My Two Favorite Weekend Women: Katie and Jane

I thank all those who sent birthday wishes. Much appreciated and I look forward to thanking you again in the future.

            It is such a pleasure to get Jane Friedman’s E-mail every Sunday morning. It arrives, like clockwork, before eight o’clock. It is her Weekly Blog Digest, and with rare exceptions, I find an inspiring post or a meaningful craft article just a click away. Last week, for example, she posted a guest blog by Andrew Noakes, “6 Principles for Writing Historical Fiction.” Perfect timing and right up my alley as I dig into my Panama Canal piece. Her book “Publishing 101” has been on my shelf since I took the blind leap into this writing business. If you’re thinking of publishing, traditional or self, I recommend you read this first. It can save you a lot of headaches and get you on the right path. Her website is

            Close on the heels of Jane’s Sunday e-mail comes K.M. Weiland’s website post, “Helping Writers Become Authors.” I love it because it does just that! She invites everyone to call her Katie, and her pretty smile and the welcoming conversational tone of her posting makes that seem natural. Katie is the acclaimed author of writing-craft books, “Outlining Your Novel”, “Structuring Your Novel,” and “Creating Character Arcs.” The Outlining and Structuring books were big helps in my early learning, and I often refer to them today. A unique feature of her site is a structural database of well-known books, movies, and TV shows that identifies the Freytag structural points in hundreds of familiar stories including: Moby Dick; The Bell Jar; Gone With the Wind; and White Fang. Movies analyzed include: Star Wars, The Last Jedi; Splash; and The Queen. It sure helped me seeing Freytag’s structure explained in the context familiar work. Katie’s website is

I depend on them both to help me improve my writing, and stay involved . The are a welcome source of inspiration. You could do well meeting with both of these ladies often.

Author: Dick

I have to tell you right up front. I’m a story teller. After graduation from the Coast Guard Academy in 1957, my twenty-eight years of active duty have given me a lot of fodder. I finally heeded my daughter’s pleas, “Dad, you have got to write those stories down,” and published my memoirs in 1975. Caught up in the writing experience, I moved on to publish a novel in 2019 and I'm continuing to write. It's my new number 1 hobby.

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