About Issue #74




Issue 74







Welcome to a new year of Vision: A Resource for Writers. Despite some trouble pulling things together, we have an excellent issue! I hope that you will enjoy it. Remember, too, that you can help support Vision: A Resource for Writers by buying copies of previous issues for your eReader Here. Smashwords provides formats for Kindle, Nook, Sony, Kobo, PDF and more.

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In this issue:

From the Editor: The Issue that Almost Wasn't

Welcome to 2014! I have writing plans for this year.  And writing hopes.  This is the year to make your writing dreams come true, but that means you have to work hard at them.  Winning at writing does not come easy, but if you have the courage to keep following your dream, you'll be one of the few who succeed. 

Inky Girl Comic (The Party)

-- by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Workshop Beyond the Press Release

-- by Russell Gifford

To get someone to consider buying your story from a website, you have to have something that will get them to think, 'Oh really? That sounds interesting!

Marketing 201: A Real World Example

-- by Russell Giford

‘I learned immediately that you don’t make money by writing books – the only way to make money with books is by selling them.’ – Jeff Barnes

Indie Corner: Kobo Issues, Kobogate, and Site Updates

-- by J. A. Marlow

At first, I intended to do a "State of the Indie-verse" post for Indie Corner, following changes and new programs across several retailers. However, as I was working on the Kobo section, I realized just how much has recently transpired with the company.

Funny Way to Put It: Writing Humour, Part 1 -- Conflict

-- by S. E. Batt

Writing humour is a wonderful thing. It’s a lot of fun to write, and it’s even more fun to read. While the art of telling jokes is a very rewarding and entertaining one, people often assume that the talent of writing humour is something that you either have, or don’t.

Warping History Using History for Other than the Historical Fiction

By Lazette Gifford

People who know me will not be at all surprised by this article.  I've been telling most of my writing friends how I use history books to spur my creative ideas for many years.  Every now and then, though, I get a surprised reaction.  "I didn't know you wrote historical fiction!" someone will say.

A Brief History of Textiles: What Not To Wear, the Ancient Edition

-- by Nicole Henderson

You’re working on your fantasy novel, set in the early Middle Ages.  Your farm hand and tavern wench characters are leaving their homes to go on an adventure.  Prudently, they pack several changes of clothing and a few cozy blankets each.  Right?
Probably not.

Reconnect with your Writing

-- by Lazette Gifford

It's the start of a new year and many of you are probably thinking this is the time to get back into the act of writing for 2014.  It isn't like you couldn't do this at any time of the year, but there is that extra little nudge as a new year starts that can add some impetus to getting back on track.

Gerunds and Present Participles: The -ing words in your writing

--by Connie Cockrell

I admit it. I'm a new writer. As such, I'm making pretty much every single writing error known to human-kind.  Here's an example. I responded to a blog writing challenge a few months ago. The challenge was to write a 1000 word or less flash fiction story using two randomly generated genres and four randomly generated items all from a predetermined list. . . .

Writer's Notebook

-- by Christine Kwasniewski

I don't know if anyone actually does this but recently I came across a book called Notebook Know How Strategies for the Writer's Notebook by Aimee Buchner. ISBN is 1571104135). It goes through how to set a notebook up used for "practicing writing."

Website Review Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

-- Reviewed by Connie Cockrell

I found this website on the www.IO9.com site. I thought it'd be dry as dust but I loved looking at all of the maps. The About tab provides their goals.

Review: The Writer Magazine

-- Reviewed by Lazette Gifford

When my lovely Nook HD+ suggested I try The Writer Magazine, I decided to take a look at the then current issue (January, 2014).  I remembered the print issues I used to pick up years ago (some of which are still in my collection) and how I found the magazine far more helpful than some of the others.

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