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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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January 10th, 2017

Organic Progress

What’s so fun about this deliberate writing practice experiment for me is in the way Tim’s work is evolving…organically. What I mean by that is that characters enter Tim’s story now with real purpose.  They enter through necessity.  For example, when Tim was grinding out the elements for his first challenge sequence of scenes in […]

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January 3rd, 2017

Limitations Beget Innovation

As we work through Tim’s middle build, a theme has emerged.  That theme “Limitations Beget Innovation,” simply means that the more restrictions you put on your scene work, the more innovation that is required to make them fresh.  Writing a scene whereby the character is introduced to the magical world is a severe restriction.  The […]

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December 27th, 2016

When in Doubt…

Go back to Genre.  Think about what promises you are making your audience with the Genre choices you’ve made.  Whenever you hit a wall, go back to that question.  How can I streamline my work to best serve the people who love these kinds of stories? In this week’s episode of The Story Grid Podcast […]

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