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Shawn Coyne created Story Grid to help author tell stories that work. Based on 25+ years of experience working with bestselling authors that include Steven Pressfield, Bill Murray, David Mamet, Robert Crais, Scott Patterson, Robert McKee, Michael Connelly, James Bamford, Ian Rankin, Mo Hayder and scores mores, the Story Grid reveals what bestselling books share in common and how professional writers write. Read more...

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"The Story Grid is an intensely practical tool. Like all tools, when you use it, it works. It will change you, your writing and most of all, the people who read what you write."

"If you're in the writing biz for the long haul and with your whole heart, is your home base. Land here first and check back every week. It's 'the show the pros watch.'"

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August 30th, 2016

Narrative Machines

This week’s podcast was a real Story Nerd extravaganza. Andy Reagan, a PhD candidate at The University of Vermont’s Computational Story Lab, was our guest. A few weeks ago, I spoke about how the CSL had done some deep data mining into about 2000 English language novels from project Gutenberg. What they found confirmed Kurt […]

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August 23rd, 2016

How Pros Face Rejection

In this week’s episode, Tim and I talk about professional mindsets and then we transition into how a pro faces rejection.  I’m not sure I have the best advice about rejection, but I do think that the more you face, the less power it has over you.  That is, the more you challenge yourself and […]

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August 16th, 2016

Grahl’s Mojo, Vonnegut’s Master’s Thesis, and the Hedonometer

In this episode, Tim nails the second scene of his novel. I gotta tell you that I was unprepared for the work he created all by himself.  I found it unique and compelling, unlike any of his previous scenes we’ve worked through.  My gut is that he’s begun to get the feel of his narrative […]

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