Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor


About This Issue

November/December 2005

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.

Upcoming Themes:

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 disguise?

March/April (Deadline March 10th) -- Writing Nonfiction
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 market yourself?

May/June (Deadline April 10th) -- Creating Descriptions
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?

September/October (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 stupid
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?