Much More than
Free Writing Classes
2002, Bethanny Davis
came to Forward Motion for the free writing classes. In the August 24, 2001
edition of Writing World (http://www.writing-world.com),
Moira Allen included a blurb about the free writing classes at www.hollylisle.com.
In that blurb, Moira listed some of the scheduled classes,
including "Writing for Children and Young Adults,"
"Plotting," and "Writing Love Scenes in All Genres." I
thought it sounded too good to be true. Someone out there was actually willing
to teach these classes for free? There had to be a catch. Perhaps there was a
membership to buy first. But it couldn't hurt to check it out, so I did.
I found was far more than free writing classes. I found dozens of helpful
articles, a chat room, and message boards where writers could discuss problems
with their work, share their goals and victories, and rant about the things that
bothered them regardless of whether it had anything to do with writing. I found
back issues of Vision to be downloaded and read, all packed full of useful
information. My first thought when I opened that first issue of Vision was,
"Wow. She could easily charge for this."
was even an e-book about writing. And all of it was free. I felt like I had
stumbled into paradise.
read every article on the site. I started hanging out in the chat room, posting
messages to the boards and attending classes, including a plotting class taught
by Holly Lisle. The message boards quickly became one of my favorite parts of
the site. Unlike chat, the message boards are permanent, so everyone has a
chance to see the posts and respond. You
can take all the time you need to post a well thought-out reply.
can ask for help with a problem and get several different responses. Some may
completely contradict one another, which is great because it shows that what
works for one person might not work for another.
check the main discussion board almost daily. I also like reading the rants
board. It often makes me think about things I wouldn't even have noticed
otherwise. I have found the word count board and the organization board helpful
at times too. I also enjoy hanging out in the chat room.
nice to be able to talk in real-time with the other writers in the community. I
can be a little shy though, so sometimes I listen a lot more than I talk.
day, not too long after I found the site, I met Andi in the chat room and she
introduced me to June. We all live in the same area, so we met for lunch. I not
only had a wonderful time, but also made some new friends and got a quick lesson
am I telling you this? Because to me, it demonstrates what Holly Lisle's Forward
Motion (www.HollyLisle.com ) is all
about -- community. It's about making friends and sharing our knowledge and
experiences to help one another improve our writing and reach our goals,
whatever they might be.