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What would most ring your cozy readers’ bell?

October 11th, I received an email from a subscriber. She wrote:

I was reading over your characters sketches and I’m trying to find some details on my cozy readers. What would most bring their bell. I know the age group is a little older but they don’t necessarily want to read about senior citizen stuff. Most of the cozy books that are seniors don’t do very well

Any help would be much appreciated my dear

I accepted the challenge, went through thousands of blog comments, forum comments and reviews.

And now I’m ready to share what I found with you:

Your guide to ring your cozy readers’ bell ๐Ÿ™‚

You can save yourself the time and effort and simply grab this done-for-you research.

Write better cozy mysteries that your readers will love. They’ll beg you for more!

Check it out here today http://malka.biz/cozy-mystery-deal-breakers/

How to add instant conflict

Do you believe in reincarnation?

I use to be in doubt. I am no longer.

My dog, Nefnef, is a reincarnated crazy cat lady.

Nefnef-looking-for-cats

That’s not without problems, as you can imagine. She’s there, wagging her tail, whimpering, even saying “ach” (her sound for “cat”) several times, and at best the cat just sits there, staring at her. Wondering what that crazy dog is up to.

There’s an instant conflict there.

Dog vs. cat.

Obviously, they are off to a rough start.

But that just makes for such great conflict, doesn’t it?

The thing about rough start romance, though, is that you have to get it right.

You have to be sure you’re not putting your readers off and make them want to put down the book.

And how do you know?

Well, you can do what I did: Spend hours and hours on forums, blogs and reviews.

Or you could profit from my work and just get the research done, filtered and summarized here:

Go here and add instant conflict to your stories http://malka.biz/rough-start-romance/

The big mistake most romance writers make – and my solution

You probably already know this if you pay any attention to my emails or buy any of my writing products… I do a lot of reader research.

I don’t want to rely only on what I think or some theory that I read.

The best way to become a better writer – other than writing a lot – is to listen to what readers have to say.

I mean REALLY listen to them. That means the good AND the bad.

If you only hear the praise, how will you ever know what readers DON’T like so you can fix it?

So I’ve spent a lot of time recently checking out online reader forums, blogs, and book reviews.

I was specifically wondering what romance readers like and dislike.

Not just for writing in the romance genre, by the way. Lots of other genres involve telling stories that have romantic relationships between characters, right?

So I wanted to find out what made readers happy, as well as UNhappy, about the romance aspects of the books they were reading.

Well, did I ever get an eyeful!

Romance readers are not afraid to say what they really hate. Whew! It was a real revelation and sometimes not very nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

So I decided to put what I’d found into a new product. I want to help fiction writers avoid these common mistakes in their romance books and romantic sub-plots in other genres.

The goal is to please more readers and sell more books.

Romance readers are picky. They’re hard to please.

But you’ll be armed with everything you need to avoid common pitfalls once you get your hands on what I’ve just finished.

Check it out here: http://malka.biz/rough-start-romance/

Easiest way to write non-fiction quickly

Something I have always struggled with is making things a lot more complicated than they need to be.

This was a big problem for me when it came to my writing. It’s already tough enough to write well. But I was adding more pressure and obstacles by overcomplicating things.

So I decided a while back to figure out a way to make writing non-fiction easier and faster… and repeatable.

What I came up with works really well for me. I’m certain that it will for you, too.

I call it the Easiest Kindle Book Ever.

Bold claim? Yes.

True claim? Also yes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what I wanted:

  • A simple and fast way to write a non-fiction book in any niche of virtually any length.
  • To be able to write a book in a new niche without knowing anything about it ahead of time.
  • To write books that get noticed, even in categories with heavy competition.
  • To write books with or without needing any personal experience about the topic.
  • To avoid boring and time-consuming research as much as possible.
  • To write books that genuinely help others.
  • Something simple and quick!

And that’s what I came up with after a lot of trial-and-error and some long nights.

And it works! It works every time.

Interested?

Check it out here: http://malka.biz/easiest-kindle-books/

You don’t have to be an experienced writer or even know anything about a specific non-fiction category. That was the point of creating this – so I would be able to break into any niche quickly and successfully.

That’s what you get in Easiest Kindle Book Ever.

I know it will help you, too.

Great plots on demand – for any genre

I wrote the other day about my original plotting method that I developed to help me come up with great plots any time I needed them.

It’s called Socrates Plotting, and it’s good for both new fiction writers and experienced authors alike.

I also wanted something that would work for any fiction genre because I don’t just write in one category all the time.

I wanted something versatile that I could turn to again and again, no matter where my writing interests take me.

My main purpose for creating this was to help me figure out:

  • How to take even the most basic idea and turn it into a full plot in any genre.
  • The exact questions to ask to flesh out characters and events in my story.
  • How to use what I create to fill in all 5 story elements (Inciting Incident, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution).
  • How to keep everything organized so I could go from plotting to writing even faster.

But this is more than just a simple plot blueprint.

I also wanted help with characters and conflicts in my stories. Do you have any trouble with character development and believable conflicts? I sure did.

So I’ve also included in Socrates Plotting help with:

  • Character flaws
  • Character motivations
  • Character internal conflicts
  • Relationship agendas & conflicts
  • World goals & conflicts

I’m really proud of this! It helps me and I know it will help you.

Take a look here: http://malka.biz/socrates-plotting/

There is no reason why you have to continue struggling with plots and characters. This will definitely help you like it’s helped me.

Your own monthly writing tips

Do you ever ponder the great questions in life?

Like:

  • When do you know enough to write a book?
  • How Choosing Book Topics is Like Being a Heroine in a Romance Novel… No, Really!
  • An Argument for Fluid Outlines
  • Jedi Writing Trick: Easy Antimetabole
  • Two Tools You Might Not Have Considered to Stop Putting off the Editing Process

I know you do.

So that’s why I put the answers to those enigmas into the first issue of my monthly nonfiction writing tips newsletter.

Get it here today http://malka.im/nfnewsletter

How to reach your daily word count in NaNoWriMo

It’s my son’s birthday today ๐Ÿ˜€ I can’t believe he’s 29 already.

As part of my daily cartooning homework, I doodled him. Poor boy ๐Ÿ˜€

Danni cartoonized

Other than mistreating my kid, I’m also writing nonfiction, and doing NaNoWriMo plus writing a novella under a pen name.

I’ve figured out that to reach my daily NaNoWriMo word goal, I need to write for two hours, give or take a few minutes.

How do you keep focused for that long?

Having A.D.D. this is something I’ve been struggling with a lot, but I came up with a solution – and it’s more than just setting a timer.

If you want to know how I get so much writing done, you can read all about it in my “2-Hour Focused Writing”.

Get it here today ==> http://malka.im/2hourfocus

How to come up with story ideas in 3 minutes

The national novel writing month starts tomorrow…

It should probably be international, but NaNoWriMo looks better than InNoWriMo – or what?

Do you know what you’ll write about? Do you have your story idea ready?

Mike didn’t. But after a brief moment of panic, he found a way to come up with story ideas in three minutes.

I like Mike’s idea. It’s easy to use when you need inspiration for a story, and you can tweak it to fit your genre.

There was one thing lacking, though. There’s nothing about story structure inside the 3 Minute Story Generator. So instead of giving the product the thumbs down, I wrote a bonus, which you’ll get when you buy through the link below:

Find your next story ideas this way ==> http://malka.im/3minutestories

How are YOU doing

Me? 0:) I was up 4 am this morning to prepare for NaNoWriMo.

The whole house was quiet. Dog Nefnef wasn’t awake enough to nag me. Cat Frostie, husband Cyril and son Danni were all asleep.

I’m preparing enough to get ready to start typing the 1st. I even logged into my NaNoWriMo account and write the work title of my novel. Feel free to connect with me. I’m Sindore.

Otherwise, I’m looking forward to starting the Hero’s Journey class Monday.

Are you in?

You can still sign up, and even if your timetable doesn’t allow you to attend the online classes, it will be recorded so you can watch (and watch again) any time you like.

Preparations?

  • Get Vogler’s Writer’s Journey.
  • Grab pen and paper, ready to take notes.
  • Make popcorn.

And then we’re ready to write until I fingers bleed the 1st ๐Ÿ˜€

Check out the Hero’s Journey Class here http://malka.im/herosjourney

The previous class, three years ago, got glowing testimonials.

Nonfiction author? How to improve your writing

There’s something seriously wrong with my dog, Nefnef.

She understands long and complex words like “peanut butter jar”, “teddy bear”, and “rubber bone”, but not short words like “no”, “come” and “down”.

Now, I know that in theory, over time, she’ll get better if I keep training her.

Realistically? It’s not going to happen.

It’s a good thing that we human beings are better ๐Ÿ˜€

We know that if we keep training a skill and learn from our wins and losses, then we’ll get better.

I’ve been writing professionally since 1998, and I had 25 top-ten best-sellers books traditionally published by IDG Books Denmark.

The last many years I’ve been writing in English, and I’ve learned a lot of tricks of the trade to help me improve.

And now I’m sharing this with you.

Every month, I’ll have a new volume full of tips, stories, and advice from myself, as well as other writers.

I’ll help you with:

  • Research
  • Book Topics
  • Outlines
  • Writing
  • Editing

The only purpose behind this newsletter is to help YOU become a better, more successful writer. That’s it.

I know you’ll enjoy reading it. Take notes because I will always include tons of tips, my unique insights, and good advice from other writers, too.

Don’t miss out on this. I’m certain it will help you become a better writer.

Here’s the link: http://malka.biz/nf-newsletter/