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Click here to Subscribe in iTunes. 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. More at www.StoryGrid.com.

Click here to Subscribe in iTunes. 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. More at www.StoryGrid.com.
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Click here to Subscribe in iTunes. 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. More at www.StoryGrid.com.

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Episodes

Completing the Micro Analysis

7/18/2019
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In Episode 6 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne completes her analysis of micro beats and scene types in Brokeback Mountain, and she and Shawn consider the power of individual word choices in structuring such a lean short novella.

Duration:00:55:14

Editor View vs Writer View

7/11/2019
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In Episode 5 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne continues finding micro beats and scene types in Brokeback Mountain’s middle build, and learns the difference between the Editor’s view of a story and the Writer’s view. Shawn tells her, “Just be inspired as opposed to being literally crazed about making sure you get everything perfect.”

Duration:00:50:46

Micro Beats and Hidden Story Meanings

7/4/2019
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In Episode 4 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne splits atoms, finding eight micro beats to Shawn’s single beat in the prologue to Brokeback Mountain, and learns just how perfectly Annie Proulx’s lean, precise word choices deliver plot, theme, exposition, symbolism and subtext all at the same time.

Duration:01:06:51

Brokeback Mountain: Defining the Characters

6/27/2019
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In Episode 3 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne and Shawn define some Regency-era analogs for the Wyoming cowboys of Brokeback Mountain, and step into some controversial territory about appropriate representation of underrepresented groups.

Duration:00:55:33

Brokeback Mountain: The Foolscap

6/20/2019
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In Episode 2 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne and Shawn review the Editor’s Six Core Questions and use the answers to complete the Global Foolscap worksheet for Brokeback Mountain, laying the groundwork for Anne’s Regency-era novella.

Duration:01:04:47

Launching the Masterwork Experiment

6/13/2019
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Welcome to the Story Grid Masterwork Experiment! In this ten-episode summer series, Shawn Coyne and author Anne Hawley are breaking a great masterwork down to the beat level to find out whether an experienced writer can create a new and original story from exactly the same building blocks. Episode 1 of the Masterwork Experiment introduces the masterwork and lays out the experimental protocol. Will Anne write something new and fresh? Or will she wind up with a hackneyed copy of a beloved...

Duration:00:42:39

2nd Guessing Your Writing

5/23/2019
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Ever struggle in wondering if your writing is good enough? Shawn walks Tim through this with his book.

Duration:00:31:23

How to Write a Great Scene

5/16/2019
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Shawn shares about a new project at Story Grid headquarters that will help teach the micro level of storytelling to writers. See more at storygrid.com/ground

Duration:00:36:52

Why Can't I Finish My Book?

5/2/2019
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Weeks have passed since Tim has worked on his novel so he finally admits this to Shawn and asks for advice.

Duration:00:32:33

5 Commandments and Pheres

4/25/2019
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Shawn and Tim continue walking through the fundamentals of Story Grid and how the new idea of Pheres applies to the 5 Commandments of Story telling.

Duration:00:38:18

The Atomic Theory of Storytelling

4/12/2019
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This episodes twists and turns from emotion in storytelling to dissecting the hydrogen atom. It's a great episode and will make you look at your story in a new, fresh way.

Duration:00:51:08

The Math of Storytelling

4/4/2019
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Shawn walks through how taking time to look at math can help you structure your story.

Duration:00:49:12

What is a Phere?

3/28/2019
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What is the fundamental unit of story? Shawn talks about a new insight he had at a recent Story Grid event and what it means for us.

Duration:00:52:05

The Editor's 6 Core Questions - Part 2

2/28/2019
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Shawn continues to walk Tim through the Editor's 6 Core Questions which are the first line of evaluating a manuscript.

Duration:00:47:50

The Editor's 6 Core Questions - Part 1

2/22/2019
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The Editor's 6 Core Questions is the first tool in the arsenal of how to evaluate a manuscript. Shawn walks Tim through the first 3 questions.

Duration:00:45:45

How Important is Genre?

2/14/2019
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Going back to the basics of Story Grid, Shawn and Tim discuss the role genre plays in storytelling.

Duration:00:51:59

Creating a 2nd Edition

2/7/2019
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This episode is two for the price of one. Tim and Shawn first discuss when and how to do a 2nd edition of a book and then they move into discussing Tim's changes to the Beginning Hook of his novel as he continues to race towards the finish line.

Duration:01:01:34

How to Refine a Manuscript

1/26/2019
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After several weeks of analyzing the manuscript, Shawn walks Tim through the final steps of refinement he needs to go through to get it ready for production.

Duration:00:32:29

Hero Archetypes and Grounding Reality

1/19/2019
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Shawn and Tim finish up talking about the Hero Archetypes and then delve into what it takes to ground your book in a realistic world.

Duration:01:01:33

Hero's Journey Archetypes - Part 2

1/11/2019
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Shawn and Tim continue talking through the Hero's Journey Archetypes, who they are, and how they should be in your story.

Duration:00:59:54