From Holly Lisle

2001, Holly Lisle

Issue #1: 01/01/01

Feature Articles
Making Histories
By J.S. Burke
Women and Childbearing 
in Fantasy

By Bryn Neuenschwander
Matching Your Money to Your World 
By Ron Brown
Capturing Time for the Muse
By Vicki McElfresh
In Praise of Praise:
A Second Look at Critiquing

By Lazette Gifford
Building a Better Beast
By Sarah Jane Elliott
State of the Horror Genre
By Ron Brown
Poetry and Everyday  Life
By Jennifer St. Clair Bush
Your Characters Are 
Not Puppets

By Anne M. Marble
Science Fiction: 
Are We Going Somewhere 

By Bob Billing
Stage & Screen: 
The Promise of Premise
By Robin Catesby
Suspense & Mystery:
The Motives of Villains 
and Heroes in Suspense Fiction
By Shane P. Carr
Young Adult & Children:
The Gulf
By Justin Stanchfield
Young Writer's Scene:
Five Practical Tips for Young Writers
By Beth Adele Long
Book Reviews
Web Site Reviews
How Critique Circles Work
By Jim Mills
Doggerel Contest Winner
News from Forward Motion

Welcome to the first issue of Vision.  I'm delighted to present this e-zine, which is a joint project conceived, created and produced by the writers of the Forward Motion Writers' Community.  In this issue and the issues that follow, you'll find targeted information on how to write successfully within various genres, general writing information and exercises targeted to all writers, a writing workshop that lets you try out professional techniques on one writing task, first-person experiences, book reviews and recommendations, and because this is an e-zine, live links to a multitude of wonderful writing resources.  Every two months we'll have something new for you. 

This e-zine, like everything on, is free -- part of the following philosophy: You can never pay back.  You can only pay forward.  Two professional writers helped me when I was learning my craft -- Stephen Leigh, who taught me the basics of writing professionally, and Mercedes Lackey, who taught me the basics of being a professional writer.  The mistakes I've made in spite of their help have been my own.  I can't repay them for the help they gave me, but I can pay forward, by offering my assistance and experiences to new writers.  The other writers whose work you find in here are also paying forward -- offering what they have learned so far.

Take what you need from this magazine.  It is designed to help you meet any or all of the following three goals, depending upon what you want: 

to improve your writing to professional quality

to achieve publication

to develop a professional writing career

If you reach your goals with any help from this e-zine, our community, or me, I ask only that you find a way to pass on what you have learned to writers climbing the mountain behind you.  Pay forward. 

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