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M. B. Weston
M. B. Weston: Author/Graphic Novelist/Radio Talk Show Host/Speaker
Interests: the chronicles of narnia, football, the mummy, law & order., the lion, books: lord of the rings, harry potter hobbies: writing, jogging movies: star wars, the witch & the wardrobe, indiana jones. tv: food network, baseball--especially yankees baseball on yes (mlb extra innings is a beautiful thing!)
Recent Activity
Few weeks ago, 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
A few weeks ago, 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,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
Below is an example of the pre-draft prologue to a short story I am writing for an anthology for Kerlak Publishing. As I continue these writing process blogs, I'm going to show you how I took this pre-draft and turned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
A week ago, 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
A week ago, 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
A friend of mine, via Twitter, asked me what my writing process was. I quickly discovered that describing my writing process in 140 characters or less would be impossible, so I decided to blog about it. If this is your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
A few days ago, a friend of mine asked via Twitter: "Mrs. @mbweston, what's your writing process?" Since describing my writing process in 140 characters or less is impossible, I've decided to write a series of blog posts about it.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
Think about this sentence: "Johnny smelled something delicious." Close your eyes and try to imagine exactly what Johnny smelled. How many of you are thinking pizza? How about steak? How about ice cream? Pie? Any pies out there? All of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
I have a few questions for those who work in the publishing industry: Would you turn down a manuscript in which the first 4 pages featured nothing but exposition, i.e. no dialogue whatsoever? Would you turn down a manuscript geared... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
The first writer's conference I attended was the Naples Press Club Writer's Conference in Naples, Florida, 2005 (I think). Anne Hawkins of John Hawkins Literary Agency spoke to us about what agents want. Her class and organization amazed me, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
One of my favorite quotes from Stephen King is on page 125 of his book, On Writing: “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.” (King, Stephen. On Writing by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
My Institute for Children’s Literature* curriculum encourages writers to use specific rather than general words. For instance, using blue jay instead of bird and cobalt instead of blue conveys a specific picture. They gave us an exercise in which we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
Stephen King, in his book On Writing, gives almost the best definition of passive voice I’ve read. “Verbs come in two types, active and passive. With an active verb, the subject of the sentence is doing something. With a passive... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
One of the writing rules I learned from my first publisher during a seminar was: Kill the Narrator. He wanted smooth prose that disappeared into the story instead of prose that sounded like Aesop’s Fables. I dutifully scanned through my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
One of my pre-New-Year’s Resolutions is to read more books. (I make my resolutions early to get in the habit of doing them by January 1st.) I decided to start by re-reading one of my favorite series, Harry Potter. (Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
My job in this whole graphic novel thing (besides providing description of the major characters and, well, writing the story to begin with) is to write the script for the graphic novel--and I don't have much time. Once my artist,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
Want to Know What Mornachts Look Like? My graphic novel artist, Adam Black, and I are currently in the "concept art" stage of creating the A Prophecy Forgotten graphic novel. Before Mr. Black begins to draw a whole bunch of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
While I'm hurriedly finishing up the graphic novel "script" for part one of A Prophecy Forgotten: Book I of the Elysian Chronicles, I figured I would share a bit of the process of creating a graphic novel--or in my case,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
I used to joke that creating fantasy was easy because it didn't require any research. That changed last weekend when I gave a talk about "Making Make-Believe Believable" at the Naples Press Club Writer's Conference, and I decided to bring... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
I've received a couple of e-mails asking me about writing--mainly about how I structure my time and stay disciplined, and other things that aid writing, and I figured I would answer them in my blog. Disciplinary technique: I'm still working... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
Have you heard of The Department of Redundancy Department? I'm the department HEAD. I'm currently looking over some of the changes my editor made to my Out of the Shadows manuscript and adding in my final additions before it enters... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
I’ve been discussing description in a few of my recent blogs: “On Writing: Editing Your Description” “Description: If it Doesn’t Matter, Axe It!” “Description: MAKE it Matter!” “Description: Bring Your World to Life!” Today, I’ll discuss how to make your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
I’ve been blogging on writing description, and so far, I’ve discussed: "On Writing: Editing Your Description" "Description: If it Doesn’t Matter, Axe It!" "Description: MAKE it Matter!" As I’ve mentioned before, you want your world to haunt your reader. (I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
Put it to work by giving it double duty! I’ve been blogging on using description this week. If you’re just joining, you’ll want to check out the prior blogs: "Writing: Editing Your Description" "Description: If it Doesn’t Matter, Axe It!"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website
"You’re the writer. You’re the one sitting at the keyboard day in and day out. Force your words to do your bidding!" --M. B. Weston Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at M. B. Weston's Official Website