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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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    Spreadsheeting the First Draft

    After the first draft is done, it's easy to get stuck on what to do next. Shawn continues walking Tim through the process of using the Story Grid spreadsheet. You can see the spreadsheet in the show notes for this episode at

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    First Draft is Done. Now what?

    Tim has officially finished his first draft... now what? This is where Story Grid really shines... taking your first draft and making it the best it can be. To see Tim's Story Grid Spreadsheet visit

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    The End?

    Is this really the end? Tim submits the final 8 scenes of his first draft to Shawn for his feedback. Download Tim's scenes at

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    Putting Off the Inevitable

    Have you ever put off writing a particular scene or sequence in your story? Tim faces that this week and Shawn walks him through it. Download Tim's scenes at

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    The Race to the Finish

    Tim and Shawn talk through the Ending Payoff, steadily working to the end of the book. Download Tim's scenes at

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    Just Skip to the End

    Tim hits some major road blocks on his story. So what's the solution? Also, an important announcement. Download Tim's scenes at

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    Nailing the End of Your Book

    As Shawn and Tim continue discussing the beginning of the Ending Payoff, they venture into a discussion on how to make sure the end of your book pays off everything that came before.

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    Fear of Your Doing Your Best

    Tim and Shawn keep moving on the Ending Payoff, but also uncover some deeper issues. Download Tim's scenes at

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    Beginning the Ending Payoff

    The Middle Build is done. The Ending Payoff has begun. It took Tim four tries to get the first scenes of the Middle Build right. How long will it take him to get the Ending Payoff right? Download Tim's scenes at

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    Finishing the Middle Build

    After a long slog and a few weeks off, Shawn and Tim dive into the final scenes and sequences of the Middle Build. There's plenty of good, bad, and "just cut the whole scene." Download Tim's scenes at

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