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Archive Monthly Archives: July 2017

W plots… aren’t they just about ups and downs?

I have to confess that one of the plot structures that never really grabbed my interest is the W plot structure.

Sure, sure…

It’s about bringing the main character down, and up, and down again, and up again for a happy ending.

Easy, peasy, and boring.

That structure didn’t help me, and although I’ve tried using it once, I replotted the story following another structure.

Now it turns out that I was very wrong about giving up that structure, and what I’ve learned now inspires me to a whole stream of new stories.

All that just because Lynn Johnston… Well, she doesn’t just read a book about writing fiction. She reads it, implements, thinks, analyzes, thinks some more, does research, and then…

She gets AHA moments.

The W plot structure didn’t work for her, either, but once she’d put two or three other ideas together, she came up with a brilliant metaphor.

That not only makes you easily remember each part of the W plot structure, but it also makes it highly inspiring.

It’s the kind of training that when you listen, you want to start writing right away.

Sorry, but you can’t have it.

Not for sale.



Okay, to be honest, it will be ready tomorrow. The course is already done, and I’ve read the written material as well as watched a few of the videos. Lynn is brushing off the last things, and it will be ready tomorrow, she says.

So look out for a mail from me tomorrow with more info about this. You’ll want it right away, because Lynn is selling it for an introductory price.

See you tomorrow.

Can you make people happy?

Can your happiness make other people happy?

I think so.

One of the people that marked me was a lady, who shopped daily in the supermarket I used to work in when I was younger.

She was always singing and smiling, and she always had time for a little chat with me.

One day, I told her that I enjoyed her happiness. “You must have had a good life,” I told her.

“No,” she said. “I lost both my children and my husband.” And then she bent over the desk to pick meat for dinner.

I stood there, flabbergasted.

That woman knew that happiness came from within, and with her way of being, she spread that happiness to her surroundings.

See how simple it is here http://malka.biz/happiness-book/

Can you do six hours per day? No?

One of the big differences between a fiction writer who makes very little and one who makes at least $100,000 per year is:

Five hours.

According to research, the “normal” writer spends an hour daily, while the successful writer spends six hours daily.

When I asked Michelle Spiva, who makes six figures per year, about her habits, she replied:

“I’m full time and try to get in at least an average of 4-6 hours a day”

That’s all very well, if you’re a full time writer, but…

How do you get to that point?

How do you go from “I would love to see my stories in print” and have maybe an hour daily to write fiction, and to becoming one of those 100k’ers?

You start with one hour daily, but with a twist.

You find a person who’s spend years figuring out how to make it, and then you learn from them. Let them tell you what they do, so you can hit the ground running. You don’t have to waste all the time they did.

You can start with one-two hours daily, work focused and in the right direction from the start, so you can get there faster.

Then, once your books are selling, you can put in more time and become a full time writer.

There’s only a tiny problem about this approach…

It’s hard to find somebody who’s willing to explain the system, because writers are, by nature, busy ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s why when I saw Michelle Spiva’s offer for a Short Read Success Formula, I jumped right in.

My finger didn’t even linger over the buy button, because I knew this was for me.

In short, let me give you Michelle’s own words for what she’s offering:

“I’ll show them what I do to make 6 figures a year and how to get that book selling when they publish.”

All in 30 days.

  • You’ll learn everything you need to know and understand, before you write.
  • You’ll learn how to write a story, readers will crave.
  • You’ll learn how to publish it, and sell it.

This is, as I see it, the opportunity of a lifetime! When Michelle had computer problems, and we didn’t get any news, I was so afraid that she was going to cancel. She wasn’t! And I’m so happy. Officially, this book writing workshop starts August 1st, but we’ve already received some of the material, and it’s so inspiring. Clearly, Michelle has put her years of experience and a lot of work into this.

On a scale from 1 to 10, it has a wow-factor of 10.

Check it out, it’s awesome! http://malka.im/shortreadsuccess

LOL, now THAT one was a mistake

The microwave oven, extracted insulin, and Post-It Notes…

They were all invented by mistake.

Although my discovery hasn’t saved lives yet, it has improved my productivity a lot, and it was one of those things that was caused by a mistake.

You can use it, too, and it’s totally free ๐Ÿ™‚

Check it out on page 19 of my book http://malka.biz/work-from-home-rescue-kit/

Did your regency heroine read Jane Austen?


Gotta love them, right?

Readers love them, and writers love them, because we read, too.

So we let our heroines read them.

The only question is: Which books should you let your regency heroine read?

Shakespeare? Byron? Jane Austen?

Click here to write painless regency romances http://malka.biz/painless-historical-fiction-regency/

Three minutes every morning

I love to be productive. I hate to waste time. Even waiting for something a few seconds can drive me crazy.

So I’ve spent a lot of time and energy… finding out how to save time and energy and get more done.

One of those things takes me three minutes every morning. Those three minutes are so well-spent that I get a lot more writing done since I added that routine.

What is that thing I’m doing?

Learn about it on page 14 http://malka.biz/work-from-home-rescue-kit/

How to give your regency heroine a fortune

While it’s often popular to let your heroine marry up, finding a rich and noble husband, sometimes you can add twists to your stories by having a rich heroine.

Unmarried, woman, and rich…

I can just see the number of fortune seekers who would tail such a heroine, and it would be hard for her to find true love. How would she know if the duke is interested in her or her money?

That would make an interesting conflict, right?

The only thing is… a rich woman back then?

Can you do that?

Would that work for this era?

Click here to find out http://malka.biz/painless-historical-fiction-regency/

Staring out the window-syndrome

Sooner or later, every writer will reach a point where they are staring out the window, feeling guilty, when they should be typing happily away.

I’ve been there, more than once.

Okay, we have a beautiful view over the sea, which can be inspiring, but still… Inspiration doesn’t write books. Fingers do.

So how do you get from staring out the window to typing?

Learn it on page 9 here http://malka.biz/work-from-home-rescue-kit/

How to title your regency romance

There are tropes and there are popular ingredients that will help you sell your regency romance when you use them in your title.

I’m using Kindle Spy to help me come up with ideas, since it can gather a word cloud and show me what’s popular.

Here’s a screenshot I just took. It can help you come up with a title for your regency romance:

turn on images to see the popular keywords

Maybe you even get ideas for a story now ๐Ÿ™‚

And when it comes to the research, I have it done for you.

Click here to learn more http://malka.biz/painless-historical-fiction-regency/

What my dog taught me about getting things done

Dogs are lazy, right?

Not mine. Nefnef is a very active dog with lots of energy.

And you can learn from that, right? That’s what I did.

I figured that it couldn’t be her eternal love for cats, even the most hissing and scratching ones.

It couldn’t be her mistrust in dogs, even the sweetest and most gentle ones.

It had to be something else, and I share my discovery among plenty of others inside my “Work from Home Rescue Kit”.

Check it out here http://malka.biz/work-from-home-rescue-kit/

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