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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.)

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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.)

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Serious (if Unpublished Writers) Need This

By bower jax - Dec 08 2019
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I discovered Katie through her book Creating Character Arcs that has been sitting on my shelf for months. I finally read it last week and took copious notes ahead of a big revision to my drafted novel. Then I searched good podcasts for writers and I selected Helping Writers Become Authors based on the title and summary. I didn't realize it was K.M. Weiland until I loaded the most recent episode on 1st chapters. The episode was PERFECT and such a good reminder of the rules we should know but never remember and never all at once. I'm hooked.

Always helpful

By frenchie frier - Dec 07 2019
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I don’t always agree with her (I’m not a big fan of the marvel movies) but she is always worth listening to and does make me think and help me be a better writer.

iTunes Ratings

421 Ratings
Average Ratings
367
27
13
9
5

Serious (if Unpublished Writers) Need This

By bower jax - Dec 08 2019
Read more
I discovered Katie through her book Creating Character Arcs that has been sitting on my shelf for months. I finally read it last week and took copious notes ahead of a big revision to my drafted novel. Then I searched good podcasts for writers and I selected Helping Writers Become Authors based on the title and summary. I didn't realize it was K.M. Weiland until I loaded the most recent episode on 1st chapters. The episode was PERFECT and such a good reminder of the rules we should know but never remember and never all at once. I'm hooked.

Always helpful

By frenchie frier - Dec 07 2019
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I don’t always agree with her (I’m not a big fan of the marvel movies) but she is always worth listening to and does make me think and help me be a better writer.

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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.)

Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Character?

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Although the variations of character arcs are as endless as the vagaries of human nature, we can narrow character arcs down to three basic types, with a few primary variations upon each.

Feb 09 2014

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What if Your Antagonist Isn't a Person?

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The obstacle that stands between your character and his overall story goal could be any number of non-human manifestations.

May 26 2013

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The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 12: Your Questions Answered

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I asked those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter for story-structure questions you'd like me to address before I wrap up the series.

May 13 2012

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How to Plot a Book: Start With the Antagonist

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Struggling to plot your book? Good things happen when you focus on figuring out how to plot your book by first examining your antagonist's goals.

Jun 20 2016

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You've Been Writing Sentences Wrong All Your Life! Find Out Why

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If you're not looking past sheer utilitarianism and exploring your sentences' full potential for hooking, guiding, and fulfilling readers, then you've got a whole new world to explore!

Sep 21 2014

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4 Ways to Verify Your Story Concept Is Strong Enough

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Many a cool story concept has turned into a wasted story. But that's not going to be you! Vet your your story ideas with this simple 4-question process.

Jul 18 2016

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What's Your Writing Personality?

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A quick look at all four personalities to help writers identify into which categories they prominently fall and how to make the most of them.

Oct 14 2012

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17 Steps to a Reader-Grabbing Title

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What steps can you take to come up with your own perfect title?

May 12 2013

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The 5 Secrets of Good Storytelling (That Writers Forget All the Time)

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Discover the five most important secrets of good storytelling--which also happen to be the five most common problems in modern books and movies.

Jan 08 2018

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Eight and a Half Character Archetypes You Should Be Writing

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Use thse character archetypes to bring full-fledged depth and resonance to both your plot and your theme.

Dec 22 2013

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Why Your Character's Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things

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Even if your character's goal only falls into one of these categories, you'll be able to verify you've created a deeply realistic story, one that will resonate on a primal level with readers everywhere.

Oct 26 2014

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Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 3: The Thing Your Character Wants vs. The Thing Your Character Needs

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The Lie Your Character Believes, which is the reason for all character arcs, is created from the conflict between the Thing He Wants and the Thing He needs.

Feb 23 2014

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Ep. 483: A Writer's Guide to Understanding People

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Learn how you can adopt a conscious approach to understanding people on your way to writing better and more realistic characters.

Oct 21 2019

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Planning Your Story: What George Lucas Can Teach You (Not) to Do

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MEvery major problem in the Star Wars prequels could have been avoided with a little foresight. Discover 4 things you must consider in planning your story.

May 08 2016

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Why Self-Conscious Writers Are Doomed

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Aside from the general worries that our storycraft isn't good enough, authors are also usually on the verge of freaking out about what people are going to think about us.

May 20 2012

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10 Questions Your Readers Shouldn't Have to Ask

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Be wary of creating the kind of suspense that has readers floundering to understand the basics of your scene, rather than forging ahead with definite and pressing questions.

Jul 15 2012

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Options for Dilemmas in a Sequel

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Handled skillfully, a good dilemma can heighten tension, make characters more sympathetic, and, most importantly, keep readers turning those pages.

Feb 03 2013

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How the Antagonist Affects Character Arc

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Consolidating the power of your main antagonist into a catalyst for both halves of your story is a powerful way to bring cohesion to both plot and theme.

Dec 15 2013

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When Your Scene Focuses on What Isn't Happening

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When we place the emphasis on non-actions, we're failing to tell readers what they should be visualizing.

Jul 07 2013

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Are You Over-Thinking Your First Draft?

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We can start getting all obsessive-compulsive about creating a perfect first draft - and we end by totally psyching ourselves out.

Jun 16 2013

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

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

Dec 09 2019

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Ep. 487: How to Choose the Right Antagonist for Any Type of Story

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By figuring out how to choose the right antagonist, one whose plot actions are thematically-appropriate, you will all but guarantee a solid narrative.

Nov 25 2019

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Ep. 486: How to Overcome Fear as a Writer and Embrace Your Profound Courage

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As fears arise--whether little niggles or life-threatening monsters--try these five ideas to help you use, live with, and overcome fear as a writer.

Nov 18 2019

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Ep. 485: 23 Tips for a Zero Waste Home Office

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Here are my top 20-plus suggestions to help writers create a zero waste home office as part of a mindful and sustainable lifestyle.

Nov 04 2019

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Ep. 484: How to Know Which Parts of Your Story Readers Will Like Best

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How can you know which parts of your story readers will like and which will have them yawning and skipping ahead? Here are six ways to judge.

Oct 28 2019

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Ep. 483: A Writer's Guide to Understanding People

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Learn how you can adopt a conscious approach to understanding people on your way to writing better and more realistic characters.

Oct 21 2019

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Ep. 482: This Is How to Transform Info Dumps Into Exciting Plot Reveals

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Mysteries, clues, and plot twists are great for hooking readers--as long as they are not powered by info dumps. Here are 5 principles for creating exciting plot reveals

Oct 14 2019

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Ep. 481: A Challenge to Write Life-Changing Fiction

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Five thoughts on why and how to take up the challenge to start (or continue) to write life-changing fiction.

Oct 07 2019

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Ep. 480: 5 Questions for Choosing a Protagonist Who Represents Theme

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You know you are choosing a protagonist who is thematically pertinent when you can answer these five important questions.

Sep 30 2019

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Ep. 479: Are You Struggling to Be Creative? This Might Be Why

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Struggling to be creative? Learn the primary creativity block, how to get past it, and four ways you may be more creative right now than you think you are.

Sep 23 2019

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Ep. 478: Critique: 10 Ways to Write Excellent Dialogue

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Because it is so important to take full of advantage of dialogue, take a look at a ten ways to write excellent dialogue.

Sep 16 2019

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Ep. 477: Creating Your Character's Inner Conflict: Want vs. Need

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Learn how a character's inner conflict is framed around a nuanced struggle between the Thing the Character Wants and the Thing the Character Needs.

Sep 02 2019

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Ep. 476: How to Use a Truth Chart to Figure Out Character Arc

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Figure out character arc using the Truth Chart--a fast, one-page beat sheet designed to help you develop theme and character.

Aug 26 2019

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Ep. 475: How to Tell if Your Story Has Too Much Plot, Not Enough Character

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What happens when your story is unbalanced by either too much character or too much plot? Here are five problems to watch out for.

Aug 19 2019

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Ep. 474: Learn 5 Types of Character Arc at a Glance, Pt. 2: The 3 Negative Arcs

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Writing a tragedy or dark story? Here is a beat-by-beat look at the three Negative Arcs--the Disillusionment Arc, the Fall Arc, and the Corruption Arc.

Aug 05 2019

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Ep. 473: Learn 5 Types of Character Arc at a Glance, Pt. 1: The 2 Heroic Arcs

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Learn the five primary types of character arc. This two-part series starts with a beat-by-beat view of the heroic arcs: Positive-Change Arc and Flat Arc.

Jul 29 2019

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Ep. 472: How to Make Your Plot a Powerful Thematic Metaphor

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To discover what thematic metaphor your plot is offering from amid its entertaining adventures, all you have to do is ask the right questions.

Jul 22 2019

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Ep. 471: Taking Your Writing to the Next Level: Whole-Life Art

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Here are five ways you can embrace the beauty and power of your art so that it reaches beyond the page to inform every part of your life.

Jul 01 2019

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Ep. 470: Critique: 4 Ways to Write Gripping Internal Narrative

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Take a close look at how your use of internal narrative will affect every sentence in your story, as well as how strong internal narrative can be one of your best bets for convincing readers to trust you as an author.

Jun 24 2019

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Ep. 469: 5 Ways to Earn Audience Loyalty

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Five examples of how the Marvel Cinematic Universe earned appreciation of its fanbase and what you can learn about how to earn audience loyalty.

Jun 17 2019

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