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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."

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November 29th, 2016

Four Dimensional Settings

What’s in a setting? There’s period. There’s duration. There’s location. and there is the one that is often forgotten and/or ignored… Levels of Conflict. In this episode of The Story Grid Podcast Tim and I discuss Setting in detail.  As you’ll recall, a couple of weeks ago we got stuck with Tim’s middle build. We […]

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November 22nd, 2016

The Cure for Writer’s Block

Tim and I got stuck working on his Middle Build. The sticking point reminded me of the ancient Greek poet Archilochus’s famous saying: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Here’s a big thing trick I’ve learned having edited more than 300 books in my career. [I fear doing an […]

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November 15th, 2016

The Meaty Middle

The middle build of a longform story is extremely intimidating.  It comprises half of the book and can drive even the most seasoned storyteller into despair.  So how should you approach the middle?  In this episode, Tim decided to keep pushing forward scene by scene.  To see where that approach left him, click the play […]

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