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Helping you become a better writer.

Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 30+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.

More at www.StoryGrid.com.

Story Grid Writing Podcast Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl

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Helping you become a better writer.

Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 30+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.

More at www.StoryGrid.com.

    First Draft Feedback: 3 Editors Give Honest Writing Analysis - Part 2

    First Draft Feedback: 3 Editors Give Honest Writing Analysis - Part 2

    Tim has written a first draft of his scene based on the in-depth analysis of Ed McBain's EYE WITNESS.

    Listen in as Shawn, Danielle and Leslie give their feedback and start diving into the analysis of the first draft.

    For the transcript and downloads for this episode, visit https://storygrid.com/267



    Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

    This is Episode 266 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast

    • 1 hr
    First Draft Feedback: 3 Editors Give Honest Writing Analysis - Part 1

    First Draft Feedback: 3 Editors Give Honest Writing Analysis - Part 1

    Tim has written a first draft of his scene based on the in-depth analysis of Ed McBain's EYE WITNESS.

    Listen in as Shawn, Danielle and Leslie give their initial feedback and start diving into the analysis of the first draft.

    For the transcript and downloads for this episode, visit https://storygrid.com/266



    Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

    This is Episode 266 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast

    • 1 hr 1 min
    How to Plan a Short Story Based on a Masterwork

    How to Plan a Short Story Based on a Masterwork

    How do we use all of this masterwork analysis to actually iterate our own short story?

    In this week's episode, we look at the 624, Beat, and Trope analysis for the short story EYE WITNESS by Ed McBain (https://amzn.to/3Q2UpqV) and start discussing what kind of short story I might write based on all of the analysis.

    This is where things start to go off the rails.

    As you'll see, Shawn and Tim aren't always on the same page and struggle to communicate with each other.

    We decided to leave this episode in so you can see what it looks like when an editor and author don's see eye-to-eye.

    For the transcript and downloads for this episode, visit https://storygrid.com/265



    Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

    This is Episode 265 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Story Tropes: Building Blocks of Scenes

    Story Tropes: Building Blocks of Scenes

    What are Tropes and how can they actually help your writing?

    Tropes are a toolbox of common components to build a certain kind of story. You can put these building blocks together to create a story that meets the reader expectations for your particular GENRE.

    Most lists of tropes are a grab bag of story types and/or their components and aspects. They don’t fit together, so they don’t provide a process for consistently crafting scenes and stories that satisfy readers.

    In the Story Grid Universe, we provide this process by limiting the definition of a trope to a particular level of Story. Story Grid tropes are small story units that are the building blocks writers need to create the arc of change within scenes.

    In this episode, we start working through the Tropes for the short story EYE WITNESS by Ed McBain (https://amzn.to/3Q2UpqV).

    To download the Trope Breakdown, visit: https://storygrid.com/episode-264



    Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

    This is Episode 264 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast

    • 56 min
    Beat Breakdown: Analyzing Writing Line-by-Line - Part 3

    Beat Breakdown: Analyzing Writing Line-by-Line - Part 3

    Learn how your line-by-line writing can be improved by the Story Grid Beat methodology.

    In this episode, we show you the final line graph generated by our beat-by-beat analysis and how this can help you write better scenes.



    Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

    For episode transcript and downloads: https://storygrid.com/episode-263

    This is Episode 263 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast

    This is our in-depth analysis of the short story EYE WITNESS by Ed McBain: https://amzn.to/3Q2UpqV

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Beat Breakdown: Analyzing Writing Line-by-Line - Part 2

    Beat Breakdown: Analyzing Writing Line-by-Line - Part 2

    In this episode, Danielle continues walking Tim through every single line of Ed McBain's EYE WITNESS to help him identify the beats and what they are doing.

    This is a perfect episode for the story nerds!

    • 1 hr

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Helpful and good fun, too!

This podcast has re-ignited the inspiration to continue to work on my novel. Even with many years as a writer + an author-education behind me, I still learn a lot. Thanks to both Shaun and Tim! I have ordered the Story Grid and look forward to reading about it too.

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