Story Concierge

a blog for writers with tips, tricks, & all things writing 

ACK I'm Still Getting Rejected!

UGH, you have sent in your manuscript or query letter and this time you did everything right. You took a class on writing the perfect query, you had your first pages reviewed, you sent to beta readers and STILL---the phone pings, you know you have an email, you go to it to see that big NO staring you in the face. 

Once again, you have been REJECTED! 

UGH--it's part of the life of a writer, but it's still the worst! 

That said, it happens to ALL OF US. Every writer has been rejected. 

Every person has been rejected. Remember your first crush who didn't like you back? Rejection. Remember trying out for soccer even though you aren't athletic? Rejected. Remember sending out those college applications and getting the skinny envelope in the mail? 

Rejection sucks and there is no other way to say it but you have a choice, you learn how to use it to your advantage and learn from it or you let it defeat you. 

If you are still reading this, I know that you aren't...

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Always Do What You Love For A Living

Happy Sunday!
 
Usually I blog on Wednesdays but I decided to toss in a bonus blog this week because this has been on my mind a lot! 
 
Here's a little reminder if you are stuck in a rut!
 

DO WHAT YOU LOVE and accept nothing less for your life and career. 

 
TRUTH ~ when my mother was sick with lung cancer about two months before she died when she knew it was growing again and she would need at least one more surgery that would probably leave her paralyzed from the waist down she said to me
 
"if I make it out of this, I'm going back to painting. I hate graphic design."
 
I knew she wasn't making it out of it. I hoped, but I knew she wasn't going to, and this crushed me. I thought, "I don't want to be dying and have regrets like that." It changed the course of my life.
 
You see, society tells us from the moment we are born that we need to do certain things. Get a college degree, get married, own property, pop out some kids, and ...
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It's All About Character & What That Really Means

Hello Dear Writers!! 

Today, I'm talking about CHARACTER. 

The concept is simple. You write a story and it's filled with characters. Maybe you have one or two leads and then some sidekicks and potential villains but you know that you need characters. 

Sadly at the character level is where so many writers miss the mark because they simply don't go deep enough. 

When I was like 5 and going into acting and my teacher mentioned "intention" I was like "what's that mean?" I had no idea. I was five, so sue me. But even as I got older that word kept coming up. 

"What's the INTENTION of the scene?" I wanted to pull my hair out. 

Why couldn't they just explain what it meant? 

Well it MEANS THIS. 

What does the character want in the scene? What is their intention? Or if you really want it broken down, why are they there? 

They can not simply be there to support the main character. The main character can't simply be there to show us who he is. 

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The Truth About Why You Are Getting Rejected

Happy Wednesday, Writers! 

Rejection sucks doesn't it? And yet, we all go through it, but so many times I see writers posting on forums, in social media groups, or clients of mine, talking about how they have no idea WHY they are getting rejected, especially after putting in so much work. 

This is tricky because there are many reasons that you are getting rejected. 

Let's start with ones that are out of our control. 

The agent just isn't looking for what you are writing. 

The reader is having a bad day (yes this happens) 

Oversight-they just missed your query (yes this also happens) 

The agent already has a client with work too similar to yours

Etc. etc.... but here is the thing---you can overcome these by making your story great

Agents want to find new writers and agents want to make money so if your story is amazing, like, so amazing they can't put it down, you will get signed regardless of those things. 

Now, let's talk about the...

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Why Women Characters Need to Be Strong-Realistic

Happy Writer Wednesday! 

Today I have a new video on YouTube about how to write strong older women characters and you can watch it here! (I'd love for you to subscribe and share with other writers) 

It's so important to represent women correctly in books, TV, and movies but still there are stereotypes that hurt us and it's up to YOU, me and all writers to get it right! 

Having strong female character is about so much more than just having a character like Wonder Women who is strong physically, it means making them real and making them amazing in every way. 

Most recently in the French TV series, Dix Pour Cent or Call My Agent as it's named outside of France, powerhouse Sigourney Weaver played herself negotiating a deal for a film role that put her with an older leading man. There were so many things about this particular episode that got me fired up about this topic. 

It's important for us to keep going as women. It's important to believe that we can do...

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Sometimes a Reset is Welcomed for Writers & Creatives

Happy Wednesday Writers! 

How are you doing? I'm doing amazing and guess what? I have NO INTERNET THIS WEEK and it feels great. 

At first I was like, "omg, what will I do without internet?" and then, I decided to embrace it. I still have my smart phone after all! LOL 

This got me to thinking about how good it feels to disconnect sometimes. When I was traveling once a month to writing conferences I always loved the time up in the air away from all the noise of real life, thousands of emails coming in, social media (which I love but can also be emotionally draining), and life all around me. It's nearly impossible to not check emails or social media when on the computer. When I'm on a plane I never use the WiFi and I just relax---yup, even when it's bumpy!! 

These days we can't travel, or at least we shouldn't until this virus is under control so there is no way to escape except just doing it for ourselves. 

Let me tell you, it feels great. I have no idea what...

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Writing Goals for the New Year-How To Make Them Realistic

Hello Dear Writers! 

It's Wednesday of the new year. It's 2021 and a lot of things are changing this month, especially if you life in the USA. (and I am happy about that myself). 

The last year has been a hard one and many people found themselves in two camps, the ones getting tons of creative things done and the ones who stopped doing much since March hit. 

It is what it is and you can't change what happened last year so if you stopped working on your creative projects, that's okay, but this year, it's time to make some new habits so you can finish and reach your writing dreams sooner! 

Here are some tips for you on doing just that. 

1. Always write down your goals. Writing them down helps you flesh them out but also enforces a reality that may only be in your head. 

2. Post them up where you can see them. You can use a journal or what I do is hang them on the wall in front of my desk. 

3. Share with others. You can share in a social media group....

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Even Your Villains Need A Reason

It's Writer Wednesday and today I'm talking about writing the perfect VILLAIN! 

Snidely Whiplash, an archetypical sinister cartoon villain

I love me some villains, well the good ones, the well written, well thought out villains who are bad for a reason. Now, that reason probably doesn't make much sense to you and me because we are not villains but to them it is their WHY! 

In Lisa Cron's craft book on writing, WIRED FOR STORY, she talks about your character's misbelief and how this shapes everything they do in the story. This is NOT the same as the flaw they have. 

For example a flaw may be that they gossip, or talk too much, or are self-centered, or argue about every little thing, or they bite their nails, or they are defensive---etc--these are character flaws but they aren't WHO the character is, just what they do. 

WHO the character is goes way back to when something happened that created a misbelief for them. That misbelief is holding them back in...

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Happy Holidays & Storytelling in Holiday Flicks, why I love them!!

Hello dear Writers!! 

It's the day before the day before Christmas!! 

Wishing you a very happy holiday!

I love the holiday season and I love the shops, the music, the movies, the gift-giving & receiving, I love everything about it. 

I do miss snow though--here in SoCal we don't get snow and this east coast girl misses it! 

Today's blog is about storytelling in HOLIDAY FILMS. 

I love holiday films even the ones on TV such as Hallmark and Lifetime. 

The plots are usually predictable but they work and they bring me joy! 

Recently someone I have been connected to on FB has been posting the titles of ones she's watched and then listing all the reasons she hates them. That's fine, we all have our opinions. I hated the first Wonder Woman ---I could write a dissertation on why the storytelling is so bad but millions loved it. It's okay to not love everything but for me, the Hallmark channel & Lifetime holiday films are a great example of pretty...

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Change the "Starving Artist/Writer/Actress/Etc" Mantra-You Can Make Money As A Creative

Hello Writers! It's Wednesday and today I am writing about this notion that we creatives group up with. 

"I'm BROKE" we repeat it so much that it becomes our reality and everyone expects it to be true so there is no shame because we are "creatives" right? 

No, that is bullshit! 

Seriously, you can be a creative who isn't broke and I don't mean by being famous. 

Trust me on that one. 

I am a creative person. I started my life wanting to be an actress and I did it for many years. Am I famous? No, but I did it and I worked ALL THE TIME but because I haven't stared aside Meryl or Tom Cruise or Al Pacino or anyone super famous people look in and assume I'm a nobody. It's ridiculous. 

If you are an actor/actress go look at the IMDB for any of your favorite sidekicks and see how they have been in hundreds of things. Now if someone works on stage they don't always even have that huge IMBD. 

That doesn't mean they don't have money. 

As a writer? It's...

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