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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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Story Grid opened up a whole new world for me

By Lesliesyk - Jun 22 2019
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I just binged all the episodes, and listening to Tim's journey on fast-forward has been eye-opening. I grew up believing that since I couldn't sit down and write a great story on my first attempt, that I wasn't creative. That I wasn't born with the ability to write fiction. Now I know beyond a doubt that I can do it if I really want to. It will just be really, really hard, and I'll want to quit along the way. But listening to Shawn mold Tim into a solid writer, and listening to him talk Tim off the ledge several times, has given me the confidence that I can use the Story Grid resources and write my own fiction (with the help of a Story Grid editor!). So thanks!

Shawn Coyne & Anne Hawley opened my eyes

By hdkxenss - Jun 21 2019
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I’ve read Shawn’s book, The Story Grid: What Good Editors know. It was educational and a little overwhelming. However, the Masterwork Experiment episodes of this podcast are like having Shawn and Anne sit with me at my kitchen table and help me understand story. They’re thorough but not pedantic. Coyne is the seasoned editor (Coyne’s publishing career is legendary), Hawley is the seasoned author. They are smart, kind, insightful, wonderful teachers and a fabulous team. This is podcast gold.

iTunes Ratings

499 Ratings
Average Ratings
473
16
8
1
1

Story Grid opened up a whole new world for me

By Lesliesyk - Jun 22 2019
Read more
I just binged all the episodes, and listening to Tim's journey on fast-forward has been eye-opening. I grew up believing that since I couldn't sit down and write a great story on my first attempt, that I wasn't creative. That I wasn't born with the ability to write fiction. Now I know beyond a doubt that I can do it if I really want to. It will just be really, really hard, and I'll want to quit along the way. But listening to Shawn mold Tim into a solid writer, and listening to him talk Tim off the ledge several times, has given me the confidence that I can use the Story Grid resources and write my own fiction (with the help of a Story Grid editor!). So thanks!

Shawn Coyne & Anne Hawley opened my eyes

By hdkxenss - Jun 21 2019
Read more
I’ve read Shawn’s book, The Story Grid: What Good Editors know. It was educational and a little overwhelming. However, the Masterwork Experiment episodes of this podcast are like having Shawn and Anne sit with me at my kitchen table and help me understand story. They’re thorough but not pedantic. Coyne is the seasoned editor (Coyne’s publishing career is legendary), Hawley is the seasoned author. They are smart, kind, insightful, wonderful teachers and a fabulous team. This is podcast gold.
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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: Live in the Process, Not for the Result

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In Episode 9 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne turns in a new prologue representing her new POV narrative device, and a few new scenes leading into the middle build. Is the story getting too long? Shawn says it doesn’t matter, and he gives an inspiring talk about the importance for writers of living within the process, rather than for the result.
Aug 08 2019
42 mins
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Rank #2: Talent, Inspiration and Blue Collar Work

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In Episode 8 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne has a bit of a crisis: though she’s found a way to meet the demands of the experiment, the resulting story idea feels lifeless. Is she building a franken-story from someone else’s parts? How will she give it life? In response, Shawn delivers a rousing talk on talent, inspiration, and the blue-collar work that holds Resistance at bay.
Aug 01 2019
52 mins
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Rank #3: And that's what life is all about

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How can you become a better writer? Join Shawn Coyne, a bestselling editor with 25+ years experience, and Tim Grahl as they dive into the craft of story telling.

In this episode we discuss how publishing works and what an editor does, along with what the Story Grid is and how it can make you a better writer.

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Oct 14 2015
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #4: 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
46 mins
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Rank #5: 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
49 mins
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Rank #6: 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
43 mins
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Rank #7: 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
53 mins
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Rank #8: How to Write a Great Love Story

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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.

Oct 20 2016
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #9: 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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #10: 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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #11: 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
47 mins
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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
47 mins
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Rank #13: 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
55 mins
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Rank #14: 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
55 mins
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Rank #15: 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
36 mins
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Rank #16: The Editor's 6 Core Questions - Part 1

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The Editor's 6 Core Questions is the first tool in the arsenal of how to evaluate a manuscript. Shawn walks Tim through the first 3 questions.

Feb 22 2019
45 mins
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Rank #17: Back to the 5 Commandments of Storytelling

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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.

Jan 05 2017
54 mins
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Rank #18: 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
51 mins
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Rank #19: 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
40 mins
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Rank #20: Go Back to the Genre

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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
55 mins
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