Issue # 31
Welcome to the first issue of our sixth
year in production. My apologies for being a couple days late.
This is the issue that almost wasn't. A number of problems arose since
the last issue, but we've pulled through and we have a new and exciting
issue for you! Among the many gems in this issue you'll find wonderful
advice from Jerry D. Simmons -- someone who knows exactly what he's talking
about when it comes to looking at a career in writing --as well as pointers
on including poetry in prose books by Jessica Corra Tudor, and a look at
technology and writers by Mary Winter, in the first of her three article
I have abandoned the idea of themes for
this issue, and I may forgo them for future issues as well. I would
like to have more articles on writing techniques. Vision has always
been about writers helping other writers. Sharing what you know, and
what tricks have worked for you, is what keeps this ezine going.
Please consider submitting work to us for future issues.
I'm also always happy to hear from readers
who enjoy Vision. It's nice to know when you find something that is
helpful. Suggestions for future articles is also welcome!
Good luck with your writing in 2006!
Remember that theme articles are only a
small part of the issue, and I always need articles on other aspects of
writing. Please submit material! We are open to writers at all
levels of publication, and I'm as likely to publish a new author as a known
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.
June 10th) -- What are The Rules? And when can you break
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
September/October (Deadline August 10th)-- Learning from
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
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