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What’s a shadow journal and why do you need one?

If you write fiction, you usually have several character to keep track of as you write your story. Right?

Have you ever had difficulty keeping track of what each of them is (or should be) doing while you’re writing about events that do not include them?

If you answered no you’re probably fibbing. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s a very common problem for fiction writers, especially if your story is fairly complex, with several characters in and out of the action.

That’s why I created what I call ‘shadow journals.’ It’s a handy way to easily keep track of what your characters are doing while off-stage.

How does that help you?

  • You’ll write better stories, without the plot holes that derail otherwise good books.
  • You’ll write faster, without having to account for what this or that character has been doing or why there’s missing time.
  • You’ll get inside the heads of all of your characters, which will help you write more realistically and impress your readers.
  • You’ll be able to sell more books by using journal snippets to whet readers’ appetites with teases on social sites like Facebook.

This is easy to learn and very powerful once you get the hang of it. Your fiction writing will absolutely improve.

Better stories = more readers, better reviews, more money!

Sound good? I hope so. ๐Ÿ™‚

Learn more here and get your own copy: http://malka.biz/shadow-journal/

Coloring outside the lines

I love to write. It’s one of my passions… always has been.

What I don’t love is feeling constrained when I want to write. I don’t like feeling boxed in by rules or someone else’s choices.

Know what I mean?

I always thought it would be so cool if we could just write about whatever we want and still make money doing it. How freeing that would be!

But writing coaches and just about everything you see online tell you to pick the “right” topic, make sure it sells, don’t color outside the lines… ENOUGH!

How about a way to write about literally any nonfiction topic you want and come up with a great book? Is that really too much to ask?

I say NO – it is NOT too much to ask! ๐Ÿ™‚

As En Vogue sang to us in 1994: “Free your mind and the rest will follow.”

And I’ve created the way to do just that.

Here it is: http://malka.biz/write-about-anything/

Just saying…

A picture says more than a thousand dollars:

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Then get the research done for you here http://malka.biz/dfy-self-esteem-research/

Are you helping yourself?

One of my favorite quotes by Zig Ziglar is this one:

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

Not only that… It feels good to help others. ๐Ÿ™‚

So by helping others, you’re helping yourself in more than one way.

The question is now: How can you help others today?

How about solving a major problem like lack of self-esteem? This category is popular on Amazon for a good reason. It’s a problem many people have.

Now, there’s an easy way and a hard way to write such a book. The hard way is to do a lot of research and then write.

The easy way is to get this done-for-you self-esteem research.

Take a look here http://malka.biz/dfy-self-esteem-research/

Solved another plot hole

Something had bugged me for a while…

In an upcoming scene, I knew that my heroine was supposed to rescue a person who’d been abducted, but I couldn’t figure out how she would do it.

I’d spent a lot of time thinking about this problem, but never came up with anything I wanted to use.

However, I put the problem aside, and kept writing my daily shadow journal, and I got help from an unexpected side: My villain. What I learned from him solved my problem. Now I know how my heroine should proceed to free that person.

The more I work with shadow journals, the more I learn about how powerful they are. I’ve shared my method and several ways you can use a shadow journal both to improve your writing and to sell your book.

Get the details here http://malka.biz/shadow-journal/

Woman from Haifa died of fear

Three years ago, when rockets were raining down over Israel from Gaza, we were also attacked in Haifa.

My husband and I woke up around 3am, when we heard the sirens. We knew a bomb was on its way, but we have no shelter near us. We looked at each other. In a few seconds it could all be over. I remember praying and feeling calm. I was ready.

The rocket was shot down by our defense system, and nobody got hurt, but one woman died.

She died of fear, of a heart attack, when she tried to reach a shelter.

Poor woman. Fear can really do horrible things to us. Death is the ultimate consequence, of course, but so many people die daily from fear in a slower way.

They let fear control their lives.

Of course, they won’t call it fear. They’ll have all kinds of other explanations, like wanting a perfect description, before they publish. Wanting to know everything there is to know about advertising. Being uncertain about whether to include a table of contents or not.

Procrastinating, because they fear.

And there is much to be afraid of. For sure. Some reviewers can be really mean, and it hurts a lot to have poured the best you could into a book, and then somebody writes “boring”, or “the characters seemed fake”. That’s so easy for them to write, right? They haven’t invested themselves in the book like you have.

Prepare yourself for those kinds of reviewers. Know beforehand what they like and what they don’t like.

Conquer your fear. Feel it, but write and publish anyway.

You can check out cozy dealbreakers here http://malka.biz/cozy-mystery-deal-breakers/

Not a helpful 1-star review

Ugh!

I checked a cozy novella today, and one of its one-star reviews simply said “boring”.

Right, such reviews are not helpful, because there’s no way to know WHY the reader found it boring. The problem is that most readers are … just readers. They don’t necessarily know anything about writing, and why they don’t like a book.

You still have to anticipate what will make readers put down your book.

I’ve done a lot of research about the cozy mystery category, and I’ve gathered all this intel for you to pick up and read.

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

How to get success with cozies

Sometimes I piss somebody off, and I don’t even know why. Has that ever happened to you?

Back in 2010, I created a Danish blog called “write and get rich” in Danish, and a Danish writer and author of several historical novels left a furious comment.

I don’t know what triggered her. Her remarks were personal, the ‘going after the man, not the ball,’ kind of remarks.

I found one of her books on my shelf and threw it out after that experience.

You don’t want to piss off your readers. And sometimes it’s the strangest things they turn sour over.

I did a lot of research about what makes cozy readers put down the book. I share it in a report, neatly ordered so you easily can pick the bits that are relevant to you.

Even if you’re using plots somebody else wrote, you’ll gain insight and save yourself from a lot of angry readers by knowing what they hate and what they want.

Go here for more details http://malka.biz/cozy-mystery-deal-breakers/

Crazy weekend offer [nonfiction]

It’s Friday, and everybody has the right to go a little crazy, right?

I decided to celebrate with an offer of my Nonfiction Writing Newsletter.

Instead of paying $9 per month, you get all five, evergreen issues for the crazy low price of $24.95.

You save 45%, and you get all five at once instead of one per month.

There are no further payments.

But hey, it’s your choice ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve left the ordinary price on the sales page, so if you prefer to sign up and pay $9 monthly (for 5 months), you can still do that.

Grab the crazy offer now http://malka.biz/nf-newsletter/

It’s only available until Monday 11 am EST. Then the price goes back up.

He ate her fly

Do you have pets?

Yesterday, my dog Nefnef ran around our living room for at least ten minutes, snapping after a fly without catching it.

Suddenly I noticed that both Frostie (our cat) and Nefnef were watching the fly that now was at the window. With a fast punch with his paws, Frostie grabbed the fly and ate it.

Nefnef was flabbergasted. It was HER fly! He’d snapped it, that little rat.

She sniffed his mouth, and searched his pillow to see if he’d left anything for her. But no. Nothing.

After a few minutes, she gave up and curled up on her blanket to get some sleep.

I could learn a trick or two from Frostie. Nefnef never gives up when it comes to nagging me.

And yes, you too can learn from your villain.

Check out my Shadow Journal ebook to find out more http://malka.biz/shadow-journal/