M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/24/15

Yesterday, I wrote my characters into a corner… This happens to me quite often, and I am pretty sure that it happens to a lot of people. I actually wrote a blog post about it back in September called “Don’t Be Afraid to Write Your Characters Into Corners. That’s When Awesome Happens.” (Rather than retype all the suggestions for getting your characters out of holes, I posted the link.)

I’m definitely dealing with a problem regarding Michael’s inability to use magic while going up against those who can use magic. The concept presents a lot of “corners” he can get stuck in during the story.

Despite the difficulties, I’m not changing the concept of him not being able to use magic. It creates tension and tension turns pages. The reader needs to worry about what will happen next. The harder I make the story on my protagonist, the better the story will be.

Anyway, it looks like I’m going to have to really focus on Michael’s weapons collection a bit more. I’m currently dealing with giving him the logical, appropriate amount of weapons 1) that don’t weigh him down too much and 2) that don’t bulge through his coat. It’s a harder task than it seems.

How about you? Have you ever accidentally found your character stuck? How did you get him/her/it out of the situation?


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: 01/24/15

  1. Adam Black says:

    One of my villains (Skariish’i) has to find the heroine (Locus) in my latest comic, and I realized the only way that was going to happen was if Skariish’i died.

    But sssh! Don’t tell anyone because it hasn’t happened yet. 🙂

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