Story Concierge

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

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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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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It's Okay to Take A Day Off & What We Learned From Ferris

Writers!! 

Some days it's just too hard to do anything, especially in 2020. 

Last week I hit a wall, and thus I skipped everything-including my blog which is a day late this week too. This is a big no-no in the business world but I'm only one person. 

I felt guilty about it all last week, all weekend, and yesterday when I literally crashed out for 8 hours in the middle of the day. 

You see, in life "shit happens" and I am one of those, like the great Cristina Yang in Grey's Anatomy who always says "I'm fine" even when I'm not. I won't bore you with the details but just apologize for being absent for these few days. I'm sorry, do you forgive me? 

NOW, let's talk about the importance for creatives to take a day off! 

It's important for creatives to take a day off. See, our brains work harder than normal people who don't create stories, art, etc., because no matter what we are doing there is that something in the back of our minds that is building. This...

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What Story Changed Your Life?

 

What story or stories changed your life in some way?
For me, there are a few.
 
THE OUTSIDERS taught me that I wasn't alone
 
LES MISERABLES taught me to be good even when others weren't
 
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF taught me that I was taking things to seriously and needed to enjoy life more
 
BACK TO THE FUTURE taught me that I could do anything if I put my mind to it
 
TITANIC taught me that life is what you make of it and to make each moment count.
 
This is why I am a writer. These stories while mostly fiction and or historical fiction literally changed who I am as a person. 
 
Wouldn't it be great if you changed someone's life?
Your book made a difference or your film changed how someone lived their life? 
 
No pressure right?
 
I believe that we are changing the world as writers, even if you are writing comedy--what you do matters! 
 
This is why I created my signature course, STORY...
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Genre Clarity and Why It's So Important

Happy Monday to all the writers out there who have come by my new blog. 

I'm so grateful that you are here. 

Today I am talking about GENRE CLARITY and why it's so massively important if you want to be successful as a writer. 

This isn't the same as voice, or even who you are as a writer and I'm not saying that you have to stay in one genre, but you do need clarity-especially when you are starting out. 

First I want to invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel because this week I will have a new short video on this topic and every week I will have new videos to help all storytellers reach their dreams. 

www.youtube.com/stephaniebourbon 

So, what is genre exactly? The dictionary says this: a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.

This is true but in books, movies, and television it can mean so much more. 

I once went to a conference and heard an amazing...

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Happiness Tuesday Storytellers

Hello, dear writers, dreamers, artists-storytellers! 

I'm just popping in with a quick blog post today to say hello and talk briefly about the importance of happiness! 

It's so easy to get caught up in our lives and forget all about the simple things that make us smile. 

How many of you have woken up and then immediately remembered something that upsets you? Like, right when you step out of bed? All of you right? 

It's human nature. Is this your mantra? "Ugh, I have to go to work today." "Yuck, I hate kale and I know lunch will have kale" (or "I hate the place we are going to lunch today"), "I'm overweight." "I don't have time for anything." "Everyone drives like an idiot" etc., etc.,----this is normal but YOU can change your mindset. 

Because when we start the day on a negative note everything goes bad that can and will happen. You won't be as productive, you won't write your best work-or even decent work, your day job will suffer, you may argue with...

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Welcome to my new blog

Hello friends, as many of you know I have been blogging for a super long time, but I wanted to connect my blog with my course website to bring you lots of great articles and videos just for swinging by. 

Since this one is my first on this site, it's short because I want to make sure that it's working. 

YAY 

 

If there is anything specific you want me to cover about writing, storytelling (in any medium), illustration, blogging, social media, query letters, etc..you get the idea, if you want me to blog about it, let me know! :) 

xo 

Stephanie 

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