M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/01/15

So this morning, I realized that I’m writing the wrong story in this little novella series first.

That’s right. I started writing the wrong story.

Yeah, that was a great revelation… I just spent 3 days working on what is actually going to be the second story in the Michael Lodestone series, only I’m a story ahead.

Actually, without going into any spoiler detail… I basically, in 15 minutes while I was taking my morning shower, figured out the entire plot of the novella series. Well, the big picture story arc. I spent the rest of the day researching in the Internet and brainstorming. It sounds like wasted time, but now I know where I’m going with this thing.

(I also know the properties of Jade and where you can find it, and I have a nice list of mythological creatures with fangs or tusks… And I now know that a few Chinese emperors were killed drinking what they thought were elixirs of life… Yep, the research took me in an interesting direction.)

Right before I went to bed, I wrote down a whole scene of dialogue between two characters, so I even got to write some today. 🙂

Lesson: sometimes, figuring out that you have to start a different story can be the best thing for the series.

New goal: Finish rough draft by January 24th.

And now I am off to bed. Toodles!

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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