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Live, Love, Create‪!‬ Stephanie Bourbon

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A podcast dedicated to having a creative life in arts & entertainment for female storytellers, artists, and creative souls who crave inspiration and fun!

    Ep 8 Who Are You Writing About? Let's Talk Character

    Ep 8 Who Are You Writing About? Let's Talk Character

    In this episode, I'm talking about character and why it is so important to know WHO you are writing about, WHAT their "misbelief" about themselves is, WHAT their goals are, AND why you must always come from a place of character to drive the narrative arc.

    Stories can fall flat if you don't understand your main characters.
    It's important to know who they are before you start writing or you will have to do this in revisions.

    LISA CRON ~ WIRED FOR STORY
    She talks about the character's misbelief which is why we have character flaws and the flaw is what holds us back.
    It's important not to confuse the two.

    Understanding character is important no matter the age or genre.

    STEVE KAPLAN ~ THE HIDDEN TOOLS OF COMEDY

    Everything comes from character. Everything that happens is based on the character and who she is.

    Steve talks about comedy telling the truth about character. It's important.

    Look to your own family & friends for character reference. Characters are all around us.

    ELLEN SANDLER ~ THE TV WRITER'S WORKBOOK

    Character charts to discover how your character thinks about herself, how she perceives how others think about her, how they actually feel. This will inform how she acts and reacts in every situation.

    I ask my writing clients WHY
    WHY is the character telling this story now?
    WHY is this story important to start today in the character's life?
    WHY this day?

    Understand the WHY.

    Knowing your characters NEEDS/WANTS/GOALS
    External & internal.

    You must know these two things.

    EXAMPLE of characters from FRIENDS

    PHOEBE-secure and easy going
    MONICA-insecure and becomes type A

    You must have a deeper meaning for your characters.

    JENNIE NASH ~ BLUEPRINT FOR A BOOK

    When you know who your characters are and understand their motivations it's easier to write the story. The scenes will become clearer because everything your character does comes from who they are.

    MARTHA ALDERSON ~ THE PLOT WHISPERER

    Do narrative arcs for ALL of your characters. Use the Plot Whisperer workbook for each character.

    LEGALLY BLONDE
    EXTERNAL PLOT-A sorority girl goes to Harvard after being broken up with to get back her ex-boyfriend
    INTERNAL PLOT-is about a girl believing in herself and becoming worthy.

    External goals-get a law degree and get her boyfriend back
    Internal goals-to feel smart and better about herself.

    The stories that work are all about the character's journey not the plot.

    Dive deep into your characters.

    Check out the books mentioned.

    Thank you for listening!

    xo Stephanie

    This week's blog is all about character too. You can read it here

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    • 17 min
    Ep 7 Writing The Dreaded Novel Synopsis

    Ep 7 Writing The Dreaded Novel Synopsis

    In this episode, I talk about writing a synopsis for pitching your novel to agents & publishing.
     
    What makes it so hard and how you can write one once you understand what it's meant to do.

    Why they are needed?
    Agents want to know and understand what your story is from beginning to end.
    They can also realize plotholes and issues in your manuscript.

    It's not easy to write them.
    The main reason that writers can't do this is that they are too much in their own heads and don't understand why it's needed.

    Please don't confuse your synopsis with your query letter pitch/book blurb.

    The best way to write your synopsis is knowing your story's big narrative arcs.
    Most synopses are between 1-2 pages, but make sure you check the agent's submission policy.

    Once you know your story arcs and have them down, your book is finished through revisions you can write a strong synopsis.

    Story arcs/plot
    Character arcs

    BEGINNING
    INCITING INCIDENT
    NEW WORLD
    MIDDLE
    CRISIS
    ALL IS LOST
    CLIMAX
    RESOLUTION

    In your synopsis be clear and concise.
    Don't put in too many characters.

    A huge mistake that many writers make is to add too many details.
     
    Even though you are using your story arcs as an outline to write your synopsis please don't ever break up the synopsis. It needs to read straight through and flow nicely.


     
    Here is also a great example of a short synopsis of LES MISERABLES 
    https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/lesmis/summary/
    Please click on the link below to learn more about writing them.

    Here is the link to Jane Freidman who I mention in the episode
    https://www.janefriedman.com/how-to-write-a-novel-synopsis/

    As well, here is the link to my writing query letters PDF
    https://stephanie-bourbon.newzenler.com/crushing-your-query

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    • 10 min
    Ep 6 When You Self-Publish Out of Frustration

    Ep 6 When You Self-Publish Out of Frustration

    In this episode, I talk about the trap of self-publishing out of frustration.

     Many new writers turn to self-publishing because they are getting rejected a lot.

    This happens to everyone but for many, they don't understand that they need to revise their book more.

     You can read the transcript for the full episode!

     Here are some things to help you.

    The editing book mentioned is Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

    How to crush your query letter CLICK HERE 
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    • 24 min
    Ep 5 What Is A Book Coach & Do I Need One?

    Ep 5 What Is A Book Coach & Do I Need One?

    What is a book coach and do I need one?

    You may not.

    A book coach is someone who helps you with your book or story (for film & TV writers). They can help you with the big story picture or with line editing. There are different types.
     

    1. Developmental or story coaches

    or

    2.  Line editors

    Basically, you can find someone to work on the big picture stuff or you can find someone who just goes over your book line by line.

    They are different.

    I recommend line editors for self-published authors.

    What is a discovery call?

    This is how I decide if you need a book coach and if we are a great match.  This is something that happens at the beginning of coaching with someone. Be wary of anyone who says to send them a pile of money without a call.

    The cost

    It's expensive. It takes time to do this job and if the cost is super low it's impossible to do a good job. We want you to succeed so we want to spend time with you. You are paying for our time and devotion to you and your work.

    You may not need a book coach-yet.
    Only you know if you are ready.

    How to find a book coach?

    Google
    Social media
    Referrals
    Professional organizations
    Conferences
    YouTube

    Women's Fiction Writers Association
    Romance Writers of America
    Sisters in Crime
    The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
    Mystery Writers of America
    Science Fiction Writers of America

     
    Join groups on FB and get referrals
    WFWA
    Female Writers' Society   
    LA TV writing group
    Kidlit 411
    Fiction Writers
    10 Minutes With An Expert
    RWA
    Contemporary Romance Writers 

    Books I love for writers 
    Story Genius - Lisa Cron
    Wired For Story - Lisa Cron
    Save The Cat  - Blake Snyder
    Anatomy of A Story - John Truby
    Story - Robert McKee
    Hidden Tools of Comedy - Steve Kaplan
    The Comedy Hero's Journey - Steve Kaplan
    Writing From The Middle-James Scott Bell
    The Plot Whisperer - Martha Alderson
    Blueprint For A Book - Jennie Nash

    My website for coaching
    My author site
    Find out more about me & offers

    Follow me on social media
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    Twitter
    TikTok
    Facebook
    Join my Facebook Group for female writers


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    • 30 min
    Ep 4 Make Money Doing What You Love

    Ep 4 Make Money Doing What You Love

    How to make money as a creative doing what you love & KNOW!
    You have the power all along just like Dorothy, there are things that you know because of the years you have worked or studied for your passion.

    In today's podcast, I talk about how you can make money on the side of your current day job, or quit your day job because you have a thriving online business.

    Marie Forleo leads an online course for entrepreneurs who want to have online businesses but need that foundation and today, July 22, 2021, she has a FREE online course that you can SIGN UP FOR HERE

    Where she talks about mistakes that all entrepreneurs make.

    As well, if you sign up for B-School today in the webinar she has bonuses for you.

    I'm also giving away my new signature course, Live, Love, Create! as a thank you for signing up as I am an affiliate or a mini-private coaching session with me--YOU CHOOSE

    My link to sign up for B-School is HERE


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    Live, Love, Create!
    XO Stephanie


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    • 18 min
    Ep 3 The Art of Accepting Feedback On Your Work

    Ep 3 The Art of Accepting Feedback On Your Work

    In this episode, I am talking about accepting feedback on your work.
    It can be both good and bad.
    One thing is that if you are getting a lot of negative feedback, your work just may not be ready but don't despair.

    Some tips to help you!

    1. Choose who you are sending it to wisely (I forgot to mention that in the episode but I'll do another podcast about this soon)
    2. Take everything with a grain of salt. You can't change everything to please everyone so take what is said and pick and choose what you need to change.
    *Pro Tip: if many people have the same feedback, you should probably look at it
    3. Put the feedback aside for a bit. You can't face it when you are emotional and you can become defensive immediately.
    4. Picking and choose what to change. This is important because you are the writer/creator.
    5. Always be open to revising your work.

    If you can't change something, change your attitude. Feedback is an opportunity to grow and make your story stronger.

    If you can't afford a private editor/coach, go to writing workshops. You can take them online via coaches like me or from companies like Writers' Disget and online conferences.

    6. Ask for specifics for what you are looking for. It is okay to ask for something specific and it will help your critique group and readers.
    7. It's not personal.
    8. Everybody has opinions. Their opinions sometimes don't matter. In the creative industries, there will always be someone who just doesn't like your story even if it's crafted well. 

     
    STORY is always first!

    Craft books I recommend
    The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson
    The Hidden Tools of Comedy by Steve Kaplan
    Story Genius  by Lisa Cron
    Wired For Story by Lisa Cron
    Write Your Novel From The Middle by James Scott Bell

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    XO Stephanie


    The show mentioned is SILICON VALLEY HBO Season 3, Episode 9 

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