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Candor and Manners: How We Nurture Creative Genius

Candor and Manners: How We Nurture Creative Genius

May 23, 20244 min read

Sterling & Stone’s 40+ storytellers make for a bustling marketplace of ideas, where every stall is offering something new and exciting. But have you ever met two creatives who are exactly alike?  Of course not, because everyone is different. Trying…

Collaborative Superpowers and Kryptonite

Collaborative Superpowers and Kryptonite

May 22, 202414 min read

We all have at least one superpower, along with our own personal kryptonite — the thing we do amazingly well and the thing that gets under our skin or triggers our biggest weakness.  One of the things that makes superhero…

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The Ultimate Guide to Character Development (24 Tips For 2024!) 

May 21, 202441 min read

Congratulations …  You’ve stumbled onto the secret of all great storytelling.  If you’re a storyteller, then this page is about to become invaluable to you. Characters are the backbone of every great book, movie, or television show. Unforgettable narratives are…

Like a Dealer on the Playground

Like a Dealer on the Playground

May 20, 20245 min read

Shortly after I realized how much third grade was going to suck, I started selling shit on the playground, less to make money than to make my life a little more interesting, though the cash was admittedly nice.  “What about…

Terms of Service  

Terms of Service  

May 19, 20245 min read

Terms of Service was inspired by the antics of David Thorne, whose audacious attempt to pay off a debt with his drawing of a seven-legged spider led to a hilarious volley of emails. The absurdity and wit in Thorne’s recounting…

How Moneyball Swings For the Storytelling Fences

How Moneyball Swings For the Storytelling Fences

May 18, 20247 min read

My son loves sports. Movies not so much.  Back when he was still a Padawan, me and Ethan watched Star Wars all the time. Pixar movies were another staple in our household, and we saw them all in the theater,…

Plotting Success

Plotting Success

May 17, 20244 min read

I’ve been making my full-time living as a storyteller for 15 years.  I’ve helped countless storytellers earn more for their stories while having more creatively-rewarding lives.  Since I started telling stories online in 2008, I have:  Built a high traffic…

Streakonomics: Turning Everyday Efforts into Epic Wins 

Streakonomics: Turning Everyday Efforts into Epic Wins 

May 16, 20246 min read

Raise your hand if you’ve heard the story about Jerry Seinfeld’s famous productivity hack…  I had been using streaks in my life for a while before it caught my attention. But Seinfeld’s story did what a good story does by…

Growing Toward Being a Better Collaborator

Growing Toward Being a Better Collaborator

May 15, 20245 min read

What if you realize that you’ve got a trait or two that suggests you’re a person who shouldn’t collaborate?  First, it’s okay to be a solo author. Plenty of people prefer to handle everything themselves, or to hire contractors and…

Why We Name EVERYTHING 

Why We Name EVERYTHING 

May 14, 20249 min read

“I’m Sean, and I’m a nameaholic.”  I probably take naming shit too far.  Or not, considering it’s a core element in our studio culture, enough that we recently added the Sterling & Stone Lexicon to our internal app, and we’re…