A Disaster Is Not Just a Disaster

When you write fiction, do you use scenes and sequels? A scene consisting of Goal – Conflict and Disaster?

I did that at first. Then I tried other structures, and now I'm back at Goal – Conflict – Disaster.

I had doubts about all three parts of a scene. Like:

  • At what moment does the main character decide on that goal? Before the scene starts? After the scene has started? The moment it starts? (I'll get back to that in another article.)
  • Conflict… Ooooh, no, conflict. How do I come up with a good conflict? What is conflict? And should it be internal or external or both? (More about that in another article.)
  • Disaster. Ha! Finally something I understand. Right?

Yeah, right.

I thought I understood until a couple of weeks ago, where I made an eurekah and discovered the true meaning of that disaster.

My Previous Understanding of “Disaster”

It could be anything. An earthquake. A villain entering the story. My mother's cooking.

So I would come up with a goal, make my characters go through all kinds of trouble, and finally, the disaster. Something totally unexpected. A true disaster.

Only Not So True Fictionwise…

When I finally found out, I felt so stupid.

The disaster is not something that suddenly happens. It's related to the goal. It's the result.

The point of view character wants something in that scene: That's his goal.

The point of view character meats obstructions: That's his conflict.

Did he obtain his goal? The result is either:

  • No.
  • No, and furthermore (things get worse).
  • Yes, but (things get worse).

That's the disaster. It's related to the goal, and it's the result of the struggles the point of view character has gone through.

Maybe you already knew that?

I know that it feels like I'm the only one in the whole world who wouldn't know, but in the rare chance that you didn't either, then now you do.

That disaster is the answer to the question: Did he reach his goal?

I made Bob Bly angry

And it was easy, too. I disagreed with him.

If you don't know Bob Bly, he's known as being a big copywriter, and he frequently talks about how many books he has written. I've been on his list for a long time. Only bought from him once – a book about email marketing. I didn't read more than 25% of it. It was boring.

Anyway, yesterday he mailed his list and said (and I don't know who TJ is):

But today, as TJ points out, you can write a short document —
just 10,000 words, 5,000 words, or even less — slap a nice cover
on it, create a Kindle e-book, and sell it online.

When people see it on Amazon, most don't realize it is a
glorified report or article — and they mistake it for the author
having written a real full-length book.

I replied to him and said:

No, they shouldn't. Amazon shows a page count, so it's easy to see how long a book is.

Another thing is that a lot of readers, me included, prefer shorter books about one single problem or topic instead of thick books.

He wrote back two minutes later, saying:

Not quite accurate.

You have to scroll down to find the page count.

I sent him a screenshot proving that you don't have to scroll at all.

He wrote:

It does not. I just went on Amazon.

Please do not email me again.

I asked him if he thought my screenshot was manipulated, but he just replied:

Just what I said: I go on Amazon all the time, and the page count is always below the fold.

Oh well… Maybe he has a small screen.

Then, in the same mail, he asked someone called Jodi to unsubscribe me, but that was too late. πŸ˜‰ I'd already done Jodi's work.

Anyway, there are some who don't measure quality in page counts, and there are readers, like me, who prefer to read shorter, no fluff books. To each their own.

If you're with me on this one, then you'll probably like “Divide and Conquer” which is about writing high quality short books in series. If you prefer long and boring books, I recommend the email marketing one from Rob Bly πŸ˜‰

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They Laughed at My Pancakes

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.

Except me.

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.

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He HATED Promoting This Product

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 πŸ˜€

Oh, well.

The cat's out now, but does it matter?

Nope. This niche will not get saturated any time soon, so do me a favor:

  • Don't just think about it. Set aside 30 minutes daily to create Sudoku books.
  • Do it.
  • Set them up at CreateSpace.

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