We have now completed our tenth year in publication at Vision: A Resource for Writers. I hope you have enjoyed the articles from the last ten years and learned a few things that helped you along the way.


2011 will bring even more great articles and some much-needed changes to the site. I am preparing to port Vision into a Joomla! set up, which will help considerably in organizing the over 600 back issue articles.


However, that's for later! We have a wonderful line up for the final issue of 2010. I hope you enjoy the articles!

From the Editor:

The End is Near

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Inkygirl Comic -- by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Books or Me

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Questions for Authors -- by Lazette Gifford

We have some lovely words of wisdom to start out your next year!

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Workshop -- by Lazette Gifford

While I have mostly focused on the physical side of world building, there is another aspect that I've touched on at every chance I could -- the part that goes beyond the physical aspects of the setting.

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Mar's Market -- by Margaret McGaffey Fisk

The other articles in this group looked at markets that fell under the speculative fiction umbrella. While the differences between those genres are as large or larger than any similarities, there is one big thing they have in common: how a market is determined to be a top market is a combination of pay scale, time in business, and size of the audience. Moving on to literary fiction, all that certainty goes out the window.

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Advice for Young Writers -- by Elizabeth Chayne

At some point during your writing life, you’ll probably want to show your work to someone. Perhaps it’s a trusted friend, or maybe you feel like it’s good enough to send off to a magazine.

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The Modern Pen by Lisa Blair

From cave paintings to Edward Bulwer-Lytton's might pen*, authors have been searching for the perfect writing tool for millennia, and authors of the modern age are no different. Whether we write with fountain pens on moleskine or type on a vintage typewriter, each of us seems constantly in search of the perfect tool to get our words on the page.

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Writing Despite Health Problems by J. A. Marlow

Writing can be challenging at anytime. Throw in health concerns, and especially memory and/or fatigue problems, and the challenges can be overwhelming.

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Critique Groups Spell Trouble by G. R. Colorado

I am not saying a new writer shouldn't be a part of a critique group. What I am saying is that for an inexperienced writer, who is not comfortable with his or her writing, a critique group could shackle your words before they have the time to nurture and blossom.

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Emotional Memory by Robin Globensky

Take a moment to think back to a time in your life when you felt a strong emotion. It could be anger, fear, joy, love, anxiety -- anything as long as it was powerful. You probably have a clear memory of the event, but how clear are your memories of the emotion? Of course you can label it, remember that it was extreme, but could you describe it as well now as you could in that moment? Can you truly feel again the way you could that day?

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Frugal Writing by Mika Temple

"Axe unnecessary words and tighten your work."

Huh? What does that mean? Well, according to Stephen King, he uses this formula: A good second draft = the first draft, less ten percent.

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Book Review -- Reviewed by Erin M. Hartshorn

The blurb on the front cover of this book pretty much sums up why I bought it and read it: "Writers show you how they sold their books from outlines!" Myself, I think that what the book contains are synopses, not outlines, but that may be splitting hairs.

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Website Review -- Reviewed by Jennifer R. Povey

There are many good resources for science news and information. Unfortunately, there are also many bad ones. It is often hard and time consuming to determine which is which.

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New on the Shelves

Check out the new publications by Forward Motion Members

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