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Why fast is good

Yesterday, I read about an author who’d taken his time to write a novel… And somewhere between chapter 1 and chapter 30, his main character changed name from Mark to Anthony.


Because he’d written way too slowly. He’d forgotten who his hero was. He didn’t have all his backstory fresh in mind. He didn’t remember the color of his eyes. Even his name, he got wrong.

The author admitted that fast was better, because it keeps you in the flow. You know your characters. You remember details about them, and those are the tiny things that make them come to life.

If you want more tips about how to write and finish your stories faster, you should pick up the interview I made with Lynn Johnston. We call it “How to Finish Your Novel in 30 Days”, and you can use it any time of the year, not just November.

>> http://malka.biz/finish-your-novel-in-30-days/ <<

Unboxing “Connect the Dots”

I got an email yesterday evening with a great question. Here it is:

“What do the think about Mike’s new connect the dots course? I have several of his products and was wondering what made this one different….thanks…”

Before I answer, I have two blushing confessions to make:

  1. I hadn’t gone through Mike Nielsen’s “Connect the Dots Story Ideas”… I vaguely remembered having seen somebody mention it, but that was all, and I’d been too busy with my own products and writing fiction so I hadn’t checked it out.
  2. I haven’t gone through all Mike’s products. Only the ones I’ve promoted.

Today, I reached out to Mike to get a copy.

Here’s me unboxing it:

Unboxing Connect the Dots

The .mp4 file is a short (ten minutes) video in which Mike explains the system he’s named “Connect the Dots Story Ideas”.

The cheatsheet consists of a list of sites you can use to help you find more ideas, and in the video Mike uses one of these sites. (Note to self: Neat place to find ideas for mails, too.)

The second .pdf file is a checklist with the three simple steps you can go through to come up with ideas for stories.

What do I think about it?

I like it. It’s definitely a method I can see myself use. Pretty clever little method. You’ll learn how you can come up with unique ideas. Ideas you can then turn into premises and into plots.

What makes this one different?

Mike says in the video that he’s mentioned this method in one of his previous products and that people wanted him to go in-depths with it and explain in details how to use it. So that’s what he does with this product.

Are there upsells?

Yes. The main product is very low-priced (less than $7 from memory), and there are two upsells, neither of them necessary to make the connect the dots course work. The first one is “10-Minute Plots” for $14.95 and the second one is “Fast Fiction Outlines For Amateur Authors” for $17.64. The latter is a great product for beginning writers. It will tell you what you need to look at before you write, whether you’re a pantser or a plotter.

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask me if you like. And of course, you can find out more by going here:

>> http://malka.im/connectthedots <<

Still learning

When I made “How to Finish Your Novel in 30 Days” with Lynn Johnston, I still hadn’t written a novel. Novellas, yes, short stories, yes, but a novel? Nope.

As I wrote my first novel, I swore that I would never do it again, and guess what?

One of my work-in-progress right now is a novel planned at 135,000 words, and I’m making great progress (at 61K right now).

Every time I finish a story, I wish I’d had that knowledge and experience previously, but that’s not how life works.

For every new story, I learn.

And while writing, I read books about the craft, and I watch videos about the craft.

Still learning.

I laughed yesterday, when I read an article by an experienced writer, who said that for 20 years he’d gotten the concept of scenes and sequels all wrong. If that can happen to an expert, no wonder it can happen to all of us ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, if you want to write and finish a story, you might want to pick up my interview with Lynn Johnston here. She offers plenty of advice on how to make it.

>> http://malka.biz/finish-your-novel-in-30-days/ <<

Help your readers

When you lack self-esteem, it opens up for so many problems.

  • It’s easier for people to take advantage of you.
  • You have a hard time saying “no”.
  • You risk picking up the wrong partners.

… Just to mention a few.

These are series problems, and so many people suffer from lack of self-esteem.

That’s where you can help them. Write books about how to overcome this problem.

And if you don’t want to waste time doing research, but would rather dive directly into the writing, then I have good news for you.

Grab my done-for-you research here http://malka.biz/dfy-self-esteem-research/

What would help you write your next nonfiction books?

Where are you struggling?

What knowledge – or research – would help you write your next nonfiction book?

Hit ‘reply’ and let me know.

Genre and you

Do you have a favorite genre you prefer to read?

Do you write fiction in the same genre?

Hit ‘reply’ and let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

Love? Or egotism?

In a French newspaper I read about a man who had AIDS and hid it from his girlfriend for ten years.

He was afraid of losing her.

She found out, because she got HIV positive and contacted him (he was now her ex) to warn him… and then he told her the truth.

What do you think?

Was that man motivated to keep his illness a secret because of love or egotism?

I wonder what you think.

When it comes to romance, readers have strong opinions on what they want to read, and what they don’t want to see in romances.

You can find out exactly what makes them put down a book, and what they love, by getting my research about it.

Check it out here http://malka.biz/romance-deal-breakers/

One tomato, two tomato…

Don’t you just love productivity tools?

I do, and the most important one to me is a tomato.

Say that in Italian, and it makes sense: pomodoro.

If you’ve heard about the pomodoro method, you know what I mean. I set the pomodoro timer (mine is virtual, but otherwise it’s a timer formed as a tomato), and then I write.

It helps me keep focus.

Another thing that will help is to follow a proven method. It will even show you what to write in each paragraph of your book.

Grab it here http://malka.biz/abracadabook