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

I CHALLENGE you to 30 DAYS of WRITING!


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.


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CROWDFUNDING NOTES!

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.

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CROWDFUNDING TIPS!

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

Under-appreciated???

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

Introducing Yourself & Do You Need a Contract?

by Steve on May 21st, 2015

INTRODUCING YOURSELF is an essential skill. It’s the only way you’ll be able to fully represent yourself in a meeting. I’ve found, especially in the TV industry, executives and showrunners are meeting a TON of people. They’re not going to work extra hard to bring out the best you – that’s your job. All they’re likely to say is:

 
“Tell me about yourself.” 
 
Your goal is to tell them SOMETHING MEMORABLE AND DEEP about you.
So what do you TALK about?
How do you make a CONNECTION?

The first step is to figure out the juicy things to say and to practice saying them.

Here are some easy prompts to narrow in on what makes you interesting: So, grab a pencil!

The Art of Waiting & How Do I Introduce Myself?

by Steve on May 13th, 2015

The Art of WAITING – 

You’ve submitted your script to a contest, an agent or manager. You’ve completed a staffing meeting or an interview for a fellowship. And now – you have to sit tight before you learn about the results. 

How to you manage the difficulty of waiting? It doesn’t have to be so challenging. Check out this NEW video on the YouTube page to understand why:

It’ll take less than two minutes.
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HOW DO I INTRODUCE MYSELF?

A few weeks ago we talked about How To Take A Meeting. And in that discussion I mentioned that one of ... Read more

How do You Deal with REJECTION as a Writer?

by Steve on May 7th, 2015

This week’s question is about rejection. 

I can’t tell you how many artists (and non-artists) complain to me about facing rejection. Many say it’s the worst thing about living life as a creative person. 

How is a writer (or actor) supposed to manage rejection? 

I have a RADICAL idea about it, that I talk about in this week’s video.

Here’s the radical part: I don’t believe in rejection. 

How is that possible? Take two minutes out of your day, watch this video & find out:

 

If you have a writing question you’d like me to address (or a comment about this topic) drop me a line

Happy writing!

Steve

Do I need an Agent or Manager?

by Steve on May 4th, 2015

One of the questions I get most often from aspiring writers is “Do I need an agent?” I asked myself that for years, and never got a definitive answer. Then I got to a point when I knew I needed one.  
 
Agents and managers are ONE TOOL to help move your career forward. But the definitive factor is YOU!
 
If you’re motivated, focused, and in need of help to move through the industry, an agent may be for you.
 
If you’re motivated, focused, and you seem to have it covered already (through a lawyer, industry contacts, a smaller market, etc) you may not need an agent.
 
Bottom line: with or without an agent – you need to keep churning ... Read more


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