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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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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

    42. I’m Motivated to Write But I Don’t Have Time

    42. I’m Motivated to Write But I Don’t Have Time

    Do you have a long list of reasons why you don’t have time to write? Chances are if you believe you don’t have enough time, you do.

    Your list of reasons might be good, but if you are truly motivated to write, why not find half an hour, once or twice a week to write?

    You don’t – because the real thought you have is that 30-minutes is not enough. And if you don’t have enough time to write, it’s not worth doing. 

    But if you were to write for 30-minutes, twice a week for a whole year, you’d have 52 hours of writing done. Is that 52 hours worth it?

    Listen to our latest podcast and stop underestimating what a little bit of writing can do.

    https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/no-time-to-write

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    © 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/

    • 5 min
    41. How To Write Great Dialogue

    41. How To Write Great Dialogue

    The key to writing great dialogue is subtext. This is one of the hardest things to write, but it really is the stand-out factor that will get you noticed by agents, editors, and readers. In this writing lesson, we’ll talk about what subtext is, along with a few other tips for how to write great dialogue. We’ll cover:


    Why it’s important that characters never say exactly what they’re thinking.
    Strategies for rewriting a line of dialogue to include subtext.
    An example of great subtext from a popular TV show.
    4 additional tips for writing better dialogue.

    Download the subtext worksheet at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/post/dialogue-and-subtext

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    © 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/

    • 7 min
    40. The Most Important Thing

    40. The Most Important Thing

    As writers and humans, we all get busy. We all have different priorities that compete for our attention.

    You might find yourself struggling to balance all the different things you want to do, and more often than not, writing gets bumped for something else that feels more important.

    Even though you consciously pass up writing for that other activity, sometimes it doesn’t feel like you have a choice. The decision feels automatic. So you beat yourself up about not being dedicated to writing.

    When you find yourself constantly giving up your writing time for something else that seems more important, there are a couple of factors that come into play.

    But that doesn’t mean you can’t change this pattern. If you want a different result, like a published novel, it starts with changing your thinking. Learn how in this episode!

    https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/the-most-important-thing

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    © 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/

    • 9 min
    39. Four Steps To Writing Strong Minor Characters

    39. Four Steps To Writing Strong Minor Characters

    Think of some of your favourite characters in books or movies. A few of those favourites are probably not the protagonist, right? Kudos to the writer of that story for making such a great minor character that they actually become some people’s favourites! There is a straightforward way to make an amazing, three-dimensional supporting cast that readers will fall in love with.

    In this lesson, we'll discuss:


    How to use physical hooks to make readers remember every minor character in your story.
    Creating simple but effective backstories that bring minor characters to life.
    How you can strengthen your theme and your cast by constructing them around one another.
    Tips for dealing with a lot of characters, like if your story takes place in a school, academy, or kingdom.

    Download the Minor Characters worksheet and tips at https://www.blockbusterYA.com/post/minor-characters

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    © 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/

    • 6 min
    38. Stop Waiting for a Vacation to Get Writing

    38. Stop Waiting for a Vacation to Get Writing

    Do you find yourself waiting until some kind of break to get writing? Waiting for the weekend? Even just waiting until tomorrow?

    The idea of getting to write a lot over some kind of break is the perfect, perfectionist fantasy.

    But that tomorrow – or that break – is not reality. Reality is the moment you have right now.

    Waiting for the break to write means that you don’t actually spend time writing. Or if that break comes around and you do start writing a little, it usually doesn’t last because you’re not able to achieve the perfection you dreamed of and start feeling bad about it.

    In this podcast and blog, learn how this perfectionistic thought pattern is stopping your writing and 3 ways you can overcome it.

    https://www.blockbusterya.com/post/stop-waiting-for-a-vacation

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    © 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/

    • 11 min
    37. How To Write Amazing Prose By “Showing, Not Telling”

    37. How To Write Amazing Prose By “Showing, Not Telling”

    “Show, don’t tell” is one of the most common pieces of writing advice. This means that instead of describing what’s happening to the reader, you’re immersing them in it. You’re showing them the scene by picking meaningful details to describe. Mastering this can take your writing style from "good" to "great", and it'll really make you stand out to agents, editors, and readers.

    In this episode, we'll talk about six ways to show your story rather than tell it. Follow our step-by-step process for writing a blockbuster YA novel at www.BlockbusterYA.com

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    © 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/

    • 3 min

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