SPP180 The Amazing StoryShop App, with Seth Atwood

Self Publishing Podcast

Today’s show is all about Sterling and Stone’s new app, StoryShop, which promises to be the type of app that will help you write better stories, faster! This app isn’t meant to replace any of your favorite apps like Scrivener, but to work in tandem with them. In fact, you can export directly to Scrivener! Learn about the features offered that you won’t find any other app for writers.

  • Something cool: the STANDING Dave, Sean’s Fitbit, Dave’s new video game obsession
  • Seth, the programmer for the app, explains the different parts of the app, from character to beats, and world building to scene writing.
  • The character page functions very much like a social networking profile. By filling it all out and establishing relationship connections, your characters will be stunningly deep.
  • Learn what ‘character DNA’ is, and how it deepens the character creation process.
  • One of StoryShop’s most fundamental axioms is ‘connect everything.’ There are amazing functions like hyperlinking, analyzing character appearances across scenes, and so much more.
  • StoryShop isn’t a set it and forget it app on the part of the developer; it will be iterated based on community feedback.
  • The first iteration of the app is comprehensive, but if the app overfunds, there are already plans in place to include features planned for the future.
  • There is a notecard-like feature within the Settings section of StoryShop, which allows for a great degree of customization to your personal tastes.
  • In the far future, learn what the StoryShop ‘world builder marketplace’ is.
  • Collaboration is another important axiom of the app, not just to enable it, but possibly in later versions, to initiate it.
  • Are you a plotter or a pantser? Doesn’t matter! StoryShop is created to work for either preference. Beat creation is included and can be as detailed as you want, but is not required.
  • Seth takes the guys on a tour of that Beats section.


  1. I’m a big fan of the standing desk. When I left my job a few years ago, I started by adjusting the shelves in the basement to provide a good height (was a bit inconvenient with the overhang for the monitor shelf not giving my hands a ton of room for the keyboard and stylus but I dealt with it.)

    I liked it, so I built myself an actual standing desk. Worked great except in Winter, as my basement wasn’t finished and it got really cold, but my new house has a finished basement room that I use as an office and it works perfectly now.

    I do have my old desk right next to the standing desk, so I can switch to it if I want to (or if watching a video can tilt my monitor and just sit back in the chair.) I have a laptop with an extra monitor I could use if I wanted so I don’t have to move everything from my desktop setup, though I find I almost never do.

    It took a few weeks to get used to standing all day, but within a month or so it got to the point where my legs would actually be sorer if I sat a lot rather than standing.

    Of course, my kids started being born right around the same time, which drastically cut into the amount of time that I run and the number of ultramarathons I do, so once I start getting back to those there may have to be some adjustments, heheh.

  2. The kids glues sea shells to the piece of wood I was using for my “standup desk”.

  3. I collect podcasts and listen to them when I have to travel for the day job – feeling like I missed out to support (i.e. fund) the StoryShop App but be aware I will be a consumer and I CANT WAIT!! I had to see via the website the ideas of it and it’s fan-freaking tasktic. Really guys – this would be so helpful, I’m one of those who drafts without all the upfront and I can’t wait to mature into a better process. Give us updates as it goes along 🙂

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