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...
The Icarus Deception
The War of Art
In this week’s episode of The Story Grid Podcast Tim and I talk about a very big moment in his work in progress. It features what Joseph Campbell called “The Meeting with the Goddess.” In strict “Hero’s Journey” terms, this is the moment in the story when the traditional male heroic figure meets with the […]
In this week’s episode of The Story Grid Podcast, Tim delivers the second Hero’s Journey action trial for Jessie in his middle build. I thought it was a very good choice because it takes Jessie inside the virtual world again, but without the formal supervision from her first exposure. That is, the climactic scene represents […]
The past two The Story Grid Podcast episodes have been an exercise in Tim concertedly ratcheting up the tension in his novel. This process requires a keen understanding of progressive complications. When you are unsure of whether the stakes in your novel are getting larger as you progress, pull back your focus and think about […]