Featuring an Interview 
with Double Dragon Press Publisher

Deron Douglas

Welcome to issue # 12!   


First, I would like to thank Bethanny Davis who stepped in as copyeditor when our regular person (Beth Adelle Long) took time off for a writer's retreat.  She did an excellent job helping out! Thank you again!


We have two themes for this issue -- Preparing for the New Year and Art in Fiction -- Fiction as Art.  I hope you find helpful information in both sections!  Be sure to read Katherine Derbyshire's wonderful article, Writing is Giving, and remember it the next time someone suggests that there are better things you should be doing with your time than writing.  And Louis E. Catron has a really great article in "Keep Attribution Simple..."


Thanks also to all our readers.  It's been a wonderful two years, and we have great things planned for next year as well.  See you in 2003!


If you have any comments, drop us a line at vision@lazette.net.  We would like to know what you think of Vision, and what types of material you might find interesting in future issues. 

Vision is  also available Adobe Acrobat™ and Palm Systems™ downloadable versions.  We also have a new archive section for the on-line back issues.  (Please note that Adobe Acrobat™ and Palm Systems™ versions will be available one week after the html version is posted.  This allows us to catch as many typos and mistakes as possible before turning to formats that are not as easy to correct.)


Deron Douglas, Double Dragon Press

Well, I've been involved in the publishing business in one way or another since about 1978. I started out as a graphic artist for a very small publishing company. At that time we didn't use computers for all of our graphic needs.

Preparing for the New Year

Writing is Giving
By Katherine Derbyshire

Storytelling is a survival skill. It allows members of a group to learn from each other's experiences and from previous generations. It allows individuals and societies to explain the inexplicable. It appears in all societies, from the cave painters of Lascaux to the street children of modern Miami.

Preparing for 2003  At Forward Motion
By Lazette Gifford

The New Year is coming!  Some people at Forward Motion take the time at the end of the year to look at their writing goals and prepare for the next year.  Here are a few of the answers to a recent pole on the site!   

Overcoming Writer's Block  
By Linda Adams

If you've ever had writer's block, you know how frustrating it can be.  You look at a blank computer screen and simply can't come up with anything.  It can even be like a snowball rolling downhill, getting bigger and bigger.  "I can't come up with a good idea" becomes "I'll never come up with a good idea again."  What can you do to overcome it?  

The Healthy Writer
By S. Labloch

No writer wants to get carpal tunnel or any other repetitive stress injury. One way to stay limber is with these easy moves. Just getting up and taking a break every hour or less helps, too. Your eyes will thank you.  

Theme Articles

Limning the Fire of Jazz  
By Matthias Hoefler

Jazz is a truly American music.  If you’re trying to set the stage for an American experience, particularly from about 1900 on, jazz may be the thing you’re looking for.   

The Arts in Worldbuilding: Music for Your Fantasy World  
By K.R. Mercik

Music is, and always has been, an important part of culture and society.  From the earliest humans beating on hollow logs to modern electrical music, it has always been a part of the human spirit and advancement, and is one of the oldest forms of expression known. 

Cavemen, Explosions and Psychothyretics: The Future History of Art  
By Bob Billing

When humans first moved into caves, they began to decorate the walls. It's reasonable to guess that they were responding to a deep-seated desire to represent what they saw around them, to practice make-believe about good hunting. And perhaps they simply wanted something nice to look at. What they did was largely dictated by what they could do; by the pigments they could find and the natural fibres that made the first artists' brushes.  

Can Genre Fiction Be Art?  
By Theresa Smith

Can genre fiction really be art? You bet it can! Any form of writing can be art. Unfortunately, not all of it is. When you think of a specific genre an image immediately pops into your head of the 'stereotypical' protagonist of that type of work. Mystery elicits Ms. Marple, Sam Spade, and Lord Peter Whimsy. Space Opera floods us with Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and of course, Captain James T. Kirk. The fact that these images are held lovingly in the mind’s eye of millions shows that the writers did it -- they achieved art.

Advanced Writing

NaNoWriMo Madness Strikes Forward Motion!  

And this is what we do for fun...

“Keep Attribution Simple...”
By Louis E. Catron 

You’ve likely been advised that “said” is perfectly adequate attribution for dialogue in novels and short stories, and you’ve probably heard that writers shouldn’t labor to find such synonyms as uttered, pronounced, responded, or retorted.  Substitutions for “said” can interrupt the story’s flow by causing the reader to hiccup mentally while trying to figure out how the synonyms pertain to the dialogue. 

How Holly Lisle's Vision Led Me  to $7,000 in Sales ... 
by J. Harlowe

What is the value of an online writer's group? In my case, that's an easy answer. So far, writing one article for Vision has led me to $7,435 in sales -- and the number is still rising.  

Revision Letters: Wide Angle  and Zoom Lenses Required 
By Carol Stephenson

When I received my first revision letter on NORA'S PRIDE, I attacked it systematically.  As I covered each point raised, I checked it off.  At the conclusion of the revisions, I had 'X''ed out every single item.  Victory was mine, I thought.

Writing Effective Dreams
by Robert A. Sloan

Genre fiction or mainstream, any story or novel may require dream sequences. Dreams can show character traits vividly, foreshadow events in the story, and add color within the narrative. Within any story with psychic or supernatural content, dreams may even be shared. Lucid dreaming may allow a character to make fantastic discoveries. Yet powerfully written dream sequences are rare, and many otherwise brilliant writers slip into clichés and stylized, unmemorable or implausible passages.  

So -- Where Do You Get  Your Ideas From?  
By John Ravenscroft

In his excellent book On Writing, Stephen King -- a writer who makes a little more money at the game than I do -- says this: "We are writers, and we never ask one another where we get our ideas; we know we don't know."

Genre Articles


Why I Like My Fantasy Ole Skool
By Eric West

For many people, Tolkien was the beginning of fantasy.  Oh you may talk about Lord Dunsany, William Morris and George MacDonald, but the simple fact is that most of us wouldn't know what fantasy was if not for Lord of the Rings.  

Mystery & Suspense:

A Murderous Art:  Theme And the Modern Mystery  
By Rob Flumignan 

The mystery story has evolved a great deal in the last ten to fifteen years.  Characters have grown more complex, the writing more sophisticated, and the themes deeper and more varied.  This trend probably started with Raymond Chandler, credited for bringing the detective story out of the pulps and into the "literary" world. 


Plotting the Romance Novel  
By Andi Ward & June Drexler

"Romances are so easy to write," the saying goes. "Boy meets girl, girl hates boy, boy seduces girl, end of story. How hard can that be to come up with?"

Young Adult & Children:

Storytelling For Children
By Jim Francis

Can writing a children's story be easy? The answer is yes -- and no. Yes, because the basics are simple. No, because children are not simple. That's all very well, I hear you saying, but it doesn't tell me much. Many new authors do not recognize that the basic rules for writing a children's story are the same as for any story. With all stories, from flash fiction to family saga novels, the ideal is usually to start the plot when an extraordinary event changes the main character's life.  

Young Writer's Scene:

Taking the Plunge  
by Radika Meganathan 

I admit that it must be very confusing. You know you love to write, but you aren’t sure if that means you are a writer. You might also be doubtful about how good a writer you really are: whether you are going to be another pea in the pod, or what you must do to make a difference.  

And much more!

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