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The Story Grid ❰PDF❯ ✍ The Story Grid Author Shawn Coyne – WHAT IS THE STORY GRID The Story Grid is a tool developed by editor Shawn Coyne to analyze stories and provide helpful editorial comments It's like a CT Scan that takes a photo of the global story and WHAT IS The Story Grid The Story Grid is a tool developed by editor Shawn Coyne to analyze stories and provide helpful editorial comments It's like a CT Scan that takes a The Story PDF/EPUB or photo of the global story and tells the editor or writer what is working what is not and what must be done to make what works better and fix what's not The Story Grid breaks down the component parts of stories to identify the problems And finding the problems in a story is almost as difficult as the writing of the story itself maybe even difficult The Story Grid is a tool with many applications It will tell a writer if a Story works or doesn't work It pinpoints story problems but does not emotionally abuse the writer revealing exactly where a Story not the person creating the Storythe Story has failed It will tell the writer the specific work necessary to fix that Story's problems It is a tool to re envision and resuscitate a seemingly irredeemable pile of paper stuck in an attic drawer It is a tool that can inspire an original creation Shawn Coyne is a twenty five year book publishing veteran He's acuired edited published or represented works from James Bamford John Brenkus James Lee Burke Barbara Bush Dick Butkus Harlan Coben Nellie Connally Michael Connelly Robert Crais Ben Crenshaw Catherine Crier Brett Favre David Feherty John Feinstein Tyler Florence Jim Gant Col David H Hackworth Jamie Harrison Mo Hayder William Hjortsberg Stephen Graham Jones Jon Krakauer David Leadbetter Alan Lomax David Mamet Troon McAllister Robert McKee Matthew Modine Bill Murray Joe Namath John J Nance Jack Olsen Scott Patterson Steven Pressfield Matthew uirk Anita Raghavan Ian Rankin Ruth Rendell Jerry Rice Giora Romm Tim Rosaforte William Safire Dava Sobel Michael Thomas Nick Tosches Ann Scott Tyson Minette Walters Betty White Randy Wayne White Steven White and Don Winslow among many others During his years as an editor at the Big Five publishing houses as an independent publisher as a literary agent both at a major Hollywood talent agency and as head of Genre Management Inc and as a bestselling co writer and ghostwriter Coyne created a methodology called The Story Grid to teach the editing craft.

10 thoughts on “The Story Grid

  1. Joe Valdez Joe Valdez says:

    My good friend Al Patel has been trying to get me to read The Story Grid What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne for donkey's years Coyne is an editor who with over twenty five years experience in publishing recently launched Black Irish Books with author Steven Pressfield For lack of resources when they got into the business Coyne and Pressfield have spent a great deal of time writing about how to edit or how to write a book After reading a novella I wrote Al read me the riot act telling me that my story deserved an editor to help me direct it or that I needed to learn how to edit myself He recommended this book published in 2015What's The Story Grid and how does this book differ from other how to writing guides? Coyne gives his methodology an overview in five fantastic five minute videos the first of which you can view here illustrating his methods and principles without getting into the weeds But since those of you still reading paid for a book review I'll let Coyne explain The Story Grid is a tool I've developed as an editor to analyze and provide helpful editorial comments It's like a CT scan that takes a photo of the global Story and tells me what is working what's not and what must be done to fix it When I show The Story Grid to writers they love it because it allows them to break down the component parts of their novels or narrative nonfiction to see where their Storytelling went off track Identifying the problems in a Story is almost as difficult as the writing of the Story itself maybe even difficultThe Story Grid is a tool with many applications1 It will tell the writer if a Story works or doesn't work2 It pinpoints problems but does not emotionally abuse the writer revealing exactly where a Story not the person creating the Story the Story has failed3 It will tell the writer the specific work necessary to fix that Story's problems4 It is a tool to re envision and resuscitate a seemingly irredeemable pile of paper stuck in an attic drawer5 It is a tool that can inspire an original creation To know the rules of the Story Business and of the Story Craft gives you the freedom to break them Not knowing the rules is a recipe for disaster Trust me Nabokov knew the rules of Story and the rules of publishing That is why he was able to break them so skillfullyLolita is a classic uest hero's journey Story the one that is so deeply ingrained within our cells that we can't help but root for even the most despicable protagonist like Humbert Humbert to get what he wants Nabokov knew that the structure of the uest Story is irresistible to readers He knew that with a lot of hard work he could use it to get people to not just sympathize with a monster like Humbert he'd get them to even empathize with him Talk about powerful The book was so good it was bannedThe right way to hook me into your how to guide is to reference books or films or music that I love Lolita is my favorite novel so Coyne's sensibility felt instantly compatible with mine Someone using Life of Pi as a model for storytelling efficiency has lost me But the novel that Coyne breaks down and references every step of the way in The Story Grid is The Silence of the Lambs Deconstructing the big movements of how Thomas Harris created that rarest of novels the outrageously successful commercial thriller that stands as one of the pre eminent novels of the twentieth century will be a lot of fun Seriously Somehow Harris wrote a book that was impossible to put down but deeply resonates with the reader long after he's finished reading I've gone through the book at least fifty times line by line and I always discover something new While I do not profess to have any insight into the working mind of Thomas Harris or how he crafts his stories what I can do is analyze the structure of his work within the traditions and conventions of his chosen GenresCoyne has two tools he’s developed The Foolscap Global Story Grid enables the author to outline an entire novel on one page of a legal sized yellow pad known in paper trade as foolscap The Story Grid is complicated and necessitates a page of graph paper Coyne is a believer in identifying the genre you're writing in noting the conventions that genre demands some of which I was unconscious of like the Hero at the Mercy of the Villain scene and determining a lot of other factors his book walks the reader through These involve tough uestions and some sweat to answer What genre are you writing in? What's your controlling theme? Inciting Incidents? As a writer trying to get my manuscript into the end zone I found The Story Grid indispensable Coyne capitalizes words like Story and Genre that I thought was a bit cute but that's a cosmetic complaint His book is like a physical therapy regimen for an author and like many who've worked with a PT this book bent me into some uncomfortable positions It is not a fun process but it is a fun result Surrendering to the process he details with brevity wit and terrific examples Misery by Stephen King being another has made me look at my work in progress from different angles open windows I didn't know were there and start pushing fresh air through the house

  2. J.F. Penn J.F. Penn says:

    Highly recommended for writers of fiction and screenplays Always good to read another take on story structure I'll be using the foolscap sheet on my next novel It's also good to read an honest appraisal of literature vs storytelling

  3. Sharon Coleman Sharon Coleman says:

    Have you ever had a conversation with someone that kept interrupting themselves to give you and back story? You know the type when a person says OMG I've got to tell you the most amazing thing but first I want to tell you what made me think of telling you and no wait let me tell you what led me to thinking of telling you that thing Oh don't worry I'll get to the amazing thing eventuallyYeahThat was this bookThe author tells you he will tell you about the Silence of the Lambs which is apparently the ultimate in story telling thirty nine times before he actually reveals it I counted THIRTY NINEI kept thinking damn the payoff better be fantastic after all the build up But by the time Coyne meanders his way to the meat of it well it's like bad sex All the build up and none of the you knowAs for the actual practical writing advice I've read many books that do a better job describing story structure Coyne tells us throughout the book uite emphatically that he has the key to a good story but his knowledge is hardly anything uniueKnow your premiseKnow your themeHave a compelling hook an interesting middle and a satisfying endI've read that somewhere beforeThe most interesting and redeeming part of this book was learning the process behind why big publishers chose the authors they do and understanding a little of the numbers game they find themselves in Coyne's uniue genre classifications are uite different from what most people think of which is interesting if a bit confusing His blog has videos which explain it better than this book does This is another I turned my blog into a book book It is the blog assembled almost verbatim with what appears to be very little editing The book is full of typos and grammatical errors Coyne admits he's a structural editor rather than a proofreader and reveals his methodology for choosing books when he worked in the publishing industry There were promises that the author would map out his process for other genres on his blog But I found nothing to indicate he had done than one other book in a related genreAll in all if you write thrillers you might find this book useful But I wouldn't read it otherwise There was very little to indicate how this book might be useful to other genres

  4. Beverly Beverly says:

    This book is BRILLIANT If you are an editor you MUST read this book If you are a writer you MUST read this book If you WANT to be a writer you MUST read this book If you are a beta reader you MUST read this book If you are a BookWorm you MUST read The Story Grid Yes that sums it up The book is beyond insightful and packed with so much knowledge you won't mind how many pages you are about to read It's not a light read but it is an interesting journey Thanks to Author Cassia Leo for sending me this jewel “Stories change people”

  5. K.M. Weiland K.M. Weiland says:

    Good stuff Solid approach to structured storytelling with some slants that made think of certain things from new and useful angles

  6. N N says:

    Sometimes when I'm in a masochistic mood I listen to the Story Grid podcast In it Shawn Coyne coaches Some Guy through the process of writing his first novelIt's jargon y and self congratulatory and so so so annoyingBut it's also probably the closest thing to a graduate level nitty gritty look at the novel writing process that I've found available for freeIn amongst the jargon and the chippy anti literary fiction stance there are parts that are genuinely revelatory The Story Grid book is much the same circuitous and irritating in places but also perhaps one of the most useful books on writing that I've readMostly because it's not really a book on writing It's a book on editing And whoa those are tough to find Everyone wants to coax and cheerlead you through writing your first draft No one wants to tell you how to fix the steaming pile of shit you end up with Maybe they don't know how?Shawn Coyne's editing techniue is not earth shattering He draws extensively from screenwriting too extensively I'd say a great many of his examples in this book are movies not novels which is baffling to say the least and mixes in a lot of common sense tried and true methods But seeing it all set out in a methodical way really is illuminating It might not shatter the earth but I felt a few tremors as I was readingThere were times when I felt The Story Grid was a five star read but as I slogged through the final section I could feel the stars falling awayThe irony oh irony of this book is that it needed a good editorIt's longer than it needs to be It's not well structured The good stuff is trapped within acres of unnecessary wordageIt's also very focused on the thriller genre One of the book's most frustrating moments is when Coyne writes that he could have broken down the structure of other genres for the reader but he didn't have the time Well Okay Kermit faceFortunately for me I mostly want to write thrillers And I happen to agree with Coyne that The Silence of the Lambs is one of the greatest novels ever written Coyne uses Silence as his major exampleIf you're writing a romance novel and you're not a big fan of serial killer stories? Ehhh You'll get something out of The Story Grid but your frustration factor may be high

  7. Brent Brent says:

    I am finding this very useful

  8. Ksenia Anske Ksenia Anske says:

    This book uite possibly has changed my life It will uite possibly change yours If you're a writer I suggest you buy it If you yourself already know what's in it give it as a gift to a novice writer They will love you for it I know I love my fellow writer who suggested it It has taught me how to be my own editor It has given me the structure I craved when I was tearing out my hair trying to fix my novel I nearly gave up on it This book helped me save it More This book fired me up to make it the best book I ever wrote Period And I know it will be true

  9. Lynne Favreau Lynne Favreau says:

    Shawn posted the content of this book free on his website wwwstorygridcom I read along as he posted immediately enad of the process he was working us through I'd struggled with revising and editing my WIP and found The Story Grid's intense focus on structure liberating I finally had a detailed method for uncovering what is working what isn't and even important how to fix it This is destined to be a must read for serious novelists

  10. R.C. R.C. says:

    I am annoyed that I have to give this book two stars instead of one ANNOYED For a book written by an editor good lord did this book need edited For clarity For organization To not sound like a bunch of blog posts cobbled together To not repeat itself over and over and over and over and over To tone down the Silence of the Lambs fanboying just a tick To perhaps suggest that if you're going to say that genre obligatory things are SUPER IMPORTANT that perhaps you might want to define what those are for all genres not just the one that YOU like And so you don't repeat yourself over and over Did I say that already? It's catchingAlso if you want to write anything other than thrilleraction plots he has very little to say but the most basic advice He went on about how genre conventions and obligatory scenes are a must and he covers what those are very comprehensively for action thrillers gives passing flybys to it for other broad categories like romance or westerns but says zero on it for scififantasy It's super obvious that he really didn't know about those other genres and wasn't going to bother to research them so he could speak about themSo yeah reading this book was terribly annoying and I am CERTAIN that other books clearly give the same advice he does on scenes story structure themes etc In fact if you look at who he namedrops you could just go read their books But I gave it two stars because I think for a certain kind of person that actually graphing out the theme progressions the way he describes would be useful And because the scattered advice on story structure and progressing plots despite the author's best efforts gave me things to think about and got me plotting about my own work So yeah grudging two stars

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