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Becoming a Blockbuster YA Author

Becoming a Blockbuster YA Author

By Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP
The podcast for aspiring authors who want to write the next big YA or Middle Grade novel. Following methods used in Hollywood and by bestselling authors, we’ll take you through the process of writing, publishing, and marketing your book so you can start earning royalties. With a focus on overcoming your personal challenges and self-doubts, you’ll learn how to transform your life, live your dream, and train your brain to think like a bestselling author. This series is part of Blockbuster YA’s coaching programs for aspiring authors. Get free guides, tips, and pep talks on blockbusterYA.com
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26. Six Helpful Emotions for Writers

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34. The Fear of Plot Holes
Do you worry about someone pointing out a plot hole in your story? Maybe you get overwhelmed about the idea of fixing plot holes or use the discovery as a reason to beat yourself up. But plot holes happen to every writer. They are not a problem. When you overcome your fear of plot holes, finding a solution is easy. Read the blog: https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/fear-of-plot-holes * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
07:58
November 17, 2020
33. Get Your Story's Pacing Right With "Stop & Think Moments"
After every scene plays out, it's important to give the protagonist (and the reader) a moment to reflect on what happened and think about what to do next. These “stop and think” moments are critical in making a novel emotionally satisfying, because this is where real character growth happens! Let's discuss the anatomy of these moments. In this lesson, we'll cover: - The 3 parts of a stop-and-think moment. - Why these moments are so important. - A common mistake when writing action scenes. - How to maintain tension during these moments. Download the scene structure checklist and get more resources at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/post/scene-structure-reaction * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
04:12
November 10, 2020
32. Why You Are Avoiding Writing
Avoidance is changing your behaviour, so you don’t have to do something, feel something, or think something. If you are avoiding writing, you might find that you’re not only avoiding opening your computer, you’re also avoiding reading and listening to your favourite writing podcasts too. What’s going on? If you’ve been studying with us, you know that your THOUGHTS cause your feelings, which cause your actions. It’s not actually the writing you’re avoiding; it’s your own THOUGHTS about writing. Everything starts with your thoughts. The problem with this is that when we are in avoidance, we are actually avoiding our thoughts, making it hard to overcome avoidance. In this podcast/blog, learn why you are avoiding your thoughts in the first place and how you move through avoidance to get writing and live the life you want to live. * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10:32
November 3, 2020
31. Anatomy of a Well-Structured Scene
Every scene in your book should include three key components that follow a nice arc. These arcs can be seen in virtually every blockbuster story, from Hollywood films to #1 bestselling novels. Failing to include these elements could mean losing your readers' interest or confusing them. So let's talk about how to structure your scenes. In this lesson, we'll cover: - The 3 parts to a scene arc. - Examples of different ways this arc can manifest. - The most important piece of every scene. - How to keep your readers' rapt attention. Download the scene structure checklist at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/post/scene-structure _ © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
06:23
October 27, 2020
30. Brain Hacks for When You Don’t Want to Write
You want to write a novel. You committed to it and you can’t wait to hold the finished book in your hands. You want this so badly that you even scheduled a time to write every day. But more often than not, when that time to write comes, you don’t want to write. What gives? This is a frustrating pattern a lot of writers can find themselves in. We want one thing, but another part of our brain wants another. The thing is, your brain is lying to you when it says it doesn’t want to write. You DO want to write. So instead of taking your brain seriously when it tells you “I don’t want to,” you need to remind yourself why you put it on your calendar in the first place. In this blog & podcast, learn two simple brain hacks that can get you writing even when your brain is arguing that it doesn’t want to. https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/brain-hacks-to-get-writing * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
08:27
October 20, 2020
29. Worldbuilding Checklist: Creating Your Setting
No matter what genre you're writing, it's important to spend time building the world in which your story takes place. This comprehensive Worldbuilding Checklist will help you define the world that best suits your story, from weather patterns to cultures to which swear words your characters use. If you're writing speculative fiction (e.g. fantasy, sci-fi), you'll want to fill out as much of the checklist as you can. If you're writing a novel that takes place here and now, you'll have less worldbuilding to consider and can treat the checklist as optional. This podcast episode will cover: How your setting and plot should serve each other. Making the most of the world you build. How and when to convey worldbuilding information to the reader. Inventing cultures for fantasy and sci-fi stories. Download the complete worldbuilding checklist at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/post/worldbuilding _ © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
06:06
October 13, 2020
28. Six Emotions that are Hurting Your Writing
Feelings are what drive every single action that we take. This means that how you feel is going to determine how many books you write, how much money you make, and how successful you are as an author.  As a writer, you have to learn how to use emotions and be able to spot the ones that aren’t working for you. Your books depend on it. Get started with recognizing these 6, unhelpful emotions that are halting your progress. Read the blog: https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/unhelpful-emotions * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
16:47
October 6, 2020
27. Eleven Steps to Building a Badass Antagonist
Imagine The Dark Knight with a boring Joker. Or Thor without his siblings. Or a weak Darth Vader. A well-thought-out antagonist has the power to make a story brilliant. Let's talk about how to make the best possible antagonist for your story. They will become your protagonist's worst nightmare, the spark that ignites your conflict, and a fleshed-out, three-dimensional character with realistic qualities. In this lesson, we'll cover: How to make an antagonist who is best suited to oppose your protagonist. How to make your antagonist realistic and sympathetic. How to 'wow' your readers with an epic opposing force. Designing your antagonist's backstory. 4 steps to structure your antagonist's character arc. Download the antagonist worksheet at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/post/antagonists * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10:25
September 30, 2020
26. Six Helpful Emotions for Writers
Emotions are the reason we do anything, including writing novels. This makes emotions an important tool for authors. Learn six helpful emotions that can not only lead you to a published novel but can also make your writing incredible for your readers. Blog: https://www.blockbusterya.com/blog/post/6-helpful-emotions-for-writing * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
16:43
September 22, 2020
25. Which POV And Tense To Use For YA And MG Novels
Before you start your first draft, you have to decide on what point of view, or "POV", to write in, as well as your story's tense. Do you write in first person or third person, and do you choose present tense or past tense? In this episode, we'll compare different approaches and talk about which options work for Young Adult and Middle Grade novels. We'll also talk about how to achieve a "deep POV", which is important in today's literary market. In this lesson, we'll cover: - Different POV options available to you and their pros and cons. - What a “deep POV” is and how to achieve it. - How to properly write more than one POV. - Which POVs and tenses are used in top bestselling books. Download "deep POV" examples at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/post/point-of-view Join our community of YA/MG authors at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/forum _ © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
04:58
September 15, 2020
24. Scheduling Time to Write That Actually Works
Do you create writing schedules that only seem to work for short stints? Are you spending more time hating yourself for not writing than you are spending actually writing? You're not alone.  Many writers think in black and white ways when it comes to their writing schedules. But these perfectionist schedules are destroying your self-integrity and self-trust. Learn how to create a schedule that can repair your relationship with yourself and get you results.   Read the blog: https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/scheduling-time-to-write * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
07:05
September 8, 2020
23. Six Tips for Writing Your First Draft
Many writers find the first draft the hardest part of writing – harder than outlining, revising, editing, marketing, and everything else involved. Yes, it’s daunting to turn a blank page into a story, but it’s also exciting! Time to let your imagination fly. This episode includes 6 tips to help you climb that first-draft mountain. We'll touch on mindset, timing, tools, and more. For more writing resources, visit blockbusterYA.com/blog Links discussed in the podcast: https://thewritepractice.com/permission-to-suck/ & https://www.paymoapp.com/blog/pomodoro-apps/ * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
04:37
September 1, 2020
22. How to Commit to Writing
The success of your goal depends on how well you’re able to commit to it. What determines our commitment is whether or not we have a strong reason to do so. Listen to our podcast to learn what commitment pitfalls to avoid and then use our free workbook to define your writing Reason. Get the workbook and read the blog: https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/commit-to-writing * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
09:25
August 25, 2020
21. Goal Setting for Goal-Oriented Writers
Many of us writers are goal-oriented. So you’re probably no stranger to the idea of goal setting. But writers often do goal setting wrong. Are you feeling desperate to reach your goal? Or if you have not yet committed 100% to it? If this is you, this is completely normal. Most people resist setting goals because it’s uncomfortable. It brings up a lot of doubt when we’re reaching for something we’ve never done before. But having a measurable goal, set from the correct mind frame will make achieving it more likely, and more enjoyable. Learn more in our latest blog and podcast. Read the blog: https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/goal-setting * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10:31
August 18, 2020
20. “That Was My Idea!” – What If Hollywood Steals Your Story?
You’ve got a brilliant story idea that you’ve been working on for ages. You can’t wait to publish it. Then, one day, you’re at the movies or you turn on your favorite streaming service and… A trailer shows up. And the concept is like, the same thing you’re working on. What do you do? Stop writing your book now that the idea has already been done? Change your whole story? Sue someone for stealing your idea? Answer: None of the above. In fact, your response should be the opposite of panicking and despairing! You should be excited. Let's talk about why. For more blogs, free resources, and personalized coaching, visit https://www.blockbusterYA.com/. Join our community at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/forum. * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
06:11
August 11, 2020
19. Encouraging Yourself to Write
Whether you're a writer who finds writing easy or a writer who finds writing hard, we all need to encourage ourselves on the way to our goals. This podcast will take you through seven exercises that you can start using right away to get you writing. Get the worksheet at blockbusterya.com/post/encouraging-yourself-to-write * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
12:25
July 28, 2020
18. Genre Rules for Writing YA and MG Novels
Whether you're writing fantasy, horror, literary fiction, or any other genre, you as a writer have reader expectations to fulfill. In this lesson, we talk about the rules for writing Young Adult and Middle Grade novels, along with rules for specific genres and subgenres. By familiarizing yourself with these rules, you'll set yourself up to meet your readers' expectations and even exceed them. We'll cover:  7 guidelines for writing Young Adult and Middle Grade novels.  What tropes are and how to use them to your advantage.  Genre example: rules for writing Action-Adventure  How to figure out your subgenre and why this helps you make sales   For more writing resources, visit https://www.blockbusterYA.com/blog. Join our community of YA/MG writers at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/forum  * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10:09
July 21, 2020
17. Your Self-Doubt is Stunting Your Story
Self-doubt shows up in a multitude of ways for writers. For some, it's the struggle to start or finish their book. But it can also show up in writers who sit on their novels and don't seek representation or self-publishing, or those who choose not to get beta readers, enter contests, or hire editors. In this podcast, learn how you can overcome this pattern. Read this podcast as a blog and access free resources on: https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/self-doubt * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
08:49
July 16, 2020
16. How to Make a Living as a YA Author
The exciting thing about being an author is that there is no ceiling to how much you can earn. This is also the biggest challenge, because there's no baseline salary. So how can you increase your income as an author so you can quit your day job and live the life of your dreams? Here are five pieces of advice to help you earn a living as an author, including building your platform, treating your books as a business, and making smart investments. Read this podcast as a blog and access free resources on https://www.blockbusterYA.com/post/earn-a-living * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
05:34
July 7, 2020
15. Redefining Writer’s Block: Understanding the Cause
If you find yourself idling and potentially in “Writer’s Block,” it’s important to identify and understand the cause so you can ultimately overcome it. While some causes are more obvious, others are harder to spot because they are not where you thought to look. Writer’s Block is never permanent. Once you practice self-awareness and recognize the cause, the solution will become obvious. Read the blog: https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/redefining-writers-block * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
12:28
June 30, 2020
14. How to Write the Perfect Opening Scene
The first scene of your novel determines whether agents, publishers, and readers will keep going or put your book down. That's a lot of pressure!  The good news is that there are proven techniques you can use to craft the perfect opening scene. This lesson will help you decide on the best opening scene for your plot and what components it should include. We'll talk about what makes an effective opener and some tricks to hook the reader and pull them into the next chapter. We'll also cover opening lines, which need to serve the same purpose in fewer words! Use the worksheet to brainstorm ideas and pick the best opening scene and opening line for your story.  In this podcast episode, we'll cover:  - The 3 things your first scene needs to include. - How to make readers care about your protagonist right away. - How to write the best opening line for your book. - Examples of effective opening scenes and opening lines.  Download the opening scenes/lines worksheet at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/post/opening-scenes * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
08:46
June 23, 2020
13. How to Make Writing a Priority
If you want to make writing a daily habit, or a significant part of your lifestyle, it’s important to prioritize it. In this episode, learn what a priority is, what it isn’t, and some of the common pitfalls you can avoid. Read the blog: https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/how-to-make-writing-a-priority * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10:20
June 16, 2020
12. Choosing A Theme: What's Your Novel's Statement?
A theme is a statement that your story makes about life. A strong theme can make a difference between a story that resonates and one that is easily forgotten. By choosing the right statement and using it to link everything in your story together, your story will stick in readers' minds long after they put your book down. In this lesson, we'll cover: - Why a strong theme is so important.  - How to identify the theme in the story you're working on.  - Examples from popular book series.  - How to use your theme to connect everything in your story.  Download the worksheet to create a strong theme for your novel at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/post/theme * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
05:51
June 9, 2020
11. How to Write During A Time When It’s Hard to be Creative
With everything going on in the world – most of us still in quarantine due to COVID-19, many people fighting against atrocities and even fighting for their lives, and other global issues – it can be hard to find the energy to be creative. I recorded this podcast a few weeks ago when quarantine was the biggest issue for many of us in North America, but a lot has changed since then. While the podcast refers to living in quarantine, the teachings apply to any time of upheaval. I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are going through, you can apply some of this thought-work to help you get through. Read the blog: how-to-write-during-a-time-when-it-s-hard-to-be-creative * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
06:43
June 4, 2020
10. The Plot Twist Formula
A plot twist gets people talking about a book. It’s what makes readers gasp aloud, tell their friends, and re-read the story after they’ve finished. As a writer, it seems hard to come up with a great twist that readers don't see coming. But it doesn't have to be complicated! Let's look at the anatomy of a twist and how we can use proven patterns to add one (or several) to your novel. In this lesson, we'll cover: Three strategies for writing a great plot twist. Common devices used in blockbuster stories, like red herrings. How to surprise and delight readers (without going overboard with an out-of-nowhere twist). Download the Plot Twist brainstorming guide at https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/plot-twists * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
06:35
May 26, 2020
9. Dealing with Negative Reviews
A lot of writers are afraid of getting negative reviews, and it holds them back from reaching their true potential. Negative reviews are going to happen, but here’s why you don’t have to fear them. Read the blog at: https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/negative-reviews * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
05:23
May 19, 2020
8. The Blockbuster Plot Arc (Part 2)
With your book's tent poles in place, it's time to build your complete story outline! This 12-step storyboard is an exclusive Blockbuster YA formula based on years of writing education and experience in the literary and film industries. By using these 12 key moments as your plot's foundation, your story will hook readers from the start and leave them satisfied. We'll cover: How to fill in the 12-step storyboard to build a blockbuster plot. Tips for how to make each scene reach its full potential. Intertwining the plot and character arc. Download the storyboard deck and fill it out for your plot at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/post/storyboard-deck * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
08:50
May 12, 2020
7. What to Do When You Can't Get Motivated to Write
Most YA authors think they need to be motivated or excited to write, but what happens when you don't feel that way? In this episode, learn what emotion can act as a sustainable fuel to power your writing. Read the blog at https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/motivation * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
05:14
May 5, 2020
6. The Blockbuster Plot Arc (Part 1)
Your audience in 2020 is a tough sell. Readers demand cleverly structured stories, tight plots, and meaningful character transformations. It's no longer enough to write a novel using the basic idea that a plot has three acts. This is why Hollywood writers and bestselling authors have spent so much time analyzing what makes the best stories so great, coming up with plot formulas and models like The Hero's Journey, The Beat Sheet, and others. (These, by the way, are amazing resources and we highly recommend them!) As a writer, you need to outline your story before you begin if you want your book to be the best it can be. Our next two lessons will help you build a plot that will resonate with readers, agents, and publishers. This podcast episode focuses on the four main parts of your story that are crucial to building a satisfying character arc. We'll cover: Using your logline as a blueprint for your outline. Deciding on the 4 key pieces that form the tent poles of your novel. Why it's so important to plot your novel before you begin. Download the Blockbuster Plot Arcs worksheet at blockbusterYA.com/post/bestselling-plot-structure * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
06:53
April 28, 2020
5. Why You're Not Writing Even Though You Want To Be
You’ve got a great idea for a story. Heck, maybe you have a dozen great ideas. You want more than anything to bring them to life – to see them at the front of the bookstore or maybe even on the big screen – so why isn’t your manuscript done? Is it because of your time-sucking day job?  Fear or uncertainty in your plot? Finding yourself on Netflix?  The list can go on and it seems like there is a neverending list of reasons why writing is hard or even impossible.  In our first life coaching podcast, we'll dive into the hidden problem that's stopping you from writing and take the first step in overcoming your mental block.  *  © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP  Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner  Jingle:  Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod  Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama  License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
07:11
April 21, 2020
4. Your Story’s Blueprint: The Logline
A logline is your one-line pitch of what your story is about. It's the first sentence you should write and the thing you should put on a sticky note as you flesh out your manuscript. It acts as a hook you can use to pitch to agents, publishers, and readers, plus it helps you stay on track as you write your first draft. In this lesson, we'll help you build a logline that sells. Use the worksheet to build your own logline based on a proven formula used in Hollywood, which you'll be able to use to pitch your story and set yourself up to write a blockbuster novel. This podcast episode will cover: The formula for building a marketable logline. Examples from blockbuster movies. How a logline is different from a tagline. Download the Logline Builder Worksheet at blockbusterYA.com/materials * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner Jingle: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
03:25
April 14, 2020
3. Become a Bestselling Author: Tiana's Top 5 Tips
Launch a successful career as a blockbuster YA author by committing to these 5 steps.  In this podcast, Tiana shares 5 tips that took her from being a stressed-out student with no books, to an award-winning author with a YA Fantasy series at the top of the Kindle Bestseller list.  For free writing resources and pep talks, visit blockbusterYA.com  *  © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP  Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner  Jingle:  Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod  Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama  License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
06:06
April 4, 2020
2. Figuring Out The Story You Were Meant To Write
There is a story you were born to write. Your experiences, interests, family history, and everything else that makes you unique are all there for you to draw upon. Nobody else in the world has your brain, your ideas, and your experiences. So whether you'd like to write a fantasy, romance, horror, or literary novel — and whether or not you've already got a premise in mind — this lesson will help you discover your Authorial Purpose.  This podcast will walk through a step-by-step brainstorming process to help you figure out what story you were meant to tell. We'll cover:  Why it's important to write about your passions. Writing about topics you don't know a lot about. What the "#ownvoices" trend is and what it means for you. Choosing the right genre, themes, and characters.   Download the brainstorming worksheet at blockbusterYA.com/materials  * © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP  Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner  Jingle:  Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod  Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama  License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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April 2, 2020
1. Welcome to Blockbuster YA: How to turn your book idea into reality
Welcome to the podcast for aspiring authors who want to write a blockbuster Young Adult (YA) or Middle Grade (MG) novel. We’re your coaches, Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner. In this first episode, we’ll talk about your goals as a writer, how to start overcoming your personal challenges, and the first important step to becoming a published author. To fill in the Goal Setting worksheet and access other free resources, visit blockbusterYA.com/materials    © Blockbuster YA Author Coaching LLP  Created and produced by Tiana Warner and Stephanie Warner  Jingle:  Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod  Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama  License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 
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April 1, 2020