Vision: A Resource for Writers
Holly Lisle's Vision
By Lazette Gifford
2002, By Lazette Gifford
ideas. Plots. Perfect characters.
apt to hit at the oddest times, and the inspiration is often so mundane that
people who don't write won't believe how simple it sometimes is to come up with
ideas. The inspiration for a new story might come on the heels of a single
word, the plot from a snippet of history, and characters from watching people
pass at the mall. Songs are rife with plots. A writer glancing
through the current Writer's Market and reading the want lists for different
publishers might get hit with story idea overload.
will find inspiration anywhere because they are open to the idea that not
everything is as it seems. Why can't there be pixies hiding in the park
and aliens living in the desert? Why shouldn't the woman staring at the
clothing shop window find herself whisked away in a swirl of mystery and
romance? Or maybe she's not really looking at the clothes. Maybe she's
watching the reflections, waiting for the enemy agent to pass so she can trail
her to a secret meeting.
look at the world differently than those who have never imagined anything beyond
their everyday lives. Most people imagine some little change that could
affect them: What if the boss quit? What if I won the lottery? But
writers don't limit their imaginations to their own lives, and that is the real
create new life with a few paragraphs, bring hope with a poem, and offer
knowledge with an essay. The art of writing can create love eternal, a journey
to the stars, or a flight on the wings of a dragon...
... Writers are the true magicians of the world.