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Hate Mary Sues? Don't we all!With the creation of several self-publishing websites such as Lulu and the general standard of what is deemed to be publishable declining, every thirteen year old girl and her pet goldfish believe they have what it takes to be the next big author. In an attempt to churn out a book series of six-hundred pages in one weekend, many juvenile wannabe authors neglect the very building blocks of their fiction: the characters.Hate Mary Sues? Don't we all! by dantesgirl
Most of us have heard the terms Mary Sue and Gary Stu before heck, they may have been aimed at us before but how many of us actually know the definition of a Mary Sue? We simply believe that a Mary Sue/Gary Stu is a badly-developed character, but are we aware of what defines a Mary Sue? From my personal experience, a Mary Sue/Gary Stu is a character who:
Has barely any [exploitable] flaws.
Is virtually perfect. (These two are pretty obvious)
Often serves as a sel
Contest: Review YourselfTheCritiqueBox is a club devoted to improving critique.Contest: Review Yourself by TheCritiqueBox
But it seems like this is impossible to do without a little self-awareness: how do you write? What are your strengths and weaknesses, and how can you compensate for these when you're both writing for yourself and telling other people how they can improve their work?
Hence: THE REVIEW CONTEST. Review thyself.
Of course, a lot of us haven't written reviews since that absurd little book review with the "attention getter" in elementary school, so here are a couple of helpful resources:
What is a review?
Examples of reviews from a generally well-established source.
The piece you review must be at least two weeks older than the review. (Make sure you have both submitted as deviations or scraps
Portfolio (The Awesome Version): Now in Beta!Portfolio (The Awesome Version) It's Coming!!!Portfolio (The Awesome Version): Now in Beta! by 20after4
At deviantART, we want all artists to thrive. We've spent the last few months working on a Portfolio tool that helps artists promote themselves online in a highly professional manner without having to deal with the hassles of web design, hosting, coding, and so on. We looked into all sorts of online and off-line portfolios, talked to artists, students, professors, art schools, creative professionals, focus groups, etc., to learn how to build the best system on the Internet for formal presentation and review of artwork. As we begin beta testing the Portfolio system we wanted to share some