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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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September 27th, 2016

Thinking in Sequences

When we’re revising scenes,rather than overwhelming ourselves with the big global story movement, it’s often helpful to think in terms of story sequences. A sequence is just a series of scenes that move us from one large place in our story to another large place.  Examples of shorthand notations for sequences include such multi-scene movements […]

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September 20th, 2016

Building Better Scenes

Here is the second in depth episode with Tim Grahl’s  eleven scene Beginning Hook work in progress. The key idea here is that once you start to get a feel for the progression of a particular part of your story…it may be time to deliberately build better scenes for that sequence before you move forward. […]

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September 13th, 2016

Story Grid Spreadsheeting Your Scenes

Tim has finished the first eleven scenes that will comprise the structural foundation of his entire novel, his book’s Beginning Hook.  And now he’s ready to test them against the Story Grid Spreadsheet. What he discovers is that what he suspected might be problematic…is problematic.  And that what is working could use a tweak or […]

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