Vision: A Resource for Writers
Holly Lisle's Vision
By Holly Lisle
© 2002, By Holly Lisle
What this last couple of weeks
has demonstrated to me is that, in writing as in the rest of life, no battle
plan survives that first engagement with the enemy. You think you know what
you're going to be doing as a writer. You've mapped out your direction, planned
your books, figured out what you want -- and then the rules change.
I had to assess who I was as a
writer. Was I a fantasy writer? Or was I a writer, without the genre label? I
decided that the joy for me was simply in telling stories to an audience, and I
was more than willing to add a new audience, if possible -- even if I had to use
a pseudonym to do it. You might decide differently -- that if you can't write in
your favorite genre, or with your real name, you don't want to write at all.
It's a tough choice. But flexibility -- a willingness to bounce when you hit
obstacles -- can make a long- term career much more likely.
Now on to this issue. Every
once in a while, no matter where we are in our writing, we need to take time to
look at the foundations of the craft -- not telling stories or making art, but
simply putting the words on paper in a professional, coherent manner. We need to
look at our tools, and make sure they work, that they're in good repair, and
that we know how to use them.
This is a "tools"
issue -- we're looking at everything from grammar to manuscript revision. I hope
you find it useful -- and I hope it offers you a few new ways to challenge
yourself and enjoy your writing more.