Rank #1: Multiple Storylines in One Book
How do you write a story with multiple story lines? Shawn walks Tim how this will work with his next book.
Apr 10 2020
Rank #2: 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 #3: NaNoWriMo and Story Grid
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
Rank #4: How to Write a Great Scene
May 16 2019
Rank #5: Breaking Down the Big Idea
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
Rank #6: Go Back to the Genre
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
Rank #7: 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 #8: Micro to Macro: Editing Your First Draft
May 18 2017
Rank #10: Character Trumps Plotting
Feb 09 2017
Rank #11: Myths of Publishing
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
Rank #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: Creating a Story Grid - Part 1
Jun 29 2017
Rank #16: How to Start a New Novel
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.
Jan 30 2020
Rank #17: 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 #18: Back to the 5 Commandments of Storytelling
Jan 05 2017
Rank #19: 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 #20: Rework or Keep Writing?
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