Rank #1: How to Write a Great Scene
May 16 2019
Rank #2: The 5 Commandments of Storytelling (Revisited)
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
Rank #3: 15 Most Important Scenes
Shawn walks Tim through the 15 most important scenes he has to figure out for his novel.
May 17 2018
Rank #4: Hero's Journey Archetypes - Part 1
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
Rank #6: Mastering Nonfiction
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
Rank #7: How to Spreadsheet Your Novel
The spreadsheet is a central tool of Story Grid. Shawn walks Tim through how to use it and answers some of his questions.
Nov 15 2018
Rank #8: Diving deep into genre
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
Rank #9: How to plot and outline your story
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.
Mar 09 2016
Rank #10: There are only 6 stories
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.
Aug 11 2016
Rank #11: Creating Believable Characters
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
Rank #12: Editor's 6 Core Questions - Part 1
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
Rank #13: What Does the Villain Want?
Oct 06 2017
Rank #14: Special Guest: Steven Pressfield - Part 1
Jun 16 2016
Rank #15: How to Write a Great Villain
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
Rank #16: How does Stephen King write?
Nov 04 2015
Rank #18: Getting the Value Shifts Right
A huge part that makes a scene work is the value shifts. They have to work in the scene, the global genre, the internal genre, etc. Shawn walks Tim through how to think about this with his Turning Point Scene of the Middle Build.
Jun 21 2018
Rank #19: Character Trumps Plotting
Feb 09 2017
Rank #20: Building Your Novel's World
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