M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 02/05/15

Last night I finished the rough draft to my superhero steampunk short story!

When I say rough, I mean rough. Some sentences are meant to describe two to three paragraphs of action. (“Both of them fought” is an example.) I still don’t know any characters’ names. I also really need to develop a better understanding of my superhero’s power. Oh yeah, and I have a super villain who kind of showed up and now needs development.

Fortunately, I’m writing the story from a seven-year-old boy’s point of view, so I don’t have to know everything about these characters. I also don’t have to know anything about the science behind the steampunk weapons I’m creating. (Well, I do, but I don’t have to write it.) I have to stick to the knowledge and understanding of the boy.

Now on to filling in all the details and making this thing feel like a story rather than an outline! My biggest problem is going to be describing the fight between a masked super-villain and an unknown super
hero when my character doesn’t know their names… Urgh… Too many sentences with “The guy in black hit the other guy” aren’t going to work. (Truthfully, that sent next should never hit publication, either.) I might have to create “rumors about an evil guy whom sailors called _____.”

Any of you ever run into problems with tripping over your words because your POV character doesn’t know the others’ names?


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: 02/05/15

  1. Victor says:

    Yes. It helped for the POV character to come up with nicknames for the people in his mind and use those to refer to others as. The Tall Guy, the Rich-looking Lady, Meathead, Crazy-eyes, the bald one. The character wasn’t as young as 7, but coming up with titles through the eyes of a child could be sort of fun.

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