Vision: A Resource for Writers
Lazette Gifford, Editor

Holly Lisle's Vision

 So What Is Magical Realism, Really?
an article by multiple Nebula Award Winner 
Bruce Holland Rogers

Welcome to Vision # 4! Starting with this issue we are going to devote part of each edition to a theme.  This one is Connecting Magic and Reality -- those moments when, as Holly puts it in her workshop article:

We experience all sorts of little oddities in our lives --  from deja vu to serendipity to bits and pieces of the purely inexplicable, we brush up against the borders of an unknown realm daily.  Mostly, we ignore these tiny excursions into weirdness. . .

Vision is  also available Adobe Acrobat™ and Palm Systems™ downloadable versions.  We also have a new archive section for the on-line back issues.

In this issue you will find:

Theme Articles

"...But by over-using the term, we've obscured a distinctive branch of literature... we've made it harder for new writers to discover the tools of magical realism as a distinct set allowing them to create work that portrays particular ways of looking at the world."  So What Is Magical Realism, Really? By Bruce Holland Rogers

"What is it to “put some magic in your writing?” If you’d asked me a year ago, I would have answered sorceresses, dragons and magic sticks. But now I think that it can’t be just that. Reality can become magic just by itself."  The Week of the Two Thursdays By Caroline Allard

"Psychologist Howard Gardner identified seven types of intelligence.  One of the things I've wondered is how each of those types of intelligence would affect a character's perception of magic, and how that would be reflected in their ability to use magic." Magical Intelligence
By Colleen Philippi

"In order to document how all of this would work, I turned to Holly and followed her teachings.  On the site are a series of "How to" articles.  One is "Fantasy Is Not for Sissies -- Real Rules for Real Worlds" and another: "Worldbuilding -- Rollicking Rules of Ecosystems."  Magic-like Psychic Abilities By Jim Mills And Dawn Greenlee

"Almost everyone has little stories of unexplained occurrences. In that sense, 'magic' is among us all of the time. It's the touch of unreality in an otherwise mundane and boring world." Finding Magic in Mundania By Jen Taylor

"Scientific thought and theory are waiting to be exploited by the fantasy writer.  They provide an untold wealth of fresh and new ideas that can be incorporated into your story as magic." Science and Magic By John Ward

Genre Articles

Fantasy: What happens when the magic doesn't quite work the way it's supposed to?  Read a delightful description of what might happen in When Magic Goes Wrong By Jim Francis

Horror: With the exception of fantasy, horror uses more magic than any of the other genres.  Find out how to make the combination work in Using Magic in Horror Fiction By Teresa Hopper

Poetry: The use of rhyming riddles is ancient, and they often find their way into the fantasy books.  Here's a quick look at how they might help the writer give clues and solve puzzles for her characters. Riddles Wisely Expounded By Jennifer St. Clair Bush

Romance: What sort of Romance novel are you writing?  Historical?  Category?  Contemporary?  There are many subsections of the Romance field, and here is a brief look at many of them. The Subgenre of Romance By Anne M. Marble

Science Fiction:  Where do the genres of SF and Fantasy overlap, and share some of the same basics, even when the stories are (apparently) widely divergent in the basic premise? It's Magic, Jim... By Bob Billing

Stage & Screen:  Breaking away from dramas that use only mundane world as a base can take your play to a new level, and move it out of the pile of the ordinary offerings.  Theater, Out of the Box and into the Magic By Robin Catesby

Suspense & Mystery: While some novels are designated as a mystery or suspense, the genre is really present in nearly every book.  Don't overlook the possibilities of what it can do for a new novel. The Diversity of Mystery By Shane P. Carr

Young Adult and Children:  Are there any taboos in writing for a younger audience these days?  Just how far can a writer go in presenting the real world for this changing market?  The Final Frontiers by Justin Stanchfield

Young Writer's Scene:  Young Writer's Moderator Beth Adele Long is stepping down and Vicki McElfresh is taking over the position.  Changes By Beth Adele Long

Also: A workshop,  reviews, news from the Forward Motion Community, new guidelines, and more!

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