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Do you have a fantasy story that nobody's reading because they can't take the time too? Wanting to break free, but nobody's listening? Well here's a group ready to give feedback.
Our group is soley dedicated to fantasy stories, so without fairies, demons, spaceships, or aliens etc, you cannot submit your story to the group, but if you read fantasy, you are welcome to watch us :)
We want to support ever member and their stories, so comment as much as possible.
:bulletred: JOINING:leave a message to join, tell us about your story, and we'll have a look.

Submitting is easy, just submit to the right folders,
:bulletblue:Graphic novels,
:bulletgreen:Short Stories (stories that are only one part)
:bulletyellow:Original Characters (pictures or descrptions of your ocs)
:bulletorange:Chapters (larger, longer stories, that are broken into parts)
:bulletred:Fantasy Poetry (Please remember, poems must have fantasy and/or sci-fi elements)
:bulletpurple:Fanfics (Fanfics must be of fantasy works, examples would include Harry Potter, Fullmetal Alchemist, Lord of the Rings, The Sandman, Kingdom Hearts, etc)
:bulletblue: Backstory and Histories: Summaries of books, backstories of certain characters, histories of your fantasy country, and that sort of thing belong here.

All writing must be FANTASY, Please do NOT submit work that isn't fantasy, Sci-fi, or supernatural in some way. It will be denied. Fanfics of fantasy stories may be looser in their fantasty elements.

Oh yeah, there are some more ground rules:
:bulletblack:I will allow artistic nudity but that's as far as i'm going there.

:bulletblack:I will allow gore and cussing, but only in the actual stories, and not super major stuff of either of those.

:bulletwhite: We want feeback, comment on your fellow member's work. I know there are a lot of sumbissions, but just think of how much you want feedback, other writers want feedback too, and desperately. Your comment could make someone's day.
:bulletred: No flaming, hating or trolling. You will be banned after three strikes.
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Greetings, my fellow weavers of words! I hope you've all had a fantastic few months without a journal update - and after I promised to stay on top of the monthly (at least) journal update. I know it must be super dull for everyone to have another journal starting with apologies again, but with any luck this will be the last time for a long while at least!

Admin activity has at least been higher, and hopefully there shouldn't have been too many expired submissions. If anything of yours did expire, submit again and I will do my best to make sure it gets admin attention now - there's a slight problem with amounts of admin votes we need on submissions and join requests and how many admin members seem to be around. I'm looking into fixing this at the moment, but I am so sorry to anyone who's been inconvenienced by this. On a personal level, the past few months have been really terrible for me and for my family too, but - as with last time - this doesn't excuse me not sorting out the admin situation for you guys so that I could take some time out to deal with everything.

Nonetheless, things are getting back on track and we're all starting to move on, so hopefully I should be around to stay now. I'm even putting a note in my diary to update this blog next month! :) In case you missed the last blog, I have carpal tunnel syndrome and while I'm hoping we're on the way to it being dealt with (if the hospital ever phones me back, geeeez), at the moment typing is a serious source of pain for me, and has to be done in small doses. I can't promise to be around every day but I'll do my best to check in and deal with group notes on a somewhat weekly basis - and more often when possible. And like I said, the blog update WILL BECOME MONTHLY, even if I have to paper my house with post-its to remind myself...

:bulletorange: Tips & Tricks Update! :bulletorange:

And now that we've got through all my blithering, here's the Tips & Tricks section! To those of you who are new, or have forgotten those golden days of yore when the admin team managed to keep the journal up-to-date (I would think my nostalgia was inventing things, lambkins, if I didn't have the list of "recent" - ahaha, 2011 though - journal entries in front of me right now), this is where we pose a question on writing to you, our group members, and ask you to give whatever advice you can, so that we can all try to improve together :D Beyond fabulous, am I right? You don't have to be a recognised expert or anything - everyone has experience and insights, however small they may be, and you never know when that little trick you've picked up while writing shopping lists (...about dragons?) will be exactly what someone else has been searching for!

Just before December last year (a mere blink of an eye compared to my last absence!) I asked you to enlighten us all on your approaches to the subject of geography in your stories; how you draw it to your readers' attention, how important it is to you and to the plotline, and - that vital question in fantasy literature - is there such a thing as too many maps?

And we got some really amazing responses! Thank you to all of you who replied, it was so interesting to read your views on a subject that I personally struggle with a lot. :heart:


I will drop this here to say geography is very important in the fantasy genre, more so if you are writing of a completely fictitious world. It doesn't have to be to great detail (e.g ecosystems, weathering history of rock formations, underlying bedrock, the amount of surface run-off a particular area has after a wet season, etc etc) but enough that it makes sense to someone who is seeing it. Imagine taking a fly-through this world. If something looks really out of place, like it does not belong there then perhaps it needs to be changed unless it's the way it is due to something relating to the plot (such as a river flowing into a volcano).

I also find geography helps with plotlines in a way. If you've been building up a world, you have your mountains, your rivers, your lakes and canyons, it can help to give further ideas to the history of that world to explain why it is the way that it is. Did something happen in that region that caused it to become the way it is; for example a great war was waged in an area with dark magic on both sides that caused a third party to intervene and put an end to the corruption the two sides were causing to the landscape by purging it with fire.

Geography is a necessity but depending on the story and the world it is set in will vary story by story. Another aspect is climate. Using the natural world can help to give stories more depth but it depends on where the story takes place. If it is done so in a singular kingdom/area then the geography of the region may not change very much, but it is still an important factor not to be neglected or the world will feel like a quick backdrop without any real character of its own. However, you may not have to describe too much beyond that singular region if it isn't all too important to the plot. Maybe a bit of mention that there is a world beyond the singular region, but perhaps you won't need to go into great detail over it.. If a world spanning epic, then all the more for geography to be important as you will now be crossing various land formations which can affect the amount of communication kingdoms can have with one another which can then influence their political standing with each other; friendly, enemies, neutral. If two kingdoms are separated by a massive mountain range with treacherous passes, would they have a lot of communication? Would trade flow between the two? How will their relationship affect your plot? It cannot be ignored and if used properly will add a lot to the story.

Also, geography helps to give stories a sort of "wow" factor from time to time. In a fantasy world, anything goes. Literally. If your world involves fish swimming through the sky, then by all means have fish swimming through the sky. It is _your_ world and no one can tell you what is right or wrong about it. However, one thing I have always thought to be of great importance is for everything in the world to obey the laws of the universe it is in. It doesn't have to be our universe where we have our gravity and our sun and all the rest of it. But something that keeps it all together and somewhat consistent so it makes sense in its universe. This goes for geography too, as well as main characters. It's like you do not want your own world to become a Mary Sue of geography.

Granted a lot of geography in fantasy worlds happen to be based of what we know about ours, such as climates, seasons, where rivers are and how their flood plains affect the area as well as things like monsoons and dry seasons and how the monsoon is affected by the rest of the climates of the world, etc. There is a lot to think about, but I you nail it right, it'll give the story a stronger sense of place as well as giving the author more tools for their disposable to make for an exciting read.

Map wise, they can help a lot. If the story spans multiple kingdoms, regions, etc, then a map can help give the reader a visual aid so they can see where the kingdoms lie in correlation with each other so if they get a bit lost within the book, they can refer back to it and go "a-ha! That's where it is." It can also help to further instil to the reader that this world is an established place. But it does have to make sense as a map, as for the rest of the geography of the world; for example if you have a fictitious world but you have oak trees in it, then they need to be where oak trees would be in this world.

This world and the fantasy world can blur in books and meld together when bringing in various elements such as flora and fauna.

I like hearing about the world through description and also by the characters discussing various places. The description can give me a sort of fly-through feel and then it can get really detailed if it's needed for the plot line/s. I like reading about fantastical worlds so the more established the world is the better. If characters are discussing it then the author needs to think about why their characters are talking about particular parts of the geography to their world; is it plot related? Does it crop up when discussing certain plot related animals/plants/things while they are trying to find the solution to a problem and it is just within their work flow to do this?

Also, giving a world its history, including history for kingdoms/regions and geographic features/landscapes, can really give the author, as I mentioned earlier, a lot of extra tools at their disposal to help their story along.


First off! Welcome back! Glad you're not dead! Second off! I just want to say that Geography is something that I think is actually fun to look at! I've seen several writers have maps of worlds they created especially from eragon my favorite dragon book! I'm not giving any advice here since I know little about map making and things like that, but if possible I like seeing names of locations that are old english or some extinct language that nobody recognizes. Basically that would take a bit of research but that's part of a writer's job! They got to research things before they start writing. Again, welcome back and try not to dissapear again! At least, not until I've posted some stories that I am currently working on...... Which will probably be ready on 500 or so years.

[Admin note: ^^; I'M SO SORRY, I DISAPPEARED AGAIN, but thank you so much for the welcome back!]


I haven't been writing much fantasy lately (Eww, college applications; woot, sci-fi novel that's already 10k!) but when I do, there’s always at least a little mapping involved. I recycle the same basic setting a lot (predominantly forests with lots of little creeks and not so many lakes; little clusters of mountains rather than a large, coherent mountain range, and a coast to the east – kind of a much greener, less settled version of the place I actually live) for my generic fantasy setting, keeping a mental note of about how far and in what direction the characters are travelling while I plot and making it more coherent when I write. For urban fantasy, I generally do the same sort of fleshing out on a smaller scale. Internal consistency is the most important factor.

Outside of pure geography – knowing roughly where your civilizations are and what their general themes are is extremely valuable. You should have more than one culture in your world, and knowing what civilizations and cultures (including migratory cultures, like the Roma, or subcultures like Jewish folks or immigrants from other places) are in each region and how they interact can lead to some interesting, realistic plotlines without too much effort on your part. Looking at real world history can lead to great ideas…


I'm typing this on an ipad so it will be brief! Most of my tales take place in the "real" world, that is the one that we mostly agree upon as being "our" world, and then I throw a few pieces of fantasy into the gears just to see what comes out. I realize that this might cause some of you to quickly make a sign of the cross and declare: "That's not fantasy, that's science fiction!" The thing is, I write about winged girls and centaurs, so I feel pretty confident that what I write classifies as fantasy, even if it may be somewhat fringe. If pressed, I would call it urban fantasy.

I always create maps, or, when writing about actual places I've been, take photographs. If I haven't been there and it is important to the story, I will use Google Maps or some other tool to research the place. I am fanatical when it comes to continuity, and as a result I always have a layout of where the action takes place. Here is an example:  Tanita's Bus - interior view

If a site has historical significance, I may throw that in as well; I like fiction that educates me, so I try to do the same for my readers. I will usually begin a scene at a new location with a brief description, with possibly one or two minor details. I enjoy mentioning a small detail and then ignoring it for several chapters until it takes on a new importance later on. I may have the characters interact with the environment, and describe the scene through their actions, or occasionally I will have a character comment on or describe an item or place.

Once again, thank you to all of you - your comments are really useful, and including links and real world examples was a brilliant idea too. I really appreciate the time you took to pass your advice along to the group, and I hope someone out there finds it useful (besides me, that is, because seriously there is some good advice here, I am delighted!)

Don't forget to suggest any topics you think we should cover in these T&T sections! That one part of your current project proving an obstacle? Or is there just an interesting question on your mind? Why not direct a question to the group? And if it doesn't seem to fit in a T&T section, there's no reason I can't make a new journal to open up your problem to the group for advice :D Let's all help each other!

For now, let's see:

:star: The theme for the next Tips & Tricks section is... :star:


Have you ever tried to work in a writing partnership, with one or two or even 729 other people? Maybe you've filled NaNo with a friend, or you're a member of one or more RP forums? Perhaps you've worked on a project with non-writers, like visual artists or musicians or even business clients or publishers? Having more people on a project can be great - more heads means more ideas brought to the table, and you can bounce thoughts off each other and make them better. Everyone has different skills and working together means combining them. A group environment might push you all to improve together and bring out your best and most talented work. But can collaborating on a writing project also be a hindrance? What if you disagree on the direction your work should be taking? Can there be too many ideas at once? Maybe your writing styles seem to clash or your approach to writing is so different. Or perhaps your problems are more mundane - different time zones, one or more people disappearing unexpectedly, someone losing interest in the story... Have you ever collaborated on a writing project? Do you think it's a good idea? Does it make a difference whether your collaborator is already a close friend or if they're more of a business partner (at least at first)? What advice would you give to authors - new or experienced - who are considering working with someone else, or are having difficulties in a current partnership?

If you've never collaborated on a project, would you consider doing so? And if you've worked with others on a project that didn't involved writing (e.g. visual art, teaching, etc.), is there any advice you could give that might also be applicable to collaborative writing too?

As always, just use the above blurb as a starting point; you can cover anything that the prompt brings to your mind!

Hello, hello, and a good day to you all! Gather round, my majestic and fantastical comrades, and together we will spin stories so fine that even the kraken in the depths of the sea will cease their hunt for merchant ships that they too might hear them...


Okay, sorry, I can't keep that up for long. Anyway, really, it's beside the point, isn't it? What I'm actually starting off with is a massive apology to all of you - and an equally enormous thank you to everyone who's stuck with us through this long year and a bit of inactivity!

I'm afraid I can only speak for myself, since I'm not actually really sure where everyone else has gone, but I've not had the best year for dA; I was swamped in work and various illnesses/health problems (I'm currently dealing with carpal tunnel issues in both hands still) and I prioritised "real life" over my internet commitments - but I did that pretty irresponsibly without actually warning anyone or sorting out ways to tide everything over without me. So I really am sorry for all of that, and I promise that from now on I will be around, I will be active in the group (as an admin at least - the carpal tunnel thing will probably stop me writing anything for a while), and I'll update the journal at least once a month! And if I really have to disappear, I'll make sure to explain to you all.

And if I don't, I hereby give you all permission to spam my inbox/profile with resentful notes and comments full of dire magical threats towards me and my loyal herd of llamas unicorns.

:bulletred: Expired Applications & Submissions :bulletred:

If you tried to join the group or submit a piece of work during the long admin absence, there's a good chance that it was refused automatically because the note expired without being dealt with. To all of you who experienced that, I'm really sorry - please, do resubmit and reapply now!

:bulletgreen: Tips & Tricks Update :bulletgreen:

On to the Tips & Tricks section! For any new members unfamiliar with this part of the group, or as a reminder to the old members who don't remember so far back in the mists of time (don't worry, lambkins, I'm with you there), this is where we pose a question on writing to you, our group members, and ask you to give advice to everyone else here, so that we can all try to improve together :D Awesome, right? You don't have to be an expert - we want your insights, however small they may be, because you never know which little trick you've picked up while writing will be exactly what someone else has been searching for!

Anyway, back in August of last year, dear god, I posed the question of transitions between scenes, how you guys use them, and what the potential pitfalls surrounding them are. We only got a couple of responses, probably because of the generally low activity in the group, but the advice was sound and useful!

Before you can talk about what your favorite scene transition type is, you really need to pinpoint the basic types of scene ending (or beginning, replace start for stop and it's the other one) available to you as a writer. There are basically three approaches you might take: the dramatic, the comedic, and the lull. You also need to know when it's appropriate to switch scenes.

The lull is the simplest - just cut the action off when the characters are relatively still, or (when a conversation is involved) two characters stop interacting or degrade into smalltalk (You might directly imply the latter or leave it to the audience's imagination, either works.) The emotional level of the story might be still be high - perhaps a character just lost his job, and walks off into the rain; or a happy couple is cuddled up on the couch together (In the case of an opening, perhaps a group of characters is about to bust in on the bad guy - there's tension, but no surprises yet) - but the basic continuation is no longer relevant or interesting. If you come to a lull, it's time for you to start a new scene (unless you're trying to show a situation is really boring, which can be interesting...)

The dramatic cuts off before a lull point, leaving unresolved questions about how what was going resolves. It's a cliffhanger. (Cutting between two different groups of people having related conversations in different places at the same time might also qualify) Dramatic ends are more emotionally charged. You know 'em when you see them. Dramatic opens occur when something interesting or relevant has happened, but the audience is left in the dark for some period of time. Dramatic cuts can be really fun, but avoid having too many dramatic cuts from one plotline to the next in a row without going back to resolve earlier events. (Actually, forget that: as a rule of thumb, if you have more than six relevant plotlines, some of them probably are not as relevant as you think...)

Comedic ends (or end/beginning pairs) are also easy to spot, and are valuable even in a much more serious work. Examples - a long action sequence that ends just as one of the main characters begins to explain what actually happened to an authority figure, a beginning where the punchline only of a joke is spoken by a character, or a scene cut of the "oh, X won't happen"/X happened variety. Subtler incarnations might include ending with a visual gag (The video game Portal is an example - a running gag involves there being cake at the end, and lo and behold, there is...)

Naturally, most endings are somewhere in between the three, and different levels of peace/drama/humor lend themselves to different writing styles. For a good example of scene changes, I'd look at one of Terry Pratchet's novels - he has no chapter breaks, just smaller scene changes, and he uses them to great effect.

Personally, I tend to prefer an emotionally steady ('lull') opening to an independent story's first scene, with a mixture of the other methods to suit the general mood of the piece. Even in the case of a one scene story, it's important to think about what note the story begins and ends on! A lot of it has to do with the audience you're writing for too. When in doubt, find an author you think transitions between scenes well, and read a lot of their stuff, paying careful attention to how they do it. (That works with everything writing related, actually. It's the best way to learn.)

If you are literally saying "cut to black" when not writing a film script or intentionally emulating that style, you may want to rethink your technique a little... using lots of clique phrases like that is often the hallmark of an inexperienced writer, which is the last way you want to present yourself! That said, imagining your story as a movie is a useful exercise, and can help you figure out not just how to transition effectively but how to decide what details to describe.

I don't usually have problems transitioning between scenes. If you get hung up on a particular scene (or section of a scene), take out a spare sheet of paper/word and rewrite it, perhaps in a couple variations, until you get really bored of repeating the same scenario over and over. Then, take the best result and use that (or cut and paste bits from a number of them, that works well too!)
If you really, genuinely can't figure out what to do next, chances are the scene hit a lull. Take the opportunity to cut to the next one; if anything else important happened in the previous that you couldn't figure out how to write, you can reveal it slowly (perhaps as part of a conversation between two other characters - it's a little clique, but whatever.)

If you're having trouble getting in the mood, grab some fitting music (or better yet an entire playlist) that fits the mood of what you're going to write.

Having more than one writing project can be tricky. I keep mine in genre-separated 'folders' in my head. Get a good feel for your characters, and avoid writing two characters who are exact clones except for name and/or appearance.

Lastly: never, ever, ever be afraid of paragraphs. Paragraphs are your friend. Use them to indicate short pauses in dialogue, changes in topic, or what would correspond to switching cameras in a movie. Leave a bigger space or use a centered line of little symbols to indicate a scene change.

I had more I wanted to say, but oh well. This should work well enough for today :)

I usually change scenes from paragraph to paragraph especially when I am placing many different events that occur. One of the important things here is that you never use another paragraph for the same scene, otherwise you will confuse the reader. What you need to do is join those two paragraphs together and make it as clear and concise as possible.

Can you overuse transitioning? Yes I believe you can! One time I read a story and near the end of the book there was so much transitioning that I could not tell which scene was which. Try not to use transitioning too frequently or you'll confuse your audience.

Now here is something I greatly regret answering: Yes I do get stuck at finishing a scene. Especially when I am introducing characters and telling about their background. The problem for me I believe is that I can't make a perfect paragraph when explaing things. It can be so easy to make things confusing and I don't want to confuse my readers. What I need to do is practice in my introductions and the information I give to everyone.

Now I am not an expert at writing so these explanation may be wrong. Just keep writing, be interesting and make up names for a story that will catch people's eyes and you will become a great writer!

To both of you, thanks so much for the insights - I for one found your opinions really interesting and useful to read, and I appreciate the time you took to give them to us. I'm super-sorry that it took this long to get your info to the group! (You should find a new llama in each of your respective herds as an extra apology/thank-you :XD:)

Now, I was struggling to think of a new topic for us all, I've been away so long and I can't remember off-hand what we've covered in the past, so I hope it's not a complete dud. In future, if there's some area in particular that you're struggling with in your writing, or just want to know people's opinions on, don't hesitate to ask (by note or a comment here or on the group profile) and I'll be sure to ask the group for you! We're all here to help and support each other, remember. :D

:star: The theme for the next Tips & Tricks section is... :star:


Do you prefer to set your stories in some fictional world, a fantastical version of the real one, or something in between? How well do you know the geography of your own fantasy worldlet? Does it matter, and if so, how much? Many authors, especially in the fantasy genre (and in particular ever since Tolkien did it), include at least one map with their work; is this unnecessary overkill, a pleasant extra, or vital to your enjoyment of the narrative? Do you make (or plan to make) maps for your own worlds? Does the importance of geography in your story change depending on whether you're writing an insular single-kingdom plotline or a huge nation-spanning epic? And, last but not least, how do you bring your knowledge of your world's geography to your readers? Are there descriptions of travel or diplomacy, or do your characters discuss it? Do you throw it in casually to hint at a wider world without it being a focus? And let's not forget the use of the aforementioned map!

These questions are just starting points, and y'all should feel free to consider and discuss anything that springs to mind under the topic. I'm so looking forward to working with you all to get this group grooving again, and of course to hearing your responses! Let's do this, kittens!
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Aeolanyira Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Is it safe to say this group is dead? 
XXXataktoulaXXX Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist
I want to join too. I am posting all of my writings from mibba over here and fantasy is the genre I go with.
SalamiSandwitch Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hello, um. I sent my request to join in a couple weeks ago, and it expired. I was wondering if there just wasn't any admins active or if i didn't qualify or something?
mossthewolf Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
no admins were active. We apologize. This group has been dying for a while
Syltorian Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Mine expired too, unfortunately. I've been wondering the same, though it seems from a reply below that at least one of the admins had real-life trouble. Hope that clears up soon.
pacifistrev Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Uh, it seems my request to join this group, that I had sent awhile ago, didn't receive enough votes and expired. Is the group just inactive nowadays, or was I not allowed to join for some other reason?
moosewingz Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, sorry, it was just that I wasn't around for a few weeks (I am currently dealing with an increased workload on top of carpal tunnel syndrome, which has meant my internet time has gone down considerably - mostly just 'cause it can be pretty painful to type) and so I don't think there are enough people around to approve requests. I have been trying to find a way around this behind the scenes but again neglected that as well. So I'm really sorry! If you resubmit your request, I think there'll be enough admins to approve it now...?

(And rest assured, if your request was declined for any other reason, we would let you know, rather than just let it expire and leave you hanging)
pacifistrev Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's quite fine. Resubmitting. :)
moosewingz Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great, and thanks for being so understanding! :) 
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mossthewolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the group is pretty inactive sorry :C
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