Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor


About This Issue
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 series. 

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!

Upcoming Themes:

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 one.

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?