M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 03/04/15

Finding your plot can often feel like a snipe hunt. Generally it lasts until the wee hours of the morning, and you come back empty-handed and grouchy.

After combing through the rough draft of this urban-fantasy novella, I’ve got a killer first have and an intense last quarter. However, I’m still missing 3 chapters… (Basically the last half of my rising action.) I spent a few hours racking my brain on this, trying to figure out what ought to happen, but… 

Last night, I felt like I was stuck out in the middle of a field during a snipe hunt (while all the hunt organizers were laughing at me). (I blame the muse in this one.)

Fortunately, I know the answer to this one. Anytime I have trouble finding the plot, I generally have to get into the story instead of trying to figure it out on my own. This means tonight I ignore my lack of plot in chapters 8-10 and edit chapter 1. My goal: edit one chapter a day, which I think will get me through the second round of edits in 13 days–assuming I find my plot.

After that, I have about 10 days to polish it up, and then I have to send it out to beta readers. (My goal is to have it done by March 31, which gives me 15 days to fix anything the beta readers find.)

Anyway, that’s my solution to this little “where’s my plot” problem. I’m just going to get inside the story and write. Because April 15 isn’t going away, and I haven’t yet found a Tardis.

How about you? Have you ever tried finding a plot only to find out it’s as elusive as a “snipe”? What 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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5 Responses to M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 03/04/15

  1. rhunsinger says:

    Reblogged this on rrhunsinger and commented:
    Chasing the plot rabbit……

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Chad Sides says:

    Lately my response has been to outline the chapter. I start by thinking about what I want to accomplish in the next few pages purely from a logical/intellectual perspective which usually spurs me on to what I need creatively. If that doesn’t work I spend time with the characters thinking about how they would react to the situation or interact with the other people involved even if those characters won’t be directly involved with the coming action. Ultimately I think that even if you stumble forward a few steps until you get your sure footing back, you’re still making progress.

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    • M. B. Weston says:

      That’s what I’m thinking. The old saying , “let’s get something done, even if it’s wrong,” makes sense in this situation.


    • M. B. Weston says:

      Wow, that sounded weird… What I meant was that sometimes, just working on the chapter, even if you are writing stuff you might not use, will be what it takes to spark the inspiration you will end up using…


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