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Shawn Coyne created Story Grid to help authors 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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March 21st, 2017

Beginning the Ending Payoff

As Shawn mentioned last week, he’s head down in some new projects so I’m taking over emailing and publishing new podcast episodes for awhile. This episode got me thinking a lot about how important story telling is to people’s lives. Also, how it can serve the role of pulling truths out of our subconscious that […]

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March 14th, 2017

What’s Urgent and What’s Important

I learned this from my friend Steven Pressfield and I’ve nodded my head in agreement for far too long without really applying his wisdom to my own professional life. Steve talks about the difference between “urgent” and “important” work.  And to do the important work first. Urgent work is getting my income tax forms done […]

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February 14th, 2017

The Meeting With the Goddess

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 […]

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