I don't remember when I first encountered K.M. (or Katie, as she likes to be called!) but it didn't take long before I was devouring all-things Weiland-originated. At first, it was her videos that I binged upon on YouTube. They are brief, crisp, and tremendously inciteful novel-writing featurettes packed full of important and extremely helpful suggestions. These amazing videos are monumentally significant (I know I'm layering on the adjectives!) sources of advice for writers of all levels.
Are you getting my drift? I'm impressed with this girl's bona fides!
I have read three of K.M.'s books: Outlining Your Novel, Crafting Unforgettable Characters, and 5 Secrets of Story Structure. I have just began to read a fourth: Conquering Writer's Block and Summoning Inspiration. I have created many spectacularly helpful tools for my current writing project based upon pertinent information found in the pages of these books. At one point I shared with Katie a picture of my desktop (the one you pull a chair under, not the one on your computer screen). It was covered with outlines and worksheets and graphs and diagrams and notes and flow charts - all based on information gleaned from her books. I expressed my immense gratitude to her for every bit of it. When she answered my email with a personal response, I was undone! I'm not worthy!!! :-)
Besides K.M.'s books, there is a plethora of her articles and insights available online. Type "K.M. Weiland" into your search engine and you will be ushered into a universe of ways to obtain Katie's material. You will find her podcasts, her blog, her Facebook site, her eBooks, her YouTube app, her Pinterest and Twitter accounts, her Amazon page, and so on and so forth! She is EVERYWHERE! If you are curious about how to write that book you've always wanted to get published, start with reading anything of K.M. Weiland's that you can find. You will be glad that you did!
In my next post, I will be highlighting The Story Spline by Ken Adams. This simple writing device will blow you away. I promise. Check back soon and see if you agree with me on this!