• The Story Studio Podcast Play all

    • SSP083 Continuous Evolution - Duration: 41 minutes.

      • 1 week ago
      Indie publishing changes fast. Even after a decade, there are weekly changes in the market, forcing you to pivot or crash into the next algorithmic wall. But there’s a line an intelligent pivot and...
    • SSP082 Writing While Old(er) with Ninie - Duration: 56 minutes.

      • 2 weeks ago
      We’ve heard dozens of different stories (lies, usually) that authors tell themselves as reasons they can’t start their writing journey. One of the most common is “I’m too old now.” We’ve heard it f...
    • SSP081 Writing Routines - Duration: 1 hour.

      • 3 weeks ago
      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 a...
    • SSP080 Joel F*cks the Details - Duration: 55 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      Joel was one of the first authors that Sterling and Stone brought into the fold after we decided to open up the studio to other authors outside of our trio, and we couldn’t be happier with the resu...
    • SSP079 Celebrating Your Accomplishments - Duration: 54 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      In indie publishing, there’s a tendency to rapid churn. Once one book is out to the races, the next one immediately begins. This is a pace that Sterling and Stone isn’t immune to. And though a prol...
    • SSP078 Planning and Thinking Ahead - Duration: 35 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      Scheduling can be a logistical nightmare, especially when planning for a creative endeavor. And it’s no different in our story studio. For years, we’ve struggled with creating a schedule that was f...
    • SSP077 The Stone Tablets and a Return to Non-Fiction - Duration: 48 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      We owe a lot of our growth to our community (that’s you!), and we’re eternally grateful for your support and enthusiasm. In return, we spent several years building The Smarter Artist brand, hoping ...
    • SSP076 Join The Story with Austin from StoryShop - Duration: 50 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      *TRIGGER WARNING: This episode refers to recent mass shootings. If you’re still in mourning, you may want to skip this one.*

      There’s a lot of pain and division in the world right now. After a trag...
    • SSP075 Story Inspiration - Duration: 31 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      “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.” ...
    • SSP074 Story Research - Duration: 46 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      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 Wester...
    • SSP073 Vacations for Creatives - Duration: 41 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      Vacations are an opportunity to rest and refresh. But when you’re a storyteller with certain habits, a vacation can throw off your entire groove. In today’s episode, we talk about each of us use ou...
    • SSP072 The Story Solution - Duration: 58 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
      We just released The Story Solution. It’s our first new non-fiction book in a long time and marks a new generation of non-fiction under the Stone Table imprint. In The Story Solution, we address yo...
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    • WSE99 Dave v Louisiana - Duration: 38 minutes.

      • 7 months ago
      The Smarter Artist Summit wouldn’t be complete without the harrowing tale of Dave’s journey through the bowels of Louisiana, complete with a battle against OCD and shootout with a flat-earther. And...
    • WSE98 Two Truths and a Lie - Duration: 24 minutes.

      • 7 months ago
      What’s up Dave’s butt? Imagine living in a world where your wife is hogging the only pot large enough to make a reasonable amount of mac and cheese. Yeah. It’s that bad. Meanwhile, [REDACTED] is re...
    • WSE97 Dave's Christmas Cookie Extravaganza - Duration: 40 minutes.

      • 9 months ago
      Dave's best friend sent him a gift of "David's Cookies" to make up for the holiday classic A Very Davey Christmas and Dave has convinced us to turn our optimization skills toward keeping the cookie...
    • WSE96 Dave Gets Lubed - Duration: 25 minutes.

      • 9 months ago
      We haven’t done this in a while, but we’re back by marginal demand. Now that Dave has lost his taste for subpar restaurant food, he’s finally ready to start his new YouTube career as an ASMR food r...
    • WSE93 Unicorn Cereal - Duration: 30 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      Dave doesn’t ask for a lot out of life. He has revealed time and again how easy it is to live a fulfilled life by following three simple rules:
      1. Limit your family time to one hour per day.
      2. All...
    • WSE92 Back to School Special - Duration: 29 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      Now that school is back in session, we can finally get some work done—fully clothed, mind you. But with Dave’s dishwasher broken, and Sean’s hypothetical search for Jesus, only studious readings fr...
    • WSE91 Bullshit Dave Won't Do - Duration: 29 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      There’s a lot of bullshit Dave and his dad won’t put up with, especially after having to walk ten miles in the snow, uphill both ways. Sean and Johnny have yet to learn these lessons. Sean allows h...
    • WSE90 What's Up Dave's Butt Literally - Duration: 20 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      No doctor in Florida can be trusted. They’ll either prescribe you life-threatening levels of HGTV or force you to sit in a chamber of farts with an asshole New Yorker. But Dave has a passive-aggres...
    • WSE89 Dave Spoils Hereditary - Duration: 35 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      Dave sees and spoils the movie Hereditary for everyone. So if you haven't seen it and still plan to, steer clear of this episode. Really, you shouldn't be listening to any of these unless you're wo...
    • WSE88 The Toxic Avenger - Duration: 30 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      Dave teaches us about the finer details of ASMR and video game spectating. We then plot with strategic precision to expose our kids to The Toxic Avenger.
    • WSE87 The One We Didn't Delete - Duration: 19 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      This is the episode we didn't delete. In retrospect, we probably should have deleted this one too. Dave’s family prevents him from ranting about a particular text message, forcing us to buckle down...
    • WSE86 Dave's Racist Neighbor - Duration: 27 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      Sean has nightmares about Tommy Wiseau joining Sterling & Stone, and Dave has an awkward encounter with his racist neighbor.
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