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How far would two hours daily get you?

The secret to having success with what you’re doing is to do it daily.

Persistently.

I’ve found that once I learned to focus, I was able to write much more.

No kidding ๐Ÿ˜‰ Staring out the window, drinking coffee, didn’t help me nearly as much ๐Ÿ˜€

I keep working on things like a writing routine, surroundings, and much more, and lately I’ve introduced 3 minutes of meditation to the beginning and end of my day.

The result again: More production.

But how do you start? How do you gain focus? How can you write maybe even for two hours, totally focused?

Click here to find out http://malka.biz/2-hour-focused-writing-2/

I have ADD and struggle with focus, but I’ve figured out ways to manage. You can shortcut your way to focus by learning from my experience.

24 hours left and why should you care?

Whenever I get one of those mails with a subject that says, “Twenty-four (or whatever) hours left”, I always think, “And why should I care?”

Do you know that feeling? You have absolutely no idea what that person is talking about, and suddenly he threatens you with doom and brimstone if you don’t “act” within a certain time limit.

I won’t do that.

But I will remind, just in case you’d forgotten, or in case you didn’t see my mail Friday, that you have 24 hours to get the following for an ultra-low price:

  • Done for you research about the Regency Era (will help you avoid horrible mistakes).
  • Five-day workshop (plotting and stuff)

I wont’ fill up this email with details.

You can see them all here http://malka.biz/painless-historical-fiction-regency-special

What’s the most important part of your book?

All of your book is important, of course, but when it comes to selling it, there’s one part that’s more important than the rest:

The beginning.

The reason is that Amazon offers potential buyers access to read some of your book before they buy, and that part of the book ALWAYS include the beginning.

Therefore you need to hook them from the start.

How do you do that?

If you know my books, you’ll know that I almost always start with a story.

But even the way you begin the story is important.

If you write a book about how you overcame an issue, there’s a powerful way you can start.

I share that way in my Abracada-Book as well as a paragraph-by-paragraph explanation of how to write your book.

You’ll love it.

Click here to start writing today http://malka.biz/abracadabook/

[Special offer] You’ll finally dare to write in this profitable genre

Like I told you many times, I love using Kindle Spy to browse through Amazon for profitable undiscovered categories.

And once again, I found one with great potential.

At first, I decided to stay away from it, though, because I realized it would take research.

A LOT of research!

Here’s the genre:

Regency Romance

Popular with great potential. That’s as much as you can wish for.

On top of that, there are books with less than 150 pages within the top 100 books.

This means that you can write shorter stories, and your audience will still love them.

But what if it scares you that there’s so much you might not know, like how did the ladies do their hair?

How did they dress?

Did they wear undies? Bra?

How did they wash their clothes? No laundries or washing machines back then.

And what about showers? Bathing? Deodorant?

So many questions…

If that has held you back, until now, I have splendid news for you.

Done for you – grab Painless Historical Fiction: Regency Era and a 5-day text-based workshop here: http://malka.biz/painless-historical-fiction-regency-special

Before you swoon like a young Regency era woman over the low price, I have to tell you that it will go up Monday to $297.97.

So get in now, while the price is at its lowest: Only $39.97.

Goat cheese and pizza for her birthday

It’s my dog’s birthday today ๐Ÿ˜€ Nefnef turns 3. How time flies ๐Ÿ™‚

She loves goat cheese and pizza, so she’s getting some today.

I’ve learned the hard way years ago that you should give people what THEY really want, and not what YOU (or I) personally like or think would be good for them.

Is pizza good for my dog? Absolutely not. But she gets it only once a year.

You might be wondering right now…

How is this related to writing?

It’s exactly the same when it comes to writing nonfiction. You have to give your readers what they want. Not what you want, and not what you think is good for them.

I’m certain of this. When I wrote for IDG Books Denmark, I told them I wanted to write a book about podcasting. They said, there’s no market for that. I wrote the book anyway and self-published.

They were right. Lesson learned.

Give people what they want.

But what if they want topics you know nothing about?

Then you should grab this http://malka.biz/write-about-anything/

Free tip to write more fiction

I’ve lost weight.

But not enough. There’s still too much fat on my stomach, and I don’t like it. Besides, it’s unhealthy.

So I bought a book called “Meditate Your Weight” and read the first part of it. The last part is a 21-day challenge, and the author suggests you spend 3 minutes daily meditating to begin with. To get into the habit.

Now, since I’m rather practical minded, I got the idea of combining the daily meditation with another activity: writing fiction.

The last two days, I started by meditating for three minutes in the morning and then I spent 52 minutes writing.

It went MUCH better. More words written, and – more importantly – a quality I liked better.

Try it ๐Ÿ™‚ You might like it, and what’s three minutes anyway? It’s good for your health, too.

And if you lack ideas to write about here’s an endless source of them http://malka.biz/endlesskindle/

Good feedback was actually bad

Today, on a private forum for writers, I saw a woman who had problems with her writing.

She was shy and felt certain that everybody else would laugh at her writing.

In spite of her fear, she posted her snippets and got praise.

You should think that was good, right?

For her, it wasn’t. It just started a new set of fears. I guess she doubted that she could keep up writing well.

So even good feedback could be bad.

It all comes down to confidence.

How do you get that?

Well, one good way of doing it is to keep writing. Keep learning and keep practicing.

If you want to get better at writing character reactions, then this might interest you.

Check out the ABC Character Method here http://malka.biz/abc-method/

When writers need money

What do writers do when they need money?

They write ๐Ÿ™‚

Yeah, I know. You expected that punch line. Not much pow there.

Writing for Kindle and CreateSpace can make you a lot of money. There’s just one problem:

They pay out after a couple of months. Not now.

So what do you do?

Back in the day, I sold articles to magazines. That paid off nicely, too. But today there’s a faster way, and you can make a lot more than from just one article:

You can write PLR.

Now… You might be wondering: What should I write about?

And where do I sell my PLR?

That, and many other questions, are answered in Alessandro Zamboni’s latest product called “PLR Creation Empire”.

It contains a lot of useful information and links to get you started. And it has something I really appreciate in a product: It’s inspiring.

Take a look here http://malka.im/alessandroplr

The slow death of a book

On a coached writing course I joined back in 1992, my teacher asked me to read a book I would otherwise never have picked up.

It was about one man and his thoughts.

You would have thought the book was boring, right? I know I did… but it wasn’t.

Neither is Misery, which basically features two characters.

The thing that makes both books work, in spite of their lack of several characters, is suspense. If a book doesn’t have it, no matter what genre it’s in, then it will be boring.

And who better to teach you how to add suspense to any genre than a prize rewarded suspense-writer?

His name is Ezra Barany, and you might know his wife, Beth, who’s also a great writer and writing coach.

In my opinion, the sales page doesn’t do the product justice. I’ve read the PDF version of a previous course and will be on the front row of this live training, too.

This is what Ezra will take you through:

  • Learn how the art of subtext can drive the story forward.
  • Uncover the naked truth about why some chapter formats are boring… and what to do about it.
  • Discover the power of putting time-locks in your story to create a compelling page-turner.
  • The right (and wrong) ways to time your storyโ€™s revelations.
  • 3 ways you might be overusing suspense techniques and 5 signs you need more suspense.
  • How to use atmosphere, setting, subplots, secondary characters to amp up suspense.
  • How to build in suspense into your story planning process and while you edit.
  • And much more.

This is good stuff, and although the training will be live, offering you a possibility of asking questions, it will also be recorded so you can watch it again and again.

And you’ll get PDF transcripts as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Sign up for the course here http://malka.im/ezrasuspense

An artist doesn’t have to starve

The hardest thing about being a writer, or any kind of artist, is probably to believe in yourself.

It’s always somebody else who breaks through, right?

It’s easier to believe that somebody you know can make a full-time income with books rather than yourself, don’t you think?

The myth of the starving artist is hardwired in us so much that most artists get an education first so they have something to fall back on.

In case they’d fall…

And I’ve found that you’re much more likely NOT to make it, if it’s not that necessary. But okay, I’ll not step up that soapbox today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m actually here to tell you about a new book by Jeff Goins. It’s called “Real Artists Don’t Starve.”

In it, he debunks the myth of the starving artist and shows you how you can actually make a living being creative.

He shares incredible good news: Being creative isn’t a disadvantage for success. It’s the best way to get there.

This is some of what Jeff Goins’ book contains:

  1. How to steal from your influences… in the right way
  2. Why you donโ€™t need to be a loner to be a genius
  3. How to take strategic risks (instead of reckless ones)
  4. What it takes to make money off your art

His book is available for pre-order on Amazon as a Kindle book and on several other platforms.

If you pre-order Jeffโ€™s book by 11:59 PST June 6, 2017, youโ€™re eligible to receive three special bonuses worth over $200.

Bonus #1: The Real Artists Donโ€™t Starve Online Course ($100)

In this 12-part video course, Jeff teaches how to make a living off your art, elaborating on the principles in the book and sharing his own knowledge and experience.

Bonus #2: All the Expert Interview Transcripts

Learn from the hundreds of experts and Thriving Artists Jeff interviewed during the research of this book.

Bonus #3: Exclusive Community Access

Get special access to a private Facebook group where Jeff will answer your questions regularly and you can connect with others reading the book.

To claim these bonuses:

  1. Go to http://malka.im/dontstarve
  2. Follow the instructions on the page (scroll down to the bottom to find the links to purchase – it took me a while to spot them)
  3. Enter your email and receipt number
  4. Collect your bonuses

These bonuses go away completely on June 6. Click the link below before then to not miss out.

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