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Character Development: Using your Character’s Thoughts

When I give character development writing workshops, I discuss the five ways you can show character as express your character’s personality: Appearance Actions Words (dialect, vocabulary, etc.) Perceptions Thoughts Showing a character’s thoughts in well-timed doses can illuminate and help … 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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Writing: Catching What the Muse Flings at You

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but ideas rarely come to me when I’m sitting peacefully at my desk and can write them down in organized fashion. No, no, nooooo… My muse prefers to toss ideas my way … Continue reading

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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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M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: How to Write When Sleep Deprived 02/11/15

Superhero steampunk short story is complete. I am exhausted. Got about 5 hours of sleep for the past two nights. Here are the writing tips I have learned from this experience: Starbucks Frappucinos that come in those jars don’t work. … Continue reading

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M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 01/24/15

Yesterday, I wrote my characters into a corner… This happens to me quite often, and I am pretty sure that it happens to a lot of people. I actually wrote a blog post about it back in September called “Don’t … Continue reading

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M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: Writing When the Muse Won’t Talk 01/22/15

Writing deadlines and publishers don’t care if the muse decides to go on hiatus. I’ve got a deadline coming up (April 15th) and a stalled story. When ideas don’t come quickly, I don’t have a choice. I have to “get … Continue reading

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