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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 😀

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 🙂

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

Do you use deadlines?

When I wrote my first nonfiction book ever (and the following 27), my editor gave me deadlines.

The first one was so far out in the future that I still managed to procrastinate for a few months, before I started to write like a madwoman.

But I found that deadlines made me more productive, so now I use them all the time.

Whether I write fiction or nonfiction. Or even emails.

Other than that, something that can help you get your book written is paragraph by paragraph walkthroughs. Almost like “write by numbers”.

You’ll find that here http://malka.biz/abracadabook

Suicide gasser

Reality often surpasses fiction!

A few weeks ago, I read in a French newspaper how a man from Belgium had decided to commit suicide.

He locked himself into his car, filled it with gas… and changed his mind.

So relieved at not having died, and that he’d decided to live, he…

lit up a cigarette!

He survived, but his car was history.

You can’t blame the French for making jokes about the Belgians, can you?

Anyway, it’s easy to make blunders. Also when you’re writing. And some of the things you might put into your romances, could make your readers put the book down.

Know what they like and what they hate.

I’ve done the research, and you can get access to it and save yourself some time and deal breakers.

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

Comes with a cheatsheet

Yesterday, I asked you if you created cheatsheets for your own purpose.

I know that I do, if I read a book I want to take action on.

Otherwise it’s hard to get the overview and know where to start, I think.

But for you, my friend, I’ve included the cheatsheet with my “Abracada Book”.

The ebook shows you how you can write nonfiction books, paragraph by paragraph. And to save you time from going over the book more than once, I’ve included a cheatsheet.

Check it out here http://malka.biz/abracadabook

Ask your readers

Do you ever ask your readers questions?

If you have a mailing list, a Facebook fan page or a blog, it can be very helpful to get their input.

For instance, a while back I wondered when I should publish the Christmas romance I was writing. I was thinking that my readers would appreciate it in October, November, or maybe as late as December or as early as September.

So I asked them, and 99% replied something that took me completely by surprise.

To “when do you prefer to read Christmas romances” they replied:

All year long!

I would never have guessed that, so I’m glad I asked.

If you’re still building a following, you might have none to ask, and in that case, I recommend that you skim forums, blog posts, reviews… Because you NEED to know what your readers want and don’t want.

Yes, it’s time consuming, I know, because I’ve done it, but it’s necessary.

A shortcut, if you’re writing romance, is to pick up a copy of my research. It will save you time, and it will save you from writing things your readers will hate.

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