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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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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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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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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How to Stay Healthy As A Creative (who sits all day)

Happy Wednesday !! 

I hope your week is going spectacular! Due to Coronavirus, there are many new restrictions sweeping the globe and that means that once again we are spending more time at home. 

It's a great time to finish that novel or get that screenplay finally written but it can come at a price. 

Do you know what that is? 

Well, to put it frankly--it's becoming unhealthy and hurting our bodies by being less active. 

Even if you don't realize it, this past year has caused you to become less active. Walking around malls, and going to concerts, parties, dinners, are all things we do without even thinking about it, but those things keep us moving. Walking around a museum on a Saturday afternoon is still moving. 

Now, this whole year, for the most part, we are at home. 

Many of us also lost the gym, or our hiking or running friends as well. 

I personally am a gym rat! I LOVE being in a gym. I love group fitness classes and I love working out...

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Have A Great Holiday & Believe You Are Successful

Hello, amazing writers!! 

This week I'm skipping the blog because it's a shorter week here in the states and that means that I'm going to be busier than normal. 

I will be back NEXT week with more tips for being a successful badass writer!! 

Meanwhile, I have a BLACK FRIDAY special for my one-on-one coaching package that you won't want to miss out on. CLICK HERE to find out more and sign up.

You can use the package ALL year but you have to purchase it this weekend to get the special pricing. 

Now, I don't believe that all writers are broke and I hate the term "starving artist" that is a belief system that I don't subscribe to but I also know the realities of living a creative life and sometimes we simply don't have as much money as we want for all the things we need, but there is always a way to find success. I created this special because I know that I can help you like I've helped many other writers. 

I will cover ways to beat those limiting beliefs more...

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Successful Writers Do These Things

Happy midweek WRITER WEDNESDAY! 

This week I want to talk about the habits of successful writers because they do make a difference. And they are ALL things that you can start doing right now to change your writing career and take it to the next level. 

1. Successful writers-WRITE. I know that sounds sarcastic and it's not meant to be, but if you want to be a writer you need to write. You need to write every day. Now, there are many who will say that you only need to write when the spirit moves you but not if you want to do this for a living and actually make money. 

If you want to be a successful writer---WRITE, every single day. 

2. They hone their craft. They take workshops, read books on the craft of writing, get into writing retreats with other writers, they constantly work on their craft. You don't need to spend thousands traveling far away to another country or resort to do this--although, when you can, it is fun, but it's not needed. You can read blogs...

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Tips for a Successful NaNoWriMo

Hey, writers!! Are you doing #NaNoWriMo this year? 

        #NaNoWriMo tips!

Yay, so am I. Every year I write blogs about doing it, articles, and I share tips because I want YOU to be successful. Well, this year is no different!!!! 

Add me as a buddy at https://nanowrimo.org/ I am stephnewyork

Here are some quick and easy tips!!

  1. Be open to whatever story you are writing--meaning--just be free and free write
  2. Don't edit--just write
  3. Make a schedule. Usually, during NaNo I set aside a couple of hours every month to write BEFORE I do anything else. Well, maybe you can't do that but try to schedule this in--you will be more likely to do it if it's on your calendar.
  4. Make a daily word count goal.
  5. Aim to finish before the end of the month so you have time to spare.
  6. Do NOT compare yourself to others
  7. Don't expect this to be perfect right out of the gate.
  8. Don't outline in October---I find those who do this often fail because they are trying to stick to an idea, whereas...
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