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Secret sauce of great writing

What simple thing will gain your books praise all the time?

  • Your choice of topic?
  • The large number of pages?
  • The cute pictures of your cat?

Of course, you’re shouting “great writing” right now, because you noticed my subject ๐Ÿ˜‰

And that’s right.

Second question:

What is great writing?

  • A combination of long and short sentences?
  • White space?
  • Illustrations?
  • Jokes?

Good jokes are actually examples of good writing, because they are written with clarity, simplicity, and elegance. And those three concepts form the secret sauce of great writing.

That’s the kind of writing readers love, because it’s easy to understand. It makes them feel good about themselves instead of bad and stupid.

I found an excellent course that teaches these concepts in a good way with clear examples. It’s made by an Ex-Wall Street Journal editor named Shani Raja, and I highly recommend it. Normally, it sells for $200, but this week (and until September 1st) you can get it for only $10. I bought it myself and really enjoy it.

Check it out here http://malka.im/udemywritingflair

What is Wonder Woman’s goal?

Your characters must have a goal.

In real life, some people just wing it, but in stories that can’t happen for your heroine. She must have a goal and a conflict.

But you can’t just pick any goal and pair it with your main character. They have to fit together.

So I decided to try making lists of goals and conflicts to see if I could use the same method.

Big lists of all possible goals and conflicts didn’t go very well. It took me way too long to write them and read through them. Too many of them didn’t apply, and I ended up wasting a lot of time.

Then I discovered the key:

I put together lists of goals and conflicts based on a specific type of character.

When I made goal and conflict lists based on what I thought sounded logical for some major character trait, I was able to save time AND develop better characters with good goals, logical conflicts, and matching flaws.

The best part was how much it made me think. I found inspiration by considering possibilities on the lists.

You can get access here http://malka.biz/female-character-sketches/

Write a mystery this weekend

The traditional mystery takes time to write. And it’s not that easy to show the right clues and not reveal whodunit.

The reader wants to solve the mystery, but it shouldn’t be easy. Nobody likes to solve something that’s easy.

It’s like when I ask you this:

What is 2 + 2?

It’s easy for you to answer “4”.

There’s no challenge in that.

But if I tell you that I bought a chocolate bar and a piece of candy for $1.10 in total, and the chocolate bar cost $1 more than the candy, then you’ll have to think to figure out how much I paid for each of them.

Now it’s fun, because there’s a challenge involved.

The interesting thing is that you can obtain that effect by writing ultra short “Mini-Mysteries” that the reader can solve by picking the route herself.

Shawn Hansen has created a 60-page guide that includes everything you need to know to get your Mini-Mystery written this weekend.

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

Would you eat soup with marbles?

You know how food on TV or in cook books always look delicious. But is it?

A woman, who did food demos and was filmed for TV shows, explained how food was engineered to look that way. They used shaving cream instead of whipped cream. Didn’t cook the food to full “doneness”. And in order to make soup look good, they put marbles at the bottom of a bowl, poured soup over it and finished the look with almost raw vegetables.

Yuk!

Now, when it comes to writing mysteries, it’s a similar process with a difference:

You have to give the reader a chance to find out what you add to the soup.

All the clues have to be there, and you should give him ways to choose what he’ll look into first and see if he can solve the mystery.

How do you do that step by step?

Click here to find out how http://malka.im/minimystery

Profitable stories in hours

Patience… right?

That was one of the first words I learned here, when I arrived in Israel.

Israelis have patience… in some situations. In others, none at all. Like when the light turns green. A split second later, the second car will honk his horn. I’ve even seen the first car do it ๐Ÿ˜€

Writing and publishing fiction demands patience, too. Sometimes years of patience. Years, where you write and edit and make no money.

How about coming out with some short, fun-to-write stories, while you wait for your epic saga to be finished?

Shawn Hansen has made a brilliant 60-page guide to creating short Mini Mysteries. The kind that the reader solves himself.

They are popular, fun and easy to write, and they are short.

Get started here http://malka.im/minimystery

Will this be your first book?

Now… I LOVE my lifestyle. I mean, I get up when I want to. I don’t have to go by car, train or bus anywhere. I can do whatever I like.

I love to write, and I hope that as many people as possible will be able to live their dreams, too.

So when I learned about Shawn Hansen’s latest product, it made me happy. It might just be your chance.

Even if you’ve never written or published a book before, you can do it.

Shawn Hansen walks the reader through how to write Mini Mysteries, and there are many advantages of writing in that genre.

  • They are ultra-short (300 to 1500 words).
  • They are fun to write.
  • You can write them for kids or for adults.

Get all the details now http://malka.im/minimystery

Do people like to solve mysteries?

Imagine the voice of Bruce Willis here:

“Do ducks duck? Do flies fly? Do bears bear? Do bees be?”

Of course they do, and that (like to solve mysteries) goes right from being 5 years+ to 115+.

And they do it all the time… That’s why adults read about crimes in newspapers. They wonder, “Who did that? Why did someone do that?”

I remember a weird case in France… A whole family of wife and three kids were found murdered. The husband gone. He’d quit his job previously, they’d canceled their rent. The wife had spoken with neighbors and told them not to worry… They took their kids out of school and wrote a letter saying they worked for the CIA. Lots of weird stuff. Can’t help guessing, right?

That’s the thing about mysteries. We humans want to solve them. We don’t like unsolved mysteries, and we feel a huge satisfaction when we solve one.

Even when it’s in movies or books.

The usual kind of mysteries involves giving a lot of false clues (red herrings) as well as real clues. Hide the truth, but never cheat the reader. That kind of stories have to be long enough to do the job.

But there’s another kind of mysteries that are popular, and that’s the reader solves it mysteries. They exist for kids and for adults, and they are short and fun to write.

That’s the kind of mysteries Shawn Hansen deals with in “Mini-Mystery Profit Formula”, and she walks you through all aspects of coming up with such a story:

  • Average number of pages in a story.
  • Average number of stories in a book (when more than one).
  • Average number of pages in a book.
  • Average price (you’re going to like that one).
  • How to come up with a sleuth.
  • How to create your world.
  • Extras (like characters and locations).
  • How to construct the crimes.
  • Planting clues.
  • Plotting your story.
  • And much, much more.

If you like the idea of having a book ready to publish in weeks instead of months, then take a look at this.

You’re going to love this http://malka.im/minimystery

What content should you put into your one-pagers?

This whole week, I’ve been babbling about one-page content.

Why?

Because I love the idea of what it can do for readers (and me).

You can use one-page content to help you build your list, or you can sell them and make money directly.

But how do you come up with the content?

Amy Harrop shares several ideas and hacks you can use inside her “One Page Publishing Profits”.

Click here to check it out http://malka.im/amy1page

How to format your one-page content

Whether you create a tips sheet, a cheat sheet (cheatsheet), or a check list, once it’s done, you have to format it to make it look good.

Not only that… It has to be a format that’s useful to your reader.

How do you do that?

I’ve seen all kinds of ways to do it, from images to HTML files filled with links.

Amy Harrop shares her ideas, which result in professional-looking, awesome one-pagers.

Get all the details now http://malka.im/amy1page

Dirty underwear

We all know that women wash clothes, right? I mean, even in modern homes, in 2017, I hear all the time that the women wash the clothes, dry them, fold them…

But what about your unmarried, gorgeous, handsome, good-looking, long-haired with stubble, dark-haired hero from 1851?

Did he walk around with smelly undies?

You’ll be surprised what men actually did in the American Wild West back then to have their clothes cleaned. Funny story, too.

Read about it in my Painless Historical fiction package here http://malka.biz/painless-historical-fiction-american-west/