Book Review: K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel

I have followed K.M. Weiland over at her site Helping Writers Become Authors for several years. She is an award-winning, self-published author. The advice she offers on her site is some of the best I have come across online and comes from her years of seasoned experience.

When I realized that she had written some books on how to write a story, I was thrilled with the idea of reading them! I decided to start with the second book in her series, Structuring Your Novel.  I already love to outline like crazy, but I don’t always know how to get my story into a structured form with clearly defined scenes.

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Music of the Falling Leaves

It’s amazing to me how easily music can bring back memories. How it can remind us of places, experiences and so many other things. I have always found it the perfect way to help with writing. It creates an atmosphere and brings back pictures to your mind.

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On Gratitude

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” –Charles Dickens

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” –Thornton Wilder

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How Traveling Can Improve Your Writing

Lavender fields in Provence, France

(This post was suppose to go out last week, but life happens! 🙂 Hope you enjoy!)

When I was younger,  I would love to sit and watch people and wonder where they were going and what their stories were. Because everyone has a story. As I got older, that interest in stories grew and inspired a desire to travel and see new places. Both in my own country and abroad.

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Literary Foods: Little House Apple Turnovers

Some of my favorite books will forever be the Little House books. I remember the first time I read them being utterly taken with the amazing descriptions Laura Ingalls wrote of her pioneer life. And though they were written as fiction, the stories were true! I still love to take out my battered copies of the books every once in a while and peruse the well loved pages.

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Writer, Storyteller, Author…

A Girl Writing," Henriette Browne (1829-1901)

I thought that was a rather clever blog post title when I first wrote it up, but then I realized, aren’t these really all the same words for the same person?

Well, sort-of. I like to think of these three words as the path that a person who loves to write (Writer) takes to tell a story (Storyteller) and then, if they wish, publish their work (Author).

But yet, that isn’t quite right, either.

They are the all one in the same words and yet they are different.

(And this doesn’t even touch those amazing people out there that hold the title of bibliophile! Readers are a whole different world than writers 🙂 Or are they also one in the same? Hmmm. I should think about that one.)

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Changing Seasons

West Virginia

Is there any season more welcome after the heat of summer, than autumn?

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