Merry Christmas, Wordplayers!

Dear Wordplayers!

As we close out another momentous year, I am happy to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

For me, this time of the year is always one of reflection and gratitude. It has been quite a year—on all fronts. For me, personally, it was another year of significant changes in my personal life, in which I walked a road of challenges, but also, ultimately, of blessing. It was a different year, a year in which, for the first time in my life, I consciously took a break from fiction writing. It was a year of transition and, I hope, transformation. From what I have heard from all of you through these past twelve months, I hardly think I was alone in this.

As I close out this particular year, I am struck even more than usual by my tremendous gratitude for all of you. In a time of such uncertainty for all of us on so many levels, the significance of the perseverance, love, kindness, generosity, discipline, humor, and goodness that you all show every day, in ways large and small, is not unnoticed.

Thank you for the time you took this year in stopping by this site to browse, to chat, to wave, to discuss.

Thank you for your passion for storytelling, for learning, for growing. You help me grow, you teach me every day, and you share your passion with me as from one torch to another.

I love you all!

Merry Christmas and Happy 2022!

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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. Merry Christmas to you! When I discovered it in 2018, this blog and podcast set me on the path to being a real writer. It’s still an invaluable resource. Thanks for all you do!

  2. And a Merry Christmas to you as well, Katie.

    It has been a delight to watch you grow and change over the years. You have been a profound influence over how I read and write. While fiction is still an aspiration of mine, your story structure articles have had an impact on how I design training scenarios. Thank you very much for all you do and the fantastic resources that you provide.

    All the best in the coming New Year.

  3. Merry Christmas to you too! I and my fellow writers in my writing group are so grateful for your smart and insightful podcast episodes and posts! They teach us so much and help us shape our stories into better ones.

  4. Merry Christmas! Thank you for your words of encouragement to us! It is a lovely gift.

  5. Merry Christmas, Katie! The climatic moment of Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE occurs when wingless angel Clarence shows George Bailey what Bedford Falls would be like if he’d never been born. IMO, the writing community would be similarly less bright, enlightened, and knowledgeable without your presence. Best wishes to you, your family, and all others you love and care about.

  6. Merry Christmas to you too, Katie! Thanks in part to your work here, I published my first novel this year! I really appreciate what you do here. Thank you!

  7. Eric Troyer says

    Merry Christmas and thank you!

  8. Grace Dvorachek says

    Thank you for all of the writing wisdom you share… God bless you, and Merry Christmas!

  9. Merry Christmas! 🙂

  10. Merry Christmas!!

  11. Merry Christmas Kate,

    I want to thank you for the articles you post. Those and your books have helped me lean more about writing. I especially enjoy the posts regarding archetypal characters and story structure.
    The posts are a very nice Christmas gift that you distribute through out the year to all of us writers. Thank you. I’m looking forward to your posts in the coming year.


  12. Merry Christmas, Katie. I did want to say that right now, I’m plotting out the second (and probably last) book in my fantasy series and the archetype articles are proving very helpful. So, I guess all that mental anguish you put me through in the past year, which some would mistake for making me think, had a benefit.

    Thank you for the gifts you’ve given to all of us over the past year, and may the wings of angels enfold you and warm your heart in the coming days, weeks and years.

  13. Like you fiction writing has taken a backseat to marketing education. I wish you a happy new year and a return to fiction writing, a treasured passion.

  14. Merry Christmas! I’m grateful for the abundance of help you give to wordplayers!

  15. Of all the many websites on writing, there are only a handful worth following, clearly better than all the others. Yours is one of that small handful.

    In 2021, I’ve taken some time to finalize and market two novels totaling 250,000 words. My primary effort has been the Guardienne Project, a series of monographs uploaded to ResearchGate, based on Carl Jung’s statement: “In each of us there is an ʘther whom we do not know. He speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves.”

  16. Thank you for another YEAR’S worth of good, solid, writing training and related posts.

    Merry Christmas, Katie. Even though few of us have met you, we do (collectively, but definitely including me) love you and what you have done for us.


  17. Merry Christmas, Katie!

  18. Merry Christmas and thank you for the gift of such great writing advice.

  19. Thank you so much, Katie!! Thank you for all you share, for all the advice, guidance, and encouragement. Your website is absolutely one of my happy places! Here’s wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and all the best in the upcoming year! <3

  20. Merry Christmas! Thank you for all the insightful posts over the years; they have been a great help. May you have many blessings in the New Year to come.

  21. Merry Christmas Katie and thanks for all you do! 🙂 You are a blessing!

  22. Merry Christmas, a bit belated. Thank you for all up do.

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