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Story Grid Writing Podcast

from Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl
283 Avg Episode Length: 48 min
Most recent episode: Nov 03, 2022 08:00 AM
Last Checked: Dec 02, 2022 10:07 PM
Language: en-us Explicit: yes Podcast Style: episodic
About this podcast: Helping you become a better writer.

Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 30+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.

More at www.StoryGrid.com.

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We're down to line edits on Tim's iteration of the masterwork Eye Witness by Ed McBain.

Shawn, Danielle, and Leslie provide final feedback on how to clean up the last few error messages still coming through.

 

Click here to read Tim's scene: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Yma-xAE77UnQMNAjTyOUPxF21P_DaFxuNXyQin-0gHo/edit?usp=sharing

To see the transcript of this episode, visit: https://storygrid.com/episode-283

Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

This is Episode 283 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast


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Now that Tim has had a breakthrough on his iteration of EYE WITNESS by Ed McBain, we're getting down to fixing individual Beats and checking to make sure he's adhered to the Story Grid 624 Analysis.

You really see the Story Grid Tools shine in this episode as Leslie and Danielle apply them to Tim's writing to find places still left to fix.

 

Click here to read Tim's scene: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b-RzszE7YzLEn5fSlWAqVQ_OkXhuJg3cxfZImXzIkYI/edit?usp=sharing

To see the transcript of this episode, visit: https://storygrid.com/episode-282

Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

This is Episode 282 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast


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Does Tim Actually Get It Right? How to Nail the Narrative Device

On Tim's 10th draft, he finally makes a breakthrough on his iteration of EYE WITNESS by Ed McBain!

And it ended up being a simple practice that got him over the hump.

Listen in as Shawn, Danielle, Leslie, and Tim discuss how to nail the narrative device.

 

Click here to read Tim's scene: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RRmqjv90vYpi20B7kbxgdHQwdhFRvB3pESZD6Y52XEg/edit?usp=sharing

To see the transcript of this episode, visit: https://storygrid.com/episode-281

Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

This is Episode 281 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast


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In this impromptu episode, Tim and Danielle discuss the ongoing problems with the work on the Ed McBain EYE WITNESS scene and why Tim can't connect with his characters.

 


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Shawn takes a crack at rewriting Tim's scene to help him understand what he's missing on the Narrative Device.

Then we hear Leslie and Danielle's edits and feedback on what he got right and wrong.

When they ask Tim what he thinks of all this, lots of emotions start coming out including his feeling that he's not writing anymore... he's pretending to write.

 

Click here to read Tim's scene: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QZGyUNetvNGfKAjwyfF3m4r9RPoMQN4g3Q18oWXoLOw/edit?usp=sharing

To see the transcript of this episode, visit: https://storygrid.com/episode-279

Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

This is Episode 279 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast


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There are lots of insights in this week's episode of the podcast.

We look at the emotional connection between the hero and victim, ensuring there is conflict at every level of the story, and how better to lock in to the narrative device.

Click here to read Tim's scene: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V6ja3HN4uKuS0J4x6pvWBUwkZUiE5uJov5jM3Gj-Yvw/edit?usp=sharing

To see the transcript of this episode, visit: https://storygrid.com/episode-278

Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

This is Episode 278 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast


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Nobody is innocent in your story. Everyone is hiding something.

You must adjust these levels correctly in order for your reader to connect with the right characters.

This is the focus Danielle, Leslie, and Shawn take on Tim's scene this week.

Click here to read Tim's scene: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M_rP2ARaDQbSlGBmNRESszzYuNN-nrxa0pdJjt0qQRU/edit?usp=sharing

To see the transcript of this episode, visit: https://storygrid.com/episode-277

Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

This is Episode 277 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast


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Who is the Hero, Victim, and Perpetrator in your story?

What are the relationships between each of them?

The more vague or ungrounded each of these relationships are, the more the story will not read as believable.

This is the focus Danielle, Leslie, and Shawn take on Tim's scene this week.

Click here to read Tim's scene: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OQd5NxTcn2JLwrphueCX91A4wXN9BEQFBYwbyN7NJ1M/edit?usp=sharing

To see the transcript of this episode, visit: https://storygrid.com/episode-275

Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

This is Episode 275 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast


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Figuring out your Story Theme is the key to unlocking the entire roadmap of your story.

Scott Mann is the author of the new book → Operation Pineapple Express: The Incredible Story of a Group of Americans Who Undertook One Last Mission and Honored a Promise in Afghanistan.

Randall Surles is a Story Grid Certified Editor and worked with Scott to develop and produce the book under an extremely tight deadline.

In this interview, they discuss what went into writing the book, how they worked together, and what it meant to write a book like this.


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How do you ground your characters in a reality that your reader will believe even though you are making the whole thing up?

This week Tim makes the mistake of sterilizing his protagonist to the point where he is no longer interesting or believable. Shawn, Danielle, and Leslie walk him through the steps of using character development and a strong narrative device to fix these problems.

Click here to read Tim's scene: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10bdr_tF4ASohz0cHoNjlbNmsLOVXiDpFw54ugHYLZI8/edit?usp=sharing

To see the transcript of this episode, visit: https://storygrid.com/episode-274

Get a free copy of our book Story Grid 101: The First Five Principles of the Story Grid Methodology: https://storygrid101.com

This is Episode 274 of the Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcast

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