“Thank You!” For a Fantastic Writing Community

Today, over at Forward Motion Writers, is a surprise event. A thank-you day from all the users of the site for the person who keeps it going and makes it possible.

And so, we the writers and users at Forward Motion Writers do hereby declare this Monday to be:

Zette Appreciation Day

Forward Motion Writers has a long history. Founded in 1998 by Holly Lisle, it has been the social and support home of any writer wishing to be with other writers who are working towards becoming better at their craft and business/career. It was founded with the Pay Forward principle, which is that, in exchange for the help you get there, you then go out and help others.

Today it is owned and run by Lazette Gifford and she has continued that tradition. The site is home for writers at all stages of their careers from award winning multi-published through traditional writers, to multi-published Indie writers, to beginner writers, and writers at all levels between.

It is a place where writers don’t just talk about writing, but they DO it. They go from thinking about writing a novel or a short story, to writing it, revising it, and then finding markets for them. There are workshops and classes, challenges, dares, marathons, critique boards,  and prompts to help writers get there (some of the links require sign-in, which is free). The site offers forums, live chat, web rings, and other resources to help writers accomplish great things. And it’s great fun doing it!

Zette has had a hard few years, but she’s kept Forward Motion going despite it all. Along with the site she also owns and is the primary editor of the free emagazine “Vision: A Resource for Writers” for over ten years. In the past and starting again this coming January, she will conduct the free “2 Year Novel Course” at Forward Motion. Oh, and then there is the free guide she wrote many years called, “Nano for the New and the Insane” which she continues to give out free to anyone participating in the crazy but fun event in November to write 50,000 words in 30 days called “National Novel Writing Month.”

In other words, she loves to help other writers and continues to do so all these years later despite how life crashed in on her.

So, Zette, today I want to say thank you for keeping such a wonderful free, beneficial, supportive, positive, helpful, thriving writing community open to all writers. To keep it going when it might have been easier for you to shut it all down and concentrate on your own life. Forward Motion is a special place, and THANK YOU for continuing to make it available.


J.A. Marlow

"Thank You!" For a Fantastic Writing Community

The String Weavers (The String Weavers – Book 1)

Kelsey Hale thinks she’s just a typical mixed-up teenager. Everyone feels that way, her teachers assure her. Yet, strange things happen to her, like food disappearing before she can eat it and hearing music no one else hears.

Then a giant flaming bird drops an alien at her feet. Well, good grief, how can you ignore something like that?

Abducted from Earth, the only planet she’s ever known, Kelsey finds herself thrust into the middle of a deadly conflict among alien worlds and parallel universe. She must not only survive herself, but also find a way to rescue her father from a dangerous group with unknown motives.

In the process, she’s confronted by a hidden secret about herself which will shake the very foundation of who and what she thought she was.

And connecting it all are the mysterious Weavers.

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Vision: A Resource for Writers is Seeking Submissions

Seeking Reviews and Articles for the July-August issue of Vision: A Resource for Writers.

Vision is an award-winning electronic magazine providing articles and reviews that offer information both new and experienced writers would find helpful. The May-June issue has been posted at the ezine’s new home, Vision, and is chock full of valuable information. It’s time now to think about what you could offer fellow writers in the next issue. We’re interested in articles and reviews of value to writers of all levels. This issue is unthemed, so anything pertaining to writing is welcome.

Think you have nothing to offer? Think again. How do you perform a standard writing task? Have you taken someone else’s method and improved on it? Have you come up with something unique that you’d like to share? Did you discover a technique for improving your dialogue? Did you contact an expert for story research who might be willing to do an interview? Do you have some exercises that help improve specific techniques? There are thousands of ways in which your process differs from other writers, and those still searching for the technique that clicks would love to hear about it.

Is there a resource you go back to frequently for research, because the writing articles are especially informative, or because the market information is up-to-date and reliable? Share your favorites so other writers can benefit. For the July-August issue, we currently need a book review, but are happy to receive additional book, product, or website reviews for this or the next issue.

All submissions should be between 500 and 2000 words, though longer articles may be accepted. Vision pays $0.01 (one cent) per word up to 2000 (up to $20).

We would prefer to receive the articles and reviews for the next issue by June 10th. However, all submissions, whether articles or reviews, will be considered for any open slot regardless of when received, and for future issues if they do not fit in the upcoming one.

Review Caveats:
The reviews must be for web sites, blogs, products, or books that aid in the process of writing whether through providing world building information, writing techniques, marketing resources, or other writing-oriented information. The review can focus on a single site, product, or book, or provide a comparison of resources available around a specific topic. However, you must not have any affiliation with the resources you review. This is to share resources, not for advertising.

The back issues of Vision are available online. To see previous offerings click here: Vision back issues. To see if a book or website has already been reviewed, use this search: Search Vision back issues.

Note 1: If you have submitted an article or review and have not heard, please query. There have been some email issues that have resulted in submissions never reaching us. You can send resubmissions to the reviews address if you suspect a problem with the article address.

Note 2: Feel free to forward this call to anyone you think might be interested.

Note 3: Vision is a non-fiction market. No fiction or poetry will be accepted.

Full guidelines can be found here, including the required submission format:

Query or submit articles by using the contact form here on this site or email: editor AT visionforwriters DOT com. For reviews, send to: margaretfisk AT fmwriters DOT com.