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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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    The Job of an Editor

    Story Grid grew out of the need for better editing. Shawn and Tim discuss the origins and the job of an editor.

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    Why all the suffering?

    We all can agree that writing is hard. Learning to level up your writing is even harder. So why all the suffering? Why not just publish a draft that's "good enough"? This is what Shawn and Tim dive into on this week's episode.

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    World Building 101

    What are the building blocks for a believable, fantastical world in your story? Shawn walks through this and hits upon a fundamental reason why Tim's characters have not been working.

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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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