Merry Christmas Wordplayers

Merry Christmas, Wordplayers!

Merry Christmas, Wordplayers! I wish you all the best over this holiday season and hope you find it a good reason to celebrate all your blessings. We’ve had a great year of writing together. Here’s to an even better 2015!

And now a little Christmas ho-ho-ho!

Tell me your opinion: What was your greatest writing-related blessing this year?

Merry Christmas, Wordplayers!

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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. One of my greatest writing blessings came just in the last month or so…. Providentially, I ended up viewing a couple movies and reading several books (that on the surface had absolutely nothing to do with one another) and all of a sudden I ended up rethinking various storytelling techniques, settings, etc. for my current WIP. And, in short, I’m going to be redoing the setting entirely (which is huge and will require some rewriting), but I’m so thrilled with how *right* it feels and can’t wait to get started in January! 🙂

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  2. Discovering your wonderful website!

  3. Merry Christmas… 2014 wasn’t a great writing year for me, but I have had small articles accepted for publications–one published, the other in the queue. It was a moving year which took up a lot of my time and was bittersweet as this, my favorite writing from the year (a blog post) shows;

  4. Derrick D Davis says

    My best writing blessing came in the form of my first book being published this month. I’m excited that it got published. And I’m working on my next project. Busy busy busy.

  5. Merry Christmas to you too Kate. I intend to get cracking on with my third novel while nagging schools to let me come in and read my second one.

  6. So many blessings this year! First I found your website, then I finished a rough first draft for my novel, and I’m helping others with their writing!
    A good progressive year for me! Merry Christmas!

  7. Aaron Lambert says

    Ha, good ol Jib-Jab! So I’m not the only one who drinks hot cocoa through my nose! 😉

    I’ve been able to write more this year than any before and that has been a blessing in itself (much thanks to my sweet wife for allowing it). In addition, discovering many great resources such as this fantastic website has been instrumental in taking my writing skills to the next bar. And on that note, let me band with the others and say…

    Merry Christmas and thanks for giving so much of your time and knowledge to help so many!

  8. My incredible, amazing crit partner, with whom my WIP has come into such amazing form AND my Womentoring mentor, @calmoriarty!

  9. thomas h cullen says

    Merry Christmas all!

  10. Dear Kate, my writing blessing this year is that I found the path to finish the first draft of my first novel. And I owe you, too, because your books were critical to my success. Thank you so much and may the joy of Christmas be with you through the incoming Year 2015.

  11. LOL, crazy JibJab routine, Katie.
    Merry Christmas~
    I think one of the best takeaways I had this year was your Annotated Jayne Eyre.
    The awesome rich, dark coffee I enjoyed while reading it were pretty special too!

    Really enjoyed Behold the Dawn as well.

    Thanks for every thing you do on behalf of writers and the excellent example you set in your own writing.

  12. My best take away this year was reading your OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL before I entered into the NaNoWriMo in November. The outline helped immensely and although the novel didn’t quite write itself, it felt much easier.

    When I hit the 50K works on day 28, I gave a great sigh of relief and a “Thank you K.M. Weiland!”

  13. Two key things:

    1. Reading the Hunger Games trilogy brought back my inspiration for reading and writing
    2. Finding this website, along with the “how-to” books you’ve written.

    I might not have the next Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Wuthering Heights or Anna Karenina up my sleeve, but reading this blog (and then going on to buy your guide on Outlining Your Novel) has given me hope that I might actually start and finish a story that I’m proud of.

    Merry Christmas from Australia!

  14. robert easterbrook says

    I can’t stop laughing! HAHA Merry Christmas to you too!

  15. robert easterbrook says

    Oh I forgot to say that my greatest writing blessing in 2014 was your workbooks. Thank you!

  16. Merry Christmas Katie! Thanks for sharing your talents.

  17. Pam Portland says

    So many writing blessings this year, where do I even start? My two-month summer job in Wyoming provided me with inspiration enough for four novels! (I know, I was surprised by that number, too.)

    My large-scale writing project on the docket for 2015 included nine site visits in the past year. When I think of them, I get giddy just putting all the pieces together in my head and excited for the coming year!

    Happy New Year!

  18. 1. Finding not only your website but also reading & enjoying two of your novels – Dreamlander (*****)and then Behold the Dawn (*****).

    2. Realising that I shouldn’t feel guilty that I don’t have a new release this year… just a few more words written well and a few more edited.

    Nadolig Llawen a bendithion ar gyfer 2015 – as I try to say here in Snowdonia

  19. My top pick would have to be going to my first writer’s conference at the end of May. Not only was it a great first experience, but it was specifically for Christian spec fic writers, making everything double awesome! 🙂

  20. I had set 2014 as the year I would finish and hopefully have revised my manuscript a couple of times and send it to an editor. The stars didn’t align and due to health issues for both my husband and me, a lot of my planning was tabled. The biggest disappointment was dropping out of class after only completing two sessions of ten to have surgery. My good fortune was the writers and artists cooperative sponsoring the class were willing to hold a spot for me in one of the next two sessions (January or April). Recovery is still happening so I’ll opt for April, but what a gift not to have to forfeit all of my registration fees!

  21. Finding you Katie, your tutorials, your Outlining and Structuring books, your outline review. This put me on a new path with my WIP and a new round of confidence for my second novel. Major thanks. I wish God’s blessing for you in 2015 as you continue to share your enthusiasm for words, what they can do and what they can create. Health and blessings.

  22. This design is incredible! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well,
    almost…HaHa!) Excellent job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!

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