So many people on here have had multiple ones, pretty awesome!
I've not had one, but I can't say I'm that fussed about it. I don't really think it's a matter of deserving or not deserving one; just if someone happens to read something of mine that they like enough to request it or whatever. I don't really think of it as an award or whatever. I also wouldn't be able to say if mine's up to scratch or anything like that since I'm very critical of it, especially older stuff.
Though, if I see a lit piece in the DDs at the bottom of the page, I almost always make an effort to read it unless I'm too busy. I like to read skilled, imaginitive works and DDs are a good place to start when the internet's got so much writing to sift through.
I've received two DDs during my time here. I'll admit, for the day, they do make you feel good, especially when you wake up to a bunch of comments and realise that something of yours has been recognised, but after that, things go back to normal. I am with you on it, though. If anything, they push me to want to write better than the one that was chosen in hopes that my work could improve and have a chance for another if someone things it's deserving enough.
Honestly, I think there could have been more deserving DDs, definitely. I've seen SO many other great works that have been suggested and never featured and I always question why one of MINE was. I'm always suggesting literature whenever I can. Personally, though, there are some other pieces of my own work that I would say I enjoy much more than those that were featured, too.
While, yes, they do make me feel good for the day they're featured and make me want to strive to work harder and make something better than them, there are many other pieces that I know have been more deserving around the site that perhaps haven't been recognised at all yet. Honestly, I don't strive for DDs. If I wake up to one, it's a nice surprise and makes me happy that someone appreciates and recognises my work. Other than that, though, they're not that important.
I don't keep track of how many I've gotten, which gives a pretty good indication on how I feel about them. It's always nice to get a pat on the head. I do know that I've gotten them on things that I felt the least confident about, but someone liked them so. I don't feel like I have to up my game or get panicky about expectations. Actually, after the first day, I just want to crawl in my hole and hide, and I usually do, because I get tired of people. And I despise favs, and that's pretty much what you get out of a DD. I know, I know. But I'm a comment kid all the way. And it's not like it's really something you can put on your CV...
Well, I would never campaign for one or ask anyone else to do it in my stead. I don't think I'm a terrible writer, but I feel I have far superior writing inside me, yet to escape. It would be embarrassing to have my current work celebrated when there is better work to be done. I tend not to notice them at all, unless a friend gets one. Then, I am truly proud of them and honor them for the achievement. Some of the folks I watch are amazing writers / poets, artists et cetera, and truly deserve what they got, so it's a joy to see their joy!
I've had five. All of them have made me feel more vindicated that the direction I'm on is a good one. Have they been my favorite pieces? No, but that's what self suggesting is for and I should've done it. But it's a good reminder that the pieces people think the rest of the community should see aren't always the ones that are personally important.
That said, I mostly wait for it to go away because attention...eergh.
The first time was just like, "ZOMG!" so many comments.
Then I know what you mean, Raspil, I got follow-up freakout. I was trying to come up with something to top it, and then I was trying to come up with something you would like, and then I ended up just saying "screw this" and going back to writing stories about my characters.
Then I got another DD for a piece I wrote about my characters. And the prince married the pauper and they had baby unicorns. Moral of the story, just be the best at writing the type of stuff that you write, and don't worry so much.
As Lytrigian says, it's not out of reach. Just polish your stuff up and put it places where people will see it.
I know it sounds silly, but to me it's like a gold star sticker. Yes, it has absolutely no bearing on anything, but it's like this little "yeay you did it!" prize sticker. That someone liked something you did well enough that they want to share it with other people, and that it was just good enough that someone agrees.
It sounds kind of silly and childish, but it's true. It's a little pat on the head.
That being said, I cannot in good conscience suggest myself for DD, even though it's encouraged. I just don't feel anything I have is good enough. If someone wants to suggest something of mine, I would give you huggles, but even then this is not me asking, or even trying.
I guess that goes back to my near constant feelings of inadequacy that I've discussed entirely too much. I'm a bit of an annoying person in this regard, but hell, I'm annoying about a lot of things. But, I am working on my "mental problems", as you well know.
As for any negativity they some times generate, that's perfectly fine too. I mean, it's the internet, you expect people to not like you, and be all cranky because they don't agree or whatever.
I've had three DDs on this account. I think I had three on my old one, too. I remember my very first DD was a big, pleasant surprise because it was for a piece of prose that I had worked very hard to revise under the guiding hand of !bekkia. She gave me a pleasant, but thorough and honest critique that improved my writing ten fold over night. And once I'd made the revisions, she suggested the piece to `fllnthblnk and he gave it a DD.
That remains the pinnacle of my DD experience because it was for a piece I had actually slaved over and gone through the process to make it deserve a feature. And I made a lot of good friends that day, too.
My second favorite DD was given to me by ^NicSwaner for Spirit Day. It was on an essay I'd written a couple years previously on the subject of how to handle bullying in real life. I was very happy with that one because it opened up discussion and many people were very enthusiastic and positive about the comments in the article and about sharing their own stories and ideas on the subject.
In neither case did the DD define me or make me change my writing, etc. I think it is sort of like getting your work in some no-name lit rag. You feel good for getting "published" by at the end of the day it just means that someone likes what you do and wanted to share.
I've received one DD in my five years being here; it was for a poem I wrote.
I've wanted a DD for a long time...to me it stood out as a genuine validation from the community at large. To me it would say that I was no longer considered a dilettante. That I could run with the big dogs. And when I received it, I was incredibly excited!! I was on a cloud all day at work, unable to believe that I had finally gained that nod of approval.
As for the piece itself, I was very happy that it was chosen because the poem is a very personal one, written to honor my late grandfather, as well as his veteran friends, and to a larger extent, the vets and farmers across the country.
But...you're right. I've achieved a DD, and now, I dream of becoming good enough to succeed in the professional realm. To be accorded the title of Man of Letters...or to become a Poet Laureate. Even dare say...to win a Pulitzer. Now that would be a sledgehammer.
And at the end of the day...to me, being recognized and appreciated for one's artwork, whether writing or painting, etc...is to be recognized as truly "yourself." It is a huge affirmation because it is not some widget built on an assembly line...it is YOU. From your heart. But even if I never win any prizes, I'll write anyway, because I love to.
I got one really early on, and that was fantastic because it introduced my writing to a lot of people very quickly. As well as the "Hey, this is good!" comments, I also got some serious feedback out of it, and I discovered a lot of new writers myself. Beyond that, it's nice just to know that it was considered something worth sharing with the site as a whole.
Did I deserve it? I'm not sure how I could possibly know. I assume that there have been less worthy DDs, and I'm positive that there are better things out there that haven't been featured like that. I'm keeping an eye out for things to suggest myself, though, so I like to think that I'm doing my best to "earn" it if I have to. It's really not something I worry about, though.
I've received three -- the first of which wasn't even for writing, and remains my most popular, naturally (even though I barely do visual art anymore, which, in turn makes me feel guilty). The second was on a piece I wasn't entirely happy with and was hugely surprised. The third I felt I most deserved. Following each one I felt awesome, and then the buzz went away, and I definitely felt like I needed to work harder to get the buzz back, like any drug.
I've had eight across my two accounts, although technically it's nine since one piece got a DD, then I put it into storage and resubmitted later and it got another DD .
I don't really think DDs are helpful for me because with one exception I've never really had any useful feedback from random people as a result. Only two of the DDs I've received have been for things I considered finished pieces and, yeah, it's probably my fault for having a gallery full of crap, but there are one or two DDs I've received where I've been genuinely embarrassed by the featured piece. I've never experienced panic following a DD, because I never really think of them as anything other that one person subjectively saying, 'I enjoyed that'; it's no particular reflection on the quality of my work or even of the piece.
I have only gotten one. It was completely random...I got on DA for the first time in a week and there were a TON of feedback messages. Which surprised the hell out of me. There was also some personal message from a guy accusing me of being insensitive for a different story. Which was also a big surprise.
Anyway, it took me a few minutes to realize I had gotten the DD. When I did, I was in total shock, especially as it was an older story I had never gotten that many views on. A prompt from this group, as a matter of fact. I have no idea what led to it eventually getting the attention of someone who nominated me, though I am grateful. It is always wonderful to be noticed for something you feel passionate about.
I see it as an achievement, and an exciting one. But I feel no pressure whatsoever. Acceptance of literature is subjective and hard to predict. For example, I wrote an erotic story for another site, partially a character study but mostly porn, and it got 20,000 views in a week and hundreds of emails of support. Also, a whole lot of men propositioning me.
The point is, I could work on something to perfection, drive myself crazy over getting it just right, and have it fall flat on its face. I write because I have never wanted to do anything else, not the approval. So fuck it.
I've had 3. 2 of which I didn't like (one was a joke, the other an article before journals became a thing both have been removed since) and one which I was really happy with because it was a poem that I had worked and revised so much so it was a nice treat. However it is just a VERY NICE FEATURE for a day- and yes it feels good to be featured.
I just wish people would suggest some very nice features
I just wish people would suggest some very nice features
i just wish people would improve their writing so there would be more to feature. i wonder if this is part of the issue; it can't all be laziness or apathy on the part of the community to not send stuff in. maybe they don't think they're qualified to know what is "good" or what is good to them you all might not agree with. too much fear in this community to do the right/perfect thing at all times. it's holding everyone back.
Definitely- it's not all about finding perfection! I featured a script yesterday which wasn't perfect but had a great plot and readability which is why I featured it. Obviously there are basics which make a piece DD worthy, but perfect isn't necessarily one of them.
we have a lot of work to do to break people of their mindsets of what is worthy around here, reading and writing. that sounds hard and harsh but i think it has to be done. i think if they like a story they've read, that should be motivation enough to send it in for a feature and leave it up to you guys for the final call.
i'm so sick of the fear and holding back! i can't frickin' stand it. absolutely can not.
The fav button is right there next to the piece. A single click.
To suggest a DD you first of all have to know you can do that, know the volunteers for it, and then take the effort to note one of you with it. If you want that noting to be easy you have to friend the lit CV's. That there's a whole heap of reasons why people don't suggest DD's when they favorite a piece. The process isn't exactly obvious nor easy.
DD's are probably one of those things that, beforehand, you think are great and will change everything, but when you actually get one you realize it's not that huge. You get a single day of intense favs and comments that pretty much amount to "this is cool". Maybe you get a few watchers more. Then it dies off.
That being said, I've had one DD. It did make me feel good for the day. Do I think I deserved it? I had sort of mixed feelings about it to be honest. The piece that got featured wasn't that special in my mind, but people seemed to like it so..
do you feel it has changed your methods of writing? it's nice to be recognized for sure, i agree -- do you re-read those pieces and compare them to the comments you've received to discern what it took to get those DDs to maybe get more in the future? it's so hard to tell what would be DD-worthy; for myself, there's stories i've written that are more DD-worthy than the pieces that i've been awarded. do you take what you've perhaps learned to use in the future for more recognition?
do you take what you've perhaps learned to use in the future for more recognition? DDs are just someone's opinion of your work...not YOUR OWN opinion. Like you said you've had pieces that you've thought are more DD-worthy. It's difficult to know what someone else sees in your work so it's difficult to take that from a piece and use it in future pieces - for more recognition or otherwise.
It's difficult to know what someone else sees in your work so it's difficult to take that from a piece and use it in future pieces - for more recognition or otherwise.
somewhere along the road, people who were suggesting DDs and those who were accepting DDs stopped giving the reason that made the piece DD-worthy. i want to know what was so badass about the piece, no matter what the medium was, that made it worthy. don't just give me a link, give me a reason. give me a reason to click on it. give me a thing to look at in the photo, give me something to look for in the poet or story. what made it worthy? i'm glad with the DDs i've been given the people giving them had a reason and it wasn't just blank. it honestly bothers me to see a DD awarded with no reason. that smacks of laziness on the part of the GM/CV who has awarded it and that is a bummer.
I'd like to see a reason as well. I was scanning through the DD catalogue the other day and to be honest I was wondering why some of them had gotten DDs. Now I know that my view doesn't coincide with the "popular" view when it comes to art and that's exactly why I'd like to see an explanation.
on the last point, there's always a reason, it just might notlook good written out (too long, some aren't as confident with their English or writing ability). personally I don't when the piece is all around good, because I don't like gushing. if someone needs to find my reason, it'll be a comment on the piece.