596 episodes

Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love. (Music intro by Kevin MacLeod.)

Helping Writers Become Authors K.M. Weiland

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 59 Ratings

Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love. (Music intro by Kevin MacLeod.)

    Ep. 594: 8 Ways to Avoid Cardboard Characters (and Plot Contrivances While You're At It)

    Ep. 594: 8 Ways to Avoid Cardboard Characters (and Plot Contrivances While You're At It)

    If your story suffers from cardboard characters, it probably also suffers from plot contrivances. Good news: if you fix one, you fix both.

    • 17 min
    Ep. 593: Understanding the New Normal World of a Story's Resolution

    Ep. 593: Understanding the New Normal World of a Story's Resolution

    In many ways, the New Normal World of a story's Resolution is what successfully completes the context of the entire story.

    • 15 min
    Ep. 592: Understanding the Underworld of a Story's Third Act

    Ep. 592: Understanding the Underworld of a Story's Third Act

    The Underworld of a Story's Third Act is symbolically important for creating powerful and realistic change with your characters and plot.

    • 15 min
    Ep. 591: Understanding the Adventure World of a Story's Second Act

    Ep. 591: Understanding the Adventure World of a Story's Second Act

    Writers can use the metaphoric Adventure World of a story's Second Act to better understand this crucial part of story structure.

    • 14 min
    Ep. 590: Understanding the Normal World of a Story's First Act

    Ep. 590: Understanding the Normal World of a Story's First Act

    Authors need to understand the four "worlds" represented within a story's structure, the first of which is the Normal World of the First Act.

    • 14 min
    Ep. 589: Deepening Your Story's Theme With the Thematic Square

    Ep. 589: Deepening Your Story's Theme With the Thematic Square

    If you want to deepen the complexity of your story's theme, one tool you can employ is Robert McKee's thematic square.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Delphi_24 ,

Brilliant, concise and constructive

Love this podcast, such a smart and simple analysis of story and character which is beneficial for any budding writers.

tennisweathergirl ,

Really accessible and useful tips for writers

I am a total novice, just finished draft 1 of book 1, and I am so glad I found this podcast because it’s so helpful.

ski bunni ,

Useful for writers

This is one of the most helpful writing podcasts around - and I’ve listened to lots!

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