Episode Nine: Building an Outline You’ve probably heard the term, pantser. These writers make it up as they go along, most notably, like Stephen King. But that doesn’t work for everyone, because the benefits of having a strong outline are what help you...
Episode Eight: Designing Your Setting A great setting can almost become a character in and of itself. It’s important to make a living, breathing setting, just as you would a character. What does it mean to have a ‘great setting?’ Johnny, Sean,
Episode Seven: Casting Your Character Casting a characters is a sort of ‘short hand’ for understanding your character. It’s a starting point upon which you can build, and it’s especially helpful in collaborating with co-writers. Johnny, Sean,
Episode Six: Creating Memorable Characters It’s imperative that you create memorable characters so that your readers will for a connection with them, and be more invested in their success. It will also ensure that the stakes of the book are truly impor...
Episode Five: Research Research is something everyone needs to do if they’re going to write a believable story. Different genres require different and varying amounts of research, and it’s as easy to get mired in it as it is to do it inadequately.
Episode Four: Figuring Out Your Plot There’s a big difference between character based and plot based stories, and that distinction doesn’t really matter for the guys’ work. The reason? All their work is very character based, regardless of the plot.
Episode Three: Sorting Through Your Idea Writers have too many ideas. It’s hard to know which ones to use, and even how to sort through them and make that decision. There are several techniques the guys use to help them manage, sort,
Episode Two: The Passion to Write Passion for writing is important. It’s what keeps you working through the tough times, and what inspires you during the best times. The guys discuss their own passion, and share stories of their writing experiences.
Episode One: What StoryShop Is In this first episode of StoryShop Johnny, Sean, and Dave explain what Storyshop is. The guys have spent their lives building worlds, characters, and stories. They also love systems and constantly improving, so they can writ
Sean Platt, Johnny B Truant, and David Write hold a series of insightful, on-topic discussions on how to write smarter, faster.