M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/13/15

The first fourth of the very rough draft of my urban-fantasy pulp novella is done! I got a good hour-and -a-half of writing in last night and got to my inciting incident! It’s two days later than I wanted to finish but it’s done. (Now I gotta start threatening the muse with a good throttle if I don’t get some new ideas for the next fourth.)

Bear in mind that I use the words “first draft” and “rough draft” loosely. I use brackets to show things I need to add in later, and I actually do things like this:

[they both exchange several punches until Michael got the upper hand]

I just covered a full page of pulp battle with a bracketed sentence. Yes it’s cheating, but I like to get the skeleton of the story complete before I go back in and add the details lest my entire plot change and I eliminate the scene.

If anyone missed my “rough draft math,” here is a quick explanation. My rough drafts tend to be about two-thirds the length of my final drafts. My inciting incident should take place one-fourth of the way in. This novella is supposed to be 30,000 words, so that’s a little over 7,000 words per fourth. Since my rough drafts are two-thirds shorter than my finals, I need around 5,000 per fourth.

My inciting incident hit around word 4,500, but I will wait until everything gets fleshed out before I work on timing and pacing and such. Seriously, it I’m going to sum up a full page of fighting with “[they both exchange several punches until Michael got the upper hand],” I had better plan to be flexible.

Anyway, I reached a waypoint last night, and I’m quite excited. Although my writing sessions haven’t always been what I wanted them to be, I honestly believe writing every day in 2015 is going to change my writing career, and I recommend it to everyone!


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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2 Responses to M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/13/15

  1. I like that idea of [BRACKETS] as a place holder for ideas. I don’t outline very well I just run with the what the voices in my head tell me


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