How Properly Structured Beginnings and Endings Hold Your Book Together

Perhaps the one thing that most distinguishes a book from real life is the fact that a book has a beginning and an ending. In real life, stories don’t end. Even death doesn’t end some stories. And birth isn’t so much a beginning as a continuation of the greater story of human life itself. When […]

How to Create Layers of Thematically Pertinent Conflict

Today, I’m guest posting on Storyfix, with a post on “How to Create Layers of Thematically Pertinent Conflict.” Here’s an excerpt: On the surface, conflict is a ridiculously easy concept. Have one character punch another. Or yell at him. Or even just give him the silent treatment. Easy-peasy, right? And to some extent, that’s true. As […]

How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing

Today, I’m guest posting on The Creative Penn, with a post on “How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing.” Here’s an excerpt: How do you explain the concept of foreshadowing? So, it’s like this thing that happens before this other thing happens to let readers know that the other thing is going to happen. Tough, isn’t it? But for […]

How Story Structure Prevents “Saggy Middle” Syndrome

Today, I’m guest posting on Writers Helping Writers with the post “How Structure Prevents ‘Saggy Middle’ Syndrome.” Here’s an excerpt: Is there a cure for the “saggy middle”? There sure is, and in a word (or two words, actually), that cure is story structure. Once you understand how to structure your story as a whole, you’ll be able to […]

Action and Reaction in Plot: The Building Blocks of Story Structure

Today, I’m guest posting on Jody Hedlund’s blog, with the post “Action and Reaction in Plot: The Building Blocks of Story Structure.” Here’s an excerpt: Sometimes writers get a little freaked out by the idea of story structure. Too complicated, too confining, too vague. This is ironic, since structure, when properly understood, actually simplifies the […]

10 Ways Plot Structure Influences Character Arc

Today, I’m guest posting over on Elizabeth Spann Craig’s blog, with the post “10 Ways Plot Structure Influences Character Arc.” Here’s an excerpt: I’m sometimes asked which is more important: plot or character. This is a misleading question, at its foundation. Not only are plot and character equally important, they’re also interdependent upon one another. […]

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story

Structuring Your Novel Blog Tour Dates

Welcome to the brand new Helping Writers Become Authors site! (The new K.M. Weiland site, dedicated exclusively to my fiction, went up last week.) I am absotively, posolutely, 110% thrilled with how the site turned out. The incredible team at Varick Design get all kinds of props and thanks from me for all the hard work and […]

Is Structure the Hidden Foundation of All Successful Stories?

Don’t forget: The site is likely to be either down or wonky this weekend, as we’re switching to the new server and design. I won’t be able to post on Friday and Sunday and perhaps not on Wednesday, but check back later next week for the unveiling of a brand-new Helping Writers Become Authors site! In […]

Sneak Peek at Structuring Your Novel’s Table of Contents

We’re only a month away from the release of what I feel is the most helpful information I’ve ever written about writing how-to. Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story comes out September 1st, 2013 (stay tuned for info about another big drawing—this time worth $3,500). In the meantime, here’s a peek […]

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How Story Structure Changed My Life

One thing I always stress to writers is the importance of writing subjects you’re passionate about. Most of the time this advice is aimed at novelists, but it’s every bit as true when it comes to non-fiction. As we approach the September 1st release date for my non-fiction book Structuring Your Novel, I’d like to share […]