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Vision

Issue 68

July/August/September 2012

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Starting with this issue, Vision: A Resource for Writers begins the first steps in paying its own way.  The ezine has been pubished since 2001 without any outside support (except for some wonderful donated articles).  Starting this issue, Vision will be open to a very limited form of sponsorship (which includes advertisements).  For more information, check out this page.

 

 

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.

 

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In this issue:

 

From the Editor: Why don't you write?

I've been looking over a lot of information on why writers don't write. It's there on almost every writer's blog, as well as heard in chat and on Twitter. The common thoughts are lack of energy, lack of ideas and lack of time.

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Inkygirl Comic 

-- by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Give it up

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Workshop: Making Editing Fun and Easy

-- by Lazette Gifford

I've been looking over a lot of information on why writers don't write. It's there on almost every writer's blog, as well as heard in chat and on Twitter. The common thoughts are lack of energy, lack of ideas and lack of time

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Mar's Market: A Retrospective

-- by Margaret McGaffey Fisk

When Lazette Gifford approached me about using my results after a Forward Motion Market Research challenge in December of 2003, little did I expect to find myself still offering market information for Vision: A Resource for Writers nine years later.

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Indie Corner: File Organization for Indie Authors

-- by J A Marlow

As publishers of their own work, indie authors should have systems set up on the back-end to aid their workflow. This can take many forms, such as financial, sales tracking, distribution, production scheduling, and other things. In this article we tackle file organization.

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The Write Place: A Guide to Writers' Chatrooms

-- by Simon Batt

Writing is a lonely business. We may have a lot of friends and family to give us support, but when it comes down to The Deed, it's a relationship between the writing utensil of choice and ourselves. Unfortunately, the relationship can be rocky at best, and we need to talk to actual human beings who don't break, malfunction, or delete entire Word documents without warning. And actually talk back

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Overused Plotlines

-- by Heather Webb

You're a creative genius and you just know your A-M-A-Z-I-N-G storyline is really going to knock an agent's socks off. But are you sure you're unique? How do you know? I asked an agent, who will remain nameless, the most overused, overwrought plotlines and openings. Take a deep breath and check out the list below.

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Write It Down

by -- Ruth O'Neil

Journaling can be fun; however everyday journaling can be tedious, monotonous and boring. At least it's boring with my own life. I spend each day struggling to keep up with everything that has to be done when everything about life seems to be moving faster than I am. I end up falling farther and farther behind. And what is there to write about every day anyway?

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5 Red Flags to Professional Communications

--by Jennifer Blackstream

The days of an author being a hermit living in isolation and interacting with the world only to mail their beloved manuscript to their editor are over (if indeed, such a time ever existed). Nowadays, authors need to communicate not just with their editors, but with their readers, reviewers, bloggers, and fellow writers. The internet has made this task easier, but it has also made social faux pas much more likely.

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5 Ways You Might be Holding Back Your Writing Career

by -- April Aragam

You might not realize it, but sometimes it’s you who is holding back your writing career and not someone else. This article outlines 5 ways that you might be holding your writing career.

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Website Review: Behind the Name . Com

 -- Reviewed by Necia Phoenix

This is a dangerous site; plot bunnies come jumping out with every click of the mouse!

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Book Review: You're Not Fooling Anyone
When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop

-- Reviewed by Erin M. Hartshorn

This book collects many of the blog posts John Scalzi wrote between 2001 and 2006 on his blog Whatever (http://whatever.scalzi.com). As he says in his introduction, this is meant to be a book on the practical side, the business side, of writing -- how to conduct oneself as a writer, not how to construct sentences or paragraphs or three-act structures.

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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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