with Double Dragon Press Publisher
to issue # 12!
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!
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
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
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!
you have any comments, drop us a line at email@example.com.
We would like to know what you think of Vision, and what types of material you might
find interesting in future issues.
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Douglas, Double Dragon Press
Well, I've been involved in the publishing business in one way or another
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
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.
At Forward Motion
By Lazette Gifford
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!
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?
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.
the Fire of Jazz
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.
Arts in Worldbuilding:
Music for Your Fantasy World
By K.R. Mercik
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.
Explosions and Psychothyretics:
Future History of Art
By Bob Billing
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.
Genre Fiction Be Art?
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.
Strikes Forward Motion!
And this is what we
do for fun...
By Louis E. Catron
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.
Holly Lisle's Vision Led Me
to $7,000 in Sales ...
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
and Zoom Lenses Required
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.
-- Where Do You Get
Your Ideas From?
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."
Why I Like My Fantasy Ole
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:
Theme And the Modern Mystery
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
the Romance Novel
Andi Ward & June Drexler
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
Young Adult &
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:
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!