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Craft Elements of Poetry

Lines and Stanzas
• Do you have a clear rationale for breaking each of your lines where they currently end?
• Do your linebreaks generate suspense and surprise, making the reader want to find out what will happen in the next line?
• Are you employing a combination of end-stopped and enjambed lines?
• If you have more than one stanza, do your line groupings increase the impact of your poem’s style and subject matter?

Meter and Rhythm
• Does your poem have a discernible rhythm – either a scannable metrical pattern, or, if your poem is in free verse, a distinctive cadence that distinguishes it from prose?

The Music of Poetry
• If your poem rhymes, are the rhymes original, intelligent, and necessary?
• Have you fully considered alternatives to perfect end rhymes, such as slant, internal, and eye rhymes?
• Whether or not you are using rhyme, are you effectively employing assonance and consonance to add musicality to your poem?

Images, Symbols, and Figurate Language
• Does your poem make consistent and effective use of concrete, specific, and detailed imagery?
• Are your symbols, metaphors, and similes innovative and relevant to your poem’s tone and topic?
• If your poem employs irony, is it intentional, controlled, and pertinent to the poem’s overall goals?

Diction, Syntax, and the Language of Poetry
• Is your poetry at least as well written as prose, with accurate diction, appropriate syntax, and no clichés?

Poetic Forms
• If you are writing in a specific poetic form, are you maximizing the form’s potential?

Craft Elements of Prose

Structure and Design
• If you are writing a short story, does  your story begin at the moment of maximum tension and end at the most aesthetically satisfying place?
• If you are writing a short story, is the conflict immediately clear? Does the conflict generate some essential change in the characters or their situations?
• For longer prose, how much explanation is in the beginning? Too much? Too little?
• Are your sentences of appropriate length - is there variety, or are there too many choppy/run-on sentences and if so do they serve a particular purpose?

Creating Characters
• Have you clearly differentiated each of your main characters and their primary goals?
• Do they each have a personality of their own?
• Are all of your characters essential? Are there too many or too few?
• If your characters are named, are their names fitting and believable for the story setting?
• If your character has a unique name or a name unusual in their culture, is there a solid reason for it?
• Is at least one of your main characters different at the end of the story?

Writing Dialogue
• Is the nature and amount of dialogue appropriate to the characters and the action of your story?
• To avoid any confusion about who is saying what, have you clearly, and unobtrusively, tagged all speakers of dialogue?
• Are you using a healthy amount of the word said? Do you have too many or too few alternates to said?

Setting the Scene
• Are there descriptions? Are they too long or too short?
• Is the description of time and location believable, detailed, and relevant to your particular story?

Deciding on Point of View, Developing Tone and Style
• Have you carefully weighed which point of view – first person, second person, third person limited, or third person omniscient?
• Verb tense – present or past?

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nicoleblakk Apr 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
thank you for accepting me into your group.
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I need your help getting readers preferences:…
2snails1shell Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just submitted my poem 'Flaxen Buzz'. I hope you will enjoy it. :) -K- :)
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Musicislove001 Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This might be considered a stupid question but out of curiosity are the weekly prompts open to everyone?
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SarahMyriaCarter Feb 26, 2014  New member Professional Writer
I am the author of the Series Seekers…

And was wondering if I can submit my book covers here
PsychicHexo Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Just wondering what's happened to the Writing Prompt? There doesn't seem to be a new one since 4th Feb?
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AmazingCatherine123 Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you for accepting me into your groupzerz!!! Meow :3 
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Tina579 Feb 14, 2014  New member Professional Writer
how do I submit my deviation into the critique folder for live-love-write?
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Is there a daily/weekly submission limit?
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:happybounce: Greetings and Salutations~ I was just curious if perhaps I might have submitted my Poem, 'Lost', for this weeks writing prompt in the wrong fashion. Please let me know as I am concerned because in fact I did submit 'Lost' about 20 hours ago. 
Thank you so very much for your quick response!
rudebutnotginger Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey...still no new writing prompt folder...
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EmoOtakuTDCT Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for accepting me! :)
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AlterationAgo Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Soooo, question, my newest deviation is part 1 of a 3 part that(I'm really excited to submit the second) but I wanted to wait to the 1st had a decent amount of views -  it's views are building a lot slower than nearly all my other deviations.
Is it the name? "Unfamiliarity of the Mind and Soul". 
Or is it just not as good?
The way it's presented?
I have it in a good amount of groups(sadly I wasn't able to submit to this one, my favorite!)
Anyone have a sec to do a critique?

Kerrts Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for accepting Chronicles of Infinity CH1 :3
AJLathre Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the acceptance! :) (Smile) 
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