Better Stories Faster

Write Better Stories Faster

Simplify your writing process with the story planner developed by authors, for authors.

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StoryShop is a new way to plan your stories.

See how simple it is to build worlds, develop your characters and create story beats:

StoryShop streamlines your writing.

Whether you’re a planner or a pantser, you’ll find everything you need to plan, write, and finish your novel in one simple, intuitive tool.

  • Story Planning

    Build your outline as you pants your draft or plan your whole story before you start writing.

  • World Building

    Keep detailed images, blueprints, maps, and descriptions of your world at your fingertips.

  • Character Development

    Manage characters’ appearance, relationships, and detailed backstories.

  • Series Bible

    Maintain characters, locations, and detailed research for your entire series.

  • Research

    Keep all the information, images, timeline details, and links together in one easy-to-reference place.

  • Bonus Tools

    StoryShop comes with story templates, Character DNA questions and plans for dozens more features in the works.

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Made by writers, for writers.

The storytellers at Sterling & Stone have built their livelihoods on producing great stories, fast. StoryShop helps them keep track of their worlds, plan their stories, and focus on writing.

  • Sean Platt

    Sean Platt

    (Beats Master)
    After 100 books, we needed to streamline our process. I dreamed about what might be possible, but never imagined those dreams were only the beginning.
  • Johnny B. Truant

    Johnny B. Truant

    (Mad Scientist)
    I get lost trying to remember the details of the worlds I create: who knows whom, what does this character look and speak like, what are the rules surrounding XYZ in my story world? StoryShop solves all those problems.
  • Johnny B. Truant

    David W. Wright

    (Tortured Artist)
    Such easy, intuitive access to world details and the characters in my story is the game changer I've been waiting for in story creation.

The StoryShop Plans

Have no fear…

Try StoryShop risk free for thirty days — you can view or export your work any time, even if you’ve cancelled your subscription. No matter what investment you’re ready to make, your story is safe with StoryShop.

  • Hobbyist

    Try StoryShop on a month-to-month basis and cancel any time.

    $9.99

    Every Month
  • Novelist

    Sign up for a full year of StoryShop and save.

    $99

    Just Once a Year

Once Upon a Time

The storytellers at Sterling & Stone Story Studio know all about writing great stories, quickly. They’ve published over 6 million words — 100 books — since 2011. Like most modern indie writers, they wanted to write faster while continuing to improve their craft and to weave deeper, more meaningful stories and series. When they started looking for the perfect way to keep track of their many story worlds, nothing quite fit. So they decided to design the tools they needed.

A dream comes true

Sterling & Stone thrives on sweeping, detailed story worlds. But remembering all the details and jumping from world to world and book to book started to create challenges. We dreamed of one place to track everything within each series — characters, locations, timelines, and plots.

A chance encounter in Vegas led to a marriage made in wonderland — the writers of Sterling & Stone and the app developers of Strangewind Studios quickly got to work designing the perfect app to help writers spend more time in their stories and less time wrangling research.

We sat down and dreamed up a list of everything we needed — and everything we wanted. And then we set the developers loose on that list. And as we started to see the application come together, we knew we needed to share it with our community of indie authors.

We wanted to share it with you.

What StoryShop is

Using StoryShop isn’t about diving in and learning a new app. Quite the opposite. When you step into StoryShop, you’re entirely focused on your world and the characters who inhabit it. StoryShop’s Character DNA tool helps you figure out what motivates them, why they think they way they do, and how they react to the world around them.

And StoryShop offers you the tools to bring the world around them to life, building lush forests, stark moonscapes, or thriving cities. Create an ornate palace fit for a king, a run-down tenement flat for a determined heroine to overcome her circumstances, or even a simple, ordinary suburban home that hides a dark secret. With StoryShop, you can create anything you can imagine.

And then you can develop limitless stories and series within each world, with reference materials available at the click of a mouse, regardless of which story you’re dreaming in.

How StoryShop works for you

StoryShop adapts to your personal style and your writing priorities.

It keeps your details organized, but it’s not prescriptive. You can dive deep into an individual character’s background or travel across your expansive universe, and StoryShop will keep what you need at your fingertips as you pour out your ideas.

If you prefer to pants your stories, you can fill in the details as you learn them, creating character sheets and outlines as you go and helping you put it all in order as you edit. If you know you’ll write faster with a solid plan, then you can invest your time creating that detailed outline in StoryShop. It’s a breeze to create scenes (we call them beats), and then move them around, reorganizing chapters to make your story more dramatic or compelling.

And with its clean, modern, intuitive interface, you won’t spend weeks (or hundreds of dollars) learning how to use another new application. With StoryShop, you can dive in and create your first character, location, or outline in seconds.

With StoryShop, you will:

  • Create deeper, more relatable characters
  • Build intricate worlds
  • Develop airtight plots
  • Write stronger, more structured stories
  • Keep track of all your story’s details
  • Avoid distractions and stay focused with your research in one place

Stop wasting your precious writing time chasing character sheets, location maps, or looking up key details from earlier books in your series.

Invest your energy in writing better stories faster with StoryShop!

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StoryShop is made possible by all our fantastic Kickstarter backers and...

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That’s what D2D is for.

And with D2D you get a gorgeous and easy user dashboard that lets you track sales, update book content and pricing, even get selective about who you distribute to—you can even go direct if you like. We’ll still convert your manuscript for free to make uploading to awesome vendors like Kobo that much easier!

Give us your prose, your little darlings, your well-crafted and huddled masses of dialogue and narrative, and we’ll give you the world. That’s a fair trade.

Just like StoryShop, Draft2Digital is here to help you build and grow your author career. Now get out there and blast out some bestsellers. We’ll be here when you’re ready.

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