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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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    Go Back to the Genre

    When you get stuck or lost in your story, how do you find your way? Shawn and Tim discuss this as a follow up to last week's episode.

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    What Does the Villain Want?

    As Tim finished up the Beginning Hook and enters the Middle Build, a very important question comes to light. Download Tim's scenes at

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    Our Past, Present, and Future

    This is episode 96. We're almost to the two year anniversary of the show. Tim spends a bit of time reflecting on the past, present, and future of the Story Grid Podcast. To share your story, visit

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    Q&A - Part 3

    Shawn continues answering questions from listeners about genre, the hero's journey, and more. See the questions at

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    Q&A - Part 2

    Tim continues throwing your story questions at Shawn. Submit your questions for future episodes at See the questions from this episode at

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    Q&A - Part 1

    A Q&A with Shawn Coyne. Tim took questions from Twitter and Facebook and spends an hour going through them with Shawn. See the questions at

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    Helping Others Become Better Writers

    In this wide ranging episode, Shawn and Tim discuss the best ways to help your fellow writers become better at their craft.

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    Specificity for Non-Fiction Storytelling

    What does it mean to apply specificity to a non-fiction story? It's a tough thing, especially if you're of the literal persuasion. See Shawn's notes on Tim's introduction at

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    The Craft of Non-fiction

    Shawn uses the second draft of Tim's introduction to focus in on the craft of writing great non-fiction. You can read Tim's new introduction and notes at

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    Non-fiction Conventions and Obligatory Scenes

    Non-fiction has specific genres, conventions, and obligatory scenes just like fiction, but they are, of course, a little different. Shawn and Tim delve into what it takes to write a great non-fiction book. See more at

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