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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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455 Ratings
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Excellent podcast.

By Tmk503 - Feb 05 2020
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Helpful,useful, smart.

Wonderful Podcast!

By Nehemiah Feliciano - Jan 13 2020
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K.M. Weiland is so encouraging! Her writing tips are so helpful, and fun to listen too!

iTunes Ratings

455 Ratings
Average Ratings
397
29
14
9
6

Excellent podcast.

By Tmk503 - Feb 05 2020
Read more
Helpful,useful, smart.

Wonderful Podcast!

By Nehemiah Feliciano - Jan 13 2020
Read more
K.M. Weiland is so encouraging! Her writing tips are so helpful, and fun to listen too!
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Helping Writers Become Authors

Latest release on Feb 17, 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

10mins

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Rank #2: Why Every Story You Write Is a Guaranteed Failure

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No matter how many great facts you may come up with to prove your latest story is not a failure, you're never going to kill the demon of doubt. Know why? Because your latest story is a failure.

Jun 29 2014

8mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 45: Avoiding "Said"

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Turns out if you get your story's narrative voice right from the very start, everything else has a much better chance of falling into place like magic.

Nov 02 2015

9mins

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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

12mins

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Rank #6: 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 #7: 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

6mins

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Rank #8: 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

12mins

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 6 Steps to Create a Fantastic Narrative Voice (What I Learned Writing Storming)

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Avoiding "said" is one of the most common writing mistakes? Yep. Avoiding this hard-working speaker attribution can lead you into some major prose problems.

Nov 09 2015

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Rank #11: 8 Paragraph Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

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Paragraphs are just breaks in the text, right? Using them is about as intuitive as it gets, right? Maybe not. Learn to avoid eight nasty paragraph mistakes.

Sep 14 2015

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Rank #12: 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

18mins

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Rank #13: 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

7mins

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Rank #14: 7 Ways to Use NaNoWriMo to Make You a Better Writer All Year Long

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The most important goal of NaNoWriMo isn't having an awesome November. It's making sure you have an awesome rest of your writing life!

Oct 05 2015

14mins

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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 44: Too Many Participle Phrases

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Find out when participle phrases (those "-ing" words) are acceptable--and when are they not. Will using them make your book unacceptable to editors?

Sep 07 2015

9mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: How to Write Can't-Look-Away Chapter Breaks (What I Learned Writing Storming)

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Don't let chapter breaks be stumbling blocks between readers and the end of the book. Make breaks work for you by fascinating readers all the way through.

Nov 16 2015

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Rank #20: Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 30: Describing Character Movements

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Surprisingly, the most difficult part of describing character movements is simply remembering to describe those movements in the first place.

Jun 01 2014

7mins

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