From Holly Lisle
©2001, Holly Lisle
Issue # 2: 03/01/01
and Using Language in Fiction
do we at Vision and at Forward Motion hope to give you with our magazine,
our writers community, and our website?
we hope to teach you to write? No.
Writing can be learned, but not truly taught.
I can tell you what works for me, and other writers can tell you
what works for them, but until you start writing regularly, you will have
no idea what works for you.
we think that we can get you published?
No. We have no
secret ties to the publishing industry; no ins with editors even our
own that will allow us to get you through the door; no magic
connections to agents not even our own that will guarantee you
representation, or even improve your chances.
we think we can make the road to publication easier for you in any way?
No. Any gains you
make, you will have to make alone, just as every one of us has had to make
our way up the mountain by our own path, one handhold and shaky foothold
at a time. There is no easy
way, and there is not even any easier way.
why should you waste your time reading this e-zine, or any writing
publication? Why should you
seek a writers group; why should you join a community, why should you
listen to anything we have to say?
if we can inspire you to take action, you will have gained the one thing
from us that is truly ours to give. Reading
about writing will never make you a writer, but writing regularly will
and by joining us, reading about what we are doing, sharing what you are
doing, you will get the encouragement to act that can move you from having
a dream to living your dream. In
its purest form, you will find this call to action on the Daily Page Count
board, where writers go in each day and just write down how many words or
pages they have written, and how each days writing went.
You will find it on the Writers Fitness Challenge board, where
writers who have made a commitment to living healthier lives post their
fitness goals, their plans for reaching their goals, and how theyre
taking action on those plans.
each critique circle, each writing discussion on the main board, and each
article in this e-zine is a subtler call to action. Youll find ideas that interest you, suggestions that pique
your curiosity, bits of information that give you a different lens through
which to view some aspect of the world, or your life, or your writing.
If you just read these boards and articles, and never take action,
then for you we have failed. But if you are stirred, challenged, excited enough to sit
down and start pulling the words out of your imagination and transferring
them to the page, we have succeeded, because we will have served as a link
between you and your dream.
In action lies change, and in change lies the road between you and
the vision you hold for your own future.
believe, and never give up on your dreams,
versions of Vision