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...
The Icarus Deception
The War of Art
Tim and I are trying something weird. We’re trying to see if we can work together on his novel in a way that will require the least amount of stress and pain possible. To see if I can direct him down the right roads as he drives 65 miles per hour with limited visibility on […]
What’s so fun about this deliberate writing practice experiment for me is in the way Tim’s work is evolving…organically. What I mean by that is that characters enter Tim’s story now with real purpose. They enter through necessity. For example, when Tim was grinding out the elements for his first challenge sequence of scenes in […]
As we work through Tim’s middle build, a theme has emerged. That theme “Limitations Beget Innovation,” simply means that the more restrictions you put on your scene work, the more innovation that is required to make them fresh. Writing a scene whereby the character is introduced to the magical world is a severe restriction. The […]