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Helping you become a better writer.

Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 25+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.

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    Is it time for Tim to quit?

    Every writer hits that moment. Is it time quit this novel and move on to a new project? Tim is facing this with Threshing and talks over the question with Shawn.

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    How to Write a Great Villain

    What is the nature of evil and how do you make that into an unforgettable villain in your stories? Shawn and Tim dive into this topic.

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    Shawn's Dark Night of the Soul

    Shawn is in the midst of a publishing project of his own and... it's hit some rough spots. He shares what is going on and how he's working through it.

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    When is the book done?

    Tim brings a common question to Shawn... when do you know your book is ready to publish? Shawn has important insight on this all important question.

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    Writing an Action Sequence

    Tim took at a crack at writing a fast paced action sequence that allows moves his story forward. Shawn walks him through the ins and outs and what to do next.

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    Game Theory in Story

    What do video games and story telling have in common? Shawn walks through another tool for analyzing your story.

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    Chaos vs Order

    What is the overarching engine running every story? Shawn uses Tim's latest scene to step into this question and share some of his latest research.

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    The Aftermath

    Running Down a Dream has been out for a week. What has happened and what next?

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    Special Guest: Steven Pressfield

    Steven Pressfield joins and Shawn and Tim to discuss his new book THE ARTIST'S JOURNEY along with Tim's new book RUNNING DOWN A DREAM.

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    Running Down a Dream

    Tim's new book Running Down a Dream is coming out next week and he discusses with Shawn what is has been like to write the book.

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