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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

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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. 493: 6 Steps to Create Realistic (and Powerful) Scene Dilemmas

    Ep. 493: 6 Steps to Create Realistic (and Powerful) Scene Dilemmas

    Of all the many aspects of scene structure, scene dilemmas are among the most powerful but also the most overlooked. Here are six steps to acing yours.

    • 16 min
    Ep. 492: 2 Different Types of the Lie Your Character Believes

    Ep. 492: 2 Different Types of the Lie Your Character Believes

    Learn how to recognize the difference in the types of the Lie Your Character Believes,so you can choose which is right for your story.

    • 18 min
    Ep. 491: 3 Life-Changing Rules for Finding More Writing Inspiration This Year

    Ep. 491: 3 Life-Changing Rules for Finding More Writing Inspiration This Year

    Three ideas for building a foundation that will protect and nurture your creative health and your writing inspiration as you enter this new decade.

    • 23 min
    Ep. 490: My Top Books of 2019

    Ep. 490: My Top Books of 2019

    Check out my list of the top books of 2019 in three categories: Fiction, Writing How-To, and General Non-Fiction.

    • 14 min
    Ep. 489: Critique: Supporting Characters and Theme: 6 Important Questions to Ask About Your Story

    Ep. 489: Critique: Supporting Characters and Theme: 6 Important Questions to Ask About Your Story

    Learn about the important correlation between supporting characters and theme. Here are 6 ways to spot and take advantage of opportunities.

    • 14 min
    Ep. 488: Critique: 10 Ways to Write a Better First Chapter Using Specific Word Choices

    Ep. 488: Critique: 10 Ways to Write a Better First Chapter Using Specific Word Choices

    Find out how choosing specific and appropriate words for your story can make all the difference in helping you write a better first chapter.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

FairyCakes230 ,

Truly wonderful podcast for writers

I’ve looked before for podcasts about writing, with no success, but after buying one of K M Weiland’s books on characters I discovered her podcasts. Oh my. I now understand what those very few people who love their degrees get out of going to lectures. It’s a treat. This podcast is a treat. Listening in the car I was so excited at all the useful guidance, I wanted to listen to more, listen to them again with a pen and paper, concentrate harder, and get back to my novel to check and tweak and edit in the shining light of this golden advice! The episodes are just right in length, the guidance is intellectual, inspiring, but accessible and useful too. When you have all those positives, you’d expect a downside, likely the podcast being read aloud in a monotone, or muttered, but Ms Weiland has a lovely delivery. It’s clear, enthusiastic and charming, she clearly loves the art of storytelling and wants to help you write well and fulfil your potential. The real downside, is the change in how you view and remember books, tv and film. All of a sudden you’ll see a character arc, you’ll identify conflicts, you’ll see where a writer has taken an easy choice to fit a scene they wanted, that will now seem clumsy and out of place to you. But then you turn that critical eye on your own work for the better. As you can imagine, if you’ve read this far, I wholeheartedly recommend this podcast.

OpusCosmos ,

Excellent

Great listening for aspiring writers.

npa30 ,

Great content but too fast

This is a great podcast but the voice is so sped up its hard to take in. Slow down please!

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