Writing is like giving Birth

by Steve on September 1st, 2015

I was talking with a client today about her writing project and she was feeling some despair. It wasn’t going as fast as she wanted it to. There were moments when she was inspired and others when she wasn’t really feeling it. It was challenging for her. In other creative adventures, this multi-disciplinary artist didn’t have this problem. But her writing was different. She asked me why there was such a discrepancy among her creative lives. 

I think writing is unique because we don’t get to watch other people write. We see them dance and sing and act – and if we’re in on rehearsals we can see the development of a performance. But we don’t get to watch writers hammer out scripts. It’s not a spectator sport. ... Read more

How to Stay Relevant

by Steve on August 13th, 2015

In the last two weeks I’ve had a blast speaking to students about writing. Last week I was guest lecturing at USC about storytelling. This week I spoke on a panel to Drexel University students in L.A. about creating a web series. 

One of the students this week asked about how to keep up with technological trends.  She wanted to know whether it’s worth worrying about how quickly things are changing in the industry. In other words, if TV and film are “old” forms and web series and digital video is “new”, should we, as writers, be concerned that some even newer form (like Vine) will come along and leave us all in the dust? How do you keep up? How do you stay relevant? 

To me, ... Read more

Writing Enough?

by Steve on July 31st, 2015
 You’re busy. Are you writing? This is one of the questions that comes up often for clients of mine. Between a day job, family commitments and plain old procrastination, it can be tough for some folks to get a decent writing schedule going.  A client asked me – how much he should be writing. It’s a great question: How much writing is enough?

My answer: As much or as little as you can. The trick is to show up to the writing work, in whatever form on a regular basis. There are some people who insist that writers must show up for hours every day, but I’ve never been one of those people. For me, it’s about touching the work, bit by bit. I wrote a play once ... Read more

What Do I Do Now? & THE NEW streamlined YCL!

by Steve on July 16th, 2015

The other week I was talking with a client who felt she had hit a dead end with her project. She’d done some tremendous, groundbreaking, exciting work – creating a piece from the ground up. She wrote, produced and led a team through a hugely successful shoot. Editing was done. Next was reaching out to producers and spreading the word.

That part was daunting. And wasn’t going as planned. She’d knocked on all the doors she knew to knock on. She was curious about what she should be doing next.

Here are the thoughts I shared with her:

1) Celebrate the progress! There’s always something to rejoice about and to cheer about. Many artists skip that part and go right on working. The first thing is to back up and ... Read more

What Goes in a Pitch & 30 Days of Writing

by Steve on July 2nd, 2015

A client came to me facing a challenge. She was about to do an event where, for the first time, she was going to pitch an idea. Since she hadn’t done it before, she wasn’t certain about what to include and what to leave out. 

It can be tough to craft a complete vision of what you’re up to, especially when you’re limited to a few minutes. How do you get in everything you need and leave time for questions? 

The first step is to know what your piece is about. What do you really want to say. Practice saying everything you can say about it and then, once you have that, you can narrow it down to fit a certain time frame. 
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30 Day Writing Challenge + Why does Feedback Suck?

by Steve on June 25th, 2015


Can you write every day for 30 days? 
(Yes, that means weekends too!)
​That’s exactly what I’m challenging you to do with this unique and powerful coaching offer that’s ​unlike anything I’ve ever done before!

Here’s a chance to show up EVERY DAY for your writing project and for journalling – to discover the hidden aspects of your writing life.

Each day you’ll get an email from me with a prompt to jot down thoughts about your process (for 15 minutes), and to write on a creative project of your choosing for another 15 minutes. What you will discover as you move through the consistency is up to you. Especially if you’re ... Read more

Motivate Yourself & Crowdfunding Notes

by Steve on June 17th, 2015

How can you get yourself going when the going gets rough? One of the key things as a writer is to stay on track: to continue to create new material and polish older material. 

But what happens when you just don’t feel like it?? If you’re like me, you’ve definitely stumbled into moments where you’re less motivated. Then what?

This week’s question of the week is about how you can motivate your writing life. I have three suggestions in this video that will take you less than two minutes to watch. 

Check it out on the YouTube Page.



Last week’s free Creative Expression Session on Crowdfunding is a session that many of you have ... Read more

Help from Writers + Crowdfunding Tips Video!

by Steve on June 10th, 2015

​This week’s Question of the Week is about How to Get Help from Writers. Clearly there are professionals out there who have answers to the things you want to know. They might be resources to you as you search for an agent and look for career advice. But what do you need to know in order to get the help you need?  

The answer is fairly straightforward. Find it here.



If you’re looking to raise funds for a project, crowdfunding is a GREAT way to do it. But which platform do you use? Who do you get to help you? And what do you need to know in order to launch a great and successful campaign?

My web series SEND ... Read more

Who’s supporting you?

by Steve on June 3rd, 2015

Are you showing up for your art?  And if you are who’s showing up for you?

If there’s one thing that helps me super-charge my work as a writer, it’s being able to check in with people.
I do this frequently with an accountability group, a mastermind group, and several artist-friends individually. I do it every week, several times a week.
  • I get clear about what I’m working on.
  • I get clear about my progress.
  • I feel supported and encouraged.
  • I also have a community to help me move through the tough times and get back on the horse.
Who’s supporting you?
I’m starting a 6 Week Accountability Class NEXT WEEK!
There’s a virtual ... Read more

Appreciate Yourself as a Writer

by Steve on May 29th, 2015


It’s a challenge to work hard at your writing projects, only to find out that you didn’t get the job, win the contest, or land the agent. We’ve talked about utilizing a shift in perspective so you don’t feel the sting of the “rejection myth”. Even without that sting,  it can be a process to move on. 

I’m moving through a similar space, since I didn’t land a network TV job. While I continue to work on my projects, I’ve been thinking about what it takes to appreciate myself as a writer. On some level, that’s what we’re aiming for isn’t it? 

Here are some thoughts on celebrating who you are in the creative world ... Read more

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