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My pig and your NaNoWriMo

Today, I spent 30 minutes drawing a pig.


As you can see, I’m not quite where I’m going to quit my job as a writer.

But I’m practicing. Daily – at least 30 minutes, often closer to one hour. And this is a lot better than when I started.

I get motivation to draw daily from the course I’m on, because we’re supposed to share our cartoons daily.

So it works – I have only skipped holidays and sick days.

That’s the thing about NaNoWriMo, too. It motivates you to write daily and share your results. I love the tool they have to add your daily word count, and you can see the curve go up and up.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo in November?

You still have time to prepare so you can start writing the 1st.

If you want a great start, you should get your hands on the product I made with Lynn Johnston. It’s bursting with tips for both plotters and pantsers.

Plus as a bonus, Lynn has added several products, including one that guides you through every one of the 30 writing days. People have finished novels just with the help of that product. It’s yours to grab inside the download area.

Get Finish Your Novel in 30 Days here http://malka.biz/finish-your-novel-in-30-days/

Nonfiction doesn’t get easier than this

Mike Nielsen has been using this method himself for a while.

If you want to write any kinds of books where you want to show what’s going on on your screen, then this method will help you get extremely fast at it.

  • You will need Windows 7 or newer, though.

In other words, it doesn’t work on Linux or Mac or an older Windows PC.

Still interested? Good, this is what Mike’s product consists of:

  • 4 videos showing the full process of using a free tool to help you create your book in no time – even without cheating.
  • 2 PDF files containing the slides Mike uses for the videos.
  • 2 PowerPoint presentations, containing the same slides.
  • 1 Sample manuscript, showing you an example of how you can do this.
  • 1 PDF file with instructions to make simple digital covers yourself. (I’m not impressed by Mike’s example.)

It’s a clever little method, and when I heard about it from Mike (he told me several times about how he used it), I told him to write down how he did. And he listened!

Read more about Mike’s latest book-a-day nonfiction guide here: http://malka.im/mikebadnf

Imagine what understanding the Hero’s Journey could do for yourwriting

Reading books is good. Absolutely.

You can learn a lot about writing from books.

But sometimes it takes a teacher you can ask questions to really get a concept.

Really understand it deep down and utilize it.

That’s how I experienced the Hero’s Journey.

I understood the basics, but there were some aspects I couldn’t grasp.

It’s a great tool for adding structure to your novel, for example, but did you realize that you can also use it to help you with your characters?

When you use the Hero’s Journey, just like so many best-selling writers and movie writers do, then it will also guide you towards the characters you need.

That’s one of the things Rob Howard and Bill Platt will show you in details in five live training sessions, starting Monday.

Yes, nice timing ๐Ÿ™‚

This will definitely help you with NaNoWriMo or any time you plan to write fiction.

If you’re in any kind of doubt of whether this will help you or not, then I think you should read what previous students experienced during a similar course three years ago.

You’ll find their testimonials here http://malka.im/herosjourney

Writer’s block? How to dress up in a knit sack and get over it

That’s a proven trick, by the way. Did you know that?

It worked for one of the most famous authors of all time, Victor Hugo.

Will it work for you?

Not sure, but then I have other tips for you that will work.

Actually, when I went through a phase recently where I felt out of energy and not like working much, instead of just wasting time (which I hate), I did some research on how to get over procrastination.

Not tomorrow but NOW!

I wrote down every tip that worked for me, and I found others that did the trick and tested them myself.

And by doing one little thing every day to get back in the flow, I did it.

I didn’t test wearing a knit sack, though. That’s for some other time. But you can see all my other results inside “Work from Home Rescue Kit” – the box every writer needs in their home.

Click here to read more http://malka.biz/work-from-home-rescue-kit/

Writing fiction? Why the “Hero’s Journey” is much more than structure

On my birthday in 2011, we visited Yad Vashem with our school.

You might know it under another name, The Holocaust Museum.

They restructured the inside of the building a few years ago, and now, when you visit, you are guided around by fences. Everybody takes the same route through the museum, going from pre-war Germany, over the first years, the ghettos in Warsawa, the concentration camps, all the way up to the liberation.

When visitors left, they were quiet. Nobody talked for a long while. They’d been through a story of the life and dead, joy and sadness.

Nobody leaves unimpressed.

That’s the kind of impact you’ll want on your readers.

And the Hero’s Journey is a structure that can help you reach that goal.

But what you might not have considered is that it can do much more than guide through the story.

It can help you come up with the right kind of characters, whether you’re writing romance, comedy, thriller or mystery or any other genre.

The right kind of characters and archetypes, heroes, villains and helpers.

Right in time for NaNoWriMo that starts Tuesday, Rob Howard repeats his most popular class so far, his Hero’s Journey.

His last class was three years ago. This year he’s doing it with Bill Platt over five days. Five classes of 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

You’ll meet me in there, on the first row, popcorn, pen and paper in hand. (I can’t be there Friday, but all the classes are recorded.)

Is this Hero’s Journey Class something that will help you?

Most likely, yes, but I suggest you take a look at the testimonials from Rob’s last class.

Read more about the course and what students thought about it here: http://malka.im/herosjourney

How to brake into the wildly popular western fiction category

Do you know one of the most popular fiction categories at Amazon is the American West era?

And those are fun books to write! But there’s a catch…

You have to know quite a bit about the era or you risk making mistakes that knowledgeable readers will call you out on. Maybe not call you out for a gunfight in the street, but you know what I mean. ๐Ÿ™‚

You need to know:

  • What happened when?
  • What jobs did people do?
  • What were the roles of the men and women at that time?
  • How did people get around?
  • What were the customs of that time?

And more. Once you have what you need, though, American West readers are very loyal and buy lots of books. You’ll be set!

I’ve got you covered. I took the time required to thoroughly research many aspects of the Western era, and now you get your hands on everything I found.

There are several modules (150 pages total). Very meaty!

But most importantly, it has everything you need to become knowledgeable enough to write in this lucrative category with authority.

This will save you many hours of tedious work. I’ve already done it for you.

Get yours here: http://malka.biz/painless-historical-fiction-american-west/

How to get more book sales

You like to write. I like to write. We all like to write.

But if we can’t sell what we write, then it’s really just a hobby and not a way to help make a living.

The difference often comes down to actively promoting what we write. At least until you have a big following from previous books.

Until then, you have to go out and find readers if you want to be assured of success as an author.

One of the best ways is to start an author blog and then attract visitors. From there, you can promote your books and increase your sales.

That’s the formula. Simple, right?

Well, maybe not so simple… unless you have a helpful guide.

That’s what I’ve created for you.

Check it out here: http://malka.biz/your-author-blog/

It’s 31 pages of useful info about:

  • Why you need an author blog if you want to be successful
  • How to set it up correctly for worry-free operation
  • What to post to impress visitors and sell more books
  • Specific ways to get more visitors to your blog
  • How to add visitors to your list to stay in touch and build a loyal fan base

It’s just what you’ve been looking for to get more book sales and build a loyal reader fan base.

Click here: http://malka.biz/your-author-blog/

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