[Fiction] Important update

Two months ago, I told you about a plugin to Firefox and Chrome called Kindle Spy.

==> http://malka.im/kdspy

Since then, I haven't used it much.

Not because it's bad – on the contrary.

But if you remember what I wrote back then, then you'll know that I found a gold nugget – a hidden gem – and that I intended to explore it.

So together with a good friend I've been busy writing 😀

We've written two books in that niche. One is already published, and we publish the other one at the end of this week.

We haven't spent one cent on advertising. We haven't done free days or anything. No promotion at all. And here are the results.

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Inspiration for Writing a Story – Where Does Inspiration Originate From?

Where does inspiration for writing come from?

A couple of years ago, I got the idea to something that could end up as a series… It was a slight problem, of course, that back then I’d never as much as finished one novella. So other than writing the introduction to this series, I kept it on the back-burner.

Then I took this course in writing a romance, but I couldn’t help myself. I added a murder… and before I knew it a guardian angel had sneaked inside the book.

I’m not possessed by ideas about guardian angels in general. In fact, I don’t think I have one. It’s not something I’ve considered. But my series idea had to do with one very special guardian angel: A curvy, clumsy, cougar guardian angel, I later named Amber Shapiro.

Now I had a connection between my first finished novella and the series idea.

I went on to write the guardian angel story, and lately I finished the second one of those, and a funny thing happened:

The more I learned about that universe, the more things made sense.

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How to Write Dialogue

Three books about writing dialogue. I highly recommend the two of them.

Dialogue – The Ultimate Writers' Guide (Kindle version) My rating: ***

Some good points in the book, but it left me with the impression that something was missing. And to be honest, I remember nothing about what I read. So either I'm stupid (and you can stop applauding now) or the author didn't do a good job of teaching the stuff.

I could easily have left out this book from my reading experience.

KD – Instant Dialogue (PDF) My rating: ****

http://malka.im/e/robdialog

Great report by Rob Howard about how to write dialogue. I recommend that you get this and learn from it.

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript (Kindle) My rating: *****

This is one of the best books I've EVER read.

The author shows different ways to write and use dialogue, and what's better: It's easy to remember what you've learned after reading it, even if you — like I mostly do — read just before I go to sleep.

Dazzling dialogue! Yes, indeed. You MUST have this book, if it's the only one you ever buy in your life.

(I already had another title from this author, and I immediately bought a third one last night, after I read more of this book. It's excellent, splendid, fantastic, superb, awesome…)

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