With this issue Vision
begins its fifth year in production. We have a wonderful new look and
a great set of articles to start the year off right!
Every new year seems
wondrous to me. I am, even after four years, amazed and pleased by every
nice note and mention Vision receives. It appears that we are averaging
somewhere around 5000 hits an issue, and there are many people who read the
PDF version as well. For the second year we will be paying for articles.
Thank you to everyone
who reads Vision. Thank you to all the wonderful writers who have
contributed to each issue. I look forward to reading what you offer over
the next year.
And the themes are
back! Below are the themes for the rest of the 2005 issues. Remember
that theme articles are only a section of each issue, and I am always
interested in any writing related article. Read through the issues and
you'll find an eclectic mix of material. Most writers have something they
can impart to others, and all of us have something to learn.
(Deadline February 10th)
Research is one of the crucial steps for any writer, whether he is writing
an sf story based in hard science or setting a story in a foreign city.
What tips do you have for finding the right information? Any
favorite reference books? Let us know!
Openings (Deadline April 10th)
Getting off to the right start can make the entire difference in a sale.
Should you start with a 'bang' or a whisper of danger? What are the
tips and techniques of openings?
Types of publication (Deadline June 10th)
The world of publication has changed drastically with the advent of the
Internet. What are the different venues in both print and electronic
formats, and what should writers know about both?
#29 Celebrating Genres (Deadline August 10th)
Romance, fantasy, sf, mystery, horror and more -- the world of genres is
filled with wonderful treasures. As a writer, what are your
favorites and what do those genres included?
#30 Character creation (Deadline October 10th)
Characters can talk to us in our heads and keep us awake at night, but
what does it take to make them live on the page?
And remember that I'm always
interested in any writing-related articles!