Hey everyone, I hope you’re doing great!
So today we have a very special guest on Penable, K.M Weiland, she is an amazing lady and author of several award winning books. She is the creator of helping writers become Authors and even has a channel on YouTube where you can watch videos with writing tips, and plenty of advice!
Here is short bio of her before we start the interview:
K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the award-winning and internationally published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel,Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic, the historical/dieselpunk adventure Storming, the portal fantasy Dreamlander, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the western A Man Called Outlaw.
And here is the interview:
- What have been the highs and lows of writing your books?
Every book is its own adventure. Something that’s easy in one book can end up being surprisingly difficult in another. Major rewrites, when they’re necessary, are probably my least favorite part—but they offer their own rewards too. Honestly, I enjoy aspects of every part of the process.
- What advice would you give to any aspiring author?
Write for the love of it, first and foremost. As Anne Lamott says, “Being published isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But writing is.” Write the stories of your heart, not the stories you think the market wants. Write the story you’d want to read if you were one of your own readers.
- What motivates you?
Depends on the day! First and foremost, I am motivated by my love of what I do. I get to write! That’s marvelous enough in itself to get me excited every morning when I get out of bed. But, of course, there are those days when the whole thing feels like a slog. On those days, motivation comes down to nothing more or less than willpower. I push through because I know it needs to be done, because I know it will get better and because I know I would be disappointed in myself if I didn’t.
- What do you enjoy most about writing?
Ooh, that’s hard! I love every part of the process, even the parts I don’t love. Okay, no, I take that back. My favorite part, easily, is the conception stage—when the story is full of perfect color and wonder in my imagination. Stories are like butterflies and when we pin them to the page, we lose a little of that life and vibrancy. As for the actual work part of writing, I probably enjoy the outline most, since the possibilities are endless and my inner editor doesn’t yet have an opportunity to carp at my prose.
- When did you realise that you wanted to become an author?
I started writing almost by accident. As a child, I always told myself stories, with no inkling of ever actually becoming a writer (I wanted to be a horse trainer). I started writing them down just so I wouldn’t forget them. Before I knew it, I found myself wanting to spend more time inside writing than I did outside with my horses. I can’t look back and pick out any specific moment as being the one when I knew I was a writer. It crept up on me.
Thank you so much for coming K.M Weiland!
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