Merry Christmas, Wordplayers!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

As we close out this decade, I find my heart is full of gratitude—for so many things, but especially for you.

I’m thankful for your time and attention, that I get to share some of my journey with you, as you also share your journeys with me. I’m thankful for every one of you who reads this blog or listens to the podcast, and I am thankful for those of you who take even more of your time to leave a comment, start a conversation, or send me an email with a joke, a comment, a question, or sometimes simply the gift of encouragement. I’m just a voice and a face out here in Internet land; it is amazing and deeply humbling to me that so many of you take precious time and effort from your own lives to brighten my day with a kind word or a report on how this site helped you reach a milestone or success in your writing.

I’m thankful to so many of you who have shared your own knowledge and experience with me, this year and always. Not only would I be unable to do what I do without you, but my life would be dull and drained indeed. Thank you for the work you do to make the world a better place.

And thank you to those of you (most of you!) who write. I thank you for your stories, your courage, your vulnerability, your honesty, and your struggle. I don’t think there has been a moment in my entire life when I have not known in my heart that telling a story was vital, but the older I get, the more I consciously believe that telling a story—and telling it well—is one of the most tremendous contributions any human can make to the world.

Some of your stories have changed my life. Some of your stories have changed my life because they changed your life. Some of your stories have changed me because they’ve changed other people. And some of your stories may yet prove themselves to be touchstones of Truth in our future.

Thank you for your passion, for walking beside me on this path, and letting me walk beside you.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2020!

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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. Hello Katie!
    Thank you so much for all your attention and for patiently answering my doubts (a lot of them!).
    Your site has been very helpful for me during my journey as a beginner writer. Each post made me learn more and more.
    I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of happiness and blessings!

  2. Sally M. Chetwynd says

    The merriest of Christmases to you and your loved ones and best wishes for a most happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! Thank YOU for sharing so much with us!

  3. Thanks for your hard work and commitment to keep this up. Ive not posted for quite a while but wishing you have happy and blessed Christmas and new year.

  4. Eric Troyer says

    Thank you, Katie, for the columns, books, advice, humor, and all! I always look forward to your posts. I consider this the Post of Christmas Present (and Past), so may the Post of Christmas Future bring more of the same!

  5. Merry Christmas, Katie, and may it be a happy, healthy, and blessed new year (decade)! Thanks for all the work you put into this site; I can’t express how much it’s helped me along my writing journey. 🙂

  6. Nadia Syeda says

    Im thankful to you for helping me understand writing a little better. Structure, character arc, it helps me understand that writing isn’t just making pretty prose, it’s also about the story behind the pretty prose. I hope you had a happy decade!

  7. Merry Christmas, Katie, and wish you a Happy New Year. Thanks so much to you and to all those in the writing community who share their wisdom and experience so openly.

  8. Being self-taught in almost everything I do, you were (and are) a blessing. You have changed my writing and view of stories so much since I stumbled here when I was fourteen. Now, at eighteen, I can confidently weave stories, analyze others, and appreciate them on an entirely different level. You helped me do what I love and made me love doing it even more.

    Happy holidays and happy writing! Best of luck in your journey.

  9. Usvaldo de Leon says

    Merry Christmas, Kaya! Thank you for another thought provoking and inspiring year.

  10. Dennis Michael Montgomery says

    I want you to know that the past year I have enjoyed, been edified, and been inspired by your essays and have been endeavoring to apply them to my writing. I will continue reading your articles and follow your insights. I hope someday to meet you. Perhaps we can trade pens.

    For religious reasons I will not wish you a merry christmas, but I do wish you well.

    For those of you who wonder why I don’t keep christmas here is a link explaining why.

  11. Merry Christmas K. M. and a big thank you for all you do!
    You are on my vision list for 2020 ❤️🤗

  12. Merry Christmas! I am so thankful for you, for your stories, you encouragement, your openness toward us. Thank you.

  13. Casandra Merritt says

    I am so thankful that I was led to your website at a critical time, when I first started writing. It was the first time I had ever heard of character arcs and story structure, and I couldn’t have come to a better place. you got me started on the right track! Also, you don’t even know how many ways God has used your site in my life (and others) in special ways. Merry Christmas and keep on doing what you’re doing. 2020 is an important year.

  14. Merry Christmas, Katie! And thanks for all the writing lessons and advice through your blog posts.

  15. Usvaldo de Leon says

    Merry Christmas, Kaya! Thank you for another thought provoking and inspiring year. Hope you have a great holiday season.

  16. A very merry Christmas to you and thanks for your wonderful advice.

  17. Azriel Thompson says

    Merry Christmas! You’ve helped me so much, all your posts have helped me so much. My study of story theory, started by your posts, has helped my writing immensely. I’m so thankful you’re running this blog, the blog’s name is very accurate.

  18. When God created angel he curve and mold you special you are an angel he send to help and inspire all of us merci thanks merry Xmas Happy New Year blessings

  19. Thank you, Kaite! Thanks for all you are and all you do and for sharing it with all of us.
    After all, the best stories are the ones we tell together.
    May God’s favor be upon your work and your life this coming year.

  20. Thank-you I am finding this site very inspirational. I am not currently writing but have ambitions to start again in the New Year.
    Each article I read is one more piece of inspiration to push me in that direction.

  21. Thank you for your advice through your blog post. I am so thankful to you for sharing this article with us.

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