I’ve probably visited over a thousand blogs offering instruction for the novelist. For the new writer looking for help, the number of websites available are enough to drive her back to printed text (I know, right?). So, as a public service, I’m going to feature a different blog every Wednesday until a) you get sick of it or b) I run out of blogs to feature. I’ll start with my favorites. Hopefully, it will help you to spend more time reading good content and less time looking for it.
KM Weiland is not a household name (yet), but she’s one of those authors who’s passion for the craft has turned her from author to teacher. Her website, Helping Writers Become Authors, is so appealing to the eye that you cannot help but get drawn in. Without feeling overwhelmed.
Her practical approach to novel writing is simple. My first suggestion is you grab, quickly and with great enthusiasm, her book, Structuring Your Novel. I hear the “pansters” shuddering. Trust me, this book was written specifically for you. On her website, and in her book, KM will teach you the basic story structure that has clicked with patrons of the art since the first story was told. Even if you choose not to created a written outline, you will know what is required as you write and edit your first drafts. This information is not optional. You may know it instinctively, but chances are you’ll need some guidance along the trail to a well-crafted novel. The information isn’t new, but I have yet to meet anyone who can explain it as clearly is KM Weiland. The lady has a gift.
You’ll also find well written blog posts on character, dialogue, and other elements of the craft. KM uses recent films and popular books as example material. She also posts her blog via podcast and video. It’s fun watching her enthusiasm during these short (usually about 5 minutes) videos.
Her strength, of course, is Story Structure. If you categorize your blogs (and you should), that’s where I’d place Helping Writers Become Authors. Speaking of categorizing, I recommend a blog reader. I prefer Feedly because it’s easy to organize and offers a nice easy-on-the-eyes layout.
By all means, add KM Weiland to your list of blogs to follow…after mine, of course. Go check it out today and be sure to grab Structuring Your Novel.. Only $2.99 for the Kindle version which, in my opinion, is way underpriced. Get it now before the world figures out how much she’s worth!