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Hi and welcome! I’m K.M. Weiland (but you can call me Katie), and I love that you’re here because it means you take stories and the craft of writing just as bodaciously as I do.

My goal in running Helping Writers Become Authors and the awesomesauce community of Wordplayers that has grown up around it is to show you how to write your best story–change your life–and astound the world.

Sound good?

This site is a pretty whopping big place these days, so let me give you a quick heads-up about the places, posts, and resources you definitely don’t want to miss.

(Step 1) Get to Know Me

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If you want to know more about me, my story, and my writing, check out my about page. And be sure to drop me a note! I love hearing from other passionate storytellers and answering your writing questions.

(Step 2) Read My Most Popular Articles

(If you’d like to read some of my articles in French, click here.)

(Step 3) Grab Your Free Swag!


Glossary of Writing Terms


Wordplayer’s Manifesto

yWriter Tutorial


(Step 4) Subscribe to the Blog Posts

(Step 5) Connect on Social Media

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(Step 6) Check Out the Podcast

Podcast Episodes

(Step 7) Learn More About Story Structure


Free E-Book: 5 Secrets of Story Structure

Story Structure Database

Structuring Your Novel Visual Chart

(Step 8) Learn More About Outlining


What Should Your Book Outline Look Like Free Download of Complete Outlining Transcript of Storming by K.M. Weiland

(Step 9) Learn More About Scrivener

Scrivener Template for Outlining and Structuring Your Novel

How I Use Scrivener to Outline My Novels

How I Use Scrivener to Write My First Drafts

How I Use Scrivener to Edit My Novels

(Step 10) Check Out My Top Recommendations

Recommended Reading for Writers

Recommended Book Editors and Proofreaders

Recommended Beta Reader Sites

Recommended Professional Resources for Writers

Thank You for Being Here!

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If you’re still in search of something, be sure to check out the search bar in the top right column (or at the bottom of the page, if you’re on a mobile device). And don’t hesitate to email me if you have a question. Here’s to writing some awesome books together!