M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 02/13/15

The short story is done, and I am back working with the urban fantasy, pulp novella starring Michael Lodestone! Woo hoo! Here are a few things I’ve discovered about switching away from a story for a week to write another:

It’s a bit of a shock to switch from the end of one to the middle of a half-done other. Yeah… I have to get back in the “mood.” I also have to get my mind out of the Victorian times and back in modern day New Orleans.

Never–I repeat NEVER–just switch to another project for a week without typing what happens next in the project you are working on. Here are the last two sentences I wrote in this Lodestone story:

Michael stopped. Something about Claire’s eyes, slightly panicked and uncomfortable made him realize

Realize what??? I can’t remember. I spent fifteen minutes trying to figure out why Claire was panicked… I think I’ve got it. I hope I wrote it down on some random pieces of paper scattered around my house…

Take an inventory of what you have left to write, how much time that will take, and how much time you have until your deadline. My deadline is April 15. While that seems a long way off, I know what I have left. The second draft of this will take forever and I’m not done with the first draft. Not getting four weekends definitively didn’t help, so March might be easier. Still, I’ve got two months, and I really need to get something done in time for beta readers. (Anyone wanna beta read this?) I’m going to have to buckle down on this. I probably out to set a goal of 3 hours a night on weekdays and at least 8 a day on weekends…

How about you? Have you ever had to stop a project to work on a short one? How did you do?


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: 02/13/15

  1. Alisa Russell says:

    Hey, would love to help you out with beta reading this if you still need help.

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