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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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    What is the Setting for your Novel?

    The 4 questions you have to answer to establish the setting of your novel. Download Tim's world document at

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    World Building in Your Novel

    Tim makes the mistake of diving into his middle build before he's really planned out the world. Shawn walks him through how to do this and what makes a great world for your novel. Download Tim's scenes at

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    Planning Your Middle Build

    Once you have a working Beginning Hook, it's time to move into the Middle Build. This makes up 50% of your book and can be overwhelming at the start. Shawn and Tim discuss how to dive in. Download Tim's scene at

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    Finishing the Beginning Hook

    Shawn and Tim discuss the last sequence in the Beginning Hook and getting started on the Middle Build. Download Tim's scenes at

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    Moving from Scenes to Sequences

    Shawn critiques Tim's latest scenes, and how you can move into planning and writing sequences. Download Tim's scenes at

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    How to Write a Great Love Story

    Part 2 on the love story genre. Shawn and Tim dive into the genre conventions, obligatory scenes, and how you can write a great love story.

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    The Most Important Genre

    If you had to pick one genre to master, what should it be? Shawn answers the question in this week's episode.

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    Getting the Rewrites Right

    Tim finally nails his scene. What changed? And what is the right process for going from draft to a working scene?

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    Listener Questions and More Rewrites

    Shawn and Tim answer a few questions from listeners and then dive into more rewrites of Tim's scenes. Check for a download of Tim's scene.

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    How to Rewrite Scenes

    How do you take scenes that don't work and rewrite them? Shawn and Tim walk through best practices and common pitfalls.

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