There’s something seriously wrong with my dog, Nefnef.
She understands long and complex words like “peanut butter jar”, “teddy bear”, and “rubber bone”, but not short words like “no”, “come” and “down”.
Now, I know that in theory, over time, she’ll get better if I keep training her.
Realistically? It’s not going to happen.
It’s a good thing that we human beings are better 😀
We know that if we keep training a skill and learn from our wins and losses, then we’ll get better.
I’ve been writing professionally since 1998, and I had 25 top-ten best-sellers books traditionally published by IDG Books Denmark.
The last many years I’ve been writing in English, and I’ve learned a lot of tricks of the trade to help me improve.
And now I’m sharing this with you.
Every month, I’ll have a new volume full of tips, stories, and advice from myself, as well as other writers.
I’ll help you with:
The only purpose behind this newsletter is to help YOU become a better, more successful writer. That’s it.
I know you’ll enjoy reading it. Take notes because I will always include tons of tips, my unique insights, and good advice from other writers, too.
Don’t miss out on this. I’m certain it will help you become a better writer.
Here’s the link: http://malka.biz/nf-newsletter/
Today, I spent 30 minutes drawing a pig.
As you can see, I’m not quite where I’m going to quit my job as a writer.
But I’m practicing. Daily – at least 30 minutes, often closer to one hour. And this is a lot better than when I started.
I get motivation to draw daily from the course I’m on, because we’re supposed to share our cartoons daily.
So it works – I have only skipped holidays and sick days.
That’s the thing about NaNoWriMo, too. It motivates you to write daily and share your results. I love the tool they have to add your daily word count, and you can see the curve go up and up.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo in November?
You still have time to prepare so you can start writing the 1st.
If you want a great start, you should get your hands on the product I made with Lynn Johnston. It’s bursting with tips for both plotters and pantsers.
Plus as a bonus, Lynn has added several products, including one that guides you through every one of the 30 writing days. People have finished novels just with the help of that product. It’s yours to grab inside the download area.
Get Finish Your Novel in 30 Days here http://malka.biz/finish-your-novel-in-30-days/
Mike Nielsen has been using this method himself for a while.
If you want to write any kinds of books where you want to show what’s going on on your screen, then this method will help you get extremely fast at it.
In other words, it doesn’t work on Linux or Mac or an older Windows PC.
Still interested? Good, this is what Mike’s product consists of:
It’s a clever little method, and when I heard about it from Mike (he told me several times about how he used it), I told him to write down how he did. And he listened!
Read more about Mike’s latest book-a-day nonfiction guide here: http://malka.im/mikebadnf
Reading books is good. Absolutely.
You can learn a lot about writing from books.
But sometimes it takes a teacher you can ask questions to really get a concept.
Really understand it deep down and utilize it.
That’s how I experienced the Hero’s Journey.
I understood the basics, but there were some aspects I couldn’t grasp.
It’s a great tool for adding structure to your novel, for example, but did you realize that you can also use it to help you with your characters?
When you use the Hero’s Journey, just like so many best-selling writers and movie writers do, then it will also guide you towards the characters you need.
That’s one of the things Rob Howard and Bill Platt will show you in details in five live training sessions, starting Monday.
Yes, nice timing 🙂
This will definitely help you with NaNoWriMo or any time you plan to write fiction.
If you’re in any kind of doubt of whether this will help you or not, then I think you should read what previous students experienced during a similar course three years ago.
You’ll find their testimonials here http://malka.im/herosjourney
That’s a proven trick, by the way. Did you know that?
It worked for one of the most famous authors of all time, Victor Hugo.
Will it work for you?
Not sure, but then I have other tips for you that will work.
Actually, when I went through a phase recently where I felt out of energy and not like working much, instead of just wasting time (which I hate), I did some research on how to get over procrastination.
Not tomorrow but NOW!
I wrote down every tip that worked for me, and I found others that did the trick and tested them myself.
And by doing one little thing every day to get back in the flow, I did it.
I didn’t test wearing a knit sack, though. That’s for some other time. But you can see all my other results inside “Work from Home Rescue Kit” – the box every writer needs in their home.
Click here to read more http://malka.biz/work-from-home-rescue-kit/
On my birthday in 2011, we visited Yad Vashem with our school.
You might know it under another name, The Holocaust Museum.
They restructured the inside of the building a few years ago, and now, when you visit, you are guided around by fences. Everybody takes the same route through the museum, going from pre-war Germany, over the first years, the ghettos in Warsawa, the concentration camps, all the way up to the liberation.
When visitors left, they were quiet. Nobody talked for a long while. They’d been through a story of the life and dead, joy and sadness.
Nobody leaves unimpressed.
That’s the kind of impact you’ll want on your readers.
And the Hero’s Journey is a structure that can help you reach that goal.
But what you might not have considered is that it can do much more than guide through the story.
It can help you come up with the right kind of characters, whether you’re writing romance, comedy, thriller or mystery or any other genre.
The right kind of characters and archetypes, heroes, villains and helpers.
Right in time for NaNoWriMo that starts Tuesday, Rob Howard repeats his most popular class so far, his Hero’s Journey.
His last class was three years ago. This year he’s doing it with Bill Platt over five days. Five classes of 1 – 1 1/2 hours.
You’ll meet me in there, on the first row, popcorn, pen and paper in hand. (I can’t be there Friday, but all the classes are recorded.)
Is this Hero’s Journey Class something that will help you?
Most likely, yes, but I suggest you take a look at the testimonials from Rob’s last class.
Read more about the course and what students thought about it here: http://malka.im/herosjourney
Do you know one of the most popular fiction categories at Amazon is the American West era?
And those are fun books to write! But there’s a catch…
You have to know quite a bit about the era or you risk making mistakes that knowledgeable readers will call you out on. Maybe not call you out for a gunfight in the street, but you know what I mean. 🙂
You need to know:
And more. Once you have what you need, though, American West readers are very loyal and buy lots of books. You’ll be set!
I’ve got you covered. I took the time required to thoroughly research many aspects of the Western era, and now you get your hands on everything I found.
There are several modules (150 pages total). Very meaty!
But most importantly, it has everything you need to become knowledgeable enough to write in this lucrative category with authority.
This will save you many hours of tedious work. I’ve already done it for you.
Get yours here: http://malka.biz/painless-historical-fiction-american-west/
You like to write. I like to write. We all like to write.
But if we can’t sell what we write, then it’s really just a hobby and not a way to help make a living.
The difference often comes down to actively promoting what we write. At least until you have a big following from previous books.
Until then, you have to go out and find readers if you want to be assured of success as an author.
One of the best ways is to start an author blog and then attract visitors. From there, you can promote your books and increase your sales.
That’s the formula. Simple, right?
Well, maybe not so simple… unless you have a helpful guide.
That’s what I’ve created for you.
Check it out here: http://malka.biz/your-author-blog/
It’s 31 pages of useful info about:
It’s just what you’ve been looking for to get more book sales and build a loyal reader fan base.
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Can you imagine a time without cell phones?
If they’d been in common use when I was 17, it could have saved me some mockery and shame.
My boyfriend and I had gone camping, and when it was time for dinner, we went to the public phone to call my mother.
"Can you tell me how to make pancakes?" I asked, and people around me burst out laughing
Apparently it was something stupidly simple that every Dane knew how to do.
Still today, when I’m cooking something I’m not used to do, I use a cookbook. What’s wrong with that?
That’s how we learn, right?
The same can be said about a skill every writer and author needs to learn: Writing emails.
Those days, one of the safest issues you can rely on is your mailing list. You have to build that list.
And you have to mail that list.
But what do you say?
You: "I have published a new book."
Reader: "Oh, yeah? Yawn."
You: "Guess what… Two months has gone, and I’ve published another book."
Reader: "Who are you? Is this spam?"
Yeah, that won’t work.
You need a cook book. A cook book that will tell you which meals to prepare and how to prepare them.
In other words, when should you mail your list? And what can you tell them?
The Author Email Recipe Book is written by David Martin and Geoff Shaw, two successful, self-published authors.
They are worth learning from.
Grab your recipe book here, while it’s available: http://malka.im/authorcookbook
Some things are best kept a secret.
And one of my friends, let’s just call him Ed, had a secret he’d kept away from me and everybody else in this group.
He told us, that he HATED to promote the product he just mailed for. Not because it’s a bad product, but because he’d been making a steady stream of money every month since like 2010 with…
Sudoku books 😀
The cat’s out now, but does it matter?
Nope. This niche will not get saturated any time soon, so do me a favor:
If you want to know how to create these books for free – or for the cost of a Fiverr cover – you only have to go through this book by Andy C… (and there’s no way I can remember how to spell his last name correctly 😀 You can see for yourself on the sales page.)
Start your own Sudoku empire within this hour http://malka.im/sudoku