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Images of Life

Affirmation Hall of Fame

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ― Helen Keller - IrrevocableFate

“…there is absolutely no better time than now to go uplift someone else – whether in offering a shoulder, a prayer, or simply just a smile. The passage of time has a way of showing us what truly matters. Do not forget the littlest things can make the largest impact – what you say and do today reflects on how others will remember you tomorrow. “ - LadyLincoln

"You may think you are a writer with small skills, but your words could change the world." - Manouilidis

"No one can write knowingly of the weather who walks bent over on wet days." – E.B. White - xlntwtch

“Laugh at life; or life will laugh at you!” - W-Lupus

"It's never too late to be who you were meant to be." ― George Elliot - PHarold

“Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.” ― Elizabeth Cady Stanton - CelestialMemories

"Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." ― Franz Kafka - AlwaysRainCheck

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway." ― Eleanor Roosevelt - amrgalal7

"You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic." ― Bill Watterson - GuinevereToGwen

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." – Anne Bradstreet - a-fiery-boom

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” – Ernest Hemingway - DrippingWords


Do YOU have a place here in the future? Submit a quote.
Encouragement-Affirmation-InspirationI have envisioned a way to feature many in our literature community in a way that would give attention to a broad spectrum of folk regardless of their skill level. This could be a great way to present yourself to the community and be a source of encouragement or inspiration to many others.
Here is how it will work.
1. Spread the word!
2. Note me with an uplifting quote of encouragement, affirmation or inspiration.
The quote should be brief and pointed; A few sentences preferred, though longer quotes of exceptional merit will be considered.
Cite the author if it is known; or you may write your own quote that fits our title's definitions.'Link' or 'thumb' a piece of your own writing in the note and state why it is meaningful to you. (If you are uncertain how to do this note me for help)
3.  Depending on the response, I hope to build a library where the best and brightest uplifting quotes, and the featured providers, are displayed daily; though I suspect it will be

Lit Basics Week

Wow, yes, emotions; they stir us, they sometimes rule us.

For your written world to come alive this critical element must be rightly imparted into your work. Your character’s emotional state is something that needs to be grasped in meaningful ways in order for a reader to begin caring about what is happening to them. Likewise, poets who write verses that do not express an emotional range will have lines that fall flat and lifeless on their intended readers.

Emotional Range

Emotions are not one dimensional – each has a broad range of expression. For example, anger can be experienced anywhere from a mild annoyance, prompt bitter retorts, or become a barely-contained, seething cauldron; long before exploding into an unbridled rage. Often, intense feelings move through several stages all in one event.

Additionally, emotions seldom appear that are pure in their source; celebrated author and counselor H. Norman Wright, MFCC, CTS describes what most people experience under great duress, such as undergoing a tragic loss, as a “tangled ball of emotions”. Any parent will readily identify with this when an impulsive action by a child causes an apparent injury. First a leap of fear or dread coupled with compassion and concern, and then if finding the injury to be minor, anger rears at their unsafe actions which is coupled with relief. This melts to a determination to apply corrective instruction—all within a few moments. To engage a reader in any depth these complexities must be reflected in ones writing.

A Vital Part of Communicating

Communication with people in real time is an exercise in continuous involvement. We take in not just the spoken word but their accents and inflections, tone of voice, and body language. Poor communication results when any one of these elements is overlooked or ignored. Speaking to these elements in your writing will greatly improve the reader’s ability to engage in the story and enjoy a higher level of satisfaction.

A problem in conveying intent when these cues are lacking is illustrated quite well in our online writer’s community, as being misunderstood is a common experience. On another front, ‘Tweets’ from celebrities are constantly seen trending that require follow up explanations, apology or retraction because of an unforeseen consequence or unexpected public response. Many in our DeviantArt community find ‘emoticons’ helpful to properly set the mood or express raw emotions; yet even these can be misunderstood. For example there is the enigmatic :D – Playful? Gloating? Sarcastic? Without a clearly expressed context even these sorts of things are easily misunderstood.

:iconimhappyplz: ……….. :iconimnottrustingyouplz: ……….. :iconcryingplz: ………… :iconangryplz:

Body Language

Body language contains too much potential for emotional impact to ignored in your writing!

For added depth, “Shela, enraged, leapt at him.” could read; “Shela's wide-eyed, open-mouthed shock quickly deteriorated to clenched teeth; eyes narrowing to grim slits she leapt at him.” This gives a brief progression to the emotions of the moment and adds those visual elements of body language.

“Ignoring Ben’s smirk, Rosa continued; Albert at least remained non-oppositional.” adds a nice group dynamic to what could be a numbing monologue and tempts the reader to briefly reflect their own experience into what non-oppositional may look like.

“While the tone was even in Henry’s speech, one couldn’t miss the twinkle in his eyes” makes implication of a quiet or underlying emotion that the reader is invited to ‘discover’.

Let emotional feelings emerge

Allow space for expressing complex emotions

Incorporate intentional movement in a scene, including time and body language to maximize reader involvement. For example, the simple “Having read the text Lars despaired.” Could be expanded perhaps to; “Lars drummed his fingers, staring blankly at the screen. Finally, reading it again – more slowly, he searched for some nuance that would mediate the rawest interpretation of what he’d read. With growing dread, he searched again, but the naked truth found no moderation—he sunk into the remorseless clasp of despair.”

Use words and phrases suggestively

Provide rich context for added subtlety

Give your readers credit.  Allow them to discover and buy into the emotions of the character. “Having become flushed; she surprised herself.” Implies, as in real life, that a character is not always sure where the root of an emotion lies. A solid context then allows the reader to make implications from such statements. For example; "Glaven gave Marian a brotherly peck before departure – having become flushed; she surprised herself, they had been estranged for so long.” Is a much different feel than this use of it: “Having become flushed; she surprised herself – his reputation was as disfigured as his form. She returned his gaze unwavering.”

:iconcryplz: .......... :iconlaughplz: .......... :icontearsplz: .......... :icongrrplz:

Employ creative form and punctuation for added emphases

Use the hammer sparingly.
You know the hammer don’t you; one example – “I HATE you!!!”

While the writer is seeking to impart power a reader often finds it trite; this is not at all what is meant in creative punctuation. Two examples follow that use flow breaks and creative punctuation to allow readers either feel hesitancy or urgency depending on their fashion:

“I’m sorry Ma’am, I…
well, I thought better of it.”

Coming up short she choked a horse whisper;
"Stop—Stop!  Shhhh…
Shit! It's no good—run!"
The last encouragement rising to a near scream.

The State of our States

Where the writers own emotional state drives many young writers to begin expressing themselves through the written word, this source will be found to be lacking in the ability to attract wide readership in the long run. A writer must find and develop the ability to address emotional states much more objectively in order for characters to emerge that are not merely pale shadows of an author's current mood.

Well, there is much more that could be said of course, but there is a risk that an encouragement to consider a matter may become a tiresome sermon. I have much room for improvement myself. I hope my DA friends find a small nugget to grow by.

Room for Discussion

How does one write of emotional states they have not personally experienced?
What can a writer do to detach him/herself from their own state to delve deeply into another’s?
How can powerful emotional states be expressed without being trite?


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Ronald Kirkland
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
My writing speaks of my "Inner Child" that part of me (us) that responds to our world without filter or mask. We learn to cover these raw emotions to defend that fragile entity. I'm learning that any hazard associated with exposing that true self is worth measured risk.

Current Residence: Harvest, Alabama
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Men's Large
Favourite genre of music: Non-Commercial
Operating System: Windows 7
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin & Hobbes
Personal Quote: My art is a delicate dance between creativity and comprehension.

...and Stuff

Thank you literature volunteers; GrimFace242, neurotype, IrrevocableFate and ShadowedAcolyte for serving our literature community. These folk deserve all of the support we can give them. And a special thanks to DorianHarper,Beccalicious, and the many who preceeded them in much appreciated terms of service. :heart:


Purpose to be AFFIRMING to each one you meet! :hug:

You can make a difference in how others view their day - and perhaps their entire lives.


Published at 'DailyHaiga'

To see my Haiga that is posted/published nowhere else, please visit here -…


DAILY DEVIATIONS :iconhonoredddplz::iconhonoredddplz2:

:bulletred: Daily Deviation ~ October 11, 2013 :bulletred:

Old Man - MusingThere was a time
       ...a man in prime
His rest now drawing near
Life is sweet - still
It moves the day apace
     Springtime breezes scatter song
          Summer's sun refrains
Joy still comes - in simpler vein
     ...what once was long pursued
Flutters lazy by - no mind
He's glad of fin and feather
Finds glee in croak and crow
In things that grace the skies above
Or amble by below
There may be time,
For sitting back a spell
     (Time will only tell)
And while
Autumn's fine attire is fitting
For age's hoary crown
   - He hopes to use it well
Working rockers at his ease
Stalling winter's grim disease
Featured by DorianHarper

:bulletred: Daily Deviation ~ October 29th, 2012 :bulletred:

MeanderingHardly a mountain, though on lowering days its head sits wreathed
By the mists of a passing front, aged and befogged as bygone elders
Doddering about – before there were names for the malaise
That hazed their thinking
And from this modest crown there slouched and sloped
A long shoulder, meandering down to meadows below
Pausing now and again to coddle a pleasant hollow
Casting a sloping pitch – enough to rush a torrent
After a sudden shower
Seldom pooling
Its glint and glimmer burble among the stones
To join a rill and plash and swirl and putter about a root
It's there I'm apt to wander
Not much of a path, hard passed and thorny
As twisted and narrow as the thoughts of bigoted men
Treading there finds stern resistance and stones to turn the foot
The clatter and crunch of brittle leaf – acorns pop and skitter
A plenteous crop, beyond the appetite of wild things at forage
Leathery husks abound, pignut hickory – the ebon stains of walnut
On taking pause the quiet lay, a
The suggester writes: "This piece puts you in the place, puts the sounds in your ears and the scent in your nose, and it causes you to imagine things without explicitly saying them to you - to fill in the gaps." Suggested by chadwood and Featured by Beccalicious

:bulletred: Daily Deviation ~ March 1st, 2012 :bulletred:

For Those Who Lived Suggested by LiliWrites and Featured by wreckling
Removed for Publication

:bulletred: Daily Deviation ~ October 21st, 2010 :bulletred:

A Coward's HeartWere confidence placed in boundless joy
and night airs sweetly scented…
dancing to a rhythm band
reveling  in senses,
then gentle,
hopeful heart's desire
would ease my
For sparrow I had kenned her,
dreaming tender love;
yet she a raptor
     - nothing taming;
bearing talons,
matched in kind.
A coward's heart I grimly bear -
from peace estranged;
this blighted soul
sore lacking.
For giddy love
     - within my grasp,
it's sensual clamor bending;
now felled by fear,
then ravaged there,
and cast adrift
at last.
Says the suggester "The undulating waves of assonance and half rhyme I'd say are worth it alone, and I love the stopstart, heartbeat rhythm." (Suggested by Penessence and Featured by Memnalar)

:bulletred: Daily Deviation ~ April 4th, 2010 :bulletred:

Hero of GondorFrom no mean blood of Númenor, so few remain; his kind
Boromir, the mighty heir, of Gondor's Steward Line
Amidst the flow of Anduin, his brother standing near
Osgiliath - they broke the bridge and faced the nameless fear
    The Pride of those who now remain – so few
    Which Morgul hordes so long pursued
Then there came repeated dreams, to trouble minds of men
As eastern skies grew ever dark, a western light drew them
Imladris seek, and there you'll find, a bane and broken sword
Doom has beckoned wisdom there, to draw the Halfling forward
These tidings brought to Denethor, nothing dared they hide
Against all hope, through countless leagues, he bade his son to ride
Though in the battles with their foe, his mighty arm they'd miss
Fate had drawn him from his liege, to span dark wilderness
   The council formed - each heart then weighed
       Before them all, the Ring was laid
   They knew in time, all hope would fa
"A fitting tribute for one of Tolkien's most memorable characters." - Featured by fllnthblnk

DLD's I was featured on DLD by caybeach

:bulletyellow: Embrocation -poetry- Featured by DrippingWords

:bulletyellow: Of Fabric Woven -Prose- Featured by xlntwtch

:bulletyellow: Are There No Words -Poem- featured by thetaoofchaos

:bulletyellow: Afghan Rue -Poem- suggested by saiun featured by norui

:bulletyellow: Spring Cheer -Poem- featured by passingavery

Also receiving a DLD but removed due to publication

:bulletgreen: Damp-Knees -Haiga- Featured by TwilightPoetess

:bulletgreen: For Those Who Lived -Poem- suggested by LiliWrites featured by LadyofGaerdon

:bulletgreen: Yellow Jackets -Prose- featured by SirBret

:bulletgreen: Night Haibun -Poem- featured by Mahi-Fish

:bulletgreen: Bearing Pain -Poem- featured by kersee9

:bulletblue::bulletblue:I am Honored - Thanks to all involved.:bulletblue::bulletblue:




:bulletblue: :bulletblue: Critique Welcomed :bulletblue: :bulletblue: :blowkiss:


I happily support and/or participate in the following clubs/groups.



- And Yes, Meaningful STAMPS

:iconhonoredddplz::iconhonoredddplz2: :icongreatartistplz: I was featured on DLD by caybeachClub Stamp 2 by Critique-It :thumb140147359: haiku-club stamp by the-beastie I Suggest DD's Stamp by IdaLarsenArt 2011 March Renga Tree Stamp by saiun


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Wordeea Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
thank you for the favourite :hug:
(and what an adorable little  bundle in your arms in your id )
rlkirkland Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome; and yes :heart: it's little Tim; my second Grandson.
LancelotPrice Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you, Ron, for faving 'Johnny'. :heart:
CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hello! :tighthug:

You have received a :iconflyingheartsplz:DeviantART Compliment!:iconflyingheartsplz:

Please have a wonderful day!
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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