Vision is once again undergoing a change in looks and in a way that I hope you find easy to read, navigate and enjoy.


One of the big changes is dropping the TOC page and going straight here, so that you are not required to make an extra click to get to the articles. I am also returning to having a snippet and link to many of the articles (below) like we used to have in early issues.


We have a wonderful array of articles to kick off the new version! I hope you enjoy them.

From the Editor:

How much time can a person give to help others with their writing?

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Inkygirl Comic -- by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Too Much Caffeine

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Questions for Authors -- by Lazette Gifford

1. Are there any areas in writing that persistently give you problems -- such as openings, endings, character motivations, etc.


2. When you hit a difficult spot in a first draft, do you push through or do you put the work aside for a while? Is there anything in particular that helps you with such problems?

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Workshop -- by Lazette Gifford

In this issue, we're going to look at things that impact your characters in everyday ways. These things, in fact, sometimes help to create the characters because they can define how a person was raised and how he or she will react in a new and different environment.

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Mar's Market -- by Margaret McGaffey Fisk

Last issue, I discussed markets that accepted the broad range of fantasy stories. This issue focuses on the science fiction part of the speculative fiction short story market

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Advice for Young Writers -- by Elizabeth Chayne

At first glance, naming characters may seem like the simplest of all writing-related tasks. Some writers flip through baby books and take whatever name strikes their fancy. Others prefer name generators: just click a button and get the name you need!

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Publication and Professional Courtesy -- by Zetta Brown

Some say that with the rising popularity of digital publishing and self publishing, getting published will be easier than ever before. Actually, the converse may be true. As even more manuscripts flood editors’ inboxes, the need for quality control will still be an issue.

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How Many Rejections are Enough? -- by Alison Kent

On Twitter, an aspiring author friend threw out this question:
How many rejections is enough? When is it time to hang the manuscript up?

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Be Adaptable! -- by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

One of the most important tools to have in your writer’s toolbox is the ability to be adaptable. Adaptable is defined as being able to adjust to different conditions. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you must be willing to change.

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Cutting Characters You Love -- by Anna Staniszewsk

At some point, all writers have to do it. There's a character you love, one that makes you laugh or cry. But alas, your story is getting too crowded and the plot too winding. You, beloved character, must go. Cut. Snip. Goodbye.

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What's Funny? -- by Patrick M. Kennedy

I've been asked to write something funny. Now that brings up questions that merit well-informed answers: What is funny? What is not?

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Make Your Path. . . -- by Pat Hauldren

Stephen King says: "I'm convinced fear is at the root of most bad writing.

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Book Review -- Reviewed by Erin M. Hartshorn

The title of The Gettysburg Approach to Writing & Speaking Like a Professional spells out its focus -- writing and speaking -- but one must read at least the introductory sections of the book to discover the form of writing on which Mr. Yaffe focuses (expository writing).

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Website Review -- Reviewed by Bob Billing

I first came across this remarkable site/ when I was writing a science fiction novel that made extensive use of Faster Than Light (FTL) travel. The site was originally set up to discuss the technology described in the Star Trek television series, which explains the quirky animated Starfleet control panel look of the front page. However underneath is a lot of solid information of the kind that writers need in order to produce convincing science fiction

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New on the Shelves

Check out the new publications by Forward Motion Members

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