M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 02/06/15

Yesterday: I got to edit! Oh, how I love editing. Every rough draft is just that: rough. Reading the first draft will totally do a number on a writer’s self image because all rough drafts are horrific. It’s the 2nd draft work that makes the strong com alive–at least for me. It’s when I take little sentences like, “I saw someone dressed in black crawl over the side of the boat,” and change them into so much more. It’s the time when I can look at the big picture of the story and adjust things here and add things there. So many people often tell me they have trouble writing and that they just can’t write. I promise you that on the first pass, I can’t write either. It’s the editing that makes stories take off, so don’t let your first draft discourage you. 🙂

I hand wrote about 2 pages of expanded scenes. Today, I have to put them into the computer, and I will hopefully post some of the changes in my next post!

What’s your favorite part of the writing process? How much does your manuscript change from draft one to draft two?


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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