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What we can Learn from Sir Terry

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 12:43 PM
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"It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living." 

Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent



On March 12th, 2015, the world lost a literary great. Sir Terry Pratchett, a conqueror of the fantasy/Sci-fi industry who not only wrote captivating stories, but threw in wonderfully weird dilemmas full or wit and humour. A truly talented, funny writer, who sported a black fedora hat, silver beard and an imagination most writers would envy.

 

Terry Pratchett by RisachantagTerry Pratchett by tweeny

Pratchett’s health decline has been well publicised; raising awareness for Alzheimer’s as well as funding and campaigning for more research into the debilitating disease. In fact  he donated substantial amounts into organisations for this research; organisations that fans have since been donating to as a tribute. However, before he became that campaigner, he was and continued to be a well-established best-selling author, sharing with the world his incredible talent.

 discworld by nicolsche

Who would have thought something as ludicrous as a giant turtle flying through space, carrying four elephants that held an entire disc-shaped world that fluctuates between the ridiculous and the insane, could become such a great example of world building? Or that a hopeless wizard and his most useful trunk could become such an endearing character? How does it work that an orang-utan can run a magical library, or a witch can teleport herself into nearby creatures whilst looking dead? Pratchett took nonsense and the absurd and made it work to the point everything seemed sensible. His novels aren't laden with the complexity of old fashioned fantasy, but the comfortable familiarity of everyday life in Discworld. Even Death became a symbol of humanity, a character so well-created he became a much loved icon.

Granny Weatherwax by DionysiaJonesRincewind with the Luggage by JessKat-artDiscworld - Death and Susan by ReverendTrigster


Discworld is more than a fantasy universe. It is a satire of this world, poking fun in so many corners whether it’s the glitz of Hollywood (Moving Pictures), the British Media (The Truth) or even Australia (The Last Continent). Beyond the novels, the universe has had countless intellectual influence, Pratchett himself co-writing about the science around Discworld and creating "mapps" detailing regions in the world. There's also been a Discworld encyclopaedia (The Discworld companion), folk tales and "non-fiction" works created by characters in the series. Pratchett also welcomed collaborators, iconically including Neil Gaiman in the best selling Good Omens. His work has been adapted into film, television, stage and comic books as well as several (fantastic) computer games. To list his achievements alone shows a writer anyone willing to work as hard could aspire to achieve.

Unseen University 2005 by akabeko


On a personal level, I have been fortunate to have met the man himself on several occasions as He was local to my home town and yes, on each occasion the hat was worn! Without directly realising it, perhaps my writing and definitely my reading was influenced heavily by Pratchett. I even got the opportunity to play Agnes Nitt in a school production of Carpe Jugulum, one of the first ever school adapted productions of one of his novels in 2001.

Fan art_Vlad and Agnes by BlackBirdInk

“When I'm talking to wannabe writers I always say, 'Read outside your genre, for heaven's sake, especially if it's fantasy and science fiction.' I have to say now I'm a history reader more than anything else. You can find plots and ideas and backgrounds everywhere. At one book fair, I was after a rare copy of the only extant book on the Romany language. My wife asked, 'Is it going to be useful to you?' and I said, 'Yes, but probably not for the reasons that I think.' And it has been, but not for the reasons I thought.” 2004 Interview 

As writers, as artists, we can and some have learnt a lot from Pratchett. As already said, world building alone can be a lifetimes work, especially when you divulge further into the science and folklore of it, to the point where it feels so real you wish you could be there. At the very least, as a writer being able to understand that your personality can mould the writer you are and allowing that to transpire into your fiction can strengthen your work. Read his books, even if you are not a fantasy fan- reason some interviews or some shorter pieces if you don't want to delve into the dark alleys of Ankh-Morpork.









Oook Tribute to Terry Pratchett by maiarcita




Rest in Peace Sir Terry, your life's work will continue by inspiring us writers, readers and fans :heart:.


Questions for the reader


:bulletorange: Have you read any of Pratchett's books? If yes what are your favourites? Who are your favourite characters and why?


:bulletorange: What do you think you could learn from writers like Pratchett? What have you learnt?

:bulletorange: Have you ever attempted any world building in your own story writing? What experiences can you share? 


:bulletorange: The last quotation used in this article spoke about the importance of reading. Do you agree with this quote? Are you actively reading or feel persuaded to do so?











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Hello CRLiterature 2015!

Mon Feb 16, 2015, 2:01 PM
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NB: This is a revisit of our original welcome to the group journal from three years ago, but we thought it was time to say hello again!


Welcome!


CRLiterature has been around for several years now. The aim of this group is to be a central community hub for all things literature, sharing with you as much information, articles, DDs and discussion as possible. It is also an opportunity for you to find other writers, groups and resources. It is owned by the CVs, but run by the community with the support of a small group, mostly former volunteers but also including a mixture of old school and new school deviants too to balance the dynamic and focus. You can share your literature related information through this group, meaning anyone can use it. Be sure to keep an eye on the community events including chat events and weekly discussion polls. It’s an awesome hub, but can be made even more so with your support. If you're not following us yet, please do so!



Who are you?


In the past, we've created a series of questions to get people talking to each other, and this is no different. The purpose of this exercise is to encourage you to interact with others, finding like minded people and sharing information. This is a great opportunity to bolster your watch list and find out new and exciting things! Whether you've been on dA 10 years or 10 minutes, if you have an interest in literature, then this is a good starting point. We encourage you to reply to other people and continue the conversations beyond the questions!



The Questions


1. What is your name or what do you like to be known as?
2. How many years have you been on deviantART?
3. What was the last thing you wrote? (describe it don't just link!)
4. What kind of things do you like writing (genre, style etc)
5. What other things are you into away from writing? (Hobbies etc)
6. What is the day job? (School? Uni? Work? Family?)
7. Which literature groups are you actively part of on dA?
8. What do you want out of the dA literature community? How do you think you can get that?
9. Tell us/ show us something that will make us laugh
10. Ask a question either about literature/community on dA or something you'd like to ask other people (don't sidestep this, it is important to encourage the conversation!)

Is there anything else you would like to share? Thoughts of what could be improved? Random facts? A rant about clerihews? Feel free to continue the conversation!


A Challenge!


It wouldn't be a literature journal without a literature based challenge! Using the following little prompt:

"Glass Jars"

write a drabble  (prose) or a Haiku (poem).

Post it as part of your comments! This might be tricky, but please just relax and have a go, it isn't serious, just a bit of fun to get people interacting! 




Some final thoughts


I am currently on a training course at work, which is about people and behaviours. Although the course is business related, today we did a very interesting exercise about attitudes and how those attitudes can not only affect others, but affect the likelihood of achievement. If you tell yourself (and others) you're not a good writer, you will bring the attitude of that, and your work will show it. If you believe in your ability, even as a learner, your likelihood of success will increase. We're not encouraging you to be a special snowflake, but to take control of your own destiny with your art. Anyone here who has faced rejection will tell you that even rejection can be positive and help you succeed. Think about it, it makes decent sense.


Finally, please share this journal amongst your groups, your peers and fellow deviants. We'd like to encourage as much participation as possible and do read other's comments and respond. This is your community, make it your home :)








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wildoats Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Long live Suture!
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Hey, what's this group about? I can't seem to find an FAQ. It looks cool, though.
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apocathary Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It used to be a kind of all-things-lit, with a focus on tutorials and helping people to improve their craft. Got resurrected a while ago, but the resurrection didn't last very long. Been dead for a while now, unfortunately. :'(
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I see. That's too bad.
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Aye, everyone clamoured to commit themselves to the idea of it, but when it came to producing words: nadda.
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suture Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
This group is in hibernation for the time being.
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, okay :)
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