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How do I approach co-writing? A friend of mine and I have decided to collaborate on a dramatized non-fiction story...We intend to give the book two perspectives on the matter this way, by alternating chapters. So how do we best go about finding a place to start?



:iconqbeagle: suggests, "I've never worked on a story collaboratively; I've written a story or two and done other things collaboratively so I'll take a guess at how I'd approach such a thing.

The biggest hurdle to working together on a creative project is keeping everyone working toward the same goal.  You'll each do your parts independently then trying to merge it all together later on.  If all of those parts don't come together it can turn into a real mess.

Step one should be defining that goal clearly.  Work together to come up with the themes of the story, the various plot arcs, and the major events that will happen.  This will serve to give all the contributors boundaries to work within.

When each of you take assignments try to do them in order.  It's hard to say what that order should be, but try to do related sections at the same time.  If the stuff in one event references or coincides with another event have two authors do those at the same time, this way they can adapt to what the other person is doing.  I'm sure you know what the cost is when you have to go back and redo a part of your story, try not to force that on your collaborators.

With that in place you'll want to establish a sort of contract that no one will step outside of those boundaries without informing the rest of the team.  This doesn't need to be a written in stone and signed in blood thing; but you want to be sure that if you write a section where the characters discuss a mugging they witnessed and a collaborator changes that part into a bank heist you'll end up with a story that feels very sloppy when you read it.

To help it might be worth while to always get the collaborators to proof read your sections as soon as their done and before you start another chapter.  You'll want the proofreading at some point, it'll keep them up to date on how you handled the events, and their feedback should really keep the tone of the book homogeneous.  Things like character actions and dialog will need to be checked by the group quickly to be sure the personality is consistent throughout the book, or at least make sense give the character's arc across the story.

You'll also probably want to keep talking over the sections you're working on.  A weekly status meeting is a bit much, but make the best use of your collaborators.  If you can't decide how to resolve something or can't think of how a character might act, hit them up for ideas to get your imagination going.  These little discussions could also help to keep folks motivated."

:iconastarayel: suggests, "Having very little experience with writing, not to mention co-writing, this is all very general advice and comes with the "take with a grain of salt because I'm totally out of my element" caveat. ;)

That being said, I agree that the most important thing for you to do is establish the same goals. Depending on your writing style, it might be a good idea to block out or draw out the full scope of the narrative: what points you want to make, what general conclusions you might come to, what questions you want to ask and answer. That way, you have a clear game plan to work from.

Second, and it seems like you are already on track for this, make sure you two are constantly communicating. If you have questions, talk to each other. If you have a brilliant idea, talk to each other. Don't try to surprise the other person (unless you agree on that), otherwise it might catch your co-writer totally off-guard.

Other than that, just be patient with each other and have a good time. If you hit a road block, sit down with some good food and banter about silly ideas until you make a break-through.

This sounds fascinating, I hope all goes well and am looking forward to seeing the final product!"

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:icontheclassydinobat:, TheClassyDinoBat, Digital Art, Hobbyist
Commented on Like Father, Like Daughter by Celesol.

Like Father, Like Daughter by Celesol
"Now, the overall effect of this piece is really cool. You look at it, and everything's great. The sun is shining, the trees are nice and green, and the birds in the sky don't look too bothered. However, look a little closer and everything is in ruins. I'm not trying to pretend there are a ton of hidden meanings in this, but someone can get a few things from this picture that weren't necessarily intended. For example, first glances can be deceiving. Or even that no matter how bad we screw up the Earth we live on, there will always be beauty and life. In my opinion, the best art leaves some of it open to the viewers interpretation. Good works will have people saying that it means different things.[...]"

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:iconteenapai:, TeenaPai, Deviant Member
Commented on Forest Guardians #2 by VincentVanHoof.

Forest Guardians #2 by VincentVanHoof
"Just by viewing it now, I seem to be grasping the idea of the the metallic texture it MAY have on what they currently don. (I love the 'rust effect' you've given the axe, it certainly gives an idea of how ancient that specific guardian may be) Are those branches on the first one's shoulder? If they are, they give a nice touch to it!
I also love the ambiance here. Surely the viewer would know which scenery it's it with a glance, yes?
The lighting is also remarkable, like how it reflects off the right-hand guardian's armour and causes it to sheen.
[...]"

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:iconcaranella:, Caranella, Digital Art, Hobbyist
Commented on A Step to the Absence. by Princess--Anya.

A Step to the Absence. by Princess--Anya
"Regarding some of the ornaments she is wearing, I find it difficult to believe she could dance very quickly with them. However, I get the impression that she is dancing slowly and gracefully, moving with ease.

Her face is nicely drawn. The only things I would say need to be changed are 1. Her right eyebrow is a bit too long and 2. Her second eye should be visible

The details in this piece are wonderful, and I like the fact that you added the symbol in the background despite the fact that you struggle with backgrounds (it gives it more context than a blank page)
[...]"

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ivory of the cold thronegolden blood
pools of weighty anguish
we could be royals
collarbones wrapped up
in silver chains
agony engraved on our skin
we could be royals
but our crowns would sting
like every word they said to us
my heart still longs for love.
The Corrugated Cogworm by professor-theodosius perditionthe euphoric taste of your blossoming lips
my favourite addiction
the utmost desire for your wondrous touch
my greatest destruction


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ProjectComment is a Group of many projects centred around comments, but, more importantly, constructive comments. We offer Members of DeviantArt a lot of opportunities to get comments, give comments, participate in comment projects, win points, get featured and much, much more!

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ProjectComment is a Group of many projects centred around comments, but, more importantly, constructive comments. We offer Members of deviantART a lot of opportunities to get comments, give comments, participate in comment projects, win points, get featured and much, much more!

In this series of articles, our admins aim to answer questions about anything related to comments/commenting, art and more! Here are our answers to VithoDrego's question:

Are there any tips to 'tweak' your character's age other than their size of course. How to make their face look younger or older?



:iconqbeagle: suggests, "There are a few things you can do to tweak that.  As you mentioned head to boy proportion is one of the bigger clues to age, but in the face alone you can adjust a few things.

1) Straight lines in the outline of the face tends to look older, more curves makes them younger.  Faces are generally oval shaped, if you get the head to be more of a circle it'll look younger.
2) Larger eyes, or at least larger pupils, tend to make folks look young.
3) If you push all the facial features down so that their's a larger forehead it will help to make the character younger, though this likely will be childlike as opposed to say teenager.
4) If you move the eyebrows away from the eyes a bit it will take a few years off as well."

:iconj-grey: offers these resources:

1) I like this one, because it explains anatomy using simple cartoon style: Guide to Aging Characters
2) For more detailed anatomy here is Andrew Loomis's "Figure Drawing For All It's Worth" illustrationage.com/2013/04/02…

:iconastarayel: suggests, "I would suggest looking at some reference photos for facial expressions. Kids, teens, and adults all make very different facial expressions and being able to communicate the goofy 5-yr-old smile versus the loving mother-of-four-kids-who-has-some-life-experience smile is a great way to communicate age."

:iconastrikos: suggests, "Focus on learning anatomy for this. The relationship between eyes and face is the main thing that changes with age. The forehead is often a larger precentage of the face on younger kids and babies.

Andrew Loomis is an awesome resource!

Additionally, you may want to check out some of these wonderful tutorials;
Proportions Guide by FOERVRAENGD MANGA to REALISTIC: PART SEVEN by FOERVRAENGD

:iconlibertaschi: offers these resources:

Semi-realistic -> Guide to Aging Characters by Majnouna

Realistic -> Image Resources from artist books
------------> Portraits at different ages
------------> There are also many resources on Pinterest, just typing in keywords like "children/human/anatomy" etc.

Manga ---> Different Ages of Manga Characters: Part 1
------------> Different Ages of Manga Characters: Part 2
------------> Different Ages of Manga Characters: Part 3


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:iconrhiannonoeuvre:, RhiannonOeuvre, Literature, Artist
Commented on A Goose's Revenge by RogueMudblood.

A Goose's Revenge
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone, living or dead, is purely coincidental. The author owns exclusive rights to this story.
_____________________
The vision of their pinned bodies, trapped in the cage as gas was pumped in to silence them permanently haunted her. Several dozen at a time, her fellows had been crammed into a space far too small to hold them and then given a lethal dose of an allegedly 'harmless' gas. Images of the horrifying scenes planted themselves in the fore of her mind as Charlotte began slicing the thin leaves intended as seasoning, careful to keep her long, pale fingers from sliding under the blade as she moved the leaves along. Humming softly to herself as she minced them into tiny green pieces that would easily spice the stuffing, the somber tune soon filled the kitchen.
Concentrating on carefully placing each piece in the bowl of dried bread crumbs, she took no notice of the melancholy strains that painted a grim face on the

"I didn't get any chills until the ending. You brought across Charlotte's ire, especially towards the end, and I get the sense that it isn't the first time she had done this sort of thing. The ending was excellent and tied the piece together. I didn't see it coming, which, I think, is awesome about it! The tension leading up the the ending was awesome, but the build up to serving the meal was a little long for me. I started to lose a little interest in the paragraph before the men entered the room.[...]"

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My Bitter Memories, Chapter 1The ash slipped off the tip of my cigarette from the involuntary shaking of my hand. Staring at the two-storey house from the footpath, I swept my eyes over the lichen and rust stained roof, the faded chimney that was still missing one of its bricks, the dirty, chipped wall paint, the vine that had overgrown its trellising by ten years and the pot plants filled to the brim with dirt. The steps a few paces from where I stood and the white, stone pots that decorated the high walls were much the same. I dropped the cigarette butt into the small collection I had started in the gutter. It was my fifth one today and it wasn’t even lunch time yet. Mandy would be disappointed.
Dad’s silhouette stood at the top of the stairs, a memory burned into my subconscious that had me lighting another tar-filled delight. I could see his cruel smile, saved only for me, as he looked down from his perch. He knew I loved Mum more than him and my siblings and that I hated it when he called me home
LoveI see you there
That russet glow taunts me
You know you make me weak
You know I loathe to stop
I'm the only one of us who knows
That reaching for you is dangerous
You'll make me happy with just one bite
You'll be gone with just one bite
I can't take it any more
That you exist is reason enough
You're in my mouth now
Your taste is heavenly
IntrovertI didn't notice you were there!
            I got lost in my own world, again.
No set of walls will feel like a prison.
            I don't need to leave the house, or my chair, to have fun.
Time spent with family and friends means a lot to me.
            But I don't do it just because.
Reading and writing and my love for these don't make me boring.
            Living in my own mind comes naturally to me, like breathing.
Of course I don't know what to talk about.
            Unless it's deep, meaningful and interesting, I won't say much.
Very good at listening?
            I love learning new things and being there for you.
Escape plan: exits, quiet and an excuse.
            Over-stimulation is the pits!
Real friends are h

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:iconalexanderpaupoff:, AlexanderPaupoff, Deviant Member
Commented on White trumpet lily's by LiinaPhotography.

White trumpet lily's by LiinaPhotography
"The darkness of the top of the background really works to keep attention squarely on the stalk in the foreground :)
I love the slightly dappled effect of the light on the lower flowers, I wish there was some more of that draped over all of them to make them more defined and crisp by its effect and warmth, because, otherwise, while beautiful, the image looks a little flat and shadowed.
[...]"

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Jack x Nyx by AlexanderPaupoff Billy by AlexanderPaupoff 10+11 by AlexanderPaupoff
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:iconhlwar:, hlwar, Varied, Hobbyist
Commented on Nightmares by ShadyWinters.

NightmaresI’ve been having these weird thoughts lately…..
Like, is any of this for real…..or not. ~ Sora - Kingdom Hearts
Body tossed from left to right. Manicured nails gripping the satin sheets of the bed ever so tightly. Head shook violently to ward off further nightmares from appearing, but to no avail. Sweat glistened her body as the fear slowly rose to its peak, and soon it gave way.
“Noooooo,” that one word echoed throughout the dreary, and dimly lit bedroom. It was evident that Raven was having another nightmare, and of ones she thought would never return. Her short violet locks clung to the dampened cheeks and forehead of her face; her vision slightly obscured. The heart within her chest beating at high speeds, before slowly regaining its normal pulse. After gaining her composure, she used her left hand to rid her face of her hair, while her right still violently clutched to the sheets.
“What is happening to me? Why are these nightmares back?” S

"As an introduction, it's good. It's clear Raven is having nightmares predicting the return of Trigon. However, I felt like you could have built up the prediction to where it was something more inevitable and imminent; the suspense wasn't as gripping as it could have been for an opening sequence. I came away with the notion this might be a family drama, or friendship fic. Which... I guess it still could be?

I hope you don't mind an editing eye? There's some grammar errors, mostly in punctuation, which is easily remedied with a quick polish. My main concern is the story's flow. The structure of your sentences doesn't read smoothly, and a lot of the words can be rearranged, or removed entirely, to make this fic stronger. I'm a very emo reader, so for me, I think you could spend more time describing emotional responses and progressive actions (moving the plot ahead), rather than focusing so much on visual details; there was a lot of "gripping bedspreads" and the like.
[...]"

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Save Summer by Just-To-Look1 remains. // arthur kirkland x readerHe stands next to you, observing you with interest and slight amusement, as he withdraws a cigarette from his mouth and stamps it out with the heel of his worn combat boot. His forest green eyes are cold, emotionless, as he draws them away from you and seats himself upon a patch of muddy ground; ground that was once used to bury bones and bodies. His eyes, you notice, have lost the brightness they once held - the colour they held in the days where he was a young, bright soldier with dreams, ambitions, and a promising future.
But not any more.
It's a cold night in early December, you notice - puffs of breath are seen hazily seeping from your companion's chapped lips (and, you suppose, yours as well). The winds bite at the exposed skin of your wrists and face, but you find yourself too tired to seek warmth.
Or rather, too tired to care.
You glance at your similarly weary companion, the very same one you had met at the very beginning of this harsh mess, the very same one who h
Steampunk lamp 'A Whatnot' by professor-theodosius

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