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Vision: A Resource for Writers

 

Issue 72

 

July/August/September 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Starting with this issue, Vision: A Resource for Writers will also be available at Smashwords for $0.99. Smashwords provides several formats, inclding those used by Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Sony, along with PDF versions.  The new formats will be available in early July, 2013.  I will be posting information on the releases at Forward Motion (www.fmwriters.com), my blog (http://zette.blogspot.com/ and on my Twitter account (LazetteG.)  I also hope to start getting back issues ready for publication as well. We do have PDF versions of some of the earliest issues, but this will allow us to expand into a larger market. This will also allow Vision to keep funding further articles, which has been a problem sometimes.

 

The online version of the ezine will be going through new changes again soon as well.  We hope for a cleaner, hack-free edition before the next release!

 

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: A Race to The End

-- by Lazette Gifford

 

The title for this little note overs all sorts of things.  Let's start with my usual mad dash to get the ezine done and up on time.  After 71 Issues, you would think it wouldn't be so hard.  However, there are always little quirks that have to be addressed as the issue goes together.

Series. Most of us have our favorites. Worlds, characters, and long story arcs we love to go back and visit time and time again.

 

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Inkygirl Comic

-- by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

 

Editing Obsession

 

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Workshop: Marketing for Writers in 15 Minutes a Day

-- by Russell Gifford

 

How badly do you want to sell your books? Is it worth an hour a day? A half hour? 10 minutes?

 

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Indie Corner: Series and the Indie Writer

-- by J A Marlow

 

Series. Most of us have our favorites. Worlds, characters, and long story arcs we love to go back and visit time and time again.

 

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The Balanced Muse: Plot Bunny or Plot Funny

-- by Mary Caelesto

 

Plot bunnies reproduce more quickly than the real ones it seems. And they never seem to arrive at a convenient moment. In the shower, as you’re drifting off to sleep, while you’re in the middle of a major life event, are all times when plot ideas will come to the unsuspecting writer. And as with new relationships, there is also an excitement around a new book idea. It looks like a good thing and it’s different from what you might be writing, so why not?

 

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Tricks of the Trade: Writing on a budget - Before you spend the first dollar

-- by G R Colorado

 

While the art of writing itself is free, it is by no means a low budget career. Writers pay an average of fifteen to thirty dollars per shipping between the USA and Canada. Even more for niche market writers shipping partial or entire manuscripts or querying internationally

 

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The Magic Spreadsheet: Or, How I finally figured out how to write consistently

-- by Val Griswold-Ford

 

There are literally thousands of writing books out in the world, all promising to give you the “right” way to write a best-seller and make money. However, the only consistent advice that they all share is that in order to write anything, you have to write. Consistently.

 

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Talk Like a MAN: The Devil's in the Details

-- by K.E.Hake

 

In this first of an ongoing series for Vision, I'll be examining some of pitfalls of inter-gender communication. These are gleaned largely from the social anthropological approach popularized by linguistics professor Deborah Tannen in her best-selling book You Just Don't Understand! Men and Women In Conversation.

 

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5 Types Of Writer Friends You Should Avoid

--by April Aragam

 

There are some writers who don’t make the best writing friends. While we should all have each other’s backs and help each other, not all writing friends are going to be that way. The following are 5 types of writing friends you’d be better off avoiding.

 

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Questions And Answers Regarding Critique Groups

-- by Suzan L. Wiener

 

Have you often wondered about joining a critique group but not sure how to go about it? Well, I have and know how daunting it can be to find just the right group. After much trial and error, here are tips that I found helpful. Hopefully, they will help you to find the perfect fit for what you are looking for in a critique group.

 

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How to Avoid Ungrammatical Sentences: Beware of the Ug

-- by Dr Bob Rich

 

One of my pet hates as a reader is an overdose of ungrammatical sentences. When editing, I mark these with [ug], which I think is quite appropriate.

 

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Unofficial JulNo/NaNo Pep Talk for High Count Writers

-- by Lazette Gifford

 

Taking part in JulNo, Camp NaNo or the venerable NaNoWrimo this year? These challenges are to write 50,000 words in one month. For many people this is a prodigious amount of work. Others, however, join these challenges knowing that 50k words in a month would be easy for them because of many factors. This doesn't make some faster writers good and slower writers bad, but sometimes there is an annoyance factor that gets out of hand, and one side or the other feels they are under attack.

 

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Website Review: July Novel Writing Month -- julnowrimo.com

-- Reviewed by J.A. Marlow

 

Many people in the writing world are aware of the November event known as National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short (link: http://nanowrimo.com). It's a simple challenge: write 50,000 words in 30 days.

 

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Book Review: NaNo for the New and the Insane

-- Reviewed by K. E. Hake

 

*This review will not be complete.  I am first reviewing it as a novice, entering a NaNo competition for the first time.  Later, I will review the advice contained in the book more thoroughly, from the perspective of a writer who has undergone (and hopefully conquered) a NaNo challenge.*

 

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New on the Shelves-- Books

 

Check out the new publications by Forward Motion Members

 

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New on the Shelves-- Short Works

 

Check out the new publications by Forward Motion Members

 

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