Kind of overwhelming, right?
Think about it: with so many choices out there, you're at risk of not selecting the right ones to express yourself. Or worse, you might even pick a word that's close but doesn't get quite get the same message across. (Yikes.)
That's why you need help finding out which words to use, in what combinations, in exactly the kind of tone that matches your style.
You need help finding your voice.
You need help telling your brand’s unforgettable story.
(And you also need someone to figure out if that one comma is even necessary or not.)
In this day and age, words are more important than they've ever been. They are the internet’s DNA, the keys that unlock the doors that stand between you and your customer base - the tools that can convey your identity as a business or brand.
Believe it or not, words are even what you use to say "I love you." Y’know. When you’re not working.
Before writing another sentence of copy, ask yourself: Am I aware of which words I’m using, and to what effect? Do I know what language my audience speaks? Do I know how to translate value? (And do I really want to put that comma there?)
If your answer wasn’t “yes” to any of those questions, then you need help from the only writer ever (named Stephen Harber.)
I like to get experience in all kinds of writing. I've written everything from product descriptions about cherry stained nightstands, marketing brochures for holograms, educational videos on non-surgical rhinoplasty, interviews with rising techies and film stars, and entertainment features that are fun to read and (pretty to look at too.) And then there's that graphic novel thing...
I've learned that words make you feel something. If you get to the core emotional existence of what your service is, communicate that and only that. Know the true emotional and philosophical value of it and share it with everyone.
(Or you can have me do it.)
- As of this past November, I've started writing for Den of Geek on a weekly basis. In the past two months, I've already reviewed two complete TV seasons form them: Starz's Ash vs Evil Dead and AMC's Into the Badlands. Right now, I'm working on weekly reviews of MTV's The Shannara Chronicles and USA's Colony. Check out my blog for links!
- Guess what? We did it! Last November, Occult Generation was officially funded thanks to your support. Expect our first issue to come out this spring. Also, watch out for a new spin-off project I'm developing as a perk for backers called Free Spirits, also coming out this spring.
- The Kickstarter for Occult Generation is live! It's alive! Not only that, looks like it has become a Staff Pick. Fork yeah. Only a month left to go...
- Interviewed filmmaker Eugene Corr and Coach Roscoe Bryant about their new documentary, Ghost Town to Havana, for SFWeekly. "Baseball is a game of failure." Great quote.
- Published Part 3 of "The Empty Witch", Leon's prequel story for Occult Generation. It's full of bad dreams, weird noises and egg tarts.
- Spoke with director Evgeny Afineevsky about his new documentary, Winter on Fire, which documents the Euromaidan uprising in 2013. It's streaming on Netflix right now. Read and watch. I mean it. Go now.
- Had a truly awesome conversation with Anthony Lucero for SF Weekly, the writer and director of East Side Sushi. It's about a single Latina mother from Oakland that decides she wants to be a sushi chef. You need to see this movie, people! Oh, and read the interview too, obviously.
- Published more Occult Generation prequel stories! Part two of Leon's Story, The Empty Witch, can be found here. And...part one of Gladys's story, Widow Zone, is here. Empty Witch is a weird mystery tale, while Widow Zone is a white-knuckled action thriller. Question is, which one are you in the mood for? Right answer: both!
- Chatted with actress Bel Powley and filmmaker Marielle Heller about Diary of a Teenage Girl, the latest Sundance sensation, for dot429. One of my favorite interviews yet, actually. You'll see why.
- Preparing for social media initiative for that Occult Generation comic project. Models in place, first photo shoots in LA. Here's some behind the scenes pics, just because.
- Editing final version of X-Files ranking project for blog. (Kind of a lot of work, yo.)
- Starting another project, a whole week of Jackie Chan movie reviews. Because keeyah!
- Finished editing for Occult Generation, Chapters 1 & 2. Focused mainly on structure and dialogue. (Apparently I'm good with monologues.)
- Started ambitious project of ranking all X-Files episodes for personal blog.
- More work for Dr. Mabrie.
- Hired on as Story Editor for Ryan Fukuda and James Zark's Occult Generation comic book project.
- Begun work as co-writer and script consultant on Ken Kaneko's upcoming comic masterpiece Asylum.
- Served as branding consultant for Freelogue Inc.'s new app.
Okay. So. If you've made it to this page, you might have a few questions.
Great, because I've got answers.
Q: Who is the only writer ever?
A: Stephen Harber. It's pronounced "Steven", not "Stephan". (No worries. I get asked that all the time.)
Q: Are you a boy or a girl?
A: Boy. Well, man actually. I'm like 30 years old.
Q: Are you really the only writer ever?
A: No, if you want to get technical. But I write like I am.
Q: Where do you live?
A: San Francisco, CA.
Q: How come I haven't heard of you before?
A: Because I'm the ninja of words. Or word ninja, if that's easier for you to say. I work from the shadows to help people like you find your voice and be memorable. Except I turn on a light when I'm there, because working in the dark is kind of hard (and creepy).
Q: How can you help my business?
A: I can help you find your brand voice by coming up with style guidelines and values. This includes writing highly readable copy and developing a content strategy.
Q: How can you help my blog/website?
A: I can come up with original witty and creative content that would put BuzzFeed to shame. (But if you're reading, Buzzfeed, let's work together!) Plus, I make my own gifs.
Q: How can you help with my story/comic/script?
A: I can help as a story consultant, editor, and dialogue doctor. Because the story you want tell is totes worth it.
Q: Do you like eggs?
Q: Boiled, fried, scrambled or poached?
A: Hmm. Usually fried. I've never tried poached, believe it or not.
Q: Can I see a pic of you?
A: Sure! Here you go.