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. 556: Why Everyone Should Write (Even if You Think You Stink)
The world needs us all to be writers and creators. It needs the next Pulitzer winner, and it needs the scribbled poem forgotten on a napkin in a cafe.
Ep. 555: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 22: How to Use Archetypal Character Arcs in Your Stories
How can you apply archetypal character arcs in a practical way to your own stories? Here are five considerations for choosing archetypes.
Ep. 554: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 21: The Flat Archetype of the Mentor
The final Flat archetype of the Mentor is one of the most significant within human storytelling.
Ep. 553: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 20: The Flat Archetype of the Elder
The Flat archetype of the Elder provides crucial guidance for enacting important change in surrounding characters.
Ep. 552: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 19: The Flat Archetype of the Ruler
The Flat archetype of the Ruler represents the potential period in a person’s life in which he or she is in a position of leadership.
Ep. 551: Archetypal Character Arcs, Pt. 18: The Flat Archetype of the Parent
We don’t often think of the Flat archetype of the Parent with the same enthusiasm as we do the Hero. And yet they are intrinsically linked.
Great Content for New Writers!
As I write my first novel, this podcast has provided (and is continuing to provide) great, relevant content and guidance to the writing and outlining process. K. M. Weiland skillfully offers detailed insights into outlining, character types, development of theme, word choice, and so much more. In particular, I love that the podcast can be read in blog form on her website (in case I want to study her points in more detail), and that she often presents a step-by-step or well-organized bullet-pointed process to her ideas and knowledge. This makes her keen wisdom easily transferable to new writers like myself, who are trying to navigate the new, rough waters of crafting a good story. So glad I found this podcast, and I can’t wait to hear more!
Solid content, and lots of it
When you stumble on a podcast more than 500 episodes in, it's already going to be what it was meant to become. And you'll be coming into a conversation that's been going on for quite a while which challenges the listener to know where to begin.
In the case of this podcast it's a lovely and fascinating conversation, filled with great and inspiring ideas about writing.
K.M. Weiland's delivery has a nice, upbeat style that is easy to listen to. My only tiny quibble is that very few episodes go by where she doesn't mispronounce a word or two, even though she almost always uses that mispronounced word correctly (see interger and Patreon for two examples that immediately come to mind).
Love this podcast
K.M. Weiland’s wisdom helps us grow as writers as well as humans. Highly recommended!