Merry Christmas, Wordplayers!

Dear Wordplayers,

For me, Christmas is always a time of reflection upon the year that has passed, intention for the year that is to come, and especially recognition of the gifts for which I am most grateful.

This year, perhaps more than any other year, I find myself with a deep gratitude for this community of writers. We have talked about writing, we have talked about life. And there has been a lot to talk about this year.

We’ve all struggled. Life has gotten bigger and more real than ever. And for some of us—all of us?—there have been at least moments when the page has seemed smaller and smaller. I have heard your fears, your struggles, your suffering, your frustrations. But mostly what I have heard from you—in the comments on this blog, in your emails, in your messages, and sometimes even in your thoughtful written letters and notes—is your deep courage, conviction, hope, and love.

This is not a year when I have despaired of humanity. It is a year when I have been overcome again and again by the power of our potential for goodness. I have seen so much kindness, so much generosity, so much passion for one another. I do not look to the media to tell me what the world is like. I look to the people who make up my world—and you who are reading this are a huge part of that world.

So this year, I thank you not just for being there, for reading, and for writing. I thank you for making a difference. In a year when the problems have seemed so insurmountable and untouchable, I have seen how much can be changed by the smallest of intentions.

I wish you the merriest of Christmases, and I am honored to get to move forward into the challenges of 2021 alongside you.

Keep writing!

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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. Thank you, Katie, for your warm Christmas message, your positive spirit, and all the help and encouragement you give to writers. Merry Christmas!

  2. Jess Costello says

    Merry Christmas, Katie!

  3. Merry Christmas!

  4. Louis Schlesinger says

    Merry Christmas, Katie, and thank you for opening your hearth – and heart – to us. People use many names for that the goodness of which you speak – Holy Spirit, better angels, conscience. We’re all blessed that people who came before us have captured portions of it in WORDS. St. Francis of Assisi’s Prayer and the Serenity Prayer anchor me daily.

    Be safe, stay well.

  5. Merry Christmas to you and your family. May you continue to give good writing tips in the new year.

  6. Eric Troyer says

    👍🏿😃🎄Thanks Katie!

  7. Happy, happy Christmas to you and yours, Katie! Thank you for all you do to encourage us…:)

  8. Katie, you are my beacon for 2021. Thanks.

  9. Polly Hansen says

    Thank you, Katie. I love your message. I bought myself a Christmas present and ordered your structuring your novel book. Best to you and yours.

  10. Happy Christmas to you. Have you ever made a quilt on a sewing machine? Going to do Christmas cookies and also a gingerbread house.

  11. Merry Christmas to you and yours! I have very much enjoyed your teaching and encouragement. I’m looking forward to another year of writing and reading your blog.

  12. I’m not one for blogging, but I want you to know how much I appreciate your helpful blog.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Stay safe,
    Gilbert Gordon

  13. Adrienne Nesiba says

    Dear KM:) , Merry Christmas to you, your family, friends, and loved ones especially the people this list, who are also your loved ones, and mine too, from me, Todd, and my community of persons in Maine and Florida. Thank you, for the bright spot you put in my life, with inspiring my to take up writing, which has led to new experiences, interests, shared interests. You are always a bright spot in the middle of the long nights I spend. thank you, for all you do, you changed my world 🌎
    Merry Christmas 🎄❄️🌙✨!!
    Love, Adrienne

  14. Encouraging and inspiring as always. Thank you Katie and a Most Merrious Christmas to you! 😀

  15. Robert Plowman says

    Thank you for your beautiful message. Merry Christmas to you too, Katie!

  16. Dennis Strack says

    I agree with you that looking at the people around is a better sign to know people are like than what the media says. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and your family. God bless you.

  17. Merry Christmas, KM. your posts (and resulting responses) are among the few that I always enjoy reading. May your new year be better in every way.

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