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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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Solid gold information!

By LJKOIS - Sep 28 2019
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I found this podcast after enrolling in a writers group online. I’ve never written a story before and all of the information that Tim and Shawn break down is so helpful! I have since purchased the Story Grid book and know that my writing will be so much better for having learned it! Thank you for making it all available!

The Kangaroo Question

By Bob'516 - Sep 27 2019
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After listening to the first two episodes I found some interesting points being brought up. When something so patently obvious is discussed, that a book about a kanagroo detective won't sell well unless there is a kanagroo on the cover, I'm wasting my time. I might give it a few more episodes, but if there is more such innane discussions, I will unsubscribe. I should spend my time writing than listening to that which any thoughtful writer should already know.

iTunes Ratings

524 Ratings
Average Ratings
494
17
8
3
2

Solid gold information!

By LJKOIS - Sep 28 2019
Read more
I found this podcast after enrolling in a writers group online. I’ve never written a story before and all of the information that Tim and Shawn break down is so helpful! I have since purchased the Story Grid book and know that my writing will be so much better for having learned it! Thank you for making it all available!

The Kangaroo Question

By Bob'516 - Sep 27 2019
Read more
After listening to the first two episodes I found some interesting points being brought up. When something so patently obvious is discussed, that a book about a kanagroo detective won't sell well unless there is a kanagroo on the cover, I'm wasting my time. I might give it a few more episodes, but if there is more such innane discussions, I will unsubscribe. I should spend my time writing than listening to that which any thoughtful writer should already know.
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Story Grid Podcast

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Rank #123 in Books category

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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: 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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Rank #2: Finding My Why

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Shawn continues to push Tim to find the true "why" behind his non-fiction book.

Download Tim's intro and first set of chapters from Running Down a Dream.

Mar 01 2018
55 mins
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Rank #3: 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
53 mins
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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
36 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: 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 #7: Q&A - Part 2

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Tim continues throwing your story questions at Shawn.

Submit your questions for future episodes at twitter.com/storygrid.

  • Can you talk more about the Society genre, please? Does this lend itself better to a mini-plot story (with multiple protagonists) than an arch-plot story?
  • How do you go to "the end of the line" in a story like The Accidental Tourist? Clearly, the stakes are not life or death, so how do you show a fate worse than death?
  • How do we track sub-plot on the one-page Foolscap Global Story Grid? Or, do we track them at all?
  • In the Action genre, Clock subgenre, the book gives four sub-subgenres with different villain types driving the plot: Ransom, Holdout, Countdown, and Fate. In Fate, Time itself is the villain, and the example is Back to the Future. Does that last one apply only to time-travel stories? How do “Time” and “Circumstances” differ as clock devices/villains?
  • Is deus ex machina ever a good thing?
  • What are the values at stake for a non-fiction?
  • What do recommend writers do about writer’s block?
  • What has Shawn learned through this process? Has he changed his mind about anything since working with Tim?
  • Is there an ideal time to engage an editor and/or beta readers?
Sep 07 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #8: Rework or Keep Writing?

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We all hit those times where we don't know whether to rework what we've written or keeping pushing forward. Shawn talks Tim through this decision.

Nov 16 2017
51 mins
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Rank #9: 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
40 mins
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Rank #10: Categorizing Scenes

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Your novel is done, now what? Shawn walks Tim through a new level of analysis for his work in progress.

Nov 30 2018
54 mins
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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
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #12: 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
59 mins
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Rank #13: How does Stephen King write?

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How does Stephen King do it? Plus, Shawn and Tim talk about flailing as a writer and how good character development is really done.
Nov 04 2015
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: Put the Darkness on Paper

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How do you write great non-fiction? Shawn continues to walk Tim through the telling of his story.

Mar 29 2018
46 mins
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Rank #18: Tell Your Story

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Tim continues to work towards telling the Truth in his writing while Shawn gives guidance on what to do next.

Click here to download Tim's draft.

Mar 15 2018
39 mins
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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
51 mins
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Rank #20: 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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