As a writer: what are you doing?

by Steve on January 27th, 2015

Pre-production on my web series is in full swing. We start SHOOTING on February 7th! And in between Executive Producer duties, actor prep and my own writing projects, I’ve been helping clients and aspiring writers move ahead.

I’ve been talking a lot lately about zeroing in on YOUR PURPOSE as a writer.

You’re on the planet to do SOMETHING – to answer some question or explore some kind of issue, some flavor of inquiry. Whatever it is, it’s likely a thread in your best writing work. It unites the subjects you’re interested in, and informs the unfolding of your sharpest, juiciest creative work. 

It’s also the THING you ought to be talking about when ... Read more

What REALLY Matters

by Steve on January 16th, 2015

January has started with a BANG – as I move toward production of my web series SEND ME. We’re shooting in February, which is right around the corner, and I’m in full Executive Producer mode. That means contract stuff with unions, adding staff, crew and actors and revising my script. And in the midst of it all – writing! Writing other stuff, more stuff, different stuff.

When I’m in the midst of a very public project – one that involves other people and other input – it’s really helpful for me to “sneak” over to a project that no one knows about – and that’s what I’ve been doing. Writing something “under the radar” really feels good. 

Why? I think ... Read more

PAST / PRESENT / FUTURE

by Steve on December 24th, 2014

One of my favorite ways to spend this time of year is to look back and celebrate. Each year I write a top ten list of accomplishments, creative breakthroughs, most influential people, and artistic adventures. It’s always eye-opening to take in the abundance of the past 365 days. I’m particularly grateful for the crowdfunding campaign for my web series, doing some TV pitching, having a reading of a new play in NY and a writing workshop that I led this week at The Interlochen Academy in Michigan. In two days 20 students wrote short plays from beginning to end. Bill Church, director of Theatre Arts said this about the experience: “The students were positively jazzed by your workshop and very ... Read more

The Holidays: WHAT TO DO NOW

by Steve on December 20th, 2014
It’s that time of year: the Holidays. There are gifts to buy and family to see, parties to attend. In spite of the hustle and bustle of the season, creative people all over the world find themselves slowing down. It may be more difficult to get work done, with all that celebrating going on or with the slow burn that winter brings as your collaborators go out of town.

I’ve been talking with many clients and friends about this. Many of us aren’t interested in slowing down. We want to push through and MAKE something happen. Productivity at all costs.

From that perspective, it’s easy to imagine that we’re going to lose some ground if we participate in the holiday slow ... Read more

THE MAGIC OF GRATITUDE

by Steve on December 2nd, 2014

In the aftermath of Thanksgiving I’m bubbling with appreciation! There’s so much to be grateful for.

The miracle is that this is ALWAYS the case. No matter how challenging or difficult life is there are things worth appreciating. That doesn’t mean we habitually choose to look toward what is going well, but that’s the option we have. Turn toward the good and recognize it – celebrate it. 

Our culture insists that we focus on the negative stuff. The evening news, the snarky media, even t-shirts proclaim what’s wrong with us or our lives, our bodies or our friends. Buck the trend. It feels so much better.

Today, right now (well after you read this) spend 5 ... Read more

MAKING PEACE WITH THE UNKNOWN

by Steve on November 11th, 2014

“Art isn’t easy.” At least that’s what the Sondheim song says, from Sunday in the Park with George. And each of us, as we step into our creative lives, have to make peace with that fact. As writers, we create material that hasn’t been seen before. It may have a similar structure to other things of its type, but it’s new. And that’s where the challenge lies.

The most exciting thing for me, as an artist, is pushing the envelope. An idea comes – something fresh and vibrant, something exciting. Along the way, the doubt comes too. Yes, it could be great, but can I pull it off? Can I make the piece I envisioned? And how do I get there?

 I’m moving through that familiar space as I ... Read more

WORKING WITHOUT A NET!

by Steve on October 8th, 2014

 

As I mentioned in my last update, I’m super-busy.

I’m sometimes-I-have-to-be-reminded-to-eat-lunch busy.

AND my creative life goes on! And on and on.

 

I’m launching my INDIEGOGO campaign for my original web series, SEND ME

on FRIDAY!

You can check out those details right here: (it won’t be live until Friday)…

https://www.indiegogo.com/campaigns/send-me-an-original-web-series-season-one/

You can find live info at www.sendmebacktoslavery.com

And AS THAT’S HAPPENING – I’m also working on a TV pitch.

 

THIS WEEK I decided to LOOP YOU IN -

Rather than NOT having a Creative Expression Session call, I’m going to have one

ABOUT MY CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN.

I’ll be talking about what I’ve learned and what our strategies are as we step into

the world of Indiegogo. Join us!

 

I’ve learned a TON about how it works.

And I’ll tell you about

DIGGING INTO THE WORK!

by Steve on October 3rd, 2014

When it rains, it pours. That’s what they say, anyway. And for me, right now,

it’s true. I’m stepping into several creative projects and all at once and it’s joyful

and challenging.

 

Project #1: I’m producing my original web-series, SEND ME – about time travel

and slavery. We shoot in 2015. We start our Indiegogo campaign on Friday

October 10th (next Friday) and it runs until November 23rd!  Check out our

website for more info: www.sendmebacktoslavery.com or our

Facebook page for the latest news:

https://www.facebook.com/SendMethewebseries?ref=hl

 

Project #2: I’m working on a new TV idea with a producer! Not much more I

can say about that at the moment, but I’m busy writing, rewriting and

gearing up to do some pitching.

 

What does this mean?? For starters, I’m utilizing my creative tools more

than ever. Each day I’m moving back ... Read more

What about AGENTS & MANAGERS???

by Steve on August 6th, 2014

To be a writer, do you need an agent and/or a manager?

This is the question that comes up ALL THE TIME.

And the answer is – it depends.

I was about to graduate from playwriting school when I thought I needed an agent. That was mostly because everyone else in my graduating class had one. (We’re talking two other writers.) And I embarked on a campaign to get one. It eventually worked, but not for a few years. And even then – did I NEED one?

There are a few questions to ask in order to be able to tell. Questions we’ll explore in the next Creative Expression Session, this Thursday.

I’m glad I have an agent and a manager ... Read more

WHEN TOUGH STUFF HAPPENS – WILL YOU STILL WRITE?

by Steve on August 5th, 2014

I found out on Saturday that my Aunt passed away. She was in her 80s, and not doing well, so it wasn’t entirely a surprise. She was a wonderful woman – a career teacher and a generous soul.

I’m heading out of town to attend services and be with my family. It’s time to pay my respects. 

During all of this, I’m in the midst of a handful of creative projects: prepping my web series, marketing my play and working on a few TV ideas. I’m choosing to show up for those things as well as my family. I’m choosing to find the balance in working and taking care of myself. 

My Saturday workshop will ... Read more


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