M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 03/24/15

The problem with conventions: the older you get, the longer it takes to get over them. Last night’s thirty minute nap after work turned into four hours. To put it mildly, that “power nap” severely cut into my writing time.

Still got some time in, however, and the exciting part: I figured out how my dear Michael opens a magic door without magic! Gotta admit that was pretty sweet because I had no idea how he was going to open the door.

Every so often, I write my characters into a difficult situation, and instead of going back and rewriting, I decide to make keep writing to see if I can make it work.

A few things that helped me this time:

  • Know your hero’s strengths. Michael Lodestone can’t use magic. However, he was once one of the most powerful wizards ever, so he has extensive knowledge of what magic looks like and how it works.
  • Know your villain’s strengths. As the author, I need to know my lead witch’s strengths, how she will react, and what spells and such she would use, the spells she will default to, etc. While I don’t know all of those things right now, I still have to learn as I go using her base personality as a good reference.
  • Know your hero’s relationship to your villain. In this case, Michael knows this witch–intimately. They were part of the original group of nine who became imortal. It was Michael who let Snow White flee to the forest and returned to this woman with a pig’s heart instead of Snow White’s. He knows this woman. He has seen her work. This gives him an edge. Especially since he can’t use magic and has therefore developed a means of fighting without it.

How about you? Any tips on getting out of a hole?


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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3 Responses to M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 03/24/15

  1. rhunsinger says:

    Reblogged this on rrhunsinger and commented:
    Nice “stick to itness” yeah its a thing. I am more and more excited for this tale!


  2. Chad Sides says:

    I wrote myself into a hole recently, too. Low on supplies, trapped, and severely outnumbered my heroes had to escape without me taking the easy route of giving them temporary superpowers. But necessity breeds creativity. By forcing myself to find some way to get them to safety I created a scene and a character moment that I hadn’t planned. That lead to other unplanned moments and ultimately ended up redefining one of my characters in a far more interesting way than her original concept.
    As far as tips go, as god of my universe I used the environment to my narrative advantage – not saving them with a freak accident but giving them something to take advantage of (which goes right along with knowing their strengths), and I allowed a secondary character to step up to save the day rather than relying on my primary heroes to do all the heavy lifting themselves.

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