M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/16/15

Some days, I embody the word, irony, and I do it in such humorous ways. For instance, you might recall that in yesterday’s diary post, I included “Always have a notebook and favorite writing implement” as one of my tips for writing on vacation. Today, I found myself with a few hours of free time and no pen or paper.

:::hanging head in shame:::

And my phone was low on battery, which meant I couldn’t use it for note-taking. That and I have to hand write in order to brainstorm. Typing or texting just doesn’t cut it. (It’s a weird spacial thing. I don’t get it, but I’ve stopped fighting it.) So yeah, that was a total writing fail. I would so love to be cliched and talk about having to eat my words, but that actually sounds like some kind of campy 80’s horror movie….

Anyway, pen and paper–very important. And if you don’t have a pen and paper, be a good flirt or a good schmoozer in order to get yourself some. I am neither, and therefore, I had to hope everything I though up stayed in my memory banks.

Tomorrow I’m bringing one of the hotel notepads in my pocket for backup. (And that’s when the muse will give me the silent treatment, of course. I’m sure she is an expert in Murphy’s law because she wields it like an axe of doom.)

Anywho, today’s writing. Not as productive as I had hoped. Made some amazing discoveries, but I have to start keeping them secret to protect everyone from spoilers. I also got a bit of a scene started.

A note on the storytelling front: today I discovered that the villain is actually the driving force behind so many stories. The villain brings the action. The hero reacts to it. While I’m sure that point can be argued, the bigger point to be made is that you have to know your villain just as much as your hero. His or her driving forces are just as–if not more–important.

So guess where my mind will be tomorrow?

Have any of you ever been filled with ideas and had no way of getting them jotted down?


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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