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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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    Writing an Action Sequence

    Tim took at a crack at writing a fast paced action sequence that allows moves his story forward. Shawn walks him through the ins and outs and what to do next.

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    Game Theory in Story

    What do video games and story telling have in common? Shawn walks through another tool for analyzing your story.

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    Chaos vs Order

    What is the overarching engine running every story? Shawn uses Tim's latest scene to step into this question and share some of his latest research.

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    The Aftermath

    Running Down a Dream has been out for a week. What has happened and what next?

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    Special Guest: Steven Pressfield

    Steven Pressfield joins and Shawn and Tim to discuss his new book THE ARTIST'S JOURNEY along with Tim's new book RUNNING DOWN A DREAM.

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    Running Down a Dream

    Tim's new book Running Down a Dream is coming out next week and he discusses with Shawn what is has been like to write the book.

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    Getting the Value Shifts Right

    A huge part that makes a scene work is the value shifts. They have to work in the scene, the global genre, the internal genre, etc. Shawn walks Tim through how to think about this with his Turning Point Scene of the Middle Build. See Tim's scene at

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    Fixing the Most Important Scene

    Shawn walks Tim through the problems with his turning point of the middle build scene (and how to fix them).

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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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