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

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

Summary: 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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  • Artist: Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright
  • Copyright: Copyright 2013 Sterling & Stone, LLC

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 SSP047 Analyzing Bird Box (SPOILERS!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:18

Bird Box is Netflix's most successful (by measure of viewership) film to date, and it started as a novel. The success Josh Malerman experienced with his debut novel can happen to anyone, especially as we’re experiencing market upheavals in film and television. In today’s episode, we talk about the Bird Box Netflix adaptation, and why […]

 SSP046 On Mastery and 10000 Hours | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:20

The “10,000 hour rule” has become a staple of the practicing artist. When applied with intention, the consistent daily effort of putting in your hours can produce results that appear to be magical to your audience. In today’s episode, we talk about how we’ve put in our time in the past, and what direction we’ll […]

 SSP045 Performance Under Pressure | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:02

For the first time, everyone in the whole company is working in the same story world, and because we need to produce on a schedule with high-pressure deadlines, the kitchen is getting hot. Today, we have a discussion about how each of us performs under pressure and what can be done to nail your goals […]

 SSP044 Making a Bad Premise Awesome | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:52

“If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it or throw it away and come up with something better.” ― Ed Catmull Some stories shouldn’t work based on their description. We’ve either seen it […]

 SSP043 Analyzing The Haunting of Hill House (SPOILERS!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:58

SPOILER ALERT! In this episode, we spoil the fuck out of the Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House (https://www.netflix.com/title/80189221) and discuss why it resonated so much for us as artists and fans of good storytelling. So before you listen, go watch it! We'll be here when you get back. — You're invited to […]

 SSP042 Adapting a Story for Film and TV pt. 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:50

Several episodes ago, we talked about film and TV adaptation and how we're approaching the process as we work to move into new formats of storytelling. Today, we continue the conversation by looking at adaptations you may be familiar with and discussing how they differ from their source material. We Talk About: Stephen King's Adaptations. […]

 SSP041 Characters: What Doesn’t Work | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:04

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 […]

 SSP040 How Our Childhoods Informed Our Storytelling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:28

Being aware of who you are is important if you want optimal results in your life and storytelling. Hardship has shaped our worldview and the kinds of stories we yearn to tell. In today’s episode, we discuss how we—like our characters—carry the baggage of histories. — You're invited to join us at the final Smarter […]

 SSP039 Creative Expression | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:14

We recently held a small genre therapy event where we talked to authors that were motivated by a wide range of forces. During our meet-up, we asked: “how many of you feel like you can’t not write?” This is a question that authors can easily take for granted. In today’s episode, we explore our “why” […]

 SSP038 2018 Q4 Story Studio Check-in | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:30

We’ve all taken on new adventures and challenges in our writing, and we’ve learned a lot over the past year. Committing to the vision of the Story Studio has meant channeling our energy into producing fiction in ways that are unprecedented for Sterling and Stone. Today, we’re doing a quick check-in on our progress towards […]

 SSP037 The Real-Life Stories That Inform Our Fiction pt. 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:14

The seeds of stories are all around us. It’s our job as storytellers to acknowledge and nurture these seeds so that our novels and screenplays have life—a three-dimensionality that binds our audience to our characters. This is episode 2 of 2 of our discussion about how our real-life experiences have informed our fiction. — You're […]

 SSP036 The Real-Life Stories That Inform Our Fiction pt. 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:52

The Story Studio Podcast is phoning it in for a couple episodes. But really, we’re expanding the scope of the show. The seeds of stories are all around us. It’s our job as storytellers to acknowledge and nurture these seeds so that our novels and screenplays have life—a three-dimensionality that binds our audience to our […]

 SSP035 Newsletter Ninjitsu with Tammi Labrecque | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:48

No one knows author newsletters like Tammi Labrecque. She literally wrote the book on it. Lucky for us, she agreed to talk to us about what authors get wrong about their mailing lists and how you can use your list as your ultimate secret weapon. We Talk About: Why mailing lists are not optional. Why […]

 SSP034 Persuasion with Dave Lakhani | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:08

Dave Lakhani is a persuasion ninja. Driven by his need to understand why people believe what they believe, he’s built businesses using story to sell his ideas. Dave will be speaking at the 2019’s Smarter Artist Summit, but we wanted to give you a small taste of his expertise on today’s episode. We Talk About: Persuasion […]

 SSP033 Storytelling in Video Games | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:18

Over the past forty years, the video game industry has grown in ways most of us couldn’t predict. Video games have shifted from the idled-away time of children to one of the largest entertainment industries in the world, appealing to all ages. In today’s podcast, we talk a bit about how interactive storytelling is changing […]

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