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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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    Slogging the Middle Build

    Tim finally makes a breakthrough on his middle build and Shawn discusses how you can too. Download Tim's scenes at

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    Die Hard and Tim's Middle Build

    Shawn and Tim continue the discussion around Die Hard and how it applies specifically to Tim's book. See more at

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    Editor Roundtable: Alien

    This week we introduce you to the newest Story Grid project... the Story Grid Editor Roundtable Podcast. Listen as a panel of editors walks you through the movie Alien.

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    Die Hard

    Tim spent some of the holiday break putting Die Hard through the Story Grid spreadsheet. He has some observations and questions to run by Shawn. See the spreadsheet at

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    The Story Grid Spreadsheet

    Shawn and Tim discuss one of the most important Story Grid tools and how to use it.

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    Editor's 6 Core Questions - Part 1

    There are six questions that can guide your writing from the beginning through drafting and editing your manuscript. Shawn walks you through each one.

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    Myths of Publishing

    There are a lot of commonly held myths about publishing that often derail writers. Shawn and Tim bring their unique perspective to what writers should know about the publishing world and how it really works.

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    I'm Freaking Out

    Tim reaches the point where he wants to throw his book away and start over. Shawn is there to talk him off the ledge.

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