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Leapin' Lizards, Batman! I've been featured here!

Thanks to all the suggesters and CVs that gave me a DD.

Becoming Brian
X-Mas on the Border of England and Over There
A Guide to Writing Combat Related Mental Illness
And Here is John
And Two Years After That Night in Nasiriyah, now in storage.

Interviews & Reviews
Sometimes I talk about history and people record it.

Being Historical with doughboycafeHistory is cool. I could try to explain why, but if you aren't already interested, there's a better way to get on board: read and/or write historical fiction. Only...I can't say anything there, I don't know anything about historical fiction!
Luckily, dA has a strong cadre of historical fiction writers. I (metaphorically) sat down with one of the outstanding, doughboycafe:
What is "historical fiction"?

I think that it is, quite simply, fiction set somewhere in history. Though it usually draws on one or more actual events, we get to make up the whos and the whys and the hows.
That isn't to say it isn't accurate, however. Historical fiction, good historical fiction, is well researched and the details of the time period, social situation, and culture should reflect real ideas, technology, and cultural values. 

If you have to do the same amount of research, why not nonfiction?

I guess that all depends on your
Daily Lit Deviant - @doughboycafeDaily Lit Deviant is an article put out on a daily basis throughout the year that is devoted to showing the work and accomplishments of one writer per article and presenting exemplary pieces of their work. It is based off of bowie-loon123's series of articles of the same name.
Join me in welcoming doughboycafe as our Daily Lit Deviant for January 6th, 2014.
Nominated by Nichrysalis
doughboycafe is the definitive resource for all things military fiction on deviantART, and her gallery exemplifies her love for crafting realistic, accurate fiction in a war-torn setting.

The guide above deals with mental illness sustained from combat, and there is nothing quite like it on deviantART. Anybody with any intentions to create a believable character should read and take something from this guide.

Writers of the Revolution, July 21Featured WRITER
Featured by SilverInkblot
Reading work from doughboycafe is a matter of investing your time – her pieces are often dense and long, but your investment will be returned tenfold. I, as a matter of personal taste, have never cared much for war stories, be it in my literature or my movies, yet the works below sucked me right in.

Becoming Brian
"He crawled on his belly through the thick jungle of the Argonne Forest and he covered himself in the gray French clay. His fingertips went black from cleaning his rifle. He tripped while running over a field and looked up just in time to see the rest of the squad mowed down by machine gun fire - they landed one by one on the hard ground, nothing but tatters and holes. He shot a boy in the head. He ran out of bullets and gored a man with his knife, and his fing
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Artist Interview - DoughBoyCafeArtist Interview with Professional Travel Writer who has received a number of DD's with a recent DD being awarded for the piece A Guide to Writing Combat-Related Mental Illness at link We have interviewed him below on his art.
1. What type of art do you do?
I am a fiction writer. I also do non-fiction work, but it’s mostly for my work, or in the form of guides. I consider my art and love to be a writer of fiction.
2. Have you attended education for your artwork, or are you self-taught? Do you do your art professionally or as hobby?
I have never attended classes for writing, no, but I wouldn’t say I’m entirely self-taught. My background is in History and Anthropology, which really helps me in writing because I primarily write historical fiction. My school study gave me a strong background in my material, and after that, I did coursework

The Historical Fiction Workshop
Just what it says on the package.
Historical Fiction Workshop - Pre Workshop PostHi all.
Just a reminder that thehistorical fiction workshop starts tomorrow
We're closing out signups, because I don't want to take anyone on after we start this, and also, this got way more popular than we anticipated. So if you want to join us, let me know by the end of today GMT +1 time.
The participants list is as follows (and I am tagging all of you to make sure you see this important info):
Viking-American, sun-lily, GreyRoseOfHope, lovelorey, Peonies18, Lupizora, Gingersanps, Lonaargh, elksongredfeather, GuinevereToGwen, Arget-Normand, Tarenja, JenZeePops, Classically-DePunk, farmowls-icewolf-inc, ArthurTheBraveOne, ThornyEnglishRose, SornekInklingsOfOblivion
And the maybe list: mormonbookworm, neurotype, camelopardalisinblue, :devme-inat
Historical Fiction Workshop - Week 1, Prep WeekWelcome to Week 1 of the Historical Fiction Workshop!
This week is the relatively easy one - the prepatory week. Not a lot of lesson, not a lot of assignment. We can´t move into the heavy duty stuff until we have something to work with. So, for the next seven days, we are going to focus on putting together some basics and finding the vague shape of our stories before we dive into research.
Lesson 1: Building a HistFic story
First, let´s talk about what Historical Fiction is. A lot of people seem to think that if something is historical fiction, that it needs to revolve around a specific historical event. It doesn´t. In fact, the fiction part of the genre allows you to invent your own. But remember, this isn´t AU (that´s a whole different genre!) - we´re going to take a real setting, with a real chronology of events around it, and build a story from it. If you want to use a real event, that´s fine. But if you are interested in a time period or g

Historical Fiction Workshop - Week 2, SourcesLesson Two: Source Gathering and Sorting
From doughboycafe :
Alright, here we go. Everyone has their base ideas, now it’s time to dive into research. Everyone is excited. We all open up google, and…
Holy fudge, History is big D:
And so is the Internet D:
What do we do?
Now it’s time to start learning how to gather proper sources and how to sift out what is actually relevant to your story. Remember that this is NOT the only week you’re going to have for research, as researching is a continuous process during all story writing, but especially so in historical fiction.
First thing is to look through your outlines and notes and start pulling out exactly what information you are going to need. Let’s look at LiliWrites ‘s outline
Lili is writing a story set in Auschwitz, about a young officer who has to watch his childhood flame and friend suffer as a polit
Historical Fiction Workshop - Week 3, WritingAlright Historians, time to actually start writing your story.
This time, your assignment first: Start your working draft. I’d like to see people get it half done by the end of the week. I assume that halfway through your stories you will start to find more things you need to research, so here is what I want you to do:
:bulletblue: Make a new scrap deviation, this will be your rough draft. Start writing it and link it back here so I know when to look at it. You can link even if you only have an opening paragraph and continue to add to it, alerting us as many times as you like during the week.
:bulletblack: In your previous scrap that has your outline and your sources, start taking note of the things you come up against while writing your story. What didn’t you research yet that you – oops – just figured out that you needed? Write it down. This list will be integral to week 4’s lesson.
I don’t think you’ll get the

Historical Fiction Workshop- Week 4, RedactionOk so we’ve all gotten part way through our stories. And then stopped. Probably because several people hit a brick wall and realized they are either missing critical information or worse yet – they got something wrong.
First part of this week’s lesson is: Guys, you’re going to get a lot of things wrong. No amount of research is going to give you the 100% the first time through. This is history, this is the grind. So the first thing you need to do is come to grips with the fact that there are inaccuracies in your story. Have we done that? Good. Now we can fix them.
But, doughboycafe, you tell me, my mistakes are really big and change the entire flow of the story! How the hell do I cope with that?
Let me tell you a story. I wrote a novel once. Then I realized after about a year’s



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doughboycafe has started a donation pool!
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This month I will be starting up a group for Historical Fiction on dA. But in order to do this and make it the best it can be to fit community needs, I will need points to go towards prompt and contest prizes, and also to get year long supergroup status.

So please, if you want a Historical Fiction group on this site as part of the literature community, donate what you can, and I will see to the rest.

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Summer Contest: Women in War

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 1, 2015, 2:34 AM

Alright guys, here is the deal. I haven't done my yearly contest so here it is. You want to watch this journal keenly because the prize list is going to expand rapidly after today.

The subject is women in war. I don't see enough of this in military fiction at all, let alone on dA, so I'm running a contest for it. I want realistic, historically accurate portrayals of women's contributions to war efforts, be they soldiers or pilots, camp followers, auxiliaries, or on the homefront. There are plenty of cool things to choose from, from female ambulance drivers in WWI, the Night Witches of WWII, Jean d'Arc herself if you want.

Go check out Women Warriors if you really want a list but be careful, it might be too kick ass and overwhelm you.

The point is, women were all over war from the beginning of time. You would never find a camp that had no women in it, filling various roles, and it is absurd to say war just didn't affect them as much, because it did. And I think it's time we started exploring those narratives alongside all the others. So.


:bulletblack: Your story must focus on a woman in war. Your cast does not have to be all women, obviously.
:bulletblue: Stories will be judged on mostly two things (besides the obvious of grammar and spelling): accuracy, and if it is actually a story. Do not write me an event. Write me a story which has a beginning, middle, and end with a character that grows or changes or chooses not to.
:bulletblack: All time periods acceptable.
:bulletblue: I expect at least 2 non wikipedia sources linked in your artist comment so I don't need to do all the work myself of checking to see if your story is accurate.
:bulletblack: You may use an existing real person (though you better do the research on that person!) or make up your own character.

What you may not do:

:bulletblack: Write me a non fiction essay. I don't like working on my offtime. I want stories.
:bulletblue: Write me fanfiction. I want original characters and stories only.
:bulletblack: Give me something that has never seen a spell checker. I will delete that without even reading it.


:bulletwhite: I am accepting Prose and Poetry. The length limit for prose is 3,000 words. The line limit for poetry is 150 lines.
:bulletwhite: Contest will run from today, August 1, to August 31.
:bulletwhite: Contest is open to all of deviantart.
:bulletwhite: You enter by completing your piece and posting it on this journal or noting it to me. I will display all of the entries here.

**Yes this is concurrent with the Historical Fiction Workshop. I am running both, no worries.**

Now on to the stuff you care about. Prizes.

1st Place:
6mo premium membership from doughboycafe
A graphic devID custom made by inknalcohol
A Clerihew deviant biography from ThornyEnglishRose
2,000 pts from WyvernLetDie
500 pts from neurotype
300 pts from xlntwtch
150 pts from BeccaJS
100 pts from ThornyEnglishRose
Feature from doughboycafe, MagicalJoey, Vigilo, :dewritersink:, C-A-Harland
Critique from doughboycafe, WyvernLetDie, Vigilo, TheMaidenInBlack

2nd  Place:
3mo premium membership from doughboycafe
250 pts from neurotype
100 pts from xlntwtch
50 pts from BeccaJS
50pts from ThornyEnglishRose
Feature from doughboycafe, MagicalJoey, Vigilo, :dewritersink:, C-A-Harland
Critique from doughboycafe, WyvernLetDie, Vigilo, TheMaidenInBlack

3rd Place:
100 pts from xlntwtch
50 pts from BeccaJS
Feature from doughboycafe, MagicalJoey, Vigilo
Critique from doughboycafe, neurotype, WyvernLetDie, Vigilo, TheMaidenInBlack

Anyone who wants to offer a prize, PLEASE note me! The faster I update this list, the better!

Also since someone asked, YES you may offer a prize and still enter the contest.

So get on to it, and happy writing.

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Hist Fic Workshoppers 

1 deviant said Add your sources to your scrap and link it to the week 3 journal.
1 deviant said Because on wednesday we finally start writing.
No deviants said You have 2 days to get your week 3 assignments in.
No deviants said I hope you have been reading.



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neurotype Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
doughboycafe Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Professional Writer
Holy crap you have got to be freaking kidding me.
neurotype Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
ho ho ho
doughboycafe Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Professional Writer
...what are you doing back here by the incinerator?
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doughboycafe Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Professional Writer
Ho ho... hoho ho... hoho.
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner May 18, 2015

Priya sucked me in too. ._.
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