StoryShop for Planning a Novel
The better you know your characters, your plot’s key points, and your world before you start writing, the better and faster the story will pour out of you once you begin … and, honestly, the more fun you’ll have while telling that story.
Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David Wright
Story Outline (s)
Elements of the Story World
Character Deep Dive Features
The Character DNA questions are prompts to get you started thinking about the deeper character elements like biggest fear, likes, beliefs, etc. You have the option to skip a DNA question.
Below what you see in the image is you place to expand as needed in a section simply titled Notes.
Beta is Straightforward, but More to Come
We’re planning to release the first of our tutorial videos next week, and it will include a lot more detail about how to use all the various bits of the app.
As to character names – yes, they are editable. You should be able to click on the name in their profile and edit it directly. Saving happens automatically most places in StoryShop when a user stops typing for a second.
Our current plans are to control collaboration at the World level. We’ll be allowing two types of shared access to Worlds: “Read Only” and “Read+Write”. Our thinking is there may be a case, like when working with a content editor, where we may want people to be able to see our Worlds without making changes. On the other hand, there are many cases, like at Sterling & Stone, where users want to fully share the ability to co-create a World.
Series creators will find this tool especially helpful because the entire series is contained, outline by outline, within the one Story World.
For now there are instabilities, including the possibility of losing everything. Beta testers are advised to make a copy of all entries.
StoryShop will be available after this first beta testing by subscription currently at a base price of $9.99/month, or $99/year! Affordable!
If you’d like to read a short story created without StoryShop, get your copy of The Used Virgin on Amazon.