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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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Lots of examples

By Sonicdashisalotoffun - Nov 08 2019
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Amazing writing advice with tons of examples! Very detailed

Best practical writing advice!

By SeventhSarah - Nov 02 2019
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I have learned so much and enjoyed every minute along the way. This podcast was exactly what I’ve been looking for to take my writing to the next level!

iTunes Ratings

529 Ratings
Average Ratings
498
18
8
3
2

Lots of examples

By Sonicdashisalotoffun - Nov 08 2019
Read more
Amazing writing advice with tons of examples! Very detailed

Best practical writing advice!

By SeventhSarah - Nov 02 2019
Read more
I have learned so much and enjoyed every minute along the way. This podcast was exactly what I’ve been looking for to take my writing to the next level!
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Story Grid Podcast

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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: Deep Dive Into Tim's 15 Scenes (Part 1)

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Tim did his homework by planning out the 15 most important scenes of his book. Shawn starts working through them with him.

May 31 2018

48mins

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Rank #2: 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 #3: Chaos vs Order

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What is the overarching engine running every story? Shawn uses Tim's latest scene to step into this question and share some of his latest research.

Jul 27 2018

53mins

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #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: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: Running Down a Dream

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Tim's new book Running Down a Dream is coming out next week and he discusses with Shawn what is has been like to write the book.

Running Down a Dream

Jul 05 2018

52mins

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Rank #14: The Race to the Finish

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Tim and Shawn talk through the Ending Payoff, steadily working to the end of the book.

Click here to download Tim's scenes.

Apr 13 2017

38mins

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Rank #15: Q&A - Part 1

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A Q&A with Shawn Coyne. Tim took questions from Twitter and Facebook and spends an hour going through them with Shawn.

Questions asked:

  • Can you tell us how making a story with multiple protagonists works with the hero's journey? Like in Game of Thrones?
  • In a love story, does the All Is Lost scene necessarily have to the be Lovers Break Up scene?
  • Global Value Shifts: In The Story Grid, you give two core values per internal and external genre. For example, the core values for thrillers life/death, and for maturation it's naivete/worldiness. However, when we actually start to plot our stories, the move from one value to another is gradual. That is the value shift moves from life to unconsciousness to death to damnation (THRILLER) and naivete masked as sophistication to naivete to cognitive dissonance to sophistication (MATURATION). Is this value progression consistent within a genre? That is, do all thrillers follow the same progression as Silence of the Lambs, or is it only the life/death that is consistent. Likewise, would all maturation plots follow the progression you outline for Pride & Prejudice, or is it only naivete/worldiness that is consistent?
  • I would love to Shawn to explain the difference between the Worldview sub-genres, and the subtleties between what makes one maturation vs education for example. So often a character learns something, some lesson or comes to greater understanding about a truth but I have trouble differentiating if it's a maturation vs education vs revelation. Kramer vs Kramer for example...is this an education plot?
  • How evenly would you space the K-Ross points through a story? Does it even matter? Or are they just guidelines for the emotional arc?

Sep 01 2017

53mins

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Rank #16: 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 #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: The Math of Storytelling

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Shawn walks through how taking time to look at math can help you structure your story.

Apr 04 2019

49mins

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Rank #19: 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 #20: 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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