Stephanie Bourbon on Writing When All Hell is Breaking Loose

One of our fave writer-illustrator-screenwriting-vloggers, Stephanie Bourbon, returns to the interwebs after a hiatus with some words of encouragement for us all.

How to Stay Positive & Porductive–Still WRITE–During Dystopian-Er, I Mean, Tough Times
by Stephanie Bourbon

OMG, what a couple of months right? F*%$!! 

What is going on in the world? Is it ending? 

Do we all need to channel our inner Katniss? 

I seriously have never wanted to live in a Cormac McCarthy novel and I don’t intend on starting now!

So…how do we stay positive and continue to write when the world is crashing down on us?

Well, I have a few tips for you! 

The first one is just to FOCUS ON THE GOOD—whatever it is, focus on it, grab it, and hold on. Seriously it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the chaos and devastation happening and walk down that doomsday path but rather it’s best to stay focused on the good or have gratitude.

The second one is to remember why we write. You may do it just for your own pleasure and if that’s the case, see above. But most of us write because we have something to say to the world. If you write for children it is your job to help them come into their own with a sense of security, hope, and understanding. This is why we do it. TV and film have such a HUGE impact on the world–even fiction.

My life changed drastically because of THREE films—you want to know which ones?

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF–taught me not to take things so seriously and enjoy life a lot more than I had been. I went from being a Jeannie to being a Ferris that summer and I’ve been MUCH happier ever since….

Find out the second and third films that changed Stephanie’s life and see some cooler pics than we’ve shown you, at

Former Larry Brody student Stephanie Olivieri Bourbon has found great success as a writer, illustrator, and expert consultant. This article first appeared in her new blog at

Stephanie Bourbon on Establishing Your Writing Goals!

Our fave writer-illustrator-screenwriting-vlogger, Stephanie Bourbon, has a new blog, and you know it works here at TVWriter™ – when we find something as helpful as everything Stephanie does, we just have to share!

Writing Goals!
by Stephanie Bourbon

Good morning writers,

I hope you are amazing!

I also hope that you are writing down your writing goals for the week ahead. I find that when I have my plans or goals written out in a list I tend to stick to them and actually make them much more than when I say, “I’ll write whatever whenever I have time.”

That’s why for me #NaNoWriMo is so great. I always get an entire novel drafted. It pushes me to stick to daily word count goals.

Here are some quick and easy tips to make those writing goals work for you so you will accomplish more and get that draft done faster.

  1. Make daily goals-this can be word count or page count or scenes, whatever you need. Write them down somewhere that you can see them.
  2. Get an accountability partner to check in with. You don’t have to check-in everyday-there are no rules but whatever you want just check-in.
  3. Make the goals fun. Maybe you meet with your partner at a coffee shop every day for an hour, maybe you chat on the phone or via social media. Mix it up and have fun.
  4. Cross them off as you do them-this is like getting a star in school-just feels good.

Now for some don’ts.

  1. Don’t edit your writing as you go
  2. Don’t compare yourself to other writers you see on social media
  3. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make the daily goal–today is a new day.

I hope this is helpful and that you all have a very productive week!!

BONUS for reading. I have created a writer’s GOAL sheet JUST for you and it’s FREE!!!

You can get it heremake as many copies as you want, hang it up so you can see it and check off those goals as you make them! 

Happy Writing!



Stephanie’s YouTube Channel is HERE

And her Story Concierge website chock full of further instruction is HERE

Former Larry Brody student Stephanie Olivieri Bourbon has found great success as a writer, illustrator, and expert consultant. This article first appeared in her new blog at Don’t just sit there. Check it out!