M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/08/15

Left off last night with my hero and his new sidekick chasing a villain through the streets of New Orleans.

The problem: they have to find the villain.

This means I have to find the villain.

And this guy is all squirrelly, and squirrelly villain’s annoy me. They always slip away during all the intense scenes and I can’t find them. I guarantee you that’s why Picante in The Elysian Chronicles is still alive. I can’t ever find the guy… He runs away like the coward he is…

That is always the problem with writing. You have to be as smart as your hero and at least on step ahead of your villain. Sigh… (I even put this guy in a bright coat, and he just threw it off during the chase…)

So tonight was writing the framework for some of the chase scenes and putting down of the dialog I’ve had in my head on paper (digitally speaking, of course). I have to get to know these two characters and writing is the only way I can do that.

Of course, the whole night ended with the villain escaping, which was sad for them but it definitely keeps the story rolling. Tension turns pages. 🙂

All right all. My bed is calling my name. And I’ve already fallen asleep a few times in the past 20 minutes.

Before I go, what are you all writing? Have any of you had to play “find your villain” while creating a story?


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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