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Stories turn songs into symphonies, events into memories, and lives into legends. In our crowded world, “knowing your story” cuts through the noise so you can make your mark — whether you want to sell more books, increase profits, or just make a difference. At Sterling & Stone, Story is our business. The Story Studio Podcast is where we explore ways we can all tell our stories better.

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Stories turn songs into symphonies, events into memories, and lives into legends. In our crowded world, “knowing your story” cuts through the noise so you can make your mark — whether you want to sell more books, increase profits, or just make a difference. At Sterling & Stone, Story is our business. The Story Studio Podcast is where we explore ways we can all tell our stories better.

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Down Hill

By Steve from St Michael - Aug 16 2019
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I appreciate the nuggets of wisdom that I’ve been able to get over the last several years of listening. But the podcast has lost its way and its value. Too much rambling and very little content. I used to be very interested in their upcoming projects even though it’s not my genre because they described the process and struggles. Now it’s just a drinking game where I take a shot every time one of the boys says “we can’t talk about that“ or “that thing with that name that’s not ready“. Nonetheless I wish them much success.

Dang! These recent reviews are harsh!

By TheWilcox - Apr 11 2019
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I reviewed the show a long time ago and tonight while listening I decided to look at the reviews. OMG! I can’t believe how rough they are. Those people don’t understand. I know you guys have grown and I appreciate the direction you’re moving in. Happy for you guys and wishing you much success

iTunes Ratings

369 Ratings
Average Ratings
279
32
13
11
34

Down Hill

By Steve from St Michael - Aug 16 2019
Read more
I appreciate the nuggets of wisdom that I’ve been able to get over the last several years of listening. But the podcast has lost its way and its value. Too much rambling and very little content. I used to be very interested in their upcoming projects even though it’s not my genre because they described the process and struggles. Now it’s just a drinking game where I take a shot every time one of the boys says “we can’t talk about that“ or “that thing with that name that’s not ready“. Nonetheless I wish them much success.

Dang! These recent reviews are harsh!

By TheWilcox - Apr 11 2019
Read more
I reviewed the show a long time ago and tonight while listening I decided to look at the reviews. OMG! I can’t believe how rough they are. Those people don’t understand. I know you guys have grown and I appreciate the direction you’re moving in. Happy for you guys and wishing you much success
Cover image of The Story Studio Podcast - Writing, Storytelling, and Marketing Advice for Writers & Business

The Story Studio Podcast - Writing, Storytelling, and Marketing Advice for Writers & Business

Latest release on Jan 22, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: SSP008 Story Structure

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Whether the story you’re telling is about yourself, a novel you’re writing, or the journey of your business, understanding the way stories work is a sure-fire way to resonating with your audience. If you’ve been struggling to understand story structure and how to apply it to the story you’re attempting to tell, Johnny, Sean, and Dave will teach you:

  • Why story structure is not a formula.
  • The difference between beginning authors and experienced authors approach to structure.
  • The basic form of story structure.
  • The importance of causal relationships in stories.
  • How to tell the difference between plot driving reader interest and characters driving reader interest.
  • How story structure can occur out of order.
  • Why you need an “all is lost” moment.
  • 3-act vs. 4-act structure, and how to use each.
  • How the first and last act should mirror each other.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your business, 2018 could be your year. Our Insiders group, The Stone Table Mastermind, is open for registrations but only until March 31st. Learn more about the Stone Table at https://sterlingandstone.net/join-stone-table-mastermind/.

Mar 28 2018

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Rank #2: SSP030 Bending the Rules of Story Structure

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Now that we’re pulling back on author events with the Smarter Artist, we’re able to use our time on what we refer to as a “No ROI event.” These are private events with small groups. The purpose is to learn something together rather than teaching.
Our last event was a movie-watching marathon. We picked films we thought were compelling, commercially successful, or cult classics such as The Matrix, Inglorious Bastards, and American Beauty. To our delight, we found that most of them didn’t strictly conform to story structure.
Story structure is a sword, not a crutch. It’s a way we can understand, dissect, and correct our stories rather than a prescription for the perfect story. Once you understand story structure, you’re able to wield it. In this episode, we share how the films we watched bent the “rules” to create a better story.

Are you wondering what the ever-growing demand for superb storytelling skills means for your future? Check out our latest interview as Johnny and Sean dive deep into that question in “Storytelling Is the Future: How to Build On Your Self-Publishing Success.”
Download the interview from the info box or show notes in YouTube or head over to https://www.sterlingandstone.net/future.

Aug 29 2018

53mins

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Rank #3: SSP025 Plotting a Story

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While we’ve always engaged in some level of story preproduction, Sterling and Stone has made plotting an integral part of our production cycle. We all differ in how much we plot ahead of time, but we’ve learned that plotting is an important part of our ability to tell a story that works every time. We want to share how you can get started doing the same thing.

We Talk About:

The plotting-pantsing continuum.
How Collective Inkwell has evolved their plotting process.
The right questions to ask when you start plotting your story.
The consequences of a scarcity mindset.
What plot is not.


Are you wondering what the ever-growing demand for superb storytelling skills means for your future? Check out our latest interview as Johnny and Sean dive deep into that question in “Storytelling Is the Future: How to Build On Your Self-Publishing Success.”
Download the interview from the info box or show notes in YouTube or head over to https://www.sterlingandstone.net/future.
 

Jul 25 2018

42mins

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Rank #4: SSP087 Idea Generation with Neeve

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Ideas are spooky. Where do they even come from? And what happens if they disappear forever? These questions have plagued creatives for years and has created a culture of self-limitation among authors. Today, we have Neeve on the show to talk about her new Stone Tablet, Endless Ideas, and how you can overcome creative block and become an idea machine.

We Talk About:

Neeve and her new book with Sean, Endless Ideas (https://sterlingandstone.net/endless-ideas). 

Sean’s wife, Cindy, doing her first 10+ second handstand.

Johnny and Sean’s research trip to a legal cannabis farm.

Neeve listening to a podcast called Spooked (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/spooked).

Dave’s satisfaction with Mr. Robot’s new season.

Why processing is the magic of ideation.

Why Neeve starts with “no.”

A Tale of Two Authors and the spectrum of idea execution (https://sterlingandstone.net/twoauthors). 

Conquering writer’s block.

An example of Dave reshaping an idea.

Neeve’s idea grading system.

Oct 30 2019

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Rank #5: SSP086 Who’s The Main Character?

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A few weeks ago, we had an interesting discussion in the company when we tried to identify a movie with a true dual-protagonist setup. We came up with one (maybe three) between several of us. Could such a setup be so rare? Who the main character or protagonist is in a story is not always straightforward, especially in today’s era of serialized everything. Today, we wanted to talk about the potential ambiguities of primary characters in modern fiction.

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Oct 23 2019

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Rank #6: SSP068 Doing the Work with Jamie Davis

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One of our favorite and hardest working author friends is Jamie Davis. Throughout the time we’ve known him, he’s always held true to the work ethic of the 21st century storyteller: write, publish, repeat. And though it took time to make the career a full-time endeavor, Jamie is the model for anyone who’s unsure if their niche storytelling style will ever find an audience.
We Talk About:
Jamie found out he will be a grandfather.
Sean is excited for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer.
Dave is excited about the Deadwood movie.
Dave explains why he thinks the end of GOT sucked.
Jamie’s origin story.
Jamie’s super-secret marketing strategy.
Planning and flexibility.
Jamie’s transition into a full-time author.
Jamie’s success in audiobooks.

All of our best writing and publishing advice in one, affordable book bundle: http://sterlingandstone.net/locker.
To get live show reminders: https://sterlingandstone.net/liveshow.

Jun 12 2019

56mins

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Rank #7: SSP041 Characters: What Doesn't Work

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If you read enough books or watch enough films, you’ll eventually find a character or cast of characters that “doesn’t work.” When characters fail to meet their true potential, the story can flop faster than you can say “cardboard cut-out.” Today, we discuss some “failed” characters from stories you may be familiar with and talk about why it happened so you can avoid that pitfall.


You’re invited to join us at the final Smarter Artist Summit on February 18th and 19th in Austin, TX. Authors and publishing experts from around the world will join us to teach you strategies that will outlast the “what’s working yesterday” tactics everyone else is talking about. Attendance is limited, so reserve your spot at smarterartistsummit.com now.

Nov 14 2018

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Rank #8: SSP088 Steal This with Bonnie and Joel

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Out of the madness of our story studio emerged an idea that we think those of you who take part in NaNoWriMo will appreciate: a universal outline we’re calling the Steal This project. Already several of the authors in our studio are tackling the story with their own unique spin, and today we wanted to bring on the architect of the outline and an author executing the idea, Bonnie and Joel, to share with you how we approached creating a universally applicable outline and how you can use this idea in your own creative process.

We Talk About:

One-Click Cover (https://sterlingandstone.net/oneclick).

The Aristocrats Joke.

The purpose of the Steal This project.

How Bonnie approached the outline.

How Joel fleshed out the outline.

Other writers attempting the outline.

Finding the spark that ignites excitement in the writer.

How Joel honed his idea superpower.

Applying this idea to your writing right now.

Nov 06 2019

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Rank #9: SSP063 Writing As Therapy

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We tell stories as our full-time job, and while we have a responsibility to the company and our family to produce words that sell, there are reasons for us to step away from writing for our readers to make room for writing that is just meant for our personal development.
Sean has a complicated relationship with his father, and it has caused a rift in his family for decades. He and his wife have only fought about one thing in their marriage and it’s his parents. Back then, Sean wasn’t prepared to be the man he is now. But one 25,000 word piece of story therapy changed all of that.
In today’s episode, we talk about how Sean used his power of story for self-exploration and cathartic release and how you can do the same.
We Talk About:
How Sean’s therapeutic writing has already paid off.
The Yabba-Dabba-Doo story.
Sean’s role as “the peacemaker.”
The importance of finishing the therapy.
How Dave uses his fiction as a cathartic experience.
Self-exploration and its creative benefits.
Dave’s switch to a growth mindset.

May 08 2019

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Rank #10: SSP012 What Makes a Story Sell

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Contrary to popular belief, there is no vault in Hollywood holding the secret that turns a story into a commercial success. In this episode, Johnny, Sean, and Dave share how a story can be crafted to appeal to a wider audience and reach beyond the established boundaries of genre. You’ll learn:

  • How a commercial story is defined.
  • Why a good commercial story understands dramatic tension.
  • How to use character development to retain your audience.
  • How emotion can allow you to float a story that is mostly very kinetic and action-centric.
  • Why some characters endure and why others do not.
  • The cross-section between commercial and “good.”
  • Why “classic” and “commercial” are not the same things.
  • How extraneous elements can push away your audience.
  • Why stories that lack a good hook are likely to suffer commercially.
  • How posters, loglines, and social proof quotes can help communicate your vision to a broad audience.


Are you wondering what the ever-growing demand for superb storytelling skills means for your future? Check out our latest interview as Johnny and Sean dive deep into that question in “Storytelling Is the Future: How to Build On Your Self-Publishing Success.”
Download the interview from the info box or show notes in YouTube or head over to https://www.sterlingandstone.net/future.

Apr 25 2018

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Rank #11: SSP022 Crafting Compelling Characters

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Here at Sterling & Stone, character is king. Great characters stick with us long after we close the book or walk out of the movie theater, and great characters will keep your audience coming back for more. Today’s podcast is a 201 flash course on characters. We discuss the characters we love, awesome characters we’ve created, and how you can you can do the same.

We talk about:

Stephen King’s ability to nail his characters.
Using “show don’t tell” in characterization.
Why you need to create honest characters.
Attention to detail with character backstory.
The importance of humanizing your characters and showing motivations.
How to make a vile character fun to read.
How dialogue can make or break a character.
Making sure your plot syncs with your character’s arc to create a resonate character.

Are you wondering what the ever-growing demand for superb storytelling skills means for your future? Check out our latest interview as Johnny and Sean dive deep into that question in “Storytelling Is the Future: How to Build On Your Self-Publishing Success.”
Download the interview from the info box or show notes in YouTube or head over to https://www.sterlingandstone.net/future.
 

Jul 04 2018

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Rank #12: SSP075 Story Inspiration

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“Where do you get your ideas?” It’s a question that every author gets asked at least once in their career. And the true answer is never satisfying to the untrained eye: “Ideas are all around you.” In today’s podcast, we talk about what inspires us to tell great stories and our process when actively looking for inspiration.
We Talk About:
Watching and reading stories for inspiration for your own work.
Inspiration vs. Execution.
Watching shows that lost their way and figuring out why.
What Johnny listens to when writing different stories.
What the guys look for in inspiration.

You are the main character of your own story, so why not construct your story the way a writer does? The Story Solution will show you how! If you’re ready to take charge of your life the way a writer takes charge of their story, then pick up your copy today: https://sterlingandstone.net/storysolution
All of our best writing and publishing advice in one, affordable book bundle: http://sterlingandstone.net/locker.
To get live show reminders: https://sterlingandstone.net/liveshow.

Jul 31 2019

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Rank #13: SSP092 Our First Stories

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No matter how successful you are as a storyteller, you have to start somewhere. There’s always a story number one. Today, we talk about our very explorations into storytelling, what motivated us to get started, and what those experiences taught us at the time.

Dec 04 2019

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Rank #14: SSP074 Story Research

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Almost literally, Sterling and Stone is a house built on research… or the lack thereof. In part, our collaboration started because of a research roadblock, a dare, and putting a Unicorn in a Western novel. And though we proudly retell that story when it’s useful, the reality of our day-to-day storytelling is different. We do a lot of research. The trick is chasing the right lead. In today’s podcast, we share how we approach the research portion of our pre-production and give a few hacks to help you avoid the Wikipedia research hole.
We Talk About:
Sean is reading and re-reading the Jim Collins catalog and enjoying it.
Dave is reading Lost Connections by Johann Hari (https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Connections-Uncovering-Depression-Unexpected-ebook/dp/B07583XJRW/).
Johnny is absolutely enjoying-without-any-hate-watching-what-so-ever Riverdale, Season 3 (https://www.netflix.com/title/80133311).
The distinction between “get to research” and “have to research.”
Using research for immersion and character.
Dave’s need for authenticity.
Directing the camera and trusting the reader’s imagination.
Acquiring new experiences.
The 80/20 rule for research and finding the few details that matter.
Johnny and Sean’s favorite hacks for side-stepping deep research.

You are the main character of your own story, so why not construct your story the way a writer does? The Story Solution will show you how! If you’re ready to take charge of your life the way a writer takes charge of their story, then pick up your copy today: https://sterlingandstone.net/storysolution
All of our best writing and publishing advice in one, affordable book bundle: http://sterlingandstone.net/locker.
To get live show reminders: https://sterlingandstone.net/liveshow.

Jul 24 2019

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Rank #15: SSP020 The Foundations of Story

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Today we’re starting a new arc of podcasts that are all about story. And there’s no one better to do this with than our resident wizard: Bonnie. And, really, wizard might not be an apt enough descriptor. She has refined our StoryJacket process in a way that has changed the way Sterling and Stone tells stories forever.
In this episode, we give an intro to the entire arc and let you know what we’ll be covering. And let’s be honest: Sean can’t help but drop some nuggets for you guys. We’ll just call it a small warm-up of what the season will be.
This season’s arc will cover:

  • Premise
  • Character
  • Setting
  • Character Arc
  • Plotting


Are you wondering what the ever-growing demand for superb storytelling skills means for your future? Check out our latest interview as Johnny and Sean dive deep into that question in “Storytelling Is the Future: How to Build On Your Self-Publishing Success.”
Download the interview from the info box or show notes in YouTube or head over to https://www.sterlingandstone.net/future.

Jun 20 2018

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Rank #16: SSP055 Turning Pro (SAS2019 Live Podcast)

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At our final Smarter Artist Summit, we focused on the idea of “turning pro,” and how authors today can build a sustainable career. We share how Dave has evolved since the last summit, and Jami Albright shares her success story with us.

Mar 13 2019

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Rank #17: SSP010 Why You Can't Always Be the Hero of Your Own Story

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A good piece of writing advice for a character is to understand that a character is the center of his own world. Often even your worst characters are doing what makes sense to them. We, as creatives and business owners, function similarly, operating with a myopic viewpoint within our own frame.
In order to get the most out of what you’re doing—in your business and in your stories—you need to understand that you’re not the end all, be all. There is a whole world outside of your personal viewpoint.
The biggest mistakes that we’ve made with Sterling & Stone (and this is a recurring theme) have been building blocks to a much better place. It’s hard to look in the mirror sometimes, but once you determine where you can improve, even the biggest mistakes can end up being boons to your creative journey.
There are two sides of this. You have to be willing to first hear and then apply. Not everyone is willing to do that. A lot of people will hear constructive criticism and take it only as criticism. The benefits are lost on them. They’ve just been given a tool, and instead of doing something with it, they go fallow.
There’s a growing balance at Sterling & Stone. As a culture, we want to improve continuously, and the two-step process of both listening and applying has really taken a big leap forward this year. We’re reinforcing this idea with each other, and we’re holding each other accountable. There are times when we see one of our team members holding something back, and we insist that they say what they think needs to be said. As soon as we can fix these issues, the sooner we can make the company better.
And that’s the key. When you’re in a collaborative relationship, you have to be open and honest. And this applies even if you’re a solopreneur. Odds are you’re working with someone else at some point to get your story or product into the world.
But remember that there are a lot of nuances to open communication. There are a number of different ways that you can start a dialogue, all of which can elicit different responses. It’s important to understand these things about your collaborators, but it’s even more important to understand your own triggers. That way you’ll be able to put the proper incentives in place to overcome the problem at hand.
For example, some people will choose a punishment or reward that they’ve heard someone else use or that they’ve read about in an article, but it isn’t right for them. There are a number of reasons why this can go wrong. Perhaps their work cycles are asynchronous to their optimal schedule, or the reward isn’t in alignment with their personality.
Just knowing the nuances along with the big picture matters a great deal. You’re an individual with specific ambitions and a different lifestyle. You can’t simply adopt someone else’s system of incentivizing structures and expect it to work for you without considering what you need to adjust to fit your situation.
Johnny and Sean used to operate as if they were the same person. We thought that since we had Dave as a contrast to our crazy ideas, it would function to balance the company’s goals in a healthy way. We also saw it as binary. If Dave doesn’t want to do the strange, crazy shit that we wanted to do, then it must be that Dave is one thing, and we were another.
In reality, it turns out that Dave is on one end, Sean is on the other, and Johnny is actually somewhere in the middle. Treating Johnny as a one-to-one match with Sean led us into some pitfalls along the way. We structured projects with the assumption that Johnny could function exactly like Sean, not realizing that he works better as more of a nose-to-the-grindstone, articulative type rather than a cheerleader.
When we did the Apprentice program, we had both Sean and Johnny take the lead on the exact same aspects of the classes, assuming that their superpowers were equivalent. If we could do it all again, we wouldn’t take such a watered-down approach. Instead, we’d break the program apart and place each of us where we make the most sense.
Another example is that we used to do mastermind hot seats where we put both Johnny and Sean in the same situation. Sean functions much better in this type of environment where Johnny works best when he can step back and think before responding. Once we realized this, we adjusted to make better use of our team.
Ask yourself: What you good at? What are your partners good at? Until you take the time to start identifying and optimizing for these superpowers, you won’t be able to put together the best collaborative team.
An example of where this applies to writers who work in isolation is social media. Some authors do social media brilliantly. They understand how to use it as a tool to build community and amplify their outreach to fans and new readers. We [Johnny and Sean] hate that stuff. And we see authors who are trying it, hating it and not doing a good job, but are afraid to let it go because they think it’s the “one and only way” to market.
It’s so easy to default to the “standard advice.” And that leads us to do things that we totally should not be doing.
One of Sean’s great failings for a very long time has been with focus. Especially early on, he’s been the golden-retriever-chasing-squirrels kind of creative. He’d jump from idea to idea, project to project because there’s something beautiful in a new, unrealized idea. As the company has matured, we’ve had to learn how to hack Sean’s squirrel-chasing so that it works in conjunction with the company’s goals, rather than distract from them.
We all have our blind spots, and sometimes a punch in the gut is the best thing a friend can do for us. It can be the lifeline we need to become our best selves.
To frame this, it’s important to rewind a bit.
Growing up, Dave’s best friend was Tod. Tod grew up in a home with a less-than-ideal family dynamic, and Dave had always been the one who had his shit together in the relationship; he was always the one who’d help Tod through all his issues. Tod was the very first person who ever believed in Dave—believed that he could accomplish his dreams and be a writer one day. Eventually, Tod left home to join the navy. He’d come back home to visit now and then, and it was just like old times.
One day in February 1996, the dynamic changed. Tod came home to visit, and he kept pushing Dave to leave Florida and come to Virginia with him. He believed that Dave was wasting his life away at home, and a change in setting would spur him to realize his dreams. Tod offered to help him move away and find a job, whatever it took for him to get his shit together.
But Dave rejected it. He saw Tod as a friend who’d gone on to do awesome things and was now looking down on him. It annoyed him, and the change in the dynamic of the friendship was uncomfortable. When Tod left, Dave didn’t talk to him for weeks because of how sour their last interaction had been. But he knew that eventually it would blow over, and they’d be best friends again.
Less than two months later, Dave received a phone call informing him that Tod had died in a car accident. It crushed him. He’s carried that with him, reliving the pain of it in many ways throughout his life. It fucked with his head in a way that has limited him from reaching his true potential. He’ll see a goal, but, before he can execute, fear takes hold, telling him that he can’t do the things he wants to do, that it’ll end in failure and misery.
During the ten years that Sean and Dave have worked together, Sean has watched Dave self-sabotage himself over and over. They’d come up with a strategy, only to have it fall apart because Dave can’t fully commit to his own success. Eventually, Sean had to sit down with him, face-to-face, and tell him, that he wasn’t living up to his potential, and if he didn’t make changes, all the things he feared would actually come true.
To Dave’s credit, he was able to take that and recognize that he stood at a crossroads. He remembered the last time he said goodbye to Tod, and how he had rejected his friend’s earnest attempt to toss him a lifeline, to pull him out of the water.
This is why you can’t always be the hero of your own story. If you’re unaware of your blind spots, and you believe that you’re making all the right moves, that your work ethic is perfect, and you’re leaning into your superpowers in all the right ways, but you’re missing a big piece of the picture, you’re only hurting yourself.
None of us are perfect. We all have something that we need to fix so that we can reach our individual goals. When we take an active role to make a change for the better, it ripples outward, making not only our own lives better but also the lives of everyone orbiting around us.
Are you wondering what the ever-growing demand for superb storytelling skills means for your future? Check out our latest interview as Johnny and Sean dive deep into that question in “Storytelling Is the Future: How to Build On Your Self-Publishing Success.”
Download the interview from the info box or show notes in YouTube or head over to https://www.sterlingandstone.net/future.

Apr 11 2018

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Rank #18: SSP081 Writing Routines

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Our creative routines cover the gamut in our studio, proving there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to how to be a productive storyteller. But there are general guidelines to becoming a productive and prolific storyteller, and today we wanted to talk about our routines so you can learn from our mistakes and successes.
We Talk About:
Worst. Show. Ever. is back!
Everything in Dave’s refrigerator is ruined.
Sean is finishing the hardest book he’s ever written today.
Sean’s routine & early creation time.
Dave’s routine & deadlines.
How our story meetings have evolved.
Johnny’s routine & constant optimization.
Breaking the procrastination loop.
Accountability.
Thomas Wolfe’s fail-safe method of productivity.
Learning to be honest with yourself.
The exceptions that prove the rule.
Resources:
https://www.rd.com/culture/daily-rituals-authors/
https://masoncurrey.com/daily-rituals

In 15-Minute Dictation, Platt and Silver show you how to adjust your approach to dictation to leave behind frustrating starts and stops and finally be able to produce more books in less time: https://sterlingandstone.net/book/15-minute-dictation/
This is a book about how Dave understands darkness, its place in story, and how I make dark fiction that people enjoy reading. And, at its heart, this book isn’t just about the dark, but also the light. And in our darkest times, it’s more important than ever that we hold onto the light. But first, we must be willing to explore the darkness: https://sterlingandstone.net/book/into-the-darkness/
If you’ve ever wondered what sets the outstanding career authors apart from the wannabes, if you’ve ever been faced with doubts and fears, this is the book for you. Pick up your copy of The 10X Author today!: https://sterlingandstone.net/book/the-10x-author/
Join the list for LIVE SHOW Reminders: https://sterlingandstone.net/liveshow 
Join the mailing list for nonfiction book updates: http://sterlingandstone.net/stonetable

Sep 18 2019

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Rank #19: SSP060 Sean Goes to Prison

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The creative mind is mysterious. As storytellers, we build entire worlds and shape unforgettable characters. But when asked where we get our ideas, it’s often difficult to pin down one exact influence. But one thing is certain: the inspiration for our work comes from the experiences we expose ourselves to. We’ve been putting in an effort to gain more creative fuel, and in today’s episode, we talk about what Sean learned when he took a trip to interact with a group on prison inmates.
We Talk About:
Last WSE coming at some point when Dave is ready to explode.
The live show revival on 4/26
The difference between a pilot vs. an episode 1.
Why TV studios have a problem with the White Space pilot episode.
Screen Rant Pitch Meetings (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL–PgETgAz5FGoatB9KQzbnpv0bgZqU2l)
Reliable Ralph’s story.
Why Sean’s not known for his biggest mistake.

Apr 17 2019

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Rank #20: SSP058 Teaching an Old Dave New Tricks

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As we prepare our novels for new storytelling mediums, it has forced us to revisit stories that are years old. And if you’ve ever gone back to read your older books, you know what this experience is like: a cringe-fest.
What’s interesting is that when Sean began the adaptation process for one of our earlier successful stories, Yesterday’s Gone, he discovered something very interesting the differences between his and Dave’s approach to the creative process.
Even after several years of collaboration, we are still learning new things about our collaborative process, and in today’s Story Studio, we want to share how identifying this difference might improve our process going forward.
We Talk About:
10 Percent Happier.
The merits of always including a pee scene.
Two different approaches to mystery boxes.
Getting comfortable with not knowing it all.
The difference between thinking in scenes and thinking in events.
Why breaking bad creative habits is healthy.

Apr 03 2019

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