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Archive Monthly Archives: June 2017

How to get started with nonfiction

Getting started is always the hardest. That first book…


There’s so much pressure on you:

  • Family members who ask you about the book.
  • Your freaking inner critic who tells you how horribly you write.
  • Your spouse who thinks you could use your time in a better way than wasting it on something useless.
  • Your own ambition on how well you should write, and how good the content should be.
  • Fear.

You can’t eliminate those issues, but you can lessen them.

The way to do that is to write the kind of books I describe inside “The Easiest Kindle Books Ever”.

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How to start a cozy plot

Back when I wrote my first novella, I had the start, the end… And that was about it. Somewhere around the middle, a dead body showed up, and my western-romance turned into a cozy mystery.

Is that the best way to write a cozy?

No, the worst.

If you want to write a cozy mystery, it takes planning, even if it’s a short story.

There are things you must write down, before you start plotting, and way before you write your first word of the story.

Alessandro Zamboni and Sara Shah list these issues on page 7 of “Cozy Mystery Empire”.

If you’ve never written a cozy before, or if you’ve written one that didn’t work, then you’ll enjoy this ebook. It’s a great help for beginners, who want to try their hand at a cozy mystery short story. The two authors say that all you have to write is 1,500 to 10,000 words.

Sounds doable, right?

Here’s what’s inside the ebook:

Introduction, page 1
Chapter 1 – What is a cozy mystery, page 2
Chapter 2 – The plot, page 5
Chapter 3 – Chapter by chapter cozy mystery, page 25
Chapter 4 – Cozy mystery examples, page 30
Chapter 5 – How to publish a short cozy mystery, page 31
Chapter 6 – Advertising strategies, page 41
Chapter 7 – Your next steps, page 48
Closing, page 50

Click here to get your copy http://malka.im/alessandrocozy

Dog language

My son’s visit here yesterday went well (picture below of him and Nefnef). But when he left, Nefnef yelled “ach, ach” after him, wanting him to come back. She loves Danni and spent the whole day at his feet, except for when she guided him around in the park, looking for cats.

Danni and Nefnef at the park

For the longest time, I thought her “ach” sound meant “cat” and wondered why she also sometimes says “ka”. When she used the sound to call a small boy, I figured it must mean “come”.


There’s a book topic for you. “How to Understand the Words Your Dog Says”. Wanna take a stab at it?

Otherwise, here’s help if you want to write the easiest Kindle books ever.

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WIP or WsIP?

My son will visit us today. He’ll be here any minute ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m looking forward to seeing him, especially since he’ll go to Ukraine tomorrow night and stay there for a month on business.

So I won’t be working much today.

I have been writing fiction this morning, as usual. I wrote a scene in one of my work-in-progress (WIP), and brainstormed my next shorter story in the same genre.

I’ve actually found that I’m really good at doing something that’s not recommended: Working on several stories at the same time.

It seems that my limit is around 1,500 words daily per story. So if I work on one story only, then that’s my daily word count. If I work on two stories, I can write 3,000 words per day, and guess what? ๐Ÿ˜€ I aim at working at 3-4 stories per day now. One is long (150,000 words planned), the others are between 18,000 and 30,000 long.

That works for me, but it might not work for you.

We’re all different, and I couldn’t have done this a year ago. And a ten years ago, I couldn’t even focus for more than 15 minutes at a time. I used a timer to train myself into being more focused, but I’ve found over the years that other methods worked even better.

How long can you focus when you’re writing?

Want to get better?

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Blocked by website problem

My son will visit us today. He’ll be here any minute ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m looking forward to seeing him, especially since he’ll go to Ukraine tomorrow night and stay there for a month on business.

So I won’t be working much today.

Yesterday, I asked you where you were struggling with your nonfiction, and I got a surprising reply from a person, who didn’t struggle with the writing itself but this:

“Web page design for now to be precise, finding an affordable web designer.”

Is the look of your author blog important? Oh, yes, of course. But your book is still more important.

If this is stopping you from publishing books, why not just install a quality theme? I highly recommend the ones we use. You can grab them at malka.im/thrivethemes – but don’t let such a task drag you down and block you.

I’ve seen horribly looking blogs from best-selling authors.

But I’ve yet to find a best-selling author who hasn’t published any books ๐Ÿ˜€

If you want to find a method that will help you write the easiest nonfiction books ever, then you’ll love this.

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Your first cozy short?

Have you ever seen a child take its first steps?

It’s up on two legs, run, run, run, more and more out of balance and then boom, fall over.

At least, that’s how I remember my son’s first steps, and he was laughing all the way.

When I wrote my first novella, it was something like that.

Up and write… can-I-do-it? can-I-do-it?

Well, I finished it, but somewhere along the way what started out as a romance, suddenly took place in the old American West and when a dead body showed up, it ended up being a cozy mystery.

Of a kind…

I was inspired by several things:

  • I wanted to finish a book for once.
  • I wanted to write cozy mysteries, because I had a friend who made a ton of money with hers.

The thing is: I knew next to nothing about cozy mysteries.

If I’d had a book to follow, like the one Alessandro Zamboni and Sara Shah have written, things would have been easier.

Today, you have the chance of getting “Cozy Mystery Empire”, which contains the following:

Introduction, page 1
Chapter 1 – What is a cozy mystery, page 2
Chapter 2 – The plot, page 5
Chapter 3 – Chapter by chapter cozy mystery, page 23
Chapter 4 – Cozy mystery examples, page 28
Chapter 5 – How to publish a short cozy mystery, page 29
Chapter 6 – Advertising strategies, page 39
Chapter 7 – Your next steps, page 46
Closing, page 48

I plan to publish a book about writing cozy mysteries myself, but Alessandro beat me to it, and besides, his are aimed at short stories, whereas my product will be about full-length cozies.

And Alessandro’s product is aimed at beginners only.

So if you’ve been thinking about writing your first cozy mystery, and would like to try your hand on a short story, this is worth looking at.

Click here to check it out http://malka.im/alessandrocozy

Pizza head

My head isn’t working today.

You know that feeling you get when you’ve binged on carbs, starches, and sugar?

Well, that’s how I feel today. Mind totally blurry. It feels like my brain quit working.

So I didn’t write one word today.

I don’t whip myself, though, because it’s totally okay. I know that I will get back on the wagon Sunday (I don’t write on Saturdays), and I know that thanks to totally being able to focus, a cheat day from time to time is okay.

Feeling good ๐Ÿ™‚

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Everybody talks about writing a plot and an outline.

Some only need a starting point to write a novel. Others need a start, middle, and end. Others again need details for every scene.

I experiment a lot, and at the moment, I have beats written for every chapter, and then I detail outline a chapter only right before I’m going to write it.

Sometimes, I get stuck. I have a beat that says, “prince proposes”. What on Earth more should I put into that chapter?

That’s where my Socrates plotting method comes in handy and saves me every time.

Read more about it here http://malka.biz/socrates-plotting

Which books made you cry?

When I was 14, our teacher had us read “Knock On Any Door” by Willard Motley, and even though the blurb on the front cover of the book said that the hero would die, I kept hoping that he would live, and I cried like I’d been whipped when he was executed. When my son read the book, he cried, too.

All that emotion, right?

And I’m still sad that Rhett Butler left Scarlett…

But even a happy ending can trigger my tears, as it happened when I read one of the books Lynn Johnston has published under a pen name.

On the other end of the scale, I remember an indie published book about a man, who’d divorced a woman he loved, and wanted her back. He met a new woman, and I think they fell in love, and I really didn’t care. Actually, I didn’t even like the man, so I put down what was supposed to be a romance.

What is it that makes unforgettable characters that we care enough about to actually make you cry?

The secret, the soul of your book, lies in the character arc.

Like many other authors, Lynn Johnston struggled with her first novels, not knowing where the problem was with her characters. Why did her beta readers tell her that her characters didn’t change?

It wasn’t until she mastered the character arc that she got the reaction she wanted from her readers. And that’s the reason why her happy ending had me crying my eyes out.

She’s put together a course where you’ll learn all about the character arc. You get direct access immediately after you’ve clicked the buy button, so there’s no waiting time. You can learn instantly, and then implement what you’ve learned and put soul into your stories today.

Check it out here http://malka.im/lynn-arc

Bad arc = bad story

At the moment, my husband and I are watching “West Wing”.

When Cyril first told me about it, I wasn’t interested. I am totally not into politics. Somehow, though, he talked me into watching an episode, and I was hooked.

Sure, the setting is the Oval Office and its surroundings, but the series is about characters. All about characters.

And that’s what we like to read about or watch, right? We want to know how other people handle crises, how they deal with love and tragedy.

Story is about people. And a good story needs the main character to go through a character arc.

Now, that can’t be that difficult, can it?

Oh, yes.

I’ve just learned that it’s not just a matter of making a character change. The way she changes, and the order in which she does it, the relevancy to the story, and how you show her change… It all matters.

It makes the difference between a dull book and a story that makes the reader cry at the end.

So how do you learn to create those kinds of character arcs?

One of my best friends, Lynn Johnston, has been working on a course that teaches that in depth, and she’s releasing it this morning.

This is what you’ll learn:

  • The R-D-D formula for showing character change in a way that readers believe at the emotional level
  • 5 brainstorming techniques for generating story events that force your character to grow
  • A 6-step process for mapping out your character’s growth arc
  • 4 approaches to building character arcs in series (so your character doesn’t have to be a mess in book one)
  • How to craft a sentence that crystallizes your character’s internal journey (and makes your story easier to write)
  • The 8 steps of a powerful character arc
  • The 3 moments that make the growth arc easy for readers to see
  • How to tie your character arc to other storylines, so that your character’s growth becomes an integral part of the story
  • 4 brainstorming questions for identifying how the character arc might influence the events of each scene in your story

If you think that writing powerful stories that grasp your readers is something you would like to do, then I highly recommend that you grab this offer now.

You’ll get instant access.

Click here to read more http://malka.im/lynn-arc