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
A crisis is a decision your protagonist must make. Plain and simple. It answers one of two types of questions: A best bad choice (like the “Would you rather…?” game) Irreconcilable goods (Should I do what is good for me, or for another?). Robert McKee stresses the importance of the Crisis Decision by identifying it […]
As Shawn Coyne always says, stories are about change. There has to be a change in every unit from the global story down to the micro beat. This applies to writing scenes as well. But how do you do that? The short answer is to make sure every unit turns on at least one value […]
In the epilogue of The Story Grid, Shawn Coyne says: “The problem that bedevils most novice writers (and even some seasoned pros) is that they fall in love with the glamorous aspects of the literary trade–the romance of “the creative process,” the thrill of dashing off chapter after chapter in a white heat of inspiration, […]