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Issue # 2: 03/01/01

Visualization For Writers
Feature Articles
Creating and Using Language in Fiction
By Damon M. Lord
A, B, C: Beith, Luis, Nin
By Bryn Neuenschwander
Genetics in Storytelling
By Allison Starkweather
Creating Character Extras to Enhance Your Story
By Shane P. Carr
At a Loss for Words
By Vicki McElfresh
The Alternative Rules
By Lazette Gifford
A Man in Beast's Clothing
By Sarah Jane Elliott
What Is Horror?
By Teresa Hopper
How-to Haiku
By Jennifer St. Clair Bush
Research Flaws in Romance Novels
By Anne M. Marble
Science Fiction: 
Tuning the Universe
By Bob Billing
Stage & Screen: 
The Dual Landscape of Plot and Story
By Robin Catesby
Suspense & Mystery:
Scene of the Crime
By Shane P. Carr
Young Adult & Children:
A Question of Style
By Justin Stanchfield
Young Writer's Scene:
Befriending the Internal Editor
By Beth Adele Long
Book Reviews
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
Reviewed by Beth Adele Long
Web Site Reviews
The Forward Motion Web Site
By Lazette Gifford
Helpful Pointers for Community Members
By Jim Mills
From the Writers' Board
News from Forward Motion


About the Community

The community came into existence for several reasons. First, I hadn't been able to be a part of a writers' group or attend conventions in a few years, and knew that situation wouldn't be changing in the foreseeable future, and I missed the company of readers. Second, I am fortunate to be able to do the thing I enjoy most for a living, and I wanted to be able to help others who shared my obsession find their way to living their dreams. Third, I knew a lot of people -- writers and readers - - who I thought should meet each other.

When the Internet suddenly erupted with free, easy-to-use community-building tools, I suddenly had the solution to bringing those many people together and sharing what I knew with them and letting them share what they knew with me and each other.

The community has two sections -- public boards, which anyone can read and in most cases anyone can post to; and private boards, where writers can post sections of works-in-progress and receive critiques of them. The private areas require community membership and are password-protected to preserve all publication rights for each author's use.

To participate in the public boards , all you have to do is read them and post to them. If you create a Network54 ID, you gain the ability to post in HTML and use signatures; if you join the community you can edit your posts. But in most cases there's no requirement to do either. (The Rants board, due to a short-lived problem with trolls, requires a Network54 login to post.)

To participate in the private portion of the community, you must obtain a Network54 login and use it to join the community . You will have to be logged in to gain access to the private boards.

Anyone may join. Membership is free and approval is automatic. The excellent site moderators  can help you find your way to topics of interest to you, crit circles that can help you, and ongoing projects, challenges, exercises, workshops, articles, and contests that might inspire you.

We have a good group of people in the community. Come look us over, introduce yourself, take part in a few conversations -- or jump straight into the deep water and start working on your book or short story.

We're here to help you make long-cherished dreams turn into reality. I hope you'll join us.

Holly Lisle

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