Top 10 Writing Posts of 2019

Goodbye, 2019. Hello, 2020.

As you look back on 2019 (and the whole decade really), I hope you’re able to remember all the challenges you’ve conquered, the goals you’ve met, and the ways in which you’ve grown—as both a writer and a human.

For me, 2019 was a year of deep growth, mostly on an internal level. It was a year in which I struggled with things I never thought I’d struggle with (including writer’s block), but it was also a year that brought me deep insights and perspective shifts. Largely because of this, I see 2020 as a new chapter, and I look forward to what the turn in the road may bring.

I was super-kind to myself (mostly) when it came to writing this year. I kept plugging along on my outline for Book 3 in my Dreamlander trilogy, but it’s admittedly been slow going. I have plans for next year that I hope will help me return to the creative flow in a strong way.

Looking back on 2019, I’m actually pleasantly surprised to realize how much I did accomplish:

  • Publication of my gaslamp fantasy Wayfarer.

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Structuring Your Novel IPPY Award 165

  • 6th mention of Helping Writers Become Authors in Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers

  • Finished rough draft of a new writing-craft book Writing Your Story’s Theme.

Next year, my modest (but exciting) plans include publishing the aforesaid Writing Your Story’s Theme, possibly producing a paperback version of Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration (at your request), finally migrating my podcast over to a new platform that’s more friendly to those who use platforms other than Apple, finishing that outline for Book 3 in my fantasy trilogy, and hopefully getting a good start on edits for Book 2 aka Dreambreaker.

As always, I’d also like to stick in some traveling, although I’m not sure where yet (ideas?).

Thanks so much for joining me throughout 2019, and I hope to see a lot of you in the coming year! Just in case you missed or would like to revisit them, here are my top 10 posts from 2019, according to page views.

My Top 10 Posts of 2019

1. How to Use a “Truth Chart” to Figure Out Your Character’s Arc

2. Learn 5 Types of Character Arc at a Glance

3. 8 Quick Tips for Show, Don’t Tell

4. 6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals

5. Plot, Character, and Theme: The Greatest Love Triangle in Fiction

6. How to Write Interesting Scenes

7. 7 Things to Try When Writing Is Hard

8. 4 Pacing Tricks to Keep Readers’ Attention

9. What Is the Relationship Between Plot and Theme?

10. 5 Ways to Use Theme to Create Character Arc (and Vice Versa)

Wordplayers, tell me your opinions! What was the most memorable writing event in your 2019? Tell me in the comments!

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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. Great post, and congrats on your great year. I enjoyed your take on the relationship between plot and theme… it’s something more writers need to consider!

  2. 2019 was a big year for me. I published my first novel, at age 84. My first book, “The View from the Rigging: Memoirs of a Coast Guard Career,” I published at 81, after five years of studying how to write, including following all the good stuff Katie puts out. Her books and this weekly blog post. My book It’s My Turn, is a women’s fiction (that was another surprise for me) that I’m just starting to market. I’m not sure I’ve got another book in me, but I’ll be including some writing pieces in my website.

  3. Thanks for your posts and your much needed help for us writers out here. I’ve so enjoyed and learned so much from them and look forward to your 2020 posts.

  4. Eric Troyer says

    I would “like” Bob’s comment if I could, but I can’t, so I’ll just like it. 🙂

  5. Titus Watson says

    Looking forward to Writing Your Story’s Theme!!! I had hoped you would be publishing a new book in that series soon!!! Is there an estimated time for release or not quite there yet?

    • Titus Watson says

      Also if you are thinking of publishing Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration, you should combine that paperback edition with 5 Secrets of Story Structure. That way we can buy all the Helping Writers Become Authors series in Paperback form.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      I have the rough draft done, so still need to do editing and formatting and all that stuff. I’m going to throw out Fall as the likely pub time, but if things go really well, it may even be Summer.

  6. Felicia R Johnson says

    My most memorable writing event was NaNoWriMo. I hadn’t written anything in a long time. My sister kept encouraging me to write. When she took her own life earlier this year, I was devastated, of course. Then I decided I was going to write — for her.

  7. Happy new year, K. Looking forward to your posts and books in 2020.
    By the way, travel ideas?
    How about Africa’s not so best kept secret, the Canary Islands or the country leader in ecotourism, Costa Rica, the so-called Switzerland of the Americas?

  8. David Snyder says


    Awesome. The list of top 10 posts is a great reminder too of all we have learned this year.

    Boy, have I learned a lot in 2019! Much thanks to you and this website, which I have been studying like a fiend. I attracted the interest of an agent earlier this year and have been working my you know what off.

    I just did a spreadsheet of all my scenes in the WIP with a word count for each one. They might actually be called “segments” since some are fragments of a scene or sequels. There are about 120.

    Now I have 750 pages and need to whack that in half and keep the best of the best.

    But at least I have some words!

    Thanks for all you do, and all of your encouragement and helpfulness to writers.

    I am swinging for the fence over here and if I put it in the bleachers I will make sure to credit K.M. Weiland University!!

    Best of luck with your books in 2020! I hope it rocks.

  9. Happy New Year! Thank you for all your posts, I am glad I found a writer who thinks in the same way as I do. Your work helps me a lot!

    This year I finished my first draft ever! I am so glad I found a way that works for me (mostly your outlining and structuring process combined with some things that really works for me, like writing the first draft longhand without 50 page editing. Because I am a recovering perfectionist). I am looking forward to edit this story in 2020.

    Also looking forward to your book about theme. I loved your post about how theme, character and plot work together.

    Oh and traveling: what about my country, the Netherlands?

  10. Louis Schlesinger says

    Dear Katie – Best success with your writing projects in 2020. I have complicated feelings about adverbs, but thank you for generously sharing your knowledge and experience with craft so elegantly. I’m about to embark on the second revision of my first novel. I ‘m an engineer with a lot of technical writing experience, which I’ve come to realize transfers to story about as well as an airplane can dock in a 5-ft x 8-ft bathroom. So posts explaining the organic unity of theme-character arc-plot, for example, teach me a lot. I look forward to your weekly blogs. Happy New Year, Lou.

  11. Congrats on such a productive year! I think many of us would also want you to include your steady stream of weekly posts as one of your accomplishments. It’s just the right dosage of insights and inspiration that keep me going. Can’t wait to see what you have for us in 2020!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      That’s true! I don’t always remember to count the blog or the podcast as a yearly accomplishment. Thanks for the reminder!

  12. 2019 was my best writing year yet, thanks to your site and all the resources you’ve made available to writers. I am really looking forward to your book on theme. Thank you for being there for writers and for sharing your wisdom. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in 2020!

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