Shawn Coyne is a world class editor with 25+ years experience and will show you how to use Story Grid to write a successful novel.


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Shawn Coyne created Story Grid to help author tell stories that work. Based on 25+ years of experience working with bestselling authors that include Steven Pressfield, Bill Murray, David Mamet, Robert Crais, Scott Patterson, Robert McKee, Michael Connelly, James Bamford, Ian Rankin, Mo Hayder and scores mores, the Story Grid reveals what bestselling books share in common and how professional writers write. Read more...

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"The Story Grid is an intensely practical tool. Like all tools, when you use it, it works. It will change you, your writing and most of all, the people who read what you write."

"If you're in the writing biz for the long haul and with your whole heart, is your home base. Land here first and check back every week. It's 'the show the pros watch.'"

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The Story Grid Blog

April 11th, 2017

Just Skip to the End

Shawn often talks about the microscope and telescope versions of writing. We can go deep and look at individual scenes, or even beats within a scene. We can also pull back and look at the story in a macro view, as a whole. Switching back and forth can often break us free of problems we’re […]

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April 4th, 2017

Nailing the End of Your Book

I’m sure if I went back and listened, I’d find that every single part of this book felt like the hardest part. But, damn, this Ending Payoff is rough stuff. I can’t seem to figure out when to write the next scene and when to stop and plan. Whichever I choose seems to be wrong. […]

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March 28th, 2017

Fear of Doing Your Best

  In case you’ve missed the last couple weeks, I’m taking over some of the blogging/email duties around Story Grid headquarters as Shawn is working on some new projects. We have a lot of fun stuff coming out of Story Grid in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to share it with you! In […]

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