Welcome back to the Interview With Series. I am so excited to be bringing this lovely lady onto my blog, she is someone I admire and read frequently. Her books have also been helpful to me. Her official author name is K.M Weiland but today she is known as Kate.
1. Why did you start blogging?
It was all an accident, believe me! I stumbled into blogging about writing because, hey, every writer needs a blog, right? And you’re supposed to blog about what you’re interested in, and that would be…writing. Then one day I woke up, and the blog had just sort of taken off!
I’ve been writing fiction since I was twelve, so I was an author long before I was a teacher of writing. I’d published one book and was close to publishing another before I started the blog. Really, I think the site has been as much of a blessing to me as it has been to anyone. Other than the marvelous writer folk I’ve gotten to meet, I’ve also learned so much by writing about writing.
2. How do you come up with content ideas and what’s your planning process?
I keep a running list of blog article ideas, and in over six years, I’ve never run out. Many of my ideas are based on the lessons I’m learning in writing my own novels; other posts are subjects requested by readers. They say, “Those who cannot do, teach,” but I don’t think that’s true at all. When you’re forced to distill thoughts into a teachable form, you learn so much more from it yourself.
3. Did you self publish or go through the traditional route, and why?
I currently have four novels, three short stories, and six non-fiction books published. All are independently published, except for one non-fiction book—Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic. The two of my other non-fic—Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel—have been perennial bestsellers in the Writing Skills category on Amazon and have both been translated into Japanese and Korean.
After looking over the options way back in 2006 (when self-publishing was still more of the woebegone stepchild than the groovy trend it’s become of late), I decided to be a wild-eyed pioneer and take the path less travelled.
I can’t tell you the self-published road has been without its potholes, but, all in all, it’s a decision I’ve never regretted. With every book I finish, I take a long hard look at traditional publishing, but (so far) I always come back to the indie side of the playground. Self-publishing fits my needs and desires for my writing perfectly, and I love being involved in every part of the process.
4. If you hit the dreaded writer’s block how do you get yourself out of it?
I like to say I don’t believe in writer’s block—but that is, of course, a bit disingenuous. We all get blocked—either on small plot problems from day to day or majorly when burnout hits. The trick is not making a monster of it. It’s just a mental (and sometimes emotional) challenge to be worked through.
I’ve never experienced long-term writer’s block. I get burned out occasionally, but I take those times as opportunities to take a break and pamper my brain. It’s all part of the cycle of inspiration.
5. What would be you number one piece of advice for aspiring writers?
Probably the biggest bit of advice I would offer would be to seriously consider where your writing will be in five years if it succeeds. By that point, for me, many of the decisions I made in the beginning were too difficult to change. I wish I’d spent more time considering my blog title, url, publishing platform (Blogger, Wordpress, etc.), subscription options, all that stuff. You don’t want to have to make major changes down the road that might undo some of your hard work in building a following.
I have absolutely loved having Kate join me on my blog, and she definitely gave me something to think about. Hopefully she'll be back for more! Stay tuned.
More about Kate?
K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.