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Man Sold Separately by GuinevereToGwen

2013-09-28
Prose

( Featured by Beccalicious. )


Golden Ink and Going Back by GuinevereToGwen "is a wonderful tale of childhood, growing up, and then wishing you could be a child again. Using fairy tales that are well-known, a wonderful story is spun that will take you back to your childhood days of innocence," says the suggester.

2013-01-27
Poetry

( Suggested by MagicalJoey and Featured by thorns. )

Daily Lit Deviations



Derailed
suggested by saltwaterlungs and featured by DrippingWords
"At first, the piece might seem cliché, but it quickly disorients the reader well enough to shake away any thought of it being anything but unique."

2013-10-30
Prose



Rescue Team
featured by doodlerTM
"A piece that conveys the frustration of having a co-dependent friend."

2013-09-25
Prose



On a Dark and Stormy Night
suggested by WritersInk and featured by SilverInkblot
"A very cleverly written piece using the first lines in many famous novels."

2013-07-04
Prose



Saving Ladybugs
featured by doodlerTM
"A touching story about ladybugs and loss told through the point-of-view of a child."

2013-02-10
Prose

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Project DD-a-Day


Project DD a Day aims to encourage deviants to suggest Daily Deviations. The challenge was to suggest seven DDs in two weeks. The project, which occurred from September 1st to 14th, is now over; however, I plan on organizing a second edition sometime in the future.


Featured Deviant of the Month


Every month, I feature a special deviant on my profile page as well as in a journal.

:bulletblue: March 2014
:bulletblue: February 2014
:bulletblue: December 2013
:bulletblue: November 2013
:bulletblue: October 2013
:bulletblue: September 2013

Perfect Poetastrophies


A series of my favourite off-dA poetry/songs/inspirations.

:bulletyellow: On the Road (Novel)
:bulletyellow: Next to Normal (Musical)
:bulletyellow: More Lies by Karin Gottshall
:bulletyellow: Home to Roost by Kay Ryan

Writing Advice


Because I somehow think I'm qualified to give writing advice.

:bulletorange: Switching POV's
:bulletpink: Hook, Line, and Sinker: How to Start Your Story
:bulletpink: Songwriting: The Basics
:bulletorange: I Groan When I Read a Dream Scene
:bulletorange: Relatable Protagonists and Clichés

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1 deviant said No, and I go by a different name.
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Writing is a talent. by PixieRiotHonored 2 Have Gotten DD Stamp by Mirz123I was featured on DLD by caybeach
I :heart: my ACTIVE watchers by StampsByNeekkoI Quote Shakespeare by impersonalinfoMusic is love by PixieRiot
Books over all by PixieRiotPassion for telling stories by fakadeaSo Many Books by LaPurr
Writer Working Stamp by Mirz123Day Dreamer Stamp by Sora05Fantasy is my Reality stamp by purgatori
Les Miserables by vintage-cowbellsHello, my name is.. by cfryantDead Poets Society stamp by Tusiacroft
Doctor Who Stamp by OatzyNext to Normal by vintage-cowbellsSherlock Stamp by SummerGal7

Writing Advice: Switching POV's

Sun Apr 6, 2014, 11:35 AM
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Hello, I wanted to get your opinion on switching the point of view in a story. Would you say that this can be accomplished or is typically a big no-no?
Thanks a bunch,
-Katie
Question by Katiemack577

Hi Katie!

First of all, I'm very flattered that you came to me with your question. :) (Smile) As for the answer to that question, I think it depends. If it's written in first person, then I would keep it to a maximum of two POV's. The switches would need to be regular - in a novel, maybe every chapter could be written from one POV. If there is a clear divide, then the POV could even be switched within the chapter.

The two voices must be very distinct - it has to be obvious who is talking before another character mentions their name. But more than two POV's is way too confusing for first person. It's difficult enough to write in two completely different voices; more than that would be almost impossible.

Third person, though, is a different story. In Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, the POV goes back and forth between virtually all the characters in the story. It gives the readers a broad view of the entire story, which could help them understand the motivations behind the decisions of certain characters.

Here's an example from my gallery of a third-person story written from several perspectives, and personally, I think it works fine (although I might be slightly biased, ha):

The Circle of FiveDaniel Carton does not look good in handcuffs, was his first thought as the officers motioned to the patrol car. Not that they had handcuffed him. He just hoped they wouldn’t shove him in the backseat like they do in the movies. He wanted to be in a movie, not turn his own life into one.
This was not how he had expected the evening to turn out. It was supposed to be funny, to scare these poor losers who had shown up with their parents at his dad’s house just enough to get a good laugh out of it. His father organized these company events once a year, inviting his employees and their families to his mansion-esque house out in the country. And every year, his father expected Daniel to “entertain” the employees’ kids, all teenagers close to his age.
His father fired and rehired so many people every year, there was a new set of them at every event, sad little failures who spent their time wallowing in their miserable corners instead of havi

What I would suggest is to think about what your story really needs - if there really are two sides to the story, then go ahead and write dual perspective. If the story is super complex, writing from different points of view could help clear things up for both the reader and the writer. But if there's no need to switch between different POV's, then maybe it's best to stick to one.

The one thing I would avoid would be to write half a novel from one perspective and then randomly switching to a different perspective in the middle. It's important to be consistent - otherwise readers might feel kind of cheated. ;) (Wink) That goes for most everything in a story: genre, voice, POV - consistency is key.

I hope this answers your question, and thanks again for asking! :D (Big Grin)

Danielle

Apparently, I answer writing-related questions now! ;P So if you have any questions to ask me, send me a note and I'll do my best to answer them!


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Danielle
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Aspiring novelist, composer-lyricist, sunriser, dreamer, and the biggest poetastrophe you'll ever meet.


I'm currently a student in Canada who dreams of spending the rest of her life writing novels and short stories on a houseboat. Fond of classic literature and musical theatre, I love snowflakes, hot air balloons, and typewriters, although I've never used one and doubt I would enjoy it.

I write short stories, poetry, songs, plays, screenplays, musicals, articles, anything and everything that can be written, I'm writing. My current writing projects include my novel, Columbia Uncharted, a collaborative novel with NGBookworm97, Sunriser, and a one-act musical I'm currently in the process of putting on called The Strangers on the Bus.


Nice Things People Have Said About Me
"GuinevereToGwen is possibly my best internet buddy. She is just.. wow. She's always trying new things with her writing, and she's always participating in competitions and coming up with new, cool group ideas. She's super nice and her poetry is phenomenal, as is her prose and her stagewriting. She's just all around talented."
by the wonderful saltwaterlungs

"GuinevereToGwen is a sweetheart in every sense of the word. Her work just sweeps you off your feet with her incredible control of literary devices."
by the incredible momo-madness

"You are an excellent writer. I look up to you so much. Your writing just flows so immensely easy. The images you conjure are simply breath-taking."
by the ever so kind slycooperfan

"You are now a magical writer unicorn."
by my favourite person in the whole world, SilentSails


Current Projects
:bulletgreen: Columbia Uncharted: 57,827 words
:bulletyellow: Sunriser: 29,180 words


Favourite plays: Lots of musicals (Les Mis, Next to Normal, Wicked, Chicago, Rent) and anything Shakespeare (my favourites include Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and As You Like It)!
Favourite poets: Allen Ginsberg • Lewis Caroll • Robert Frost
Favourite colour: All of them! Don't make me choose!
How I would like to die: In a swordfight, defending my life. Preferably on the back of a dragon.
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irishgirl217 Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much for the favorite!
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Heeyy, how are ya? 

I've been going over a project I started a while back (okay so I started it like four and a half years ago, which is waaay longer ago than it feels like!) cause I'm going to finish it if I have to dieee doing it. Mmkay welllll maybe not quite. Anyway, I grabbed up this short piece that's pretty central (no seriously, it comes right in the middle) to the first half of the project. Annyyyway, I've only shown it to a few people and I thought it would be totally great if you could take a looksie and tell me whatcha think when you've got a few minutes for it? It's right here.  I also just had a sudden dread that maybe for the last like forever I've been doing links wrong. Haha. Probably not, I'm just weird like that right now. I possibly also should warn you that it might be a bit of a trip, especially for being only 1,100 words, but that's why I want some feedback on it, because it's delicate.

Anyway. How's your Camp NaNo project coming? What does that stand for anyway? All these thrifty little abbreviations get me all mixed up xD
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