Storyist Review 2019

Brad Smith


I'm the creator of this site (Grammar Gang). I'm also the founder of Codeless, a long-form content creation company that's been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, The Next Web, and hundreds more.

We produce around ~100 long, in-depth articles each month. So we're relying on these tools on a daily basis. Here, I break down the good, bad, and uuuuuuggggllllyyyy.
Brad Smith

Storyist calls itself a “full-featured word processor” but when you take a closer look, it seems to serve mostly screenwriters and novelists.

It’s a dedicated app for Apple that works only on Mac computers, iPhone, and iPads.

It’s quite upfront about its features and equipped with almost all the aspects to become a complete screenwriting software, but does it cater to the need of general writers?

Let’s find out by going through its advantages and flaws.

Storyist Pros

#1 Story development tools

Storyist comes with two different features to ease the brainstorming process and help you script your thoughts.

It has a corkboard where you can cast your novels or screenplay using images as color-coded “index cards”.

Along with these index cards, you can also make use of “Story Sheets” which are editable forms that users can utilize to carve out their stories’ characters, plot, settings, etc.

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#2 Extensive export options

Storyist offers more than half a dozen options to export files as various formats. It supports formats like RTF, HTML, Word, TXT, Scrivener, Final Draft, Fountain, Open Office (odt), and EPub.

#3 Templates for different writing projects

Writing templates is something that lets you get going quickly and eliminates wondering. And Storyist contains templates for Novels, screenplay, and stage plays.

Didn’t find what you are looking for? No problem! You can create your own customizable templates for future reference.

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#4 Create and save previous versions of content

According to Storyst, it uses Apple’s version technology to keep the older copies of your content from time to time.

It automatically saves the previous versions of your content every time you open your project. If you want, you can perform the same task manually.

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Storyist Cons

#1 No specific arrangement for distraction-free writing

It was a big bummer for Storyist not to have any specific provision to block interruption. Unlike many other writing softwares that targets the same audience, it doesn’t have a “Full Screen” or “Focus Mode” to keep the users focused on his/her writing.

#2 Cannot Collaborate with others

While creating a project is not a big deal, sharing it with others or invite your friends to work with you on the same project is.

There’s no scope on Storyist to share projects or collaborate with another person.

#3 Not compatible with Windows and Android

As I mentioned in the beginning, Storyist is a hardcore Apple software. It only works on Mac PCs, iPhone or iPads.

It ignores the Windows and Android users altogether.

Storyist pricing plans and payment options

There are only two versions of Storyist on the internet – one is for Mac computers, and the other one is the iOS version built for, of course, iPhones and iPads.

While the iOS version is available completely gratis, the Mac version comes with a one-off price of $59.

Storyist pricing for Mac

It’s also paired with a free trial in case you’re still not sure or just want a test-drive of the service before making your purchasing decision.

Surprisingly, when I moved ahead to order the app, I found that it doesn’t process payment from your debit card.

You can either pay by your credit card, PayPal account, E-Check (ACH), or Wire Transfer. There’s no other payment option available.

Storyist payment options

Do I recommend Storyist?

Now that’s a tough one. And the answer could be both, yes and no.

First of all, it’s clear as crystal that Storyist is not for Windows and Android users. So, no explanation on that.

Now, if you own an Apple product and also happen to be an avid screenwriter or author, then there’s no harm in going for the paid Mac version. Because it’s designed to serve individuals like you.

However, if you’re a blogger or freelancer, you can first check the water by downloading the free trial version of Mac or using the Storyist app on your phone.

If it suits your need, take the next step and purchase the app forever. If not, scrap it and move on; no money lost.