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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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Always helpful

By Annamdvs - May 18 2020
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I found this several weeks ago and have been working my way through past episodes. I find her descriptions both broad enough to apply to lots of circumstances, but also specific and concrete enough to be very helpful. I have found several things that I was not even sure I was stuck on, and her podcasts pointed in me in ways beyond the obstacle. I find her both very accessible and personable, but also to the point, compared to some of the other writing podcasts I've found. Great job, Ms Weiland! Thanks and keep up the good work!

5 Stars

By BlaqueDiamondz - Apr 14 2020
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Always insightful and pleasant!

iTunes Ratings

504 Ratings
Average Ratings
441
31
16
9
7

Always helpful

By Annamdvs - May 18 2020
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I found this several weeks ago and have been working my way through past episodes. I find her descriptions both broad enough to apply to lots of circumstances, but also specific and concrete enough to be very helpful. I have found several things that I was not even sure I was stuck on, and her podcasts pointed in me in ways beyond the obstacle. I find her both very accessible and personable, but also to the point, compared to some of the other writing podcasts I've found. Great job, Ms Weiland! Thanks and keep up the good work!

5 Stars

By BlaqueDiamondz - Apr 14 2020
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Always insightful and pleasant!
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Helping Writers Become Authors

Latest release on Jun 01, 2020

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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.)

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: The #1 Way to Write Intense Story Conflict

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To reach your goal of writing gripping and intense story conflict, you must first learn how to make that conflict matter to readers. Here's how!

Dec 19 2016

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Rank #3: How to Outline a Series of Bestselling Books

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Figuring out how to outline a series may explode your preconceptions about the process and teach you so much more about outlining and storycraft in general.

Jan 16 2017

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Rank #4: 8 Ways to Troubleshoot a Scene--and 5 Ways Make It Fabulous

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Using these simple brainstorming tricks, you can figure out how to troubleshoot a scene and turn it into one of the highlights of your entire manuscript.

Feb 13 2017

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Rank #5: How to Study Plot and Character in Your Favorite Stories: 5 Easy Steps

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Here's an actionable five-step plan for going beyond simply being a reader and instead learning how to study plot and character in your favorite stories.

Dec 28 2015

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Rank #6: 3 Ways to Make Writing Your Novel Easier

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As much as writers relish the challenges writing offers, most of you love the idea of finding a way to make writing your novel easier. Discover three tips!

Jun 28 2015

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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 48: No Conflict Between Characters

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Are you characters happy? They shouldn't be! Learn to tackle this common writing mistake caused by lack of interpersonal conflict.

Feb 01 2016

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Rank #9: How to Write a Scene Outline You Can Use (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 9)

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Here are 6 tricks to making the most of the final outlining step. You've been waiting for it a long time, and here it is: how to write a scene outline!

Nov 28 2016

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Rank #10: Don't Know Your Story's Theme? Take a Look at Your Character's Arc

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Take a moment to consider your story's theme. Does it leap right out at you? Or do you have to do a little digging?

Nov 16 2014

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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: How to Structure Your Story's Outline (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 7)

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Once you've discovered a general idea of your plot, you can use these three steps to figure out how to structure your story's outline.

Nov 14 2016

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 4 Ways to Write a Likable Protagonist at the Start of His Character Arc

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How can writers create instantly likable protagonists when the characters have to start their arcs as less-than-perfect people?

Jul 26 2015

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Rank #17: Want a Powerful Theme for Your Novel? Play Devil's Advocate!

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Here's the thing about a powerful theme. It's not black and white. It's not the moral of the story. It's not an answer - it's a question. And here's the thing about questions: they very often have more than one answer.

Nov 23 2014

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Rank #18: The Hardest Part of Writing Good Character Arcs-and How You Can Make It Look Easy!

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You ready for this? The number one mistake authors make with character arcs is that they try to remake their character into someone new. Find out why!

Jul 12 2015

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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: How to Figure Out WHAT Your Character's Arc Should Be

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Choosing your character's arc is every bit as important a decision as choosing the right plot.

Aug 10 2014

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Ep. 508: 11 Exercises to Enhance Your Visual Thinking

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To help you improve your writing and storytelling, here are eleven exercises you can use to consciously access your visual thinking and creativity.

Jun 01 2020

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Ep. 507: Editing Your Novel Q&A

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Have questions about editing your novel? The best way to find good answers is to ask good questions. Here are eight excellent questions about editing.

May 24 2020

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Ep. 506: Creativity vs. Distraction: 13 Tips for Writers in the Age of the Internet

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Controlling and cutting down on distraction is the first step in reclaiming our full creative capacity. Here are 13 tips to get started!

May 18 2020

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Ep. 505: 7 Possible Hooks for Your Opening Chapter

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In order to grab readers, you'll need to consider several specific types of hooks for your opening chapter. You may want to use one--or all of them.

May 11 2020

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Ep. 505: 15 Productive Tasks You Can Still Do Even When You Don't Feel Like Writing

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If you find you don't feel like writing right now, here's a list of 15 important writing tasks you may be more in the mood for.

Apr 27 2020

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Ep. 503: 4 Ways Writing Improves Your Relationship With Yourself

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The more you learn to listen to the self that appears on the page, the more writing improves your relationship with yourself in an ever-deepening journey.

Apr 20 2020

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Ep. 502: How to Get Some Writing Done: Discipline vs. Enthusiasm

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Sometimes the hardest part of getting some writing done is just... doing it. Here are 10 tips for cultivating discipline and renewing enthusiasm.

Apr 13 2020

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Ep. 501: 7 Ways Writing Saves Us When Life Is Hard

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Writing and stories have the power to help all of us--but especially writers. Here are seven ways writing can help us keep going in times of uncertainty.

Apr 06 2020

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Ep. 500: 8 Challenges (and Solutions) When Writing From Home

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If you're writing from home (or honestly, trying to accomplish just about anything from home), here are eight tips for maximizing your daily routine.

Mar 30 2020

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Ep. 499: The Power of Hopeful Stories in a Stressful Time

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Want to put something good into the world right now? Here are five ways the power of hopeful stories can create change in a positive way.

Mar 22 2020

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Ep. 498: 5 Questions About How to Balance Multiple POVs in Your Story

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Knowing your story's ending will help you know the right answer to almost any POV question. Let's look at 5 questions about using multiple POVs.

Mar 15 2020

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Ep. #497: Critique: 6 Tips for Introducing Characters

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Your goal in introducing characters should be to do so with the least amount of info possible while still making the characters memorable. Here's how!

Mar 08 2020

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Ep. 496: Creativity vs. the Ego (Or, the Value of Unpublishable Stories)

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When creativity becomes a servant of the ego, rather than the other way around--we can get confused about what we're doing and why.

Mar 01 2020

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Ep. 495: The Professional Writing Resources I Use for All Parts of the Writing and Publishing Processes

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Here are fourteen professional writing resources to help with all parts of authorpreneurship: writing, editing, blogging/podcasting, book formatting, marketing.

Feb 23 2020

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Ep. 494: Thoughts on How to Be Critical of Stories in a Way That Makes a Difference

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Learn how to be critical of stories in a way that turns the potential for negativity into a positive force that drives your own creativity.

Feb 17 2020

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

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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.

Feb 04 2020

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

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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.

Jan 20 2020

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

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

Jan 13 2020

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Ep. 490: My Top Books of 2019

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

Jan 06 2020

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

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

Dec 16 2019

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iTunes Ratings

504 Ratings
Average Ratings
441
31
16
9
7

Always helpful

By Annamdvs - May 18 2020
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I found this several weeks ago and have been working my way through past episodes. I find her descriptions both broad enough to apply to lots of circumstances, but also specific and concrete enough to be very helpful. I have found several things that I was not even sure I was stuck on, and her podcasts pointed in me in ways beyond the obstacle. I find her both very accessible and personable, but also to the point, compared to some of the other writing podcasts I've found. Great job, Ms Weiland! Thanks and keep up the good work!

5 Stars

By BlaqueDiamondz - Apr 14 2020
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Always insightful and pleasant!