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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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542 Ratings
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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

542 Ratings
Average Ratings
510
19
8
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
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Story Grid Podcast

Latest release on Jan 23, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: Writing an Action Sequence

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Tim took at a crack at writing a fast paced action sequence that allows moves his story forward. Shawn walks him through the ins and outs and what to do next.

Aug 09 2018

49mins

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Rank #7: What Does the Villain Want?

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As Tim finished up the Beginning Hook and enters the Middle Build, a very important question comes to light.

Download Tim's Beginning Hook.

Oct 06 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: Creating a Story Grid - Part 1

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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

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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: NaNoWriMo and Story Grid

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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

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Rank #17: Diving deep into genre

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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

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Rank #18: Go Back to the Genre

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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

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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: There are only 6 stories

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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

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How to Analyze a Scene

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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

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What is a Contender Guide?

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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

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Story Grid Guild

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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

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Story Grid Publishing

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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

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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

55mins

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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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iTunes Ratings

542 Ratings
Average Ratings
510
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
Read more
Amazing writing advice with tons of examples! Very detailed