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Deviousness Award
Since 2005 `Beccalicious has graced the writing community with her infectious positivity. From her own work to her critiques and advice to her peers, she brings an attitude many of us could learn a thing or two from.
She also is committed to helping keep her little section of the world clean and organized, going out of her way to let us know when there are things in the wrong place, making the writing categories just that much better for everyone.
On top of all that she provides a lot of insightful journals full of advice and resources for aspiring writers from all walks.
Drop by her page and say hi to Becca, and wish her congrats on deviousness for June of 2008!
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What we can Learn from Sir Terry

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 12:43 PM
CRLiterature Journal Header by GrimFace242



"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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YOU CHANGED YOUR NAME?! OAO
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I did indeed :D
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Yes, I'd like to know what the JS stands for, too. :hug:
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It's just my initials, nothing exciting lol
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You're gonna get sooo many of these messages now. XD

(I like it~what does the JS stand for though?)
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Whoa, new username. :wow:
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WHOA
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:icondoge-plz: Much whoa. Very wow.
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So wow much.
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THIS...IS THE USERNAME OF AN ADULT.
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I know right, getting old lady! Need to add something immature now

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awwwwww yeah #classy #yoloswagswag
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015   Writer
Thanks for the :+fav: on 'Glass Jars'.
[After all, my writing it was entirely your fault. ;)]
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:blush: Thank you SO much for the watch. I really, really appreciate it. :worship:
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Happy New Year, Becca!! :huggle:
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And to you! :D
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Hi! I just wanted to say Happy New Year! I'm a new fanfic writer, I've only been writing them for a year or two, but I also write just regular fiction! I was wondering if you have any tips for a writer like myself?
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Yay thank you for +Watching silly ol' me! It means a lot, I can assure you...!
(Also WOOT way to go posting that bit from Aragorn's poem, I think those are my favourite lines of the whole book!)
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Thank you for the watch, Becca! :heart:
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thank you very much for the :+fav: :squee:
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I've added it to the collection for the challenge. be sure to check out the others :D beccalicious.deviantart.com/fa…
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