Conquering Writer's Block and Summoning Inspiration

Announcing Conquering Writer’s Block and Winning Fridays

As those of who listen to my weekly podcast or follow me on Twitter and Facebook are probably already aware, I’ve been hard at work this summer on a new project: a 60-minute audio presentation called Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration, adapted from some of my most popular blog posts, which will be released on October 1st.

Inspiration is a slippery thing at the best of times. But, as writers, we can’t afford to wait around on Madame Muse’s good will. In this 60-minute audio presentation, I show you how to nurture creativity and put it at your summons, rather than the other way around. After listening to this audio book, you will be able to:

  • Build a lifestyle that encourages inspiration
  • Say goodbye to destructive guilt over “wasting” time on creative endeavors
  • Discover why inspiration isn’t so much a feeling as an act of will
  • Understand what to do when your best-laid plans go awry
  • Use your non-writing time to boost your creative energy
  • Apply specific tips to prevent and combat writer’s block
  • Instill habits for improving your efficiency and commitment as an author

I was able to time the release of the audio presentation with the launch of my new-and-improved website: both will be unveiled October 1st, along with a host of other goodies, which I’ll be talking about more throughout this month.

We had so much fun with the Winning Wednesday contests before the launch of Behold the Dawn last year that I couldn’t resist bringing them back (on Fridays this time, to avoid interfering with the vlog posts on Wednesdays). Every Friday between now and October 1st, I will be hosting a prize drawing. Rules of the contest are as follows:

  1. Each Friday, information about a new prize will be announced.
  2. To enter, leave a comment on the post. The deadline for each contest with be Thursday, 6:00 p.m. MST.
  3. One name will be selected randomly from among the comments and announced the following Friday.
  4. Feel free to enter every week!

This week’s prize: The e-version of either of my novels (A Man Called Outlaw or Behold the Dawn), available in your choice of formats: Kindle, Stanza, Sony Reader, or Palm Doc.

Leave a comment to enter and be sure to stop by next Friday to learn the winner and sign up for the next drawing!

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. The CD sounds really good. I’m going to have to consider getting this one. And I have to tell you, I’m so impressed on your marketing techniques. I think you should do a CD or ebook or something on how you accomplish all this.

  2. I’m so excited! About the new CD, website and the opportunity to win one of your books. This was a good way to get me to leave google reader and comment. 😉

  3. That’s so cool! I don’t know how the heck you have time to write a book with all the great stuff you put on the web!

  4. I agree with Erica, I barely have enough time to write anymore, but you seem to be doing fifty things at the same time! How do you do it?

  5. That is so fun! By the way, I’m posting my own ‘Degrees of Inspiration’ tomorrow. 😀

  6. Chris Burdick says

    Fun, fun, fun! Count me in. I’m excited about the CD and the new website. Can’t wait for both. Well done!

  7. this looks like an exciting new venture, katie! count me in, too. 🙂 i love the fish and light bulb graphic! very creative….which is what we all need.

    the character therapist

  8. It looks interesting! I may have to save up and buy it!

  9. @Naomi: Maybe one of these days when I’ve got it all mastered (ha!), I’ll do a presentation on marketing.

    @Charity: All part of my evil plan, don’t you know? 😉

    @Erica and Eldra: Schedules are friend. And also coffee.

    @Katherine: Can’t wait to see it! I’ve been loving the posts everyone has shared so far.

    @Chris: Thanks, Chris. I appreciate the enthusiasm and the encouragement!

    @Jeannie: Thanks! I fell in love with that pic myself.

    @Celecia: I hope you find it useful!

  10. Too bad I can’t stand coffee. But I’ll take dark chocolate any moment of any day.

  11. If I had to pick between coffee and chocolate, chocolate would win every time!

  12. Where did my post go? I want to enter.

  13. Uh-oh. Blogger must have eaten it. But you’re entered now!

  14. Sounds like a terrific CD!

  15. Thanks, Angie. Hope you enjoy it!

  16. The CD sounds fantastic and I agree, I don’t know how you keep all the plates spinning and in the air. Just maintaining this blog the way you do must take loads of time. I know we all appreciate the posts.

  17. Thanks, Lee. I love being able to give back to the writing community since it’s given so much to me.

  18. Yay 😀
    This is really exciting!

    Congrats, gal.

  19. Thanks, Kelly! Good luck in the drawing.

  20. The premise of the CD intrigues me – take charge of my muse? (inspiratio as an act of will)

    I have a lot of ways to nurture creativity – but there are always new angles to consider..

  21. You have been very busy. Glad to see that you are doing well. The new book sounds exciting and your contest will be a big hit.

  22. @Judy: The beautiful (and slightly terrifying) thing about inspiration is that it’s a territory too vast to ever fully explore. There’s always a new discovery awaiting us.

    @John: I probably wouldn’t know what to do with myself I weren’t busy!

  23. Wow, that CD looks really awesome and you’ve been telling about the new website for a while too. I can’t wait. 🙂

  24. Yep, it’s been awhile. I’m excited to share it with you all now!

  25. Please enter me! On your next CD, can you talk about how I can quit my “real” job to write full time while still making the house payment, paying the bills, and keeping the kids fed? 😉

  26. Ooh! How fun! Here’s my comment! 🙂

  27. You bet… just as soon as I get that part figured out myself!

  28. I’m liking the whole giving away prizes idea, and the new CD sounds good too of course =P

  29. Sounds like a great CD. Giveaways are lots of fun too. Have a great day!

  30. @Lucas: Stay tuned – I’ll be giving away a copy of the CD next week.

    @Susanne: Yep, giveaways are always fun! Thanks for the comment.

  31. One of the things I like best about having gotten into Twitter is discovering you and yes, this blog. Always something interesting!


  32. I’m happy to have met you too!

  33. That sounds really cool. You are such an awesome author! I re-read “Behold the Dawn” for my second time and want to read “A Man Called Outlaw.” I can’t wait till you finish writing “Dreamer.” You can definitely enter me for this weeks contest.

  34. Hi Katie, count me in. I always enjoy your blog videos and have ordered the new release, can’t wait to receive it. Keep up the good work.

  35. @Lynnae: You’re very kind. It always makes my day to hear that someone enjoyed reading (much more re-reading!) one of my books!

    @Andy: I hope you find it inspiring!

  36. Fun! I’d love to be entered 🙂

  37. I wanna read your books. Are they available in India? Would love to win them too. 🙂

  38. @Hannah: And entered you are!

    @cool: Probably not in bookstores. But you can order them from my site.

  39. For your next story how about the mystery of the winning blog reader.

  40. The winning blog reader?

  41. Since I’ve already put this on my “list of things to get”, I’d love to enter for the chance to win!

  42. This drawing is already closed, but you can enter this week’s by leaving your comment here.

  43. Can’t wait to see the new site. That the new CD both coming out on October 1st. Seems like forever, but is really only 20 days away.

    I keep telling my son that I need him to do mine over.
    He keeps telling me when he gets time.

  44. October 1st will be here before we know it! Website design is pretty time intensive. But worth the effort!

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