M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/28/15

Ah tonight’s writing session. So full of promise!

I got to spend more time writing this urban fantasy pulp novella than I’ve been able to in a while.

Score!

I really made some headway with characters. My strong silent hero is starting to come out of his shell for me.

Score!

I have a short story being published in an anthology that will be available in a few weeks, and this short story just so happens to be about my hero and villain one year after this novella takes place.

Score!

I’m so close to being halfway done with this rough draft that I can taste it. (1000 words. I can knock that out tomorrow night.)

Score!

I’ve got a lovely little scene where my hero is starting to come into his own. He has snuck aboard a cargo ship and has been watching the bad guys unload a box/crate. I’m so excited because I know my story is finally headed somewhere! Except I don’t know what is in the blasted crate…

No score

Sigh. What’s in the box/crate? How do they get the thing off the boat if it’s heavy? And what about customs of its big? (I know what the thing inside the box will be used for, but I don’t know what it is…)

The only way I’m going to figure this one out is to keep writing.

It’s a game of discovery we all play as writers. What’s in the box? Where does this tunnel/road lead? Why does the character keep dying? Who keeps stealing money from the cash register? It’s the stuff we have to figure out, and it’s one of the things I love about writing!

How about you? Have you ever encountered the unknown and had to go searching for the answer within your story?

Toodles!

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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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