The Writing Process: Example of a “Pre-Draft”

I know many of you have been asking when the third book in the Elysian Chronicles series is coming out. The answer: not yet. However, I have a short story that will be coming out in an anthology by Kerlak Publishing that takes place between Out of the Shadows and The Sword of the Vanir (book three’s working title).

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As I am describing my writing process on my website (, I am using the introductory scene of this story as an example. Click here to get a sneak peek! (Or at least, to get a sneak peek of what the scene originally looked like when I first wrote it down…)


About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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4 Responses to The Writing Process: Example of a “Pre-Draft”

  1. Congratulations on your success! I took particular note of the Guardian Angels slant having just noted on a previous blog that Archangels are the in-thing in fantasy fiction currently. I have just published my novel (I am not spamming by the back door here, just genuinely interested) ‘The First Warrior’ on Amazon for Kindle and was concerned that the Angels/Archangels which figure highly in the novel from the beginning might prejudice it in the eyes of some potential readers. I am currently proofing the other two books of the trilogy and seeing this has given me a much needed boost. I also noted the ‘Vanir’ reference so it seems that you were influenced by the norse myth verson of the angels too. Since I began writing five years ago I have started to realise just how powerful some myths and archetypes can be. In the course of my online research I soon realised that there is some pretty dark territory to stray into. I re-interpreted the Genesis Adam as a heroic warrior for my trilogy so it was hard to steer clear of the real thing arch-evil protagonist wise!

    • M. B. Weston says:

      It’s really hard to get around the angel characters prejudicing the readers. I call my angels “cherubians” for that reason, but it still causes problems. People usually latch onto whatever they believe about angels and form their opinions.

      One thing I do: When I’m at a book signing or a convention and people ask me what the book is about, I say, “Think Roman Soldiers with wings fighting monsters.” That gives them kind of an idea about where the books are going.

      Yep, I’m definitely stealing a bit from Norse mythology, but I can’t say anything more… *wink wink*

      Thanks so much for your comment, and congrats to you on getting your book out! And no, I don’t mind you mentioning your book at all. We’re all authors here. Let’s share our stuff! 🙂

  2. Alisa Russell says:

    Glad to see these posts. I’m saving them in my writing folder so I can refer to them later.

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