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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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    Deep Dive Into Tim's 15 Scenes (Part 2)

    Shawn and Tim continue work through the 15 most important scenes of The Threshing. Shawn also dives into what is really driving this, and all, stories. More at

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    Special Guest: Courtney Harrell

    Courtney is a Story Grid Certified Editor and is stuck on her book! She reached out to Shawn for help so they jumped on the phone to go over her book and how she can make progress.

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    15 Most Important Scenes

    Shawn walks Tim through the 15 most important scenes he has to figure out for his novel.

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    Restarting an Old Project

    Tim is struggling with stepping back into his fiction book now that he's taken a few months off to finish his non-fiction book. Shawn walks him through how to do it. Plus, a special announcement! See more at

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    What Does Shawn Think? - Part 2

    Now that Shawn has gone through the manuscript of Tim's book, what does he think? What's his feedback? What should he do next?

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    What does Shawn think?

    Now that Shawn has read Tim's manuscript, he's handing down the verdict. Is it ready for primetime?

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    Book is Done! Now What?

    Tim has finally finished the manuscript for Running Down a Dream. What's next?

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    Q&A: Miniplot, Editors, and Genre

    Shawn takes listener questions and covers miniplot, how to hire and work with an editor, and deep dives into the differences between genres.

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    Put the Darkness on Paper

    How do you write great non-fiction? Shawn continues to walk Tim through the telling of his story.

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