Category Archives: Plot & Structure

#Writing: Adding Action vs. Raising the Stakes

It’s easy to add in a few action sequences to get your story moving, but without raising the stakes for your protagonist, the story might still fall flat. I’m working on the second draft of my urban-fantasy, pulp novella, and … Continue reading

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Using Character to Fix Plot: M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary 06/11/15

The interplay between plot and character development in a story should be like watching a couple on Dancing with the Stars. It’s so seamless and dazzling that it’s impossible to tell who is leading and who is following. Therefore, it’s only natural … Continue reading

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M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: Plot Structure to the Rescue! 01/23/15

In case you were wondering, typing on the floor of a bathroom in a hotel room is tedious work. I highly recommend sitting on the bathmat because cold tile will suck your body heat out of you. I also don’t … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Afraid to Write Your Characters into Corners. That’s When Awesome Happens!

You’ve written you characters into a corner. Now what? Before you hit the “Delete” button, seize the opportunity to create a little magic. A one of my author friends, Chris Smith, and I were sharing stories across Facebook the other night, … Continue reading

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Writing Technique: Prep the Reader for Your Plot Twist and/or Make-Believe Element

Using a few techniques to prepare your reader for you plot twist or your make-believe element can draw your reader into your story, increase suspense, and create a huge emotional reaction in your reader. I was probably three or four … Continue reading

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The Magic of a Good Story

Making Make-Believe Believable: A story’s true magic has nothing to do with fantasy elements. Don’t neglect the essence of storytelling simply because you write speculative fiction. First and foremost, it’s important to understand why people read fiction. Readers want to … Continue reading

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The Writing Process: Part 4 – The “Pre-Draft”

A friend of mine asked via Twitter: “Mrs. @mbweston, what’s your writing process?” To answer his question, I’ve been writing a series of blog posts about how I go about my personal writing process. So far, we’ve covered: The Writing … Continue reading

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