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Click here to Subscribe in iTunes.Helping you become a better writer.Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 25+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.More at www.StoryGrid.com.

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Click here to Subscribe in iTunes.Helping you become a better writer.Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 25+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.More at www.StoryGrid.com.

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Great resource

By MarcusTabs - Nov 23 2019
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Just started listening, enjoying it very much! Good insights.

Lots of examples

By Sonicdashisalotoffun - Nov 08 2019
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Amazing writing advice with tons of examples! Very detailed

iTunes Ratings

533 Ratings
Average Ratings
501
19
8
3
2

Great resource

By MarcusTabs - Nov 23 2019
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Just started listening, enjoying it very much! Good insights.

Lots of examples

By Sonicdashisalotoffun - Nov 08 2019
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Amazing writing advice with tons of examples! Very detailed

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Story Grid Podcast

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Click here to Subscribe in iTunes.Helping you become a better writer.Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 25+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.More at www.StoryGrid.com.

15 Most Important Scenes

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Shawn walks Tim through the 15 most important scenes he has to figure out for his novel.

May 17 2018

49mins

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The 5 Commandments of Storytelling (Revisited)

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There are 5 Commandments for Storytelling that must apply to every part of your story. Shawn and Tim dive back into these fundamental ideas.

Dec 07 2017

46mins

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Building Your Novel's World

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If you've struggled with building a believable, cohesive world for your novel, then this is the episode for you. Also, Tim's goes on a rant about the show Altered Carbon.

Feb 15 2018

57mins

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What does Shawn think?

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Now that Shawn has read Tim's manuscript, he's handing down the verdict. Is it ready for primetime?

Apr 19 2018

47mins

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How to Write a Great Scene

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Shawn shares about a new project at Story Grid headquarters that will help teach the micro level of storytelling to writers. See more at storygrid.com/ground

May 16 2019

36mins

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How to Write a Great Villain

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What is the nature of evil and how do you make that into an unforgettable villain in your stories? Shawn and Tim dive into this topic.

Sep 06 2018

43mins

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Restarting an Old Project

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Tim is struggling with stepping back into his fiction book now that he's taken a few months off to finish his non-fiction book. Shawn walks him through how to do it. Plus, a special announcement!

Click here to see more information on the Level Up Your Craft Summer Semester.

May 10 2018

49mins

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Finding My Why

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Shawn continues to push Tim to find the true "why" behind his non-fiction book.

Download Tim's intro and first set of chapters from Running Down a Dream.

Mar 01 2018

55mins

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Editor's 6 Core Questions - Part 1

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There are six questions that can guide your writing from the beginning through drafting and editing your manuscript. Shawn walks you through each one.

Dec 14 2017

47mins

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Micro to Macro: Editing Your First Draft

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Once you have filled out the Story Grid spreadsheet for your first draft, what do you next?

Click here to see the spreadsheet and foolscap as Tim works on it.

May 18 2017

55mins

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Special Guest: Steven Pressfield

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Steven Pressfield joins and Shawn and Tim to discuss his new book THE ARTIST'S JOURNEY along with Tim's new book RUNNING DOWN A DREAM.

Jul 11 2018

47mins

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Villains and Inciting Incidents

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Who drives the story? This is a harder question to answer than you think. Shawn and Tim dive deep in this question.

Steven Pressfield's The Spine of the Story

Shawn and Tim's Emails

  1. Tim's story outline he sent to Shawn to look over.
  2. Shawn's response.
  3. Tim sent Shawn his short story in the Tales from Pennsylvania anthology.
  4. Shawn's response.

Jul 21 2016

55mins

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The Hero's Journey - Archetypes

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Shawn and Tim dive into the Hero's Journey as a tool to evaluate the first draft.

The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler

Short version of Vogler's book.

Jun 15 2017

53mins

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Creating Believable Characters

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How do you create the right cast of characters for your story and make them believable? Shawn walks Tim through a framework to do this correctly.

Oct 04 2018

40mins

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Special Guest: Steven Pressfield - Part 1

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Learn how to fight Resistance and launch your writing career with the amazing Steven Pressfield.

Check out his new book No One Wants to Read Your Shit.

Jun 16 2016

50mins

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Character Trumps Plotting

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As Shawn and Tim continue discussing the Middle Build and driving the story with characters or plotting.

Click here to download Tim's scenes from this episode.

Feb 09 2017

1hr 3mins

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Calibrating Your Scenes

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How do you get the stakes and tone of your scene right? As Tim begins to understand how to write a better scene, he struggles with going to far. Shawn works with him on how to write a great opening scene that doesn't go too far.

Here are the scenes Tim and Shawn discuss:

Jul 28 2016

55mins

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How to plot and outline your story

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As Tim begins to plot and outline his story, he gets Shawn's input on exactly how to do it. This process is filled with potential time wasters and distractions, and Shawn helps Tim avoid them.

Discussed is how to name characters, when to worry about the length of the outline, and other common pitfalls.

Download Tim's initial Foolscap Global Story Grid worksheet.

Download the first draft of Tim's outline for the first 17 scenes.

Mar 09 2016

51mins

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The Hero's Journey - Moments

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Shawn and Tim continue discussing the Hero's Journey as a tool to evaluate the first draft.

The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler

Short version of Vogler's book.

Jun 22 2017

59mins

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Hero's Journey Archetypes - Part 1

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The sprint is on to finish The Threshing. This week Shawn and Tim begin working through the Archetypes of the Hero's Journey.

Jan 04 2019

47mins

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What is wrong with publishing?

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When it came time to start thinking about the publishing of The Threshing, Shawn and Tim were faced with a dilemma. There didn't seem to be a good option.

Nov 28 2019

40mins

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Making Big Idea Nonfiction Work

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In this final episode on Big Idea Nonfiction, Shawn continues sharing how to write a big idea nonfiction book that works.

Nov 14 2019

44mins

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The Must-Haves of Big Idea Nonfiction

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How do you apply the principles of storytelling to nonfiction? What lessons have you learned from Sesame Street that will help you be a better nonfiction writer? Tune in to find out!

Nov 08 2019

42mins

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Breaking Down the Big Idea

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What makes a Big Idea book stand apart from the rest? Shawn walks through all of the pieces that go into a Big Idea Nonfiction book that will stand the test of time.

Oct 31 2019

32mins

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Mastering Nonfiction

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Tim is back with Shawn and they're talking nonfiction and Story Grid. What are the sub-genres of nonfiction? How do you apply the tools of Story Grid to nonfiction? They cover this and a lot more.

Oct 24 2019

43mins

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Lifting Off For Planet Performance

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In Episode 10, they conclude that the experiment has been a success. Anne submits her first rough draft, Shawn blesses it, says it’s shaping up to be a fresh and original story in its own right, and gives an inspiring look into what’s next in the Story Grid Universe.

Aug 15 2019

50mins

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Live in the Process, Not for the Result

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In Episode 9 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne turns in a new prologue representing her new POV narrative device, and a few new scenes leading into the middle build. Is the story getting too long? Shawn says it doesn’t matter, and he gives an inspiring talk about the importance for writers of living within the process, rather than for the result.

Aug 08 2019

42mins

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Talent, Inspiration and Blue Collar Work

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In Episode 8 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne has a bit of a crisis: though she’s found a way to meet the demands of the experiment, the resulting story idea feels lifeless. Is she building a franken-story from someone else’s parts? How will she give it life? In response, Shawn delivers a rousing talk on talent, inspiration, and the blue-collar work that holds Resistance at bay.

Aug 01 2019

52mins

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Anne's First Scenes

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In Episode 7 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne submits her first two scenes of “Danebury Hill,” her Regency-era take on the beat structure of Brokeback Mountain. Shawn reads them out and gives some advice on point of view and narrative device, particularly why it’s okay to use an omniscient narrator who can go into everyone’s head.

Jul 25 2019

53mins

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Completing the Micro Analysis

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In Episode 6 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne completes her analysis of micro beats and scene types in Brokeback Mountain, and she and Shawn consider the power of individual word choices in structuring such a lean short novella.

Jul 18 2019

48mins

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Editor View vs Writer View

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In Episode 5 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne continues finding micro beats and scene types in Brokeback Mountain’s middle build, and learns the difference between the Editor’s view of a story and the Writer’s view. Shawn tells her, “Just be inspired as opposed to being literally crazed about making sure you get everything perfect.”

Jul 11 2019

45mins

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Micro Beats and Hidden Story Meanings

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In Episode 4 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne splits atoms, finding eight micro beats to Shawn’s single beat in the prologue to Brokeback Mountain, and learns just how perfectly Annie Proulx’s lean, precise word choices deliver plot, theme, exposition, symbolism and subtext all at the same time.

Jul 04 2019

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Brokeback Mountain: Defining the Characters

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In Episode 3 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne and Shawn define some Regency-era analogs for the Wyoming cowboys of Brokeback Mountain, and step into some controversial territory about appropriate representation of underrepresented groups.

Jun 27 2019

51mins

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Brokeback Mountain: The Foolscap

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In Episode 2 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne and Shawn review the Editor’s Six Core Questions and use the answers to complete the Global Foolscap worksheet for Brokeback Mountain, laying the groundwork for Anne’s Regency-era novella.

Jun 20 2019

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Launching the Masterwork Experiment

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Welcome to the Story Grid Masterwork Experiment!

In this ten-episode summer series, Shawn Coyne and author Anne Hawley are breaking a great masterwork down to the beat level to find out whether an experienced writer can create a new and original story from exactly the same building blocks.

Episode 1 of the Masterwork Experiment introduces the masterwork and lays out the experimental protocol. Will Anne write something new and fresh? Or will she wind up with a hackneyed copy of a beloved novella? Join us to find out.

Jun 13 2019

41mins

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2nd Guessing Your Writing

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Ever struggle in wondering if your writing is good enough? Shawn walks Tim through this with his book.

May 23 2019

31mins

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How to Write a Great Scene

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Shawn shares about a new project at Story Grid headquarters that will help teach the micro level of storytelling to writers. See more at storygrid.com/ground

May 16 2019

36mins

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Why Can't I Finish My Book?

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Weeks have passed since Tim has worked on his novel so he finally admits this to Shawn and asks for advice.

May 02 2019

32mins

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5 Commandments and Pheres

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Shawn and Tim continue walking through the fundamentals of Story Grid and how the new idea of Pheres applies to the 5 Commandments of Story telling.

Apr 25 2019

38mins

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The Atomic Theory of Storytelling

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This episodes twists and turns from emotion in storytelling to dissecting the hydrogen atom. It's a great episode and will make you look at your story in a new, fresh way.

Apr 12 2019

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