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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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507 Ratings
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Excellent content

By RoseB43 - May 19 2020
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I love this podcast. K.M. is engaging and provides very helpful information and examples on how to improve your writing. I’ve learned so much from listening and applying the skills to my writing. I also am reading some of her books and am now part of her online community. I highly recommend giving this podcast a listen.

5 Stars

By BlaqueDiamondz - Apr 14 2020
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Always insightful and pleasant!

iTunes Ratings

507 Ratings
Average Ratings
443
32
16
9
7

Excellent content

By RoseB43 - May 19 2020
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I love this podcast. K.M. is engaging and provides very helpful information and examples on how to improve your writing. I’ve learned so much from listening and applying the skills to my writing. I also am reading some of her books and am now part of her online community. I highly recommend giving this podcast a listen.

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 Jul 05, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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: 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 #3: How I Self-Edit My Novels: 15 Steps From First Draft to Publication

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To create the best story possible, we have to not just spend the time to prep and write a book, but also the months and even years necessary to smooth out all its rough spots.

Jun 09 2013

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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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Rank #7: 5 Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist

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Plot twists can bring a whole new dimension to your story. But done with less finesse than not, they can also submarine the whole thing.

Jul 28 2013

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Rank #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: Your Ultimate First Chapter Checklist, Pt. 1: Hooking Readers

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Here is a first chapter checklist to help you provide the setup for a solid story and pique the curiosity of your readers with amazing hooks.

Apr 09 2018

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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: Ep. 452: The 10-Step Checklist to Writing an Above-Average Novel

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On your way to writing an above-average novel, learn how to apply these ten straightforward solutions to common fiction problems.

Dec 10 2018

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Rank #14: Crafting Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes

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Out of resistance comes conflict; out of conflict comes plot. This is the first of many ways in which plot and character arcs are inextricable.

Feb 16 2014

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Rank #15: 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 #16: 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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Rank #17: 6 Must-Know Tricks for Getting to Know Your Characters

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Writers have to know their characters down to their cores and understand how to flesh them out in the pages of their books.

Aug 18 2013

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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: Start Your Outline With These 4 Questions (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 2)

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Where do you start your outline? Right here! Use these these four questions to discover the big-picture skeleton of your story.

Oct 10 2016

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Rank #20: 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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