4 Fun Things to Read (and Listen to) This Week

I’m not doing a regular blog post today, since I’m spending this week visiting my adorable niece and nephew. Just so you don’t miss me too much while I’m gone, here are some goodies to keep you busy!

1. One of My Favorite Posts From the Archives

Scenes vs. Chapters

This post from two years ago examines seven important questions about scenes vs. chapters, which will help you better understand and control your narrative. >>Click to read.

2. My Latest Greatest Writing Read

This should come as no surprise, since I’ve been raving for months now about the excellent essay anthology Light the Dark. In it, respected authors were invited to share passages from their own reading that they felt were formative to their journeys as writers. The insights are vast, and as varied as the authors.

3. My Surprising New Writing Music

Most of the time, I write exclusively to epic music—movie scores and trailer music companies like Two Steps From Hell. But lately I’ve really found these “alpha wave” compilations great for quieting my mind and concentrating.

4. The Novel I’m Enjoying Right Now

My first experience with Anton Myrer, Once an Eagle, immediately became one of my favorite books. After several disappointing fantasy novels earlier this year, I’m enjoying the strong and controlled writing found so far in Myrer’s nostaglic ode to the pre-World War II years, The Last Convertible.

I’ll be back on Monday the 12th with a new post. See you then!

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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. Hope you have a great time! I’m going to be an aunt this June and really looking forward to it, so as far as I’m concerned, visiting nieces and nephews is a great reason to be away.

  2. Have fun with your relatives! 🙂

  3. Ms. Albina says

    I plan on self-publishing my novel. I also plan on doing an account for my self-publishing called Tranquil Breeze Press. I will print them in spiral first then paperback. Have fun with your kin. Are you going to keep a journal on what you are going to do when you visit?

  4. Sara Baptista says

    Great! I’ll definitly use your new writing music. It really helps concentration 🙂

  5. KM, Can’t wait until you are back!!
    Busy is the word for the day/week/month! We are all fine, so time will march on.
    Best wishes,
    Mary Latela

  6. Great list, K.M., and I hope you have a lovely time with your little family members. I like your suggestion of writing music and may give it a try. Listening to horses clopping over cobblestone (via YouTube) helps me when I’m working on the historical fiction chapters of my current first draft. Thunderstorms are also great for background. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the writing music suggestion, KM. Have fun with the rugrats!

  8. Clinton Nobles says

    Has your research and teaching of writing principles effected how you view your reading material? In my day job, I am a general manager for a national hospitality chain. Because of the years I have devoted to the craft of service, I cannot go to a restaurant and dine without mentally running every action and encounter through my checklist of “good customer service.”

    You list a book that you are currently reading and made me wonder if you view some books you once thought great as something less because of knowledge you have gained over the course of your career?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Good question. There are certainly works that I look back on now and view more critically since my own “good taste” has evolved. However, because the ultimate test of a good story is its emotional impact, that rarely changes over the years. I still have as strong an emotional reactions to most of my favorite childhood stories as I did when I first read them.

  9. Great idea to resurrect an old post and share some other fun stuff. Have fun!

  10. Added Light the Dark to my wishlist, thanks! 😉


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