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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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    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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    Interview: Ryan Holiday

    Ryan Holiday is the author of eight bestselling books and is quickly becoming one of the most prolific writers of our time. In this interview, Ryan shares his processes for writing and editing his books.

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    Tell Your Story

    Tim continues to work towards telling the Truth in his writing while Shawn gives guidance on what to do next. Download Tim's draft at

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    Truth vs truth

    What does it mean to tell your truth? Tim and Shawn discuss this along with the rewrite of his introduction.

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    Finding My Why

    Shawn continues to push Tim to find the true "why" behind his non-fiction book.

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