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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August 1st, 2017

Non-fiction Conventions and Obligatory Scenes

If you’ve been around Story Grid very long you know that understanding your genre is job one for any manuscript. Then, once you know that, you identify the conventions and obligatory scenes that go with your chosen genre. The same is true for non-fiction. In this week’s episode, Shawn and I talk through the conventions […]

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July 25th, 2017

Editing Non-Fiction

As Shawn and I have been working through the first draft of my novel, I was working on a first draft of my next non-fiction book. Now Shawn and I will be working through how to use the Story Grid tools and principles to edit non-fiction. [0:00:00.3] TG: Hello and welcome to the Story Grid […]

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July 18th, 2017

Planning the 2nd Draft

After a couple months of running the first draft through the Story Grid tools, I’m finally ready to start working on the second draft. This week Shawn gets me ready to get started. [0:00:00.5] TG: Hello and welcome to the Story Grid Podcast. This is the show dedicated to helping you become a better writer. […]

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