Our good friend KM Weiland has written this insightful book loaded with tips on how to be a better author.
You can see more on her website here
Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. Discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. Now available!
The key thing to remember about writing? It’s about writing! The more we think about what we write, the harder it gets. We can talk and think ourselves out of writing far easier than allowing ourselves just to write. The mind of a writer is filled with objections because most writers are afraid of writing […]
What makes for an emotionally resonant climax? In other words, what makes for a good climax? Is it danger? Explosions? A face-off between the protagonist and the antagonist? Near-death experiences? Eh, all good guesses. But these things are like the seasoning on top a good climax, rather than the meat itself. And seasonings, by themselves, […]
Character arcs in the Third Act are all about intensity. On the story’s exterior, the conflict is heating up. The protagonist is a runaway train thundering toward what has now become an inevitable confrontation with the antagonistic force. But, on the inside, he’s reeling. The Third Plot Point sucker punched him. Something horrible and unexpected came […]
I was tremendously honored to discover that Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story is an IPPY Award winner! It was awarded a Bronze in the Writing/Publishing category. From the official press release: Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, the “IPPY” Awards recognize merit in […]
My guess is, if you’re a writer, you have something to say to people. There’s a message in your story. Maybe you want to tell them that life is beautiful, even in the darkest of circumstances. Or that war is pointless. Perhaps you think avocados are nasty and want more people to join you in […]
Every writer dreams of writing a stupid character. What could be better? Readers always respond with such a delightful mix of kind patronage (in response to the character’s adorable befuddlement) and smug condescension (as they rejoice that they, at least, could never be as dumb as that). Stupid characters just make those books go flying […]
If you had pick the single most important moment in characters arcs, what would it be? The Third Plot Point, you say? Well, you’d be right. Now here’s the harder question: Why is it the most important moment? The Third Plot Point is the low moment in your story. A minute ago, at the end […]
When you watched the class bully shove the school nerd into his locker and hold his notebook out of reach in high school, you were probably the person looking on and wanting to do something to stop the situation. Given enough courage, you would rush into save the victim. On no terms would you actually […]
If you know anything at all about story structure, you know your book’s plot points are the tent poles holding up the entire circus of your story. Without them: yawn. But here’s the good news! Almost all stories end up with plot points—whether or not their authors even know what plot points are. People just […]
The Second Half of the Second Act is where you cue the hero music in character arcs. Thanks to that major personal revelation at the Midpoint, the protagonist now gets it. The puzzle pieces are falling into place. The light bulbs have flashed on. He sees what he has to do to win the conflict. […]
Learn more about KM Weiland
K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as the western A Man Called Outlaw, the medieval epicBehold the Dawn, and the epic fantasy Dreamlander. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning blog. She makes her home in western Nebraska. Find out more about her fiction here.
How do you mentor authors?
Can I ask you a question about my book?
Absolutely. I’m always available to respond to any question you may have about writing, publishing, or marketing fiction. You can contact me here. I respond to most emails within twenty-four hours. If you don’t hear back from me within a week, your question may have gotten lost in cyberspace, so feel free to resubmit the email. Unless you specifically request otherwise, I may republish your question (sans any personal details) and my answer in my monthly e-letter.
What services do you offer that can help me become a better writer?
I recommend starting with the blog. Since 2007, I’ve published over 700 posts. You can work your way through the entire archive, or start with some of the most popular subjects, linked in the left-hand sidebar. You can also sign-up for my monthly e-letter to receive news, updates, inspiring quotes, handy resources, exclusive how-to content, creativity exercises, and an interactive Q&A feature. When you sign up, you will also receive my free e-book Crafting Unforgettable Characters.
You may also want to check out my writing craft books Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel and my hour-long audio presentation Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration. If you have a little more time on your hands, you can sign up for my workshops and webinars.
Will you edit my book?
Unfortunately, my schedule no longer allows me to personally consult on manuscripts.
Will you review my book?
At this time, I am not taking on any solicited reviews.
Do you have a list of recommended books for writers?
Absolutely. I list my favorite writing-craft books here. Check back every now and then, since I’m always updating it.
Can you recommend an editor/cover designer/e-book converter?
Click here to find a list of all the book-industry professionals (most of whom I have personal experience with) whom I recommend.
What do you think of self-publishing?
As both an independently and traditionally published author, I’m a proponent of both publishing venues. Independent publishing has presented authors with previously unheard of opportunities that should always be taken into consideration and weighed against the pros and cons of traditional publishing.
However, independent publishing does not guarantee success. I’ve seen far too many indie authors who jumped into publishing, believing with all their hearts their books were polished and professional, when they were anything but. Before opting to self-publish, take a moment (or several) to be brutally honest with yourself about your priorities. Hire professionals (especially an editor) to help you produce a product that will enhance your career as an author, rather than tarnish it.
Do you accept guest posts?
Yes! I publish guests every Friday. If you’re a fiction author yourself, feel free to submit your post ideas to me here; if you have links to any previously published writing-craft posts, please include them. I like to keep posts to around 800 words. Lots of bulleted list and headers are great. I also require a brief bio and the email address associated with your Gravatar account. I ask that authors choose a post date on which they’ll be able to share the link on their social sites and stop by to respond to comments.
Do you write full time?
I manage to sneak a little sleeping, cat-petting, and chocolate-truffle-eating in there, but, yes, I’m blessed to spend all day, every day writing . . . and editing, and marketing, and blogging, and checking email, and . . . you get the idea.
What is your daily schedule?
Most of my days look something like this: prayer and devotions, breakfast, workout, shower, email and social media, dog walking, small odds and ends, lunch, more dog walking, marketing/editing/big odds and ends, more social media, writing, supper, even more email and social media, movie watching, more dog walking, reading, sleeping.
Where can I find more info about your novels?
If you’re unsure which book (or short story) to start with, check out the below chart:
What are you currently writing?
Jane Eyre, first published in 1847, has persisted as a classic, beloved romance and remains extremely popular among modern readers. While other annotated versions of this novel do already exist, no annotated version to date explores the techniques and craft used by the author. It addresses issues of plot, character, setting, voice, style, dialogue, and other craft-related topics. This annotated classic also includes a workbook filled with exercises and prompts for aspiring writers to apply their newfound knowledge. Jane Eyre is a novel that transcends time. With elements of social criticism, morality, and spiritual sensibility, Jane Eyre was a novel ahead of its time–a novel to be studied and understood at great depths.
Genre: Writing How-To
Professional barnstormer Robert “Hitch” Hitchcock has been romancing the skies ever since the wide new frontier of aviation opened the heavens to exploration. He tours the country, putting on aviation demonstrations and thrilling the crowds with his wild stunts and fast-talking charm. He’s used to being the boss of the show. But, during a long overdue stop to his hometown in western Nebraska’s middle-of-nowhere farm country, his world does a barrel roll when a young woman falls from the clouds and nearly collides with his bi-plane.
The eccentric Jael picks herself out of her fortunate landing place in the local lake and slips unobtrusively into country life. She charms everyone she meets, takes lonely eight-year-old Walter under her wing—and demands Hitch give her a plane ride back home…to the clouds.
Hitch takes orders from nobody, especially a woman as peculiar as this one. But his barnstorming show always has room for a beautiful woman fearless enough to step onto his wings. He gives her a job, little realizing the thunderheads gathering on the horizon are being summoned by enemies even Jael didn’t know she had. Unless she can convince Hitch to put his fancy flying to a better use than his own fame and fortune, war and weather will be unleashed upon unwitting Nebraska. And the secret above the clouds—the secret known as Storming—will be secret no longer.
A common lad apprenticed to a blacksmith, Will Masterson’s chances of seeking adventures, making a fortune, and winning the hand of Lady Isabella Barbary aren’t looking very good. But when the unthinkable happens, and the irresponsible Will discovers he has the ability to run faster than any human being and leap tall buildings, he reaches legendary status overnight.
But being a legend isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. After unwittingly rescuing a young street urchin named Rose, he finds himself trapped in a pit of deceit and danger that goes deeper than he could have dreamed. Cast adrift in the hostile caste system of Regency England, he must choose between the adventures he’s always dreamed of and a responsibility he didn’t ask for. Hailed as a hero by a people he has no intention of saving, he sets out on a journey across the British Isles, towing the impish Rose along, intent on winning the heart of Lady Isabella and becoming a gentleman once and for all, little dreaming that he might become… the Wayfarer.
Genre: Historical Fantasy
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