About Issue 67




Issue 67

Apri/May/June 2012

Neither uncooperative computers, sudden bouts of insane writing, nor even crazed cats will keep this issue from publication.  Welcome to Issue #67 of Vision: A Resource for Writers.  We have several excellent articles for you from law references to love scenes.


Vision is now published quarterly, rather than every two months.  The new schedule is:


  • January/February/March
  • April/May/June
  • July/August/September
  • October/November/December

I am always looking for new articles.  Read the submission guidelines and consider sending me an article or two about writing.  I look forward to hearing from you.


In this issue:


From the Editor: When a Nudge Helps

I was not going to take part in March Madness on Forward Motion this year.  Far too busy.  I had even forgotten to post about the challenge until people nudged me.  I put together a quick picture, posted the rules and went back to work on other things, knowing the Challenge would begin in a few hours.



Inkygirl Comic 

-- by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Focused Writing Session



Workshop: Setting, Part 2

-- by Lazette Gifford

Your characters move through places often imaginary and on occasion real.  The author often sees these places in his or her mind, but sometimes fails to bring the full connection to the reader.  This connection must come through the eyes of the character (or the narrator) whose emotional reaction to the scene paints what the reader expects.



Mar's Market: Interview: Edmund R. Schubert

-- by Margaret McGaffey Fisk

The latest interview is with Edmund R. Schubert, fiction editor for Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show (IGMS) since 2006. The online magazine can be read here: http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com



Indie Corner: E-Book Covers and Design

-- by J A Marlow

A cover is one of the most important marketing tools for a book. This is a vital element that has carried over from print books into the e-book arena. Humans are visual creatures. We love color, movement, action, mood, shadows, and shape. Each of us is personally drawn to a different combination of the above.



How to Write a Page-Turning Love Scene

-- by Susn Ardelie

A love scene in a romance novel represents the physical culmination of emotional tension. When written right, it packs a powerful punch, leaving readers with a sense of where the hero and heroine stand. It should be passionate but also purposeful. My advice? Make the love scene illuminate more than the act of intimacy. Treat it like a major plot point – a means to advance and solidify your story – and hook the reader



All that the Law Allows

-- by Lynne Murray

I strayed into working for lawyers by accident in 1973 and found that word processing for a law firm was the ideal job for someone who needed to work weird hours to support a writing habit. Over the past decades I have typed every sort of legal document, and transcribed tapes from police interrogations and FBI surveillance to court hearings.



7 Tips for Getting that Writing Gig – Without an English Degree

--by Michele Miller

When I first started freelancing in 2005, I didn't know how to handle the fact that I don't have an English degree. Oh, I was on my way to getting one but I dropped out of college due to a domestic violence situation. But that's a story for another day..



Breaking out of the Editing Funk

by -- Heather Webb

In a self-destructive editing funk? Yeah, me, too. These are the issues I’m wading through. . .




Website Review: Fantasy Faction

 -- Reviewed by Erin Hartshorn

Would you like to find a single site for all things fantasy related? A place to go to read reviews of both classic and newly released fantasy (more of the latter than the former, but that's to be expected), to read articles about poisons and magic systems, to discover interviews with your favorite authors, and to participate in forum discussions? .



Book Review: Howdunit Edited by John Boertlein

-- Reviewed by Maria Gianakos

The back cover of Howdunit reads:


For over ten years and through fourteen volumes, the classic Howdunit writer's reference series has cast a bright light on the deep shadows where criminals hide, exposing truth about everything from homicide and detective work to confidence schemes and autopsies. The series stood without equal in providing detailed information teat was too difficult -- or dangerous -- too acquire on your own . . . until now. 



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