Tag Archives: Plot

Writing When You Feel Overwhelmed: Hope for the Struggling Writer

How many of you have felt totally overwhelmed when you realized the amount of work it would actually take to complete your story? I’m sitting here at Starbucks. I’m supposed to be writing the rough draft to Book 3 of … Continue reading

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Brainstorming: Staying Open to Fresh Ideas That Conflict With Your Plan

I’m sitting in Starbucks, taking my few hours a week away from all my distractions, brainstorming my outline/pre-draft for the third book in the Elysian Chronicles Series: The Sword of the Vanir. Today, I’m trying to organize all the notes … Continue reading

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#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: 03/14/15

Ah the joys of the second draft. During yesterday’s writing sessions, I discovered that Chapter 4 was 20 pages long and 5,000 words. A lot of it was dialogue. Yeah, that’s not going to work in a pulp novel… The … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Today’s ConNooga Schedule: 02/28/15

Here is today’s ConNooga panel schedule. If I’m not on panels, I will be at the Dark Oak Press and Media table, so please drop by and say hi! Saturday 12:00pm – Writing for a Series 4:00pm – Reading 7:30pm … Continue reading

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