M. B. Weston’s writing Diary: 12/30/14

Wow, what a day. Worked, came home, spent just a bit of time working on getting end of year bills paid but not enough. Then left to have dinner with my sister and her husband. Came back, finished bills, walked the dog… By then, it was 11:20… I’m really trying to write every day no matter what in 2015, so I set my timer for 15 minutes and…

Well basically I sank a van in the Mississippi River and then had to leave the passengers in the van as it filled with water because my timer went off.

:::insert maniacal smile here::::

A few things I learned tonight:

Claire doesn’t want to be called Claire. I keep calling her a variety of names, but mainly Currently Mary, Kate, and Judith hopped in there once. If she keeps it up, I’m going to call her Meredith Weathersby and turn her hair grey and tie it in a tight old lady bun.

Of course, I just destroyed the vehicle my good guys need to complete their assignment… Like seriously. But, think of the conflict I just created! I love writing characters into corners because getting them out is half the fun.

I just realized that 30,000 words is four 8,000 word short stories. This is key because I divide my stories into 4ths (like a screenplay).

Writing action scenes (like, having a van fall in a river and sink) is much harder than character development scenes. seriously, it’s so much easier to have your character sit on a couch and ponder. I’ve encountered a few times in this story where I have wanted to move on an idea and really had to convince myself to do it because writing the scene would be hard. I think part of it is figuring out how my character will solve the problem.

Forcing myself to put something “on paper” (digitally speaking) each day and blog about my progress is working. I’m really excited about this. I want at least 3 books to come out this year…

Okay, folks, time for bed. I’m looking at 6 or less hours of sleep.

Toodles!

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About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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