601 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
    • 4.8 • 793 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. 599: How Perfect Does Your Story's Structural Timing Have to Be?

    Ep. 599: How Perfect Does Your Story's Structural Timing Have to Be?

    A closer look at the mechanics of structural timing. What is it? Why is it important? And how precise does it have to be?

    • 17 min
    Ep. 598: 13 Rules to Be a Better Beta Reader

    Ep. 598: 13 Rules to Be a Better Beta Reader

    Not all beta readers are created equal. Just as you can learn to be a better writer, you can also learn to be a better beta reader.

    • 17 min
    Ep. 597: How to Structure Stories With Multiple Main Characters?

    Ep. 597: How to Structure Stories With Multiple Main Characters?

    How you structure a story with multiple main characters will depend on which type of plot you're working with.

    • 17 min
    Ep. 596: 7 Tips for Opening Your Story In Medias Res

    Ep. 596: 7 Tips for Opening Your Story In Medias Res

    Discover the pros and cons of opening your story in medias res (or "in the middle" of action) and use these tips to refine your use of it.

    • 19 min
    Ep. 595: Clearing Up Some Misconceptions About In Medias Res

    Ep. 595: Clearing Up Some Misconceptions About In Medias Res

    Is opening your story in medias res compatible with the Three-Act Structure? The secret is in understanding how the First Act functions.

    • 16 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
793 Ratings

793 Ratings

Katie.Briggs ,

Transformed My Writing

Thank you for transforming my writing. I am growing so much listening and applying stronger structure, theme, and characterization to my stories.

awanadance ,

My favorite podcast

This is my favorite podcast on writing I’ve ever come across, and I could listen to KM every day. In truth, I do at least five days a week 😅 thank you for creating this wonderful, rich, helpful show!

Tmack7926 ,

Super helpful to new writers

There are a ton of writing podcasts but this one has consistently stayed in my top two favorites. Great relevant material that can really help just about any writer. Just listening inspires my creativity. I owe this podcast so much for how much I’ve learned in the last year. Thank you so much!

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