M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/02/15

My new year’s resolution: write every day. This sounds easier than it is. When you work full time and you come home on Friday, there are a few things you don’t want to do: 1) use your brain, 2) answer emails, 3) use your brain, 4) straighten the house, 5) use your brain, 6) figure out how on earth you’re going to get the rough draft of a novella done in two weeks.. Especially since that takes… your brain.

Seriously, on the last day of the work week, I’m toast.

But I have deadlines to meet, a resolution to keep, and goals to make happen.

And I swear, watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is part of meeting those goals. Seriously. Scouts honor. It’s pulp, and I was told to watch it. 🙂

Anyway, so… Most of my “writing” took place in the form of plotting in the shower. (Take that in the innocent spirit in which it was written.) I have to redo the concept for this first novella, and that involves some thought. So I worked out a bit of the introduction, making sure to introduce the main characters in the series to each other. I’m also coming closer to figuring out the main plot. Since my main character’s nemesis has the power to see anything in a reflection, I want to play around with the idea of smoke and mirrors… It’s going to come to me tomorrow because I’m not going to give it a choice.

Anyway, I wrote all of my ideas down directly into the manuscript, and I have therefore written today.

And if you are a writer or thinking about becoming a writer, here is a hint: you can now download Microsoft Word on your iPhone/iPad and connect it to your dropbox. So I can type a few paragraphs before I get to bed and I don’t have to wait for the computer to turn on, which is wonderful!

All right. Off to bed now! Tomorrow I want to get 7,000 words done if possible…


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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