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Wild West saloon girl?

If you’re writing a story that takes place in the good old American West, you might struggle with ideas for occupations.

Okay, we’ve seen the movies. Girls could work as dancers in saloons, as … paid entertainment in saloons, as poker players in saloons, as … hm…

That’s about it. But there must have been other occupations back then, right?

How did unmarried women support themselves?

You’ll have to dig into your history books, do online research, or simply get my “Painless Historical Fiction: American West” research.

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[12 hrs left] Are you bulletproof?

I just read the sad news about a rapper, I didn’t know…

Eight months ago, somebody shot Yung Mazi outside a Waffle House. He survived and tweeted “God made me bulletproof.”

And yet, today somebody shot and killed him outside an Atlanta Pizza shop.

I don’t know what happened… but it seems that he wasn’t bulletproof after all. Maybe it got invoked.

What about you? Are you bulletproof?

Do you have a surefire way to prepare your books for success?

If you don’t, then this is the real thing. We’re only in the preliminary week, and several of us have already had “wow-experiences” galore.

You can get it if you join within the next 12 hours. After that, it’s too late.

Join me and the other happy short reads writers inside Michelle Spiva’s “Short Read Success Formula” today.

This link will take you to a replay of a webinar. You don’t have to watch it. There’s a button on that page that will take you straight to the page where you can sign up.

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Time machine

Don’t you just wish you could travel to a point in the future, where you master the craft of writing fiction, and then go back and write your first book again?

I know I do. I’ve long ago removed it from Amazon. I was so proud when I finished it, and it certainly has good points, but overall I’m no longer happy with it. I don’t think it can be saved.

The problem is that for every book I finish, I’ve learned something. I’ve gotten better. Every time I finish a new book, I wish I’d had the knowledge and experience earlier.

But that’s the thing about experience. It comes with experience.

Nothing to do about it.

Another thing is research. One of my friends gave my first novella four stars because I wrote that the heroine was happy that she’d changed into a better pair of shoes. She (my friend) said that it would be unlikely that a girl from 1851 had several pairs of shoes.

I wish I’d done much more research back then, but my main goal was to finish my first novella, and I wouldn’t allow myself to get stopped by anything. Especially not research.

Now I have the research, and you can enjoy the fruits of my labor as well.

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Do you have an open mind?

What do you consider yourself?

  • Open minded?
  • Holding on to your ideas?

Both can have their advantages used correctly.

The reason why I’m asking is that some writers, like Bob Bly, believe that the only RIGHT kind of book is the traditionally published 300+ pages book.

Indie authors are [insert your favorite trash word here], and lazy, and only after a quick win.

I happen to disagree.

I’ve had more than 25 books traditionally published, and I prefer indie publishing by far.

I also prefer shorter books to the longer ones, both as a reader and a writer. Of course, the longer ones have their place, but when I can pick a shorter one, I do.

Are you open minded about short books?

How short would you go?

100 pages?
50 pages?
11 pages?
1 page?

How open minded are you?

The shocking truth is that even one-pagers, created the right way, and published the right way, can be helpful to readers.

Meet your drill sergeant

I’ve never been in the army, but I know from movies that drill sergeants are tall, yelling men, who will break you down to build the new you from scratch.

You’ll meet him the first day as a long-haired weakling, but you’ll leave six months later, strong, bad, and nobody’s going to bump into you when you march down the street.


Yes, sir! (clacks heels)


Yes, sir!

We all know that even though this drill sergeant is one mean motherf… he means well. He doesn’t break you down for his own sadistic self (if he’d wanted, he’d become a tax inspector instead). He breaks you down so he can build you up for your own good.

That’s what a good drill sergeant does.

And when it comes to fiction, you need somebody who can crack a good whip, and make you write on command.

You need Michelle Spiva.

She means business! Oh, don’t get me wrong, she’s sweet and all, but she means business. No fooling around in her classes. You’re there to learn. She’s there to teach, and she’s there to make you type, sweat, and produce.

She’s not only writing her own successful stories, making six figures per year, she’s also helping others, even best-selling authors to get them back to writing, working out plots, and helping them past emotional issues as well.

She’s successful because she believes in it. And she can help you become successful, too. I believe that so strongly myself, that I didn’t hesitate when she offered this course. I bought right away.

You won’t have to march all day for six months to get here.

All Michelle asks is 60 uninterrupted minutes per day. Well, it’s your book project, your future, but I’m willing to give her that.

What about you?

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Top book analyzed

Back when I wrote “How to Write a Happiness Book” the number one book was “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It”.

I didn’t like the book much, but readers do. It’s still, months later, #3 on the top 100 in that category.

Inside my book, I show you the table of content of that book and what it consists of. You can copy it and make it your own, if you like. I also give you other ideas for coming up with an outline.

Plus a lot of other tools that make it easy for you to write your book now.

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Can a plot structure ensure conflict? Nah, but Lynn’s metaphor will

If you’ve been playing around with different plot structures, you’ll know that they each have their advantages.

One of the structures I avoided myself was the W plot structure, because… I don’t know. It didn’t feel right to me.

Lynn Johnston had the same problem, but instead of just moving on to a different structure, like I did (blush), she did something about it.

She analyzed why it didn’t work for her, and why her stories ended up being so predictable and (shudder) boring.

She came up with a brilliant metaphor for the W plot structure, and that moved the puzzle pieces in place for me. It was a true ‘AHA’ experience. A big WOW moment!

Watching the videos and reading the worksheets will make you want to plot and write straight away. It’s highly inspiring.

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Building your writing muscle

I disagree with Stephen King.

First, I think he should never have published “It” without rewriting the ending. For years after reading that book, I refused to pick up another Stephen King story. That was horrible, in a bad way.

Second, he says that unless you’re born with the talent, you can never strive to be more than a mediocre writer.

Talent can be learned. Talent is no more than skills polished, and the more you train, the better you get.

And I believe that if you have an interest in writing fiction, it’s because you have what it takes to make it one day, if only you hone your skills and build that writing muscle.

Like all kinds of muscle building, you need the right methods.

Use a dumbbell the wrong way, and you might strain your muscle.

You need a writing trainer, somebody who’ve figured out how to build that muscle and go from painfully dragging out a couple of hundred words per day and to typing as fast as you can, doing several thousand words per day… and get there fast.

I’ve just signed up for Michelle Spiva’s book camp.

Join me there, and you’ll get 30 days to write, publish and sell your short read successfully.

You’ll learn how to generate buzz books to sell in the popular reading marketplace.

And what’s even more interesting, perhaps, is that you’ll be writing short books, something you can do consistently. The sweet spot is from 20,000 to 30,000 words, and Michelle charges $2.99 or $3.99 for these books, AND READERS LOVE THEM.

Wanna find out if this is something for you?

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Solve that one problem

Monday, I sent you a mail about a book, 6 pages long, that sold for $2.99.

It solved that one problem.

Many readers today don’t want long books. They want to get right to the point. They want the author to solve that one problem for them, and they are willing to pay the price for it.

A problem, many people suffer from, is lack of happiness.

You can solve that problem.

You can write a happiness book.

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