Rank #1: Live in the Process, Not for the Result
Rank #2: Talent, Inspiration and Blue Collar Work
Rank #3: And that's what life is all about
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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Rank #4: The 5 Commandments of Storytelling (Revisited)
There are 5 Commandments for Storytelling that must apply to every part of your story. Shawn and Tim dive back into these fundamental ideas.
Rank #5: 15 Most Important Scenes
Shawn walks Tim through the 15 most important scenes he has to figure out for his novel.
Rank #6: 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.
Rank #8: 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.
Rank #9: Character Trumps Plotting
Rank #10: What Does the Villain Want?
Rank #11: 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.
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.
Rank #13: Micro to Macro: Editing Your First Draft
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.
Rank #15: How to Write a Great Scene
Rank #16: The Editor's 6 Core Questions - Part 1
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.
Rank #17: Back to the 5 Commandments of Storytelling
Rank #18: How to plot and outline your story
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.
Rank #19: Getting the Value Shifts Right
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.
Rank #20: 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.