For a long time now, Becca and I have wanted a way to acknowledge the people who have helped us develop into stronger writers and who add to the writing community as a whole. So, once a month I’ll be featuring a writer who really makes an impact…someone who is a true Writing Hero.
Today I am excited to give a well deserved shout out to someone so many of us know: K.M. Weiland.
Katie is one of those special people that every fledgling writer hopes to come across. She has one of the best craft blogs out there and knows writing inside and out. I was so grateful when I found her blogging at Author Culture years ago, which then led me to her personal blog Wordplay: Helping Writers become Authors. And that’s just what she does–helps writers of all levels grow stronger and move closer to their goals.
Katie herself is the author of several books, writing both Historical and Speculative fiction. She also has a wonderful writing book I really recommend to anyone who is looking to understand or sharpen their outlining skills: Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way To Success. I found it especially helpful as I try to make the move from pantsing into more structured outlining, without losing that critical creative element that is so important to a pantser’s process. If you want to read more about her Reverse Outlining technique, there’s an excerpt here.
Katie also has a series of podcasts if you like to listen as you write, or enjoy the more interactive feel of a podcast. If you visit her blog, you’ll find a huge list to choose from. Katie’s craft posts are not to be missed as she always offers great insight and she also has a FREE Digital book on Crafting Unforgettable Characters, so head on over and snag a copy!
In short, she’s incredibly generous with her time and expertise, and just a positive, caring force in the writing community. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and if you like, add her books to your Goodreads lists. So thank you K. M. Weiland, for being one of my WRITING HEROES. You inspire me!
To pay it forward, I will give a 1000-word critique to Katie. She can then choose to keep it for herself or offer it as a giveaway on her blog! As a resident writing hero, she will also have a permanent link in our header.
So tell me Musers…do you know K.M. Weiland? Has she helped you or your writing in some way? Please tell us in the comments and help celebrate this amazing WRITING HERO!
**Also, if you have the chance, BECCA is visiting the awesome Carrie Butler at her blog So, You’re a Writer dishing out the 3 Ingredients Needed for a Strong Scene. Please stop in! She’s also running a GIVEAWAY of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression!