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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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    Creating Believable Characters

    How do you create the right cast of characters for your story and make them believable? Shawn walks Tim through a framework to do this correctly.

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    Crafting a Great Ending

    Tim is working through the final big battle scene and Shawn helps him figure out how to do it right.

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    How to Finish Your Book

    Now that Tim has worked through his block, it's time to finish the book. But how? Shawn walks him through the mindset and tactics to finally finish this draft.

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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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