How to Write a Great Love Story
Part 2 on the love story genre. Shawn and Tim dive into the genre conventions, obligatory scenes, and how you can write a great love story.
20 Oct 2016
What is the Theme of your Story?
What is your theme or controlling idea, and how does it help you tell a better story? Tim and Shawn also discuss how to avoid getting caught in analysis-paralysis and how to build your world the right way.
17 Mar 2016
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.
14 Dec 2017
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.
19 Oct 2017
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The Mathematics of Storytelling
Story Grid Math. How many scenes, words, turns does your book need? Also discussed is the 5 commandments of storytelling and Tim's attempt at a rewrite. Click here to read Tim's scene rewrite.
2 Dec 2015
How not to waste 100k words
How does The Martian work with The Story Grid? Plus, we discuss how to make sure your story is good before writing 100k words and the difference between Internal and External genre.
11 Nov 2015
How to Write a Great Scene
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
16 May 2019
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.
31 Oct 2019
How to Story Grid a Book
Talking about Story Grid is one thing, putting it into practice is quite another. Tim struggles with applying Story Grid to Harry Potter. In addition, specificity, ins and outs of publishing, and more. Click here to view Tim's Story Grid of Harry Potter.
24 Feb 2016
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.
12 Oct 2017
15 Most Important Scenes
Shawn walks Tim through the 15 most important scenes he has to figure out for his novel.
17 May 2018
Micro to Macro: Editing Your First Draft
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.
18 May 2017
The Hero's Journey - Archetypes
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.
15 Jun 2017
Character Trumps Plotting
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.
9 Feb 2017
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.
30 Nov 2017
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.
4 Jan 2019
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. Data Mining Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling Click here to download Tim's Scene Two.
11 Aug 2016
Creating a Story Grid - Part 1
The next step in editing Tim's first draft is to create a Story Grid Graph. See Tim's Story Grid Spreadsheet here.
29 Jun 2017
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.
6 Sep 2018
Back to the 5 Commandments of Storytelling
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.
5 Jan 2017