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New Thanksgiving Video: M. B. Weston’s Corner – What Writers are Thankful For (tongue in cheek, of course)

It’s Thanksgiving, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than by sharing what we writers are most thankful for. From our gratitude to writing (which gives us an excuse to avoid people), to cliches and passive voice (which help … Continue reading

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The Elysian Chronicles Poisonwood Trees Are Real

When the tour guide at the Queen Elizabeth Botanical Gardens told us that the manchineel tree’s sap was so toxic it would burn anyone standing under it when it rained, most people backed away. My thought: I am so putting this in my novel… And thus, the Elysian Chronicles poisonwood tree was born. Continue reading

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New Video: M. B. Weston’s Corner: Show, Don’t Tell Using Dialogue

Today we’re talking about how to Show, Don’t Tell in your writing using dialogue, and what better way to illustrate the importance of dialogue than to bring on the character Wilson from Cast Away as a special guest. In this video, I’m … Continue reading

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Writing Diary: How I Became More Productive

Time management skills have eluded me since grade school. Okay, that’s not true. Time Management and I might have been friends had I not already been involved in close relationships with Procrastination and Distraction. Throughout the years, I have tried … Continue reading

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Writing Diary: When the Story Takes Over the Writing

It never fails. In every novel or novella I have written, the story decides about four-fifths of the way through to scrap my original ending and take a hard turn somewhere else. Every. Single. Time. The next Lodestone installment was … Continue reading

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Writing: Exploiting Your Readers’ Fear

Ah, Halloween. What better time to discuss the ins and outs of scaring your readers? Horror writers probably know many of these tips, but those of us writing other genres usually encounter a few scenes where we want to make … Continue reading

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Kill Your Productivity With These Simple Steps

Read on to discover the secrets of a master time-waster… I would love to give advice about being productive and reaching your maximum potential, but I also want to continue looking in the mirror without thinking hypocrite. I’m a full time … Continue reading

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Today’s Cyphacon Panel Schedule: Saturday 04/18/15

Here is today’s panel schedule for CyphaCon in Lake Charles, LA: Saturday: 1:00 PM Making the Make-Believe Believable (A writing workshop on writing fantasy and science fiction) (Room 7) 3:00 PM The Art of Story Telling 5:00 PM Paranormal Ghost … Continue reading

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M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: The Science of Fantasy 02/22/15

This thought literally crossed my mind tonight: “If iron and lodestone can repel magic [in my Michael Lodestone pulp/urban fantasy world], then magic has a magnetic field. That means JT can develop sensors to track it!” [JT is one of … Continue reading

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M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 02/01/15

Sometimes if you want to get any writing done, you just have to take a power nap. I spent 3 days at ChattaCon, and it was awesome! I sold out of my first book, and I’m starting to see a … Continue reading

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