So in a private conversation with a fellow author over the past couple of days, he directed me towards a new service from Sterling & Stone, the folks behind the Self Publishing Podcast. This new application is called StoryShop and I have to admit, I’m intrigued.
While the cost is a bit out of my budget ($99 per year, which honestly is pretty damn affordable, just not a necessary spend for me at this point) this seems like an intriguing toolkit for writers who want a little more organization to their world building. There is no interface at this point to actually write your novel (but supposedly that’s coming), however there is quite a bit of nice depth for building your world, exploring your characters, and putting together an outline that might make finalizing your novel considerably less daunting.
I currently do all of this within Scrivener, and I’ve found a process that works well for me there, but Scrivener is a local app and using it outside of my laptop is either impossible or challenging at the least. StoryShop is accessible via a web browser anywhere from any device theoretically.
If you’ve tried this tool, let me know. I’ll admit, I’m curious, though not really prepared to completely overhaul the way I’m doing it now. After all, my current process has allowed for over 200,000 words written already in 2017 and if it ain’t broke, why fix it?