Today, I'm Thankful for... YOU!

Today, I’m Thankful for… YOU!

Today, I'm Thankful for... YOU!Happy Thanksgiving, Wordplayers!

I hope you’re gearing up for a wonderful day of family, friends, football, good food, and maybe some good shopping deals. I’m considering doing my first-ever Black Friday shopping trip, so wish me luck!

As always this year, I am overwhelmed with things to be thankful for. It’s been a challenging year for me to some degree, due to some unexpected developments in my personal life, but I feel it has been a year in which God has used those same challenges to bless me in ways I wouldn’t even have been able to imagine.

One blessing is simply the amazing Indian Summer that continues to make this the warmest fall on record. As I take my coffee, my notebook, and my iPad outside to my writing table every morning, I feel incredibly thankful to be able to immerse myself in the beautiful struggles of imagination and creation.


And I am just as thankful to get to share the beauty and the struggle of the artistic life with all of you!

As always, I’d like to take this opportunity to shout out a very small number of you:

Writer buds: Linda Yezak, Steve Mathisen, Lorna Poston, Liberty Speidel, Johne Cook, Garrett Amerson, London Crockett, Braden Russell.

Super commenters: R Billing, Andrewiswriting, Jason Bougger, Rick Presley, Joe Long, Ken Hughes, Megan Brummer, Beks, Marissa John, Ben Stoddard, Benjamin Thomas, Hannah Killian, 80smetalman, Aly—and so many more of you!

People who make me smile: Ingrid Bøuldin, Karen Townsend Magro, Susan Brannock, Adrienne Nesiba, Charvella Campbell, Usvaldo de Leon, Jr., Brad Dennison, Sabrina, Kami Boley, Marcus José Pinto, and Jonathan R. Allen.

Fellow bloggers: Joe Bunting, Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi, James Scott Bell, C.S. Lakin, Ali Luke, Joanna Penn, Janice Hardy, Bryan Hutchinson, Jennifer Blanchard, and MJ Rose.

Professional team: Amy Ramer, CathiLyn Dyck, Damonza, Varick Design, Joanna Marie, Sonja Field.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Wordplayers, tell me your opinion? What writing-related blessing are you especially thankful for this year? Tell me in the comments!

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K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning website.


  1. Thanks for your kind words. I think I have two things to be thankful for. First is the progress on the next Jane novel, “Turn to the Stars” which is finally coming together despite two false starts. Second is the chance to write another non-fiction computer book, provisionally titled “The Coder’s Apprentice”.

  2. Awww. Thank you so much for the shout-out, Kate.

    Having followed you since your early YouTube days, I must say that I have been thankful for YOU. You have been a constant source of positivity, encouragement, and delight in sharing insights about story structure. I cannot tell you how much I have learned from you and while I’ve not had a novel published yet, it has been of immense support in my “real” job of instructional design.

    Just to let you know, one of the hot topics in the instructional design world is the power of story to create training that sticks. I sit back and smile as people discover for the first time things that you’ve been telling us for years. Even better, you give us tools to evaluate how well we are doing at incorporating your lessons.

    Keep up the good work and have a very happy Thanksgiving.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      That’s very cool about using story for instructional training. I know that when I want to learn something the first thing I do is go looking for a story about it. :p

  3. K.M. I’m forever thankful for your sparkling personality and sensitive soul. Happy Thanksgiving from this Canadian man.

  4. Thank you for such great resources for writers. I’ve learned so much from your posts and how-to books. I’m so glad I found your site this year.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you Kate and all your family.

  6. K.M., Thank you for writing your resources for us writers your books on outlining your novel and Structuring Your Novel. Have a wonderful thanksgiving and all your family also. I am hoping to do some writing during the thanksgiving holiday and make my co-author map smaller and not colored. I am hoping and thankful for becoming a professional and published author hopefully next year. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Thank you Katie for also making become a better writer. I am doing the workbooks you wrote and also will be getting the outlining your novel and structuring your novel that are not workbooks. How long does it take you to write with the writing program you use? I write free hand on written line paper in a notebook, journal or on a tablet then I type it then it is smaller.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      I’m hoping to do some writing myself! Have fun!

  7. I like what Rick said about ‘…the power of story to create training that sticks.’

    I haven’t been following the site for as long as others, nor as consistently. What kept me returning is how accessible you make it. I’ve been going through Outlining and its workbook as well as the articles I’ve bookmarked (5 a day) for Nano and it’s made that process so much easier. It’s almost like I’m sitting in a classroom setting, studying the ideas looking at the examples and using the questions to work through what’s been covered.

    I’ve pulled back from commenting because it was taking time away from studying and really learning the material, having you readily available to answer, at times, even the most obvious questions.

    So, writing related is that. Plus the Back Bay where we get the most beautiful sunsets and have, in place of the colorful autumn foliage, the migration of birds, and their gorgeous and diverse markings… all to inspire and delight the senses. (We have coyotes and roadrunners… how wild is that??)

    Happy Thanksgiving, Katie. Really grateful for the site, articles and answers you’ve patiently and graciously provided (pdf’s of many resources)

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      Great to hear you’re enjoying the info and finding it useful! Your sunsets sound amazing. I have been extra grateful for the outdoors this year. So many beauties to enjoy.

  8. And thank you. You have taught me so much about writing that extends far beyond fiction – even if it’s how to organize my thoughts on the fly as I tweet or speak. One of these years I will finish this WIP, and it will be a super feeling.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you Kate and all your family! I am also thankful for you and your fabulous novels, instructional books, incredible information and skills. I have had some struggles this year as well. I am blessed that I can turn to writing to release stress and allow me to process my passion through words. When I get your post notification on my phone, I immediately read it because I know it will motivate me to be a better writer. So before I make the creamy macaroni and cheese, sage sausage stuffing, sauerkraut and pigtails, turkey giblet gravy, syrupy sweet potatoes,cheesy broccoli casserole etc., I will take a few minutes to revise and re-release a romantic short story I wrote last year at Thanksgiving, ‘Gobbled Up’. I hope I’ve made you as hungry as I always am to learn something new or reinforce something old from you. Thank you. Kate!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      Oh, boy, I’m coming to your house for Thanksgiving this year. 😀 Every year has its struggles and every year has its blessings. I’m coming to believe that they come in a proportionate amount to one another if we’re just paying attention. All the best!

  10. And thank you as well! Your site is always educational and inspirational!

  11. Thankful for my loving family!

  12. Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for your inspiring blogs which seem to arrive in my e-mail just when I need them most. I’m thankful for a gorgeous place to write, surrounded by Pacific Coast pines and the ocean a block away. Even stormy, it’s beautiful here. Mostly, I’m grateful for a family that encourages (and pushes) me to be the best writer I can be.

  13. I am thankful on the writing front for all the people. including you, K M, for inspiring me with their own novels, and showing the steps to write something that readers want. On the home front, I have to thank God for my wife who has stuck by me despite my declining health in a wheelchair,

  14. Felicity Seeley says:

    I’m thankful for you! I found your blog for the first time in March while Google searching for character arcs. What I found was so amazing. It’s totally changed the way I write, read, and enjoy movies. 🙂 Thank you so much!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      Ah, I like hearing that. 🙂 Like you, the more I learn about how stories work, the deeper my enjoyment of other people’s stories becomes. It always makes me sad to hear of writers who find that an over-analytical approach does just the opposite for them.

  15. Megan Brummer says:

    Thank you for the shout out! What a fun surprise this morning. I am so thankful for you, your blog, your books, and all the little ways you encourage us to be better writers and to work hard and be creative. Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

  16. Usvaldo de Leon Jr says:

    Let me understand this, maybe I’m messed up right now: I make you smile how? I make you smile, like, I’ma clown? I amuse you? I make you laugh? I’m here to amuse you? Whattaya mean smile? Smile how? How do I make you smile?

    I’m thankful for you as well, Kaya. I have learned so much. Not just in writing, but also about being kind to oneself and how to be gracious to all.
    I am also thankful for wearing shorts the day before Thanksgiving…

  17. I’m Canadian, so I’m done being thankful for about a year


  18. Although we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in South Africa, I’d like to thank you too, for reaching out to all the writers out there, teaching them the skills to become better writers and better authors. I’m still listening to your podcasts and love getting your tips on writing. You have a vast amount of knowledge that you willingly share with everyone. From one of your admirers across the wide pond!

  19. Today (and every day!) I am thankful for my wonderful family!

  20. Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful I found your site, for it is an oasis of sanity and has helped me crystallize ideas I had about what what makes for a good story. But even more important, you offer a cornucopia of ideas and techniques to continue improving, something I am always grateful for. I love it that I can tell other writers to come here for one-stop shopping on good writing advice.

    Thank you for all that you do here 🙂

  21. I’m thankful for your writing tips ‘n’ stuff and I have a few good story ideas! Yay! Happy thanksgiving! ;P

  22. I’m thankful for experience this year that have increased my knowledge of the world and of people. That always helps with writing. =) Happy Thanksgiving!

  23. Andrewiswriting says:

    I got a mention! Yay!! Thank you so much 🙂

    In the spirit of the day, I’d say I was thankful for recently graduating from Super commenter to… drum roll, please… Writer bud!

    To say I’m super-stoked about it would be an understatement…

    Have an awesome day!

  24. I’m thankful for discovering your website this year. I’ve learned so much about the craft of writing. Many things I didn’t even know I was missing. Your post are thoughtful lessons that push me to keep trying as I learn how to become a better writer, storyteller, and self-editor.

    P.S. I think of you as K.M, can I ask what is your first name?

  25. Katie:
    Thanks for your very thoughtful words. Encouraging. I’m thankful for the freedom to praise my God at the start of each day and close out at night in thankfulness, each and every day. I’m thankful too that my novel Uncharted was published this year to His glory. Now to finish the rewrites on my third novel…

  26. Happy Thanksgiving, K.M. Thanks for all the great articles this year! My writing-related blessing for 2016 is the glowing review my editor gave my latest manuscript last month. You hope for the best and prepare for the worst, but his review sent me to the moon and back. Okay, I’m still on the moon.

    Here’s wishing you wonderful holidays.


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