M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 03/08/15

Ediring the second draft of a novel or novella is like trying to sculpt a block of play-doh the size of a football field… With a scalpel…


That’s where I am right now. The glorious second draft, trying to take the scenes and make them sound good. I’m adding in the actual fights in the fight scenes. I’m making the dialog feel like dialog rather than an overdone Shakespearean play.

I have given myself two weeks to do this. It looks as though I will be confined to my office for a while…

Sigh. What is the hardest stage of the writing process for you?


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: 03/08/15

  1. Dawne Webber says:

    The first draft is the most difficult for me. I love revising and adding depth to the bones of the first draft. Good luck with your revisions!

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  2. John says:

    Right now, I am trying to decide if doing the structuring of a novel is the way to go before getting the first draft going. I read up on Larry Brooks Story Engineering, K.M. Weiland’s books on Structure, James Scott Bell’s book on the same thing. Oh, back to the question: I guess getting started is the hardest for me.

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    • M. B. Weston says:

      Lol! I tried structuring it before I start writing, but for me, it didn’t work. I used the second draft to work on the structure, which works for my writing style. I guess no matter when we do it, we all have to pay the piper at some point…

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  3. rhunsinger says:

    Reblogged this on rrhunsinger and commented:
    The pain……

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