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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

547 Ratings
Average Ratings
514
20
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

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 6 days ago

Rank #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: How to Spreadsheet Your Novel

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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

54mins

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Rank #8: 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

1hr 5mins

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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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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Rank #15: 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 #16: How does Stephen King write?

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How does Stephen King do it? Plus, Shawn and Tim talk about flailing as a writer and how good character development is really done.

Nov 04 2015

1hr 8mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: Getting the Value Shifts Right

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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

40mins

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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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