Shawn Coyne is a world class editor with 25+ years experience and will show you how to use Story Grid to write a successful novel.


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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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February 16th, 2018

Turning the Amateur First Draft into the Professional First Draft

A first draft is a long way from done. So how do we get to done? Obviously, the next step after a first draft is a second draft. Right? No, actually. The next step after a first draft involves making sure that it’s a PROFESSIONAL First Draft. As Shawn Coyne says: “An amateur first draft […]

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February 15th, 2018

Building Your Novel’s World

[0:00:00.9] TG: Hello and welcome to the Story Grid Podcast. This is a show dedicated to helping you become a better writer. I’m your host, Tim Grahl, and I’m the struggling writer trying to figure out how to tell a story that works. Joining the shortly is Shawn Coyne. He is the creator of Story […]

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February 14th, 2018

Editor Roundtable: A Midnight Clear Show Notes

In this week’s episode, the Roundtable goes to war with the tragically underrated 1992 Brotherhood War movie A Midnight Clear, written and directed by Keith Gordon, and based on the 1982 novel by William Wharton. Share your thoughts on our analysis or ask questions on Twitter @StoryGridRT. You can find the Foolscap Global Story Grid […]

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