About Issue #75



Issue 75






This is issue 75 of Vision: A Resource for Writers! We're well into our 14th year of production, but articles are still slow coming in. Please read The Future of Vision and help if you can.

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In this issue:

The Future of Vision: A Resource for Writers

Have you enjoyed reading Vision: A Resource for Writers? Has it provided helpful articles and inspired you to write?

From the Editor: Shiny!

You know the feeling, right? You're inching your way forward on the last part of a story, but before you've put The End down on the page, there is a little voice in your head whispering about the great new story. . .

Inky Girl Comic (Save the Comma)

-- by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Workshop: Setting Editing Goals

-- by Lazette Gifford

Work patterns. Those will help you get through the editing phase. Setting the goals themselves is not very difficult.

Indie Corner: The Dangers of All Eggs in One Basket

-- by J. A. Marlow

As is usual in the Indie world, it seems there is a big news item every week. Sometimes multiple times a week. These three months have been no different. For this column, the difficulty was picking a topic.

Funny Way to Put It, Part 2: Defying Expectation

-- by S. E. Batt

Q: Why did the dwarf not buy a round of beer for his dwarven friends?

A: Because he was a little short.

Okay, so it’s not the best joke in the world, but it helps set up what we’ll be tackling in this second part of Funny Way to Put It: the skill of defying expectation. While it’s always good to discover that you’re a better writer than first thought, that’s not the kind of expectation we’ll be defying here. This is the art of setting up a trap, waiting for your reader to step in it, and then setting it off. Except with far less pain, and far more laughs.

Vampires: Are they the ultimate bad boys?

By L. M. David

Over the years, Hollywood has made vampires ultra-creepy, comedic and, recently, uber sexy. Vampires have gone from dark and blood thirsty to sparkly and able to go out in the sunlight when no one is paying attention. Personally, I adore the sexy, bad boy vampires.

Let It Rest

By Elton Ashe Parker

There is a wealth of information and advice floating around if you're looking for guidelines on how to write your book or story. Not so much on editing it, however. Which leaves new writers, and even some experienced writers, clueless.

Fun with Past Perfect Tense

-- by Connie Cockrell

Have you had a critique or an editor write back to you with the comment, "You confused your Past Perfect with your Present Tense"? Maybe some variation on the comment, designed to help you get your tenses straight in your story.

Rationalizing a Story for Better Results

--by Jordan Cohen

The balancing of an author’s dreams and what he or she are capable of producing is a tricky task. Some are blessed with a wonderful ideal of their story, the land in which it is set, and they know how each character will act, but are unable to transform this vision into the form of written language.

Why Writing Crap isn't (always) about Writing Badly

--by Lazette Gifford

You see the line all the time, especially as the November NaNo nears: Allow yourself to write crap. People who are horrified by the mere idea of NaNo immediately take up the chant that everyone with a NaNo project is demeaning the fine art of writing and creating horrific work.

Website Review: Two Grammar Sites

-- Reviewed by Connie Cockrell

I get stuck sometimes, while writing and especially while editing. It may be a question of using the right tense.

Book Review Sell Your Book like Wildfire by Rob Eagar

-- Reviewed by Lazette Gifford

Stepping away from the creative side of writing to the marketing side is apt to cause a stumble or two. Many creative people find the idea of marketing to be the exact opposite of the creativity that went into writing a book. This doesn't have to be so.

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