i

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i thought i might drop by if only to inform you that reading your reviews has honestly been a surreal, out of body experience that has immersed me deeper into literature pieces than i could have possibly have ever hoped to have done on my own. Your reviews are thought provoking, delightfully constructive yet balanced, absolutely inspiring, and so well done that i find myself mentally bookmarking a few of your methods for future use.

All in all, in case there was any doubt for whatever reason, i'm mostly here to award you with the coveted dA's 'You're Much Too Amazing to Even Comprehend' award. This award has only been awarded to a handful of recipients in the past and each has gone on to continue instilling joy into, as well as improving the lives of, all those around them.

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Ninja was very helpful getting the goodie packages ready to ship. He chased the scissors while I was cutting the packing paper; he sat on top of the tape several times; and he chewed on my headphones just to make sure I was focused on the task at hand. He really wanted to make sure ya'll got your packages on time! I had lots of fun putting these together. Hopefully I packed them well enough that everything gets there in one piece. ^_^ 

I really can't believe how fast this last year has flown by. So much happened so quickly. I'm trying to put together my annual end-of-year playlist and it is proving difficult. So many songs could apply to the same month. I almost need a song for all 52 weeks of 2014 lol. :) Okay, enough rambling. I was tagged by DrippingWords for the Christmas wishlist journal, so here goes! 

Other Wishlists</u>

My Wish ListI was tagged by:  TheGalleryOfEve Sserenita CelticStrm-Stock and ginkgografix
STEP ONE
Make a post to your DA journal. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple ("I'd love a ______ icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("all I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV."). The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your DA or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.
STEP TWO
Surf around your friends list (or friends' friends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now, here
WishlistBecause, you know, it's almost Christmas!
I was tagged by the WONDERFUL Riemea here:  
Other beautiful people participating:  
    
:xmas: revamp 2 STEP ONE
Make a post to your DA journal. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a ______ icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("all I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV."). The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) coul
All the Wishes:wave:
I was tagged by TwilightPoetess

And here are a few other wishlist journals!


Christmas Dancestep oneChristmas Dance
Make a post to your DA journal. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a ______ icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("all I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV."). The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in to
Wishlist TagTagged by cinyu 
STEP ONE
Make a post to your DA journal. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a ______ icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("all I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV."). The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your DA or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.
STEP TWO
Surf around your friends list (or friends' friends, or just random journals) to see who h


Christmas Dancestep oneChristmas Dance

Make a post to your DA journal. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a ______ icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("all I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV."). The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your DA or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.

Christmas Dancestep twoChristmas Dance 

Surf around your friends list (or friends' friends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now, here's the important part:

If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use -- do it.

You need not spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf -- to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not -- it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Give, and you might receive. and you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My Wishlist</u>

1. I'd adore any print from my wishlist. :love:
2. If you could check out the The Mentorship Project Sign-Ups! from theWrittenRevolution and participate, I'd love you forever.
3. Go leave a note or comment for one (or all) of your friends that have made your year easier or brighter. Spread that love all over their face(book)s!
4. I like found poems and title poems! Check out TheTitlePage for some great ideas. If you write one for me, I'll write one for you!
5. Wanna be my pen pal? I love exchanging letters and cards and small gifts in the mail. Note me if you want my address!
6. If you have anything to spare this season, please consider donating to a local charity. There are lots of food/clothing/gift drives this time of year. 
7. I am always extra special sqealy-delighted when I get a critique. :eyes:
8. Are we facebook friends yet? If not, send me a request! www.facebook.com/lilileaderwil…
9. Leave a comment telling me about one of your family's holiday traditions that are unique or goofy. 
10. Go hug IrrevocableFate. Because she loves them!

I am tagging Carmalain7 MagicalJoey Beccalicious Bark chromeantennae and HelloDearThomas. My apologies if you've been tagged before. I didn't check. ;P
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  • Listening to: Blue October
  • Eating: Lasagna
  • Drinking: Cranberry Juice

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Prepare and Organize
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If you look at a painting you can see amazing detail, great use of color, and the importance of the subject immediately. You know it came from the artist's imagination and that he or she had to spend hours translating that to a canvas. The tangibility of the work is right in front of you. With writing, it is not quite the same. The effort the author puts into the work can only be appreciated if readers put in their own effort to read the work. The gratification is not instant, which is one reason the lit community is so close knit.
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A "miscat" is a deviation that has been submitted to the wrong gallery, or mis-categorized, on deviantART. For example, literature does not belong in the photography gallery, even if there is a photograph supplied as a preview picture for the writing.
They matter for several reasons. Miscats make searching for specific types of deviations tedious, particularly if you are looking for newer submissions. A search of the Writing Tutorials gallery for popular deviations in the last 24 hours brought up four deviations, all miscats. Miscats also make the site disorganized and even harder to navigate for new comers. Lastly, they make your work harder to reach by taking up space in the wrong gallery.
I'm sure others can think of reasons why miscats are annoying, and I invite you to leave comments here discussing it!
The number one reason that I think miscats happen is simple ignorance. There a
Dear Lit Community, Some Solutionsdreamsinstatic wrote an open letter to the literature community specifically addressing issues he feels are detrimental to the health of the lit world on dA. Many of his concerns have been voiced by others in the community in past years and finding solutions to problems like fragmentation, cliques, and "elitism" (what I would call trolling) is no simple task. If, indeed, solutions need to be found at all. Below are my thoughts on some of the problems discussed in dreamsinstatic's article. Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments. Let's keep this conversation flowing.
Problem #1: "Elitism" or Trolling

DeviantART is made up of people. Just because we're people who interact through computer screens doesn't mean all the troubles of the real world don't count. People are still selfish, unfair, cruel, and rude for no apparent reason. I've been t

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If, after reading the article, you have more information or resources to add, please leave your thoughts in a comment! And don't forget to this article to help spread the word.
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Put simply, flash fiction is a very short story. Lengths can vary from as few as six words (i.e. Hemingway's famous Baby Shoes) to a thousand, sometimes more. It depends largely on the outfit for which the author decides to write a piece of flash fiction. For the
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Petals on a wet, black bough.
I, in all of my 16-year-old knowledge of the intricacies of what poetry is, informed my teacher that those two lines were not a poem. 
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"No. They don't rhyme, they are just one metaphor, and did I mention they're only two lines?"
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