Issue # 30
This is the 30th issue of Vision and the
end of our first five years. Thank you to all our contributors,
copyeditors, and our readers. It's been a wonderful experience, though
sometimes the deadlines are difficult!
In this issue we have a wonderful interview
with children's book author Ellen Jackson. We also have several
articles on character creation, and a few extras thrown in as well. I
hope you find them both enjoyable and helpful.
We have another fine year planned!
Take a look at our upcoming themes and write something for Vision. All
writers are welcome to contribute, no matter if they are otherwise published
or not. Vision is about learning to write, and we all have things that
work for us and might help others.
Always remember that themes are only part
of each issue. I am always happy to get any articles on writing, no
matter what the subject.
January/February (Deadline December
10th) -- Writing the Others
Aliens and elves, dogs, cats and birds (both anthropomorphic and not) --
what does it take to write something that is not just your neighbors in
March/April (Deadline March 10th) --
Overall, the nonfiction market pays far better than fiction. But how
can you tap into this source? What are the differences and how do you
May/June (Deadline April 10th) --
Do you have a favorite bit of description from a book you've read? Why
not analyze why it works for you? Or write about how description
works, and how to create it.
July/August (Deadline June 10th) -- What
are The Rules? And when can you break them?
Don't use 'ly' words, don't write partial sentences, don't ... there are
dozens of rules we see in writing all the time. What are they?
Why do they work, and when don't they?
(Deadline August 10th)-- Learning from other genres
Limiting yourself to one genre, both
in writing and reading, is ignoring a treasure trove of helpful information.
Your romance might benefit from a little mystery, and your science fiction
from a little romance. What can we learn from genres outside our own?
November/December -- Children aren't
Writing for children does not mean 'dumbing down' a story. Characters,
experiences, and voice play important roles in children's books. What
are some of the tricks that can help adults think like a child again, but
communicate like an adult?