Story Writing AppApp for writing stories
A tool that will help you create better stories more quickly from Sean Platt
About what should I be writing? What do I do to choose which comes first, in the centre and last in my story? CHARACTERISTICS characteristics that can be created from the side? And, please say, how does someone argue with all the detail of planning a story so that nothing gets wasted.... so it all makes perfect sense in the end, and on the way?
We are also the writers of the self-publishing guideline writ. Podcasts and non-fiction book users keep asking us: How do you make good tales so quickly? To put it briefly, the better you know your character, the most important points of your story and your life before you begin to type, the better and quicker the story will flow out of you when you begin.... and frankly, the more enjoyable you will be in the story.
Even quicker, this promotion provides you with an priceless history planner that lets you make EVERYTHING EASY and forever modify the way you use it. What is your planing methodology? Are you using laptops and writing things out by handwriting? Use note cards to design your story and then move them around until the scene fits?
How about your figures? Are you writing complete personality portraits so you know them well? Are you meticulous in outlining everything from the beginning to the end of your story.... or do you just begin to type and see where the story leads you? However, how do you keep an overview of the look and feel of your people?
And, hey, did you ever continue a novel.... and realize that you don't recall which character from the real thing were your best friend, who knew what mysteries or even what colour of your head all these different folks had? Storytelling and the pursuit of all these slack ends is a naturally disorganized game.
It' s a long time..... and at least a little bit confusing when you start writing the first frightening words of your story. At Sterling & Stone we are always in the midst of several sets in many different storyboards. It is difficult to keep an overview of what has occurred and what needs to be done in the next work.
It is even more difficult to keep an overview of who is who - and who knows what. We' re planning our histories to make it as simple as possible.... but there's only so much an intrinsically messy system can do. Instead of trying to follow everything by hand, what if there was an application that could help us?
Suppose the app (not our untidy, manually operated system) could keep a watch ful eye on the relationship between the different players, like Facebook and Link-ed... But since it was a large, easy-to-use data base, we were able to find out who went where, clicking through places and places and people and events with ABC Easy?
But, unfortunately, this app - this breakthrough story scheduling utility to organise and understand our mish-mash - did not work. However, perhaps if other authors were something like us - if they too wanted a way to make their life simpler and increase both the clarity and pace of their writing - they would be willing to help us set up..... for everyone.
We loved to create the app we call StoryShop. We' ve got great affiliates who are willing to go: a dedicated staff of skilled app designers headed by Seth Atwood of Strange Wind Studio (see Seth's Organic below) who can make this vision come true and have already shown us some of the wiresframes that show us what StoryShop can do.
However, we would ask these designers to concentrate all other work on StoryShop for month. To create the StoryShop application and get us all to write better story-telling more quickly, we need YOUR HELP. First we take a walk through what is perhaps the most radical thing that has happened to story telling since the writing and inks.
This is our main development tool and our associate Seth Atwood's model of a "character" in the StoryShop. You will see that the characters for one of the user's story universes are opened in the menubar on the lefthand side. All the other realms have broken down, as have the sub-menus "Setting" and "Beats" for this one.
Here Seth has designed the StoryShop personality area so that anyone who knows the web should experience intuition and familiarity. It' like your personalities have true Facebook profile on the network, completely interwoven with "relationships" (see the picture under the front photo?) that work similar to a Facebook-Friendslist.
Place a large picture for your personality at the top, along with anything else that can identify him or her. At Sterling & Stone we "cast" our actors like a film. You will then get a short abstract of this personality, as Seth shows here or epic-long, as the stories Sean is writing for Johnny before a new story is made.
In the text and in the dependency lists, the associated symbols are connected according to the data base. They can click between them without having to worry about whether a character's information is in one place and information about the same person is in another. You will also see "setting" shortcuts there, which we will reach next.... just another way in which StoryShop keeps everything in place, instead of unraveling loosely.
Last thing you will see in the model is "character DNA". "We find that the most real people come to live when we know things about them that probably don't even make the design.... like a favourite pastime or an idiosyncrasy. The app will ask you some of these issues from a massive mailing lists, and you'll get to know the person as if you were about him/her.
"Attitudes " is a little wrong; we can ask Seth to modify the words, because it is actually more than just attitudes and also contains "world elements" that supplement the attitudes, but are not really places where people can run around. So you science fiction and imagination authors or makers of videogames will fill these displays with all kinds of things you would otherwise overlook about your surreal worlds: How does it work in your own universe?
If Sean gives Johnny a new story pack, the first thing Johnny will read are personalities and set up. They have to have an understanding of the people, their motivation and their worlds.... and only then see what they actually do when the story unfold. Perhaps if you don't know The Self-Publishing Podcast, you don't know the word "story beats" that Seth and his gorgeous little bit of mustache have sketched in the model below.
In principle, beat is a relaxed, free shape of contouring. To us they are somewhere between stiff plots and simple, careless story telling. We' re writing down what happens in the first few beat s-then we realize that when the story is actually narrated, the beat becomes less and less important.... except for the'rhythm' (and thus the word'beats') they give to the story.
See how we see the Beat window in StoryShop: You can select two items within a story or part of a story from the drop-down list on the lefthand side. Some are" divisors" that are like chapter or section, and underneath (or in them) there are single beat..... these are things that will happen in this timeframe in your story.
When you are a chartplotter, you can simply insert many divisors and put your beat under each one. So if you want to detail every detail that will occur in your story, you can do so here. Simply make a few splitters and beat instead of many.
One way or another, StoryShop tracks who is where in each of the scenes so that you can see who is where (see the separate bar?) and where this is happening, dragged from your preferences. And, as we have seen in the avatars, the beat allows you to reference signs (@ mentioned, in green) and items within your preferences (# mentioned, in blue).
It' all clean and orderly so you can concentrate on your story....and not on a jumble of papers and slack ends on your desktop or display. The first version of StoryShop has much more to offer (adding pictures via file transfer, a link to a web site, a full featured searching feature, the possibility to use OPML for export), but at this point a Q&A might be an ea...
F: Will StoryShop's functionality develop over the course of the years, or is it? We host StoryShop on our server. F: On which computer platform does StoryShop work? The StoryShop is not something you are downloading; as a web app, it is something you use. You can use StoryShop if you have a web browsing system. The 1.0 release of StoryShop has only the web-based one - the Evernote.com equivalents - instead of using the Evernote app on your mobile as well.
" The StoryShop will be featured in World Building, Character Development and Story Planning to help writers create better storylines more quickly - that's what it's for. The StoryShop will not be a writing application per se. The StoryShop will not be a place to administer your shopping lists, administer your e-mail newsletters or pay your tax.
We' ve been trying for years to put our story design into the existing round pegholes, and have found that they never quite work. Although we enjoy the utilities we use every day, like Scrivener and Evernote and Slack and Asana, we have come to a point in our journey where tracking our lives and our personalities and histories in utilities that were meant for other uses is now a shortage of work.
Whether you're a professional or a beginner, this utility is specifically engineered to help you build wealthy personalities and inspiring, coherent environments that your reader will want to keep returning to. That' the instrument I wish I had seven years ago before I began writing.
The StoryShop will be a quadratic eye for quadratic herrings. We build StoryShop as a logical expansion of the processes we have developed in recent years. It' ll have personality profiles that can be viewed like online web pages, including a web picture quest for castings and storage gallery construction, a DNA-Pop Quiz that quickly fires quizzes with your characters' backgrounds, and a tracing that's as simple to watch as a friend book.
O, time-line trackings, personal development testing, mindmaps, geographical mapping and a market place for sales and purchase are part of our long-term path. And all the functions that StoryShop will propose to you in the near years to come will be designed with one goal in mind: to help authors create better storylines more quickly.
Since we use Scrivener for everything, StoryShop also exports to the app. F: Is StoryShop a subscriber or does it charge a one-time charge? Since StoryShop was published, the base edition costs $9.95 per subscriber per month: less than most folks are paying for website hosting, which is a daily use.
F: WHY is the Story Shop membership and not a one-time charge? and other best-in-class web applications like these have two major areas that need constant attention: IT intensive design in reaction to users' feedbacks and storing in the clouds, which grows with each addition of a sender. Our subscriptions allow us to always concentrate on "Make HistoryShop Better" and not on "Sell More Copies".
This is all without considering the cloud storeroom facette of StoryShop. StoryShop will increase monthly, even with a set number of people, as more pictures and other data are added. F: How will StoryShop be integrated into my current writing utilities like Scrivener or Word?
We use Scrivener to compose our own story and book. It is the best writing instrument in the whole wide web and we would never be able to do anything that does not work with our most important writing tools. StoryShop can therefore be exported to the plain text file type which is an outline-based file type that Scrivener (and Word) can use.
It is not an accurate file and folder assignment, but we think you will be satisfied with the integration. No need to open StoryShop every few questions about your environment, instead you can open the file in your favorite writing app. F: Do I need a web link to get to StoryShop?
Can I take my world with me and exit StoryShop later if I decide to, or am I "locked up"? When users cancel their subscriptions, they can not only sort things out, but their world will just return to "read-only" one year before they expire, with the ability to re-activate them at any given year.
We want to make this app as astonishing as possible, so if we over finance it, we will put all the funds directly into the jointventure we founded to create StoryShop. Okay, okay.... so you like the StoryShop concept, right? You are interested in making a contribution so you can get in there and begin to create your own personalities, attitudes and beat, right?
Since we can't create this app without our help, thank you for joining Team StoryShop. CharacterNA leaf: This $5 post tier is our "High Five" tier, given by people who want to show their encouragement but don't need StoryShop-app. However, we still want to give you something really nice, so we'll give you a PDF with all the character DNS issues listed in the "Characters" app window above.
By answering any of the quizzes from this mailing lists (the real one Sean uses to schedule all of our storylines now, in the prestory days) and while you plot your storylines, your character will come to a larger, braver one. Well round figures can sometimes help to "write" your story yourself. "3 "3 month, 8 month or 18 month access to StoryShop:
Lifelong StoryShop access: When you select this one ( "and it's the one we suggest; there are a few "Early Bird" levels for this rewards, which will help you saving $100 if you use ACT FAST), you will get the default StoryShop login levels as long as the app is in existence and maintained - and yes, we anticipate that this will be a very long while.
As soon as the app is ready, we will show you in an inside movie how WE use StoryShop for our own story! Watch exactly how we use the app you support to present our tales from beginning to end, with full character and castings, venue scouts and beat for one of the largest quests of 2016.
Included in this award is a videotour and a copy of the finished StoryShop pack with which Johnny will actually be writing a new Realm & Sands album. Exclusive Sterling & Stone STORETABLES Summit: If you really like your work and want to take your narrative to the next stage, we have a six-man storytellers event that sells tales and can't wait to spend an extra lesson of their own free day to tell you what they know.
Sterling & Stone Storytelling Summit offers one lesson from EACH of the following artists:: This is Julie (J. A.) Huss, NY Times best-selling writer and world champion whose personalities and storylines demand new titles from their writers as soon as possible. Podium Publishing co-founder James Tonn (editor of Theartian and many other best-selling audio books), who has the expertise of an expert in the business to make a BIG story.
This is Joanna Penn, an writer who knows where the history of the narrative is going in the world. And where the latest news and technologies will bring the storyteller with her. who specialises in assisting writers to master the arts of storytelling, even if they think they're just shits in the pants, who are not able to design, draw or sketch..... or, in the case of StoryShop, to use "storybeats".
We are also the writers of the self-publishing guideline Write. Enthusiastic about driving the web forward, he sees StoryShop as the next one. All of them are enthusiastic about working with StoryShop and want to start construction.