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A notebook for turning your ideas into stories.
A notebook for turning your ideas into stories.
A notebook for turning your ideas into stories.
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What is the Storyclock Notebook?

The Storyclock Notebook is a notebook designed for turning your ideas into stories.

The Storyclock Notebook
The Storyclock Notebook

I’m Seth Worley. I’m a Los Angeles-based writer and director of online shorts (like Old/New, Real Gone and Plot Device) and branded content for clients like Bad Robot and Red Giant. I created the Storyclock Notebook as a research and development tool for writers like me.

Ooh Aah, That's How It Always Starts

In my experience, I've found that the second best part of writing is the beginning (the first best is finishing), when inspiration strikes and it feels like someone is beaming the story to your brain from an alternate dimension.

You're not so much making it up as transcribing it, relaying it. Your ideas at this point are like tribbles, growing and growing off of each other.

...Until they're not.

The transmission eventually stops, and you're left with a pile of disjointed and half-baked ideas. And now it's up to you to turn them into a story.

Now just turn this mess into a story. No bigs.
Now just turn this mess into a story. No bigs.

Cut to: the Storyclock Notebook.

Picture Your Story Like a Clock

The Storyclock Notebook utilizes the simple method of visualizing your story like a clock.
The Storyclock Notebook utilizes the simple method of visualizing your story like a clock.

Seeing your story this way can quickly give you a bird's eye view of it, and reveal where your gaps are.

There's a gap.
There's a gap.

And rather than filling these gaps by making stuff up and dropping in ideas from the outside, you can extract ideas from what you already have -- using symmetry.

What’s happening on the opposite sides of the clock? Anything you can set up or pay off?
What’s happening on the opposite sides of the clock? Anything you can set up or pay off?

It's a simple and effective exercise to fill the gaps in your story with relevant and meaningful material, born from what you already have.

This doesn't mean Lawrence Kasdan wrote Raiders with a story clock, but it demonstrates that good stories have a "rhythm and rhyme."
This doesn't mean Lawrence Kasdan wrote Raiders with a story clock, but it demonstrates that good stories have a "rhythm and rhyme."

A Research + Development Tool

Think of the Storyclock Notebook as a research and development tool. The first half of the book is devoted to studying and analyzing existing stories, with the second half devoted to developing your own. 

This is a Development page. The left is where you dump your brain, and the right is an empty clock to start laying out your ideas in a narrative structure, and start filling out your story.
This is a Development page. The left is where you dump your brain, and the right is an empty clock to start laying out your ideas in a narrative structure, and start filling out your story.

  

This is a Research page. Sometimes it helps to rip off-- er-- STUDY the choices of other writers, so we've devoted the first half of the book for clocking existing stories.
This is a Research page. Sometimes it helps to rip off-- er-- STUDY the choices of other writers, so we've devoted the first half of the book for clocking existing stories.

 Purpose-Built for All Kinds of Stories

We designed the Storyclock Notebook for screenwriters, but it works for other storytelling mediums, too!

It's not just for screenwriters!
It's not just for screenwriters!

Built-in Resources

On the inside covers we’ve put a bunch of storytelling resources to serve you in your quest.

Nerd stuff!
Nerd stuff!

 

A general story structure guide and list of archetypes inspired by much smarter people like Joseph Campbell, Blake Snyder, and basically everyone at Pixar.
A general story structure guide and list of archetypes inspired by much smarter people like Joseph Campbell, Blake Snyder, and basically everyone at Pixar.

 

A page/time converter that comes in handy far more often than you'd expect.
A page/time converter that comes in handy far more often than you'd expect.

The Design

The Storyclock Notebook was designed to be both practical and creatively inspiring, a tool for perspiration and inspiration. Something that makes you WANT a reason to use it. For this we ended up leaning on old industrial handbooks and research logs to find the look and feel.

The touch... the feel... of industry!
The touch... the feel... of industry!

There are 12 Research Logs and 12 Development Logs, a couple pages in the back for miscellaneous notes, and a table of contents page in the front for easy referencing and filing of your endless ideas and research.

Printing the Notebooks

Guten Co. letterpresses all of our covers in San Antonio, TX, where the Earth's gravitational pull is optimal for letterpressing journal covers.
Guten Co. letterpresses all of our covers in San Antonio, TX, where the Earth's gravitational pull is optimal for letterpressing journal covers.

Our friends at Guten Co. will be letterpressing the covers of the notebooks at their studio in San Antonio, TX.

Guten Co. was indispensable in the development of the Storyclock Notebook, helping us source materials and finish proofs so we could field test it and get as close to the finished product as possible before revealing it to the world.

If you’re looking to letterpress anything (i.e. business cards, invitations, posters that say WANTED in huge letters) or want some sweet handmade ceramic goods (seriously, come on), check out Guten Co!

Because the binding process is tedious to do by hand, we will print the interiors and bind the notebooks together at a larger company in Nashville, TN, where we will also pack + ship them out to our backers.

Specs

5.5x7” Finished Trim Size; 52 Pages
Cover: Neenah Environment “Weathered” 110# Cover
Interior Pages: 80# Cougar Text - Natural

Who's Responsible?

The Storyclock Notebook was created by me (Seth Worley), designed by Micah Lanier, and produced by Anne Fogerty.

Teamwork!
Teamwork!

Why Kickstarter?

Just gimme it.
Just gimme it.

Well firstly, I really want this notebook. We’ve had a small number of proofs printed over the course of developing this, and I’ve ended up using it to write 2 feature-length screenplays, a tv pilot, 3 inspirational talks, 2 company presentations, and a wedding toast. Oh and a Kickstarter video.

Maybe? Maybe?
Maybe? Maybe?

I feel like other people could benefit from this as much as I have, and Kickstarter is a great way to find out how right or wrong I am about that. After being involved in other friends’ campaigns and backing several projects over the years, I’ve been able to see and experience firsthand the unique benefits Kickstarter has over traditional development routes - the biggest being YOU. By releasing the storyclock notebook on Kickstarter, I’m able to get your feedback and input before we ever print it, ensuring that by the time it makes it to your hand, it’ll be the best possible version of itself.

Extra Extras!

Along with the notebook, we'll be offering extra awesome tools and resources in higher tiers to help you on your story quest, including:

  • Video Tutorial - A short video from Seth to help you make the most of the notebook.
  • Writing 101 Pack ($55 Value) - 11 videos from Seth walking through the basics of story structure, character, theme, and a comprehensive walk-through of outlining a story in the form of a clock.
  • Writing 201 Pack ($60 Value, Pre-Release) - The highly-anticipated sequel to the Writing 101 pack, not-yet-released!
  • Skype with Seth (Pricelesssss) - Get 30 minutes of Seth's time to talk about whatever you want.*

*Mostly to talk about stories. Keep it PG (maybe PG-13 because Seth acts like a 13-year-old [not really (ok yeah kind of really)]).

What Do I Get?

We've got several reward tiers to cater to your personal (notebook-related) desires:

Where is my money going?

Since we’ve already done most of the development of this notebook (believe it or not we’ve been working on it for two years), your contribution will go towards:

  • Notebooks - letter-pressing the covers in Texas, printing the interiors in Nashville, and binding the books in Nashville as well (because these are physical goods, every notebook purchased adds extra cost).
  • Reimbursement for Development Costs - We’ve already spent money to get this off the ground (illustration costs, fonts, proofs, etc) and so this will help pay people for the work they’ve done.
  • Fees - Kickstarter is awesome and because it costs money for them to operate we’ll owe them some money. And also credit card fees. We factored all of this into our goal amount.

We chose $12,500 because we think that number will help us at least hit breakeven on the cost to produce these notebooks. If we bring in “extra” money - which depends on how many backers we have for each tier, we hope to include some fun surprise flavor for you when you receive your notebooks.

Where you at?

You can follow us on Instagram at @StoryclockNotebook, or follow me on Twitter at @awakeland3d.

Risks and challenges

We've spent a couple of years developing this notebook, and we're super excited to be sending it out into the world. At this point, as weird as it sounds, the biggest risk and challenge to us is not meeting our goal. If we don't meet our goal, these notebooks will not see the light of day (other than the 10 proofs that we printed). We're asking you to help us by backing the project and/or telling your friends about it!

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