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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."

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October 18th, 2016

The Fundamental Genre

If your goal is to support yourself as a fiction writer, the most important Genre to master is the Love Story.  In this episode of The Story Grid Podcast Tim and I talk about why that is and how to go about learning the fundamentals of the form.  There was so much content to cover […]

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October 11th, 2016

Revelation Turning Points

What struck me about this episode of The Story Grid Podcast was Tim’s confusion about how to use Revelation Turning Points to best effect.  We talk about one scene in particular when Tim was unsure of his use of a piece of exposition (the length of his protagonist’s jail sentence) as a means to turn […]

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October 4th, 2016

What’s In Your Control and What’s Out of Your Control

In the last episode of The Story Grid Podcast, before we got into the nitty gritty scene work from Tim’s work in progress, we discussed two questions from one of our listeners, Peter Michael. Broadly, the questions concern why some books reach blockbuster bestselling success even though the line by line language is not of […]

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