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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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    The Most Important Genre

    If you had to pick one genre to master, what should it be? Shawn answers the question in this week's episode.

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    Getting the Rewrites Right

    Tim finally nails his scene. What changed? And what is the right process for going from draft to a working scene?

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    Listener Questions and More Rewrites

    Shawn and Tim answer a few questions from listeners and then dive into more rewrites of Tim's scenes. Check for a download of Tim's scene.

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    How to Rewrite Scenes

    How do you take scenes that don't work and rewrite them? Shawn and Tim walk through best practices and common pitfalls.

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    Critiquing Tim's Beginning Hook

    Tim has finished the first 11 scenes of his book -- the Beginning Hook -- and Shawn wades into his critique on where he did well and where he... didn't.

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    The Great Hedonometer

    This week we talk with PhD candidate Andy Reagan who is one of the researchers behind the Hendonometer Shawn and Tim discussed a couple weeks ago. Andy shares where they are at with the research and they discuss the implications for writers in the future.

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    Turning Pro as a Writer

    What does it take to move from amateur to professional as a writer? Tim and Shawn discuss this in depth and share their experience.

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    There are only 6 stories

    New research shows there are only 6 stories that every book is based on. Shawn and Tim discuss the implications of this and how it applies to Tim's story.

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