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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

Lifting Off For Planet Performance

8/15/2019
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In Episode 10, they conclude that the experiment has been a success. Anne submits her first rough draft, Shawn blesses it, says it’s shaping up to be a fresh and original story in its own right, and gives an inspiring look into what’s next in the Story Grid Universe.

Duration:00:55:53

Live in the Process, Not for the Result

8/8/2019
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In Episode 9 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne turns in a new prologue representing her new POV narrative device, and a few new scenes leading into the middle build. Is the story getting too long? Shawn says it doesn’t matter, and he gives an inspiring talk about the importance for writers of living within the process, rather than for the result.

Duration:00:48:02

Talent, Inspiration and Blue Collar Work

8/1/2019
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In Episode 8 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne has a bit of a crisis: though she’s found a way to meet the demands of the experiment, the resulting story idea feels lifeless. Is she building a franken-story from someone else’s parts? How will she give it life? In response, Shawn delivers a rousing talk on talent, inspiration, and the blue-collar work that holds Resistance at bay.

Duration:01:00:43

Anne's First Scenes

7/25/2019
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In Episode 7 of the Masterwork Experiment, Anne submits her first two scenes of “Danebury Hill,” her Regency-era take on the beat structure of Brokeback Mountain. Shawn reads them out and gives some advice on point of view and narrative device, particularly why it’s okay to use an omniscient narrator who can go into everyone’s head.

Duration:01:00:52

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