M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/25/15

Gotta admit last night’s writing session bordered on failure. To be clear, I wrote, thus fulfilling the letter of the “Write Every Day” New Year’s Eve resolution. Not quite sure if the spirit of the resolution felt satisfied, however.

I feel like Bilbo Baggins when he yells out, “Time! Time!” while playing riddles with Gollum. I need more time.

I also need the ideas to flow faster than they are. The muse ain’t talkin’ much on this one. I think I’ve figured out why:

The ideas start flowing when you are in the zone. because of the nature of how my time has been laid out these past couple of weeks, I haven’t had a lot of time to get in the writing zone. I did a post about being in the zone back on January 3rd, which details some of the reasons writers need “the zone.” I don’t just need time. I need big chunks of time.

I’m dealing with concepts that are new to me. I’ve never written about witches and magic. The good thing is, nothing I write will be cliched. Trust me, this stuff is original because I feel like Indiana Jones. I’m just making it up as I go along. In fact, I don’t want to be cliched. This is all make-believe, and I don’t want to make it look as though I am poking fun at or attacking anyone’s religion. I also have a character who can’t use magic trying to fight those who can, and that’s not as easy as it sounds, even with weapons…

I’m afraid no one will like it. New genre. New series. I have no idea if I’m doing it right and I don’t have series popularity to fall back on. Granted, I should just plow in through, but that little nagging doubt doesn’t seems to ever leave no matter how many books and short stories you’ve published.

My promise to myself and to you is that I will tackle the root of these issues and start being productive.

What about you? What keeps you stymied in your writing and how did you get out of it?


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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4 Responses to M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/25/15

  1. rhunsinger says:

    As Errol Flynn said in Captain Blood: “Keep pounding that water line!” Like you said though its new territory for you so cut loose. You have no preconceptions of what will and won’t work. So it all works. One thing to consider and maybe nail down. What is it about Loadstone that allows him to compete with villains that wield magic? What protects him? Determination? Will Power? Faith? Boom Stick? Maybe ask a different question “Why can’t he use magic?”
    Those are things I do when I am stone walled in my writing, is asking the sideways questions.


    • M. B. Weston says:

      Oooh, good questions, Cap. Loadstone… He’s gritty. He’s unmoved. He’s spent a bunch of time in Asia studying ninjitsu and weapons because I need him to have… slight of hand… So… He knows how to move out of the way and disappear. He knows how not to get hit with spells. He knows how to fool.

      He also has iron. Iron is my anti-magic metal…

      Okay, that was awesome! Thanks for the focus!

      And I can’t tell you why he can’t use magic 😉

      Liked by 1 person

    • M. B. Weston says:

      Like, seriously, that really helped…

      Liked by 1 person

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