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to issue # 7. Yes, we
have reached the second year of production on Vision. I think we've
done very well. All the work on Vision is produced by volunteers, and with
the exception of an occasional article, everything is written by members of Holly
Lisle's Forward Motion Writing Community. We are a group dedicated to the art and joy of writing, and we invite anyone who reads Vision
to come and join us, no matter what stage in their writing career they might
we have a very nice interview with writer Esther Friesner who shares with us
some of her insights as both a writer and an editor.
Theme for Issue # 7 is Writing as Profession/Writing as
Hobby. Are you ready to commit yourself to the idea of being a
full-time, professional writer? Is it really as much fun as it
sounds? Or do you like the security of a regular job's paycheck, and the
joy of writing because you want to, not because you need the next advance to
live on? We have a number of articles on both sides of the fence, along
with helpful hints for both groups.
as usual, we have a fine array of genre-related articles, including two very
good fantasy articles that will be of interest to anyone who is either creating
an imaginary military force or working with horses, whatever the genre.
be certain to check out S.L. Viehl's great article on how writers can take
charge of their finances!
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Interview with Esther Friesner: I'm not a funny writer or a serious writer or a fantasy writer or a poet
or a playwright. I'm a writer.
Either I write in the vein that a particular story demands or I wind up
writing a less than satisfactory (for me) story.
the Double Path by Justin Stanchfield: Our friends and
families, even complete strangers may listen politely, nodding now and then as
we discuss the shadowy world of the writer, but they can never truly understand
like a Damsel by Valerie Serdy: With the ultimate goal of Getting Published
in mind, I set out to the library and began researching tomatoes.
It was early spring, so I figured my best chance lay in writing some kind
of children's article describing how to grow summer tomatoes.
Love by Alison Sinclair: In my own more black-humored moments, I'm prone to joke that I'm a
two-career family. I've been a research scientist, a medical resident, and now a
medical writer -- and I've been a part-time professional SF writer (hey, I've
earned enough to pay tax!) for six years.
Writing By Jim Mills: I intend to make writing my new full-time career.
Others have done it; I can, too. Writing
lets me work at home, rather than commuting to an office or worksite.
the Right Day Job by Karen Pon: It
has been described as life-sucking, and accused of draining a writer's energy
and creativity, and many writers dream of leaving it behind forever. But
it pays the bills. It's the Day Job.
in the Dark by Robert A. Sloan: I
spend a lot of time making up affirmations, whistling in the dark. Writing isn't
easy to sell. I type those affirmations out in bold print and put them up on the
wall next to my computer.
College Hobby by Bryn Neuenschwander: We have our own set of hurdles
to cross -- whether or not to go to college, what to study there, and how to
strike a reasonable balance between the things that are being graded and the
things that aren't.
the Dream Seriously by Jennifer St. Clair Bush: Even
though I've been actively writing for fourteen years, I never trusted myself to
take the dream of writing full-time seriously enough to believe I could succeed.
Oh, I pretended to well enough to convince just about everyone, but I never
actually admitted to myself that I might have a chance of success.
as the Middle Ground by Lazette Gifford: Here
is a scenario many of us know too well: The
rejection slips have piled up, and there is no longer room on the wall to post
the latest. You cherish the ones
that say things like 'send more' or 'great story, but not quite for us.' And you keep trying. The
problem is that there is a very limited number of print venues, whether you
write novels or short stories.
Numberless Hordes by C. E. Petit: Few
flaws will break that suspension of disbelief faster than obvious words, things,
and concepts that just don’t fit the background world. Inaccurate—even just
plain bad—military concepts abound in speculative fiction.
for Writers: Just the Basics by Mary K. Wilson:
When they're written well, horses add sparkle and life to a story.
When they're written badly, the writer may find his or her book thrown
across the room with a disgruntled cry.
is Horror Fiction? by Teresa Hopper: ‘What is Horror Fiction?’
It’s a question that I’m often asked by new writers who aren’t sure if
what they have written is classified as horror or dark fantasy or thriller. As
with everything in life, answering that question didn’t turn out to be as
simple as I had expected.
Resolutions for the New Year by Jennifer St. Clair Bush: To
be a poet, one must write poetry. To be a writer, one must write. This past
year, I’ve been a great writer, but a not-so-great poet.
Authorial Intrusion, and Shocked Expressions by Anne M. Marble: Viewpoint
is a creature that can trip up many writers -- both novices and experts alike.
Some things make viewpoint a bit easier for romance writers. First, you are
usually going to stick to the viewpoints of your hero and heroine, and in longer
novels, important secondary characters.
from a Better World by Bob Billing: I want to send readers some letters from a better world - even though
that world isn't (in the mundane sense) real. I want to tell them stories that
are made up, stories that in a deeper sense are truer than the news on TV.
Suspense When Using the Criminal POV by Ron Brown: Showing
the crime and getting into the head of a deviant criminal, evil mastermind, or
even a man caught in circumstances can be a powerful tool. Making the
reader sympathize with the villain of a story can have an impact on the reader
that will make them both uneasy and excited
Rocky Road to Becoming a Writer by Vicki McElfresh: Once,
not so long ago, the thought of letting a friend read my work absolutely
terrified me. I didn't want to be
thought of as the "girl who wrote those weird stories."
So I wrote in secret. I
stuffed my stories in folders in my drawers, until one day, I discovered that
there were other things to do with those stories, like send them to contests.
Boot Camp by S. L. Viehl: Pursuing
a professional career as a writer is a lot like being a contestant on
“Survivor” -- you have to constantly prove your talent in an
unfriendly environment surrounded by hostile competitors.
Reasonable Goals by Lazette Gifford: It's
the start of the year, a time when many of us set our writing goals and
expectations for the coming twelve months.
This is one of my favorite times of the year, in fact.
I can look over what I've done the year before and see if there's a
chance of upping my expectations.
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