Cover image of Story Grid Podcast
(567)

Rank #154 in Books category

Arts
Education
Books

Story Grid Podcast

Updated 2 months ago

Rank #154 in Books category

Arts
Education
Books
Read more

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.

Read more

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.

iTunes Ratings

567 Ratings
Average Ratings
528
24
10
3
2

Great resource

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

Lots of examples

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

iTunes Ratings

567 Ratings
Average Ratings
528
24
10
3
2

Great resource

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

Lots of examples

By Sonicdashisalotoffun - Nov 08 2019
Read more
Amazing writing advice with tons of examples! Very detailed
Cover image of Story Grid Podcast

Story Grid Podcast

Latest release on Aug 14, 2020

Read more

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.

Rank #1: Editor's 6 Core Questions - Part 1

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #2: NaNoWriMo and Story Grid

Podcast cover
Read more

Are you doing NaNoWriMo next month? If so, you should be getting ready NOW. Shawn walks you through how to use the Story Grid to prepare for writing an entire novel in one month.

Oct 19 2017

55mins

Play

Rank #3: How to Write a Great Scene

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #4: Breaking Down the Big Idea

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #5: Go Back to the Genre

Podcast cover
Read more

When you get stuck or lost in your story, how do you find your way? Shawn and Tim discuss this as a follow up to last week's episode.

Oct 12 2017

55mins

Play

Rank #6: 15 Most Important Scenes

Podcast cover
Read more

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

May 17 2018

49mins

Play

Rank #7: Micro to Macro: Editing Your First Draft

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #8: The Hero's Journey - Archetypes

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #9: Character Trumps Plotting

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #10: Myths of Publishing

Podcast cover
Read more

There are a lot of commonly held myths about publishing that often derail writers. Shawn and Tim bring their unique perspective to what writers should know about the publishing world and how it really works.

Nov 30 2017

46mins

Play

Rank #11: Hero's Journey Archetypes - Part 1

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #12: Diving deep into genre

Podcast cover
Read more

Shawn and Tim dive deeper into genre and how to find the best internal and external conflicts. Along the way they discuss the hero's journey, love stories, and a woman from the sea.

Oct 28 2015

1hr 5mins

Play

Rank #13: There are only 6 stories

Podcast cover
Read more

New research shows there are only 6 stories that every book is based on. Shawn and Tim discuss the implications of this and how it applies to Tim's story.

Data Mining Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling

Click here to download Tim's Scene Two.

Aug 11 2016

55mins

Play

Rank #14: Creating a Story Grid - Part 1

Podcast cover
Read more

The next step in editing Tim's first draft is to create a Story Grid Graph.

See Tim's Story Grid Spreadsheet here.

Jun 29 2017

59mins

Play

Rank #15: How to Write a Great Villain

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #16: Back to the 5 Commandments of Storytelling

Podcast cover
Read more

You have a scene that's not working, but you can't figure out why. What do you do? Shawn takes Tim back to the 5 Commandments of Storytelling.

Click here to read Tim's Scenes 17-20.

Jan 05 2017

54mins

Play

Rank #17: Creating Believable Characters

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #18: Rework or Keep Writing?

Podcast cover
Read more

We all hit those times where we don't know whether to rework what we've written or keeping pushing forward. Shawn talks Tim through this decision.

Nov 16 2017

51mins

Play

Rank #19: How to plot and outline your story

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #20: How to Start a New Novel

Podcast cover
Read more

Now that The Threshing is done and (almost) published, Tim is ready to start his next book! What are the first steps down this path? How can Story Grid help him plan correctly? Shawn walks him through this in this week's episode.

Click here to download Tim's new Foolscap.

Jan 30 2020

51mins

Play

Intro - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Masterwork Analysis

Podcast cover
Read more

In this new series from Story Grid, we are analyzing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum. Join us as we go chapter by chapter through this masterwork.

For more on the Hero's Journey training, visit https://storygrid.com/hero.

Aug 14 2020

10mins

Play

Multiple Storylines in One Book

Podcast cover
Read more

How do you write a story with multiple story lines? Shawn walks Tim how this will work with his next book.

Apr 10 2020

39mins

Play

Scene 1, Book 2

Podcast cover
Read more

Tim has finished the first scene of Book 2 in The Threshing series and gets Shawn's feedback.

Apr 02 2020

40mins

Play

Phere and COVID-19

Podcast cover
Read more

With the pandemic still sweeping the globe, Shawn and I discuss how fear can take over in these situations and what we can do in our lives and our writing.

Mar 26 2020

51mins

Play

Systems and Chaos in Your Novel

Podcast cover
Read more

How do you apply the idea of systems and chaos to planning a novel? Shawn walks Tim through this concept as he works on book 2 in his series.

Mar 19 2020

51mins

Play

Planning Book 2 in a Trilogy

Podcast cover
Read more

The middle build is the hardest part of the book and book two in a trilogy is a whole book dedicated to the middle build! How do you know where to start and build the story? Shawn walks Tim through these initial ideas and decisions to make along the way.

Mar 05 2020

52mins

Play

Which book should I write?

Podcast cover
Read more

We only have so much time and energy to dedicate to our writing. When you are stuck between working on two different projects, how do you pick which one is the right choice? Shawn walks Tim through this difficult decision.

Feb 20 2020

1hr

Play

Planning the Hero, Victim, and Villain

Podcast cover
Read more

As Tim continues down the path of working on his new novel, Shawn encourages him to take the time to 1) look at the masterworks of his chosen genre and 2) spend sometime thinking about the hero / victim / villain interactions throughout his story. 

Download Tim's scenes from this week.

Feb 13 2020

48mins

Play

Introducing: Story Grid Showrunners Podcast

Podcast cover
Read more

This is big! Three of our Story Grid Certified Editors have teamed up to start the Story Grid Showrunners podcast. If you've ever been interested in how Story Grid can be used with television and episodic series, you'll want to have a listen.

Feb 06 2020

52mins

Play

How to Start a New Novel

Podcast cover
Read more

Now that The Threshing is done and (almost) published, Tim is ready to start his next book! What are the first steps down this path? How can Story Grid help him plan correctly? Shawn walks him through this in this week's episode.

Click here to download Tim's new Foolscap.

Jan 30 2020

51mins

Play

How to Analyze a Scene

Podcast cover
Read more

Continuing the discussion around writing a Contender Guide to a Story Grid Publishing novel, Shawn walks Tim through his mistakes and how to level up his analyzation of his own writing.

Jan 23 2020

33mins

Play

What is a Contender Guide?

Podcast cover
Read more

How do you analyze a novel to learn from it? This is a big part of Story Grid and our new publishing house. Tim and Shawn discuss Contender Guides -- what they are and why you should care.

Jan 16 2020

49mins

Play

Story Grid Guild

Podcast cover
Read more

How do you create a publishing house that isn't beholden to investors or Amazon? Shawn and Tim discuss this idea and how you can be involved! https://storygrid.com/guild

Dec 20 2019

44mins

Play

Story Grid Publishing

Podcast cover
Read more

What would it look like if Story Grid launched its own publishing house? Shawn and Tim dive into that in this week's episode.

Dec 12 2019

1hr 5mins

Play

What is wrong with publishing?

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Making Big Idea Nonfiction Work

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

The Must-Haves of Big Idea Nonfiction

Podcast cover
Read more
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

Play

Breaking Down the Big Idea

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Mastering Nonfiction

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Lifting Off For Planet Performance

Podcast cover
Read more
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

Play

iTunes Ratings

567 Ratings
Average Ratings
528
24
10
3
2

Great resource

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

Lots of examples

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