Rank #1: Deep Dive Into Tim's 15 Scenes (Part 1)
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
Rank #2: Creating Believable Characters
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
Rank #3: Chaos vs Order
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
Rank #4: How to Write a Great Scene
May 16 2019
Rank #5: Writing an Action Sequence
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
Rank #6: 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.
Dec 07 2017
Rank #7: What Does the Villain Want?
Oct 06 2017
Rank #8: 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.
Oct 19 2017
Rank #9: Micro to Macro: Editing Your First Draft
May 18 2017
Rank #11: Diving deep into genre
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
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.
Jan 04 2019
Rank #13: Running Down a Dream
Jul 05 2018
Rank #14: The Race to the Finish
Apr 13 2017
Rank #15: Q&A - Part 1
A Q&A with Shawn Coyne. Tim took questions from Twitter and Facebook and spends an hour going through them with Shawn.
- 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
Rank #16: 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.
Dec 14 2017
Rank #18: The Math of Storytelling
Shawn walks through how taking time to look at math can help you structure your story.
Apr 04 2019
Rank #19: 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.
Mar 09 2016