Monthly Archives: September 2012

Understanding the Suspension of Disbelief

Making Make-Believe Believable: Getting your reader to suspend his or her disbelief is key to writing make-believe. First you have to understand the reader’s expectations. One of my favorite scenes in Peter Pan is the scene where Tinkerbell almost dies … Continue reading

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The Magic of a Good Story

Making Make-Believe Believable: A story’s true magic has nothing to do with fantasy elements. Don’t neglect the essence of storytelling simply because you write speculative fiction. First and foremost, it’s important to understand why people read fiction. Readers want to … Continue reading

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New Writing Series: Making Make-Believe Believable

How to write fantasy, science-fiction, steampunk, comic book heroes, paranormal, and horror in such a way that even “muggles” will want to read it. I’m going to begin an extensive writing series called Making Make-Believe Believable. My goal is to … Continue reading

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Updates to M. B. Weston’s Convention/Signing Schedule

I’ve updated my convention/signing schedule on the website. Click here to see if I will be at a science fiction/fantasy convention or book signing in your area. Keep checking for updates, as there is more to come!

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The Writer’s Descriptive Techniques: #4— Use Comparisons that Relate to Your Main Impression

  Well-placed comparisons are powerful tools that not only help your reader better understand what’s happening in your story but also evoke your reader’s emotions. We’ve all learned about the two comparison tools our Language Arts teachers taught us: Similes: … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Descriptive Techniques: #3—Group Related Details Together

Increase the power of your description by keeping related details together. I’m writing a series of blog posts on description techniques. Here are my last two: The Writer’s Descriptive Techniques: #1—Create a Main Impression The Writer’s Descriptive Techniques: #2—Choose Details … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Descriptive Techniques: #2—Choose Details that Enhance Your Main Impression

Using descriptive language that affects your readers’ emotions will enhance the main impression you want your readers to take from each scene. We’re focusing on description for the next few posts. Yesterday, I wrote about what it means to create … Continue reading

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