The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know

The Story Grid What Good Editors Know 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

  • Title: The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know
  • Author: Shawn Coyne Steven Pressfield
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  • 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 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 partsWHAT 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 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 1 It will tell a writer if a Story works or doesn t work 2 It pinpoints story problems but does not emotionally abuse the writer, revealing exactly where a Story not the person creating the Storye Story has failed 3 It will tell the writer the specific work necessary to fix that Story s problems 4 It is a tool to re envision and resuscitate a seemingly irredeemable pile of paper stuck in an attic drawer 5 It is a tool that can inspire an original creation Shawn Coyne is a twenty five year book publishing veteran He s acquired, 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 Quirk, 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.

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    1. 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.


    2. 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 [...]


    3. Have you ever had a conversation with someone that kept interrupting themselves to give you more and more 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 eventually"Yeah.That was this book.The author tells you he will tell you about the Silence of the Lambs [...]


    4. Shawn posted the content of this book free on his website-storygrid. I read along as he posted immediately enamored 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 more important-how to fix it.This is destined to be a must-read for serious novelists.


    5. This book quite possibly has changed my life. It will quite 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 [...]


    6. Imagine your an author and you could send your manuscript to an editor, who checks it out and tells you what works and what not. It's every author's dream to look at his works through the glasses of an editor. Shawn has more than twenty-five years experiences and created a methodology that you can now put to work on your manuscripts. At long last


    7. 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 novel.It's jargon-y and self-congratulatory and so, so, so annoying.But 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 free.In amongst the jargon and the chippy, anti-literary-fiction stance, there are parts that are genuinely revelatory. The Story Grid bo [...]


    8. Have you ever read a book and for some reason, that you cannot articulate, it doesn’t work for you? There’s something wrong.Now imagine you are writing or editing a book and you have the same reaction. Do you throw it away? Do you give up and start writing a new story? What if you make the same mistakes again? What if you just keep writing unfinished things that started off as good ideas and have got mired somewhere?Or, do you try to work out where the story went wrong, and then work out how [...]


    9. It's taken me a while to read this, mostly because I'd get side-tracked trying to use its principles before I was actually ready. However, today I finished it, and though I still find some of its almost-technical jargon a bit off-putting, and while I can't say that Silence of the Lambs is a book I'd have chosen as my model for everything Coyne writes about, this is still a valuable book. (He does give examples from other books and movies, by the way, and I found some of those more helpful, espec [...]


    10. This book has changed my entire outlook and approach to writing, editing, and storytelling. Shawn Coyne's Story Grid framework is THE best approach I've seen to story craft and editing. His approach might seem very analytical to us creative types, but it provides a needed foundation to crafting a compelling story. Coyne possesses a wealth of knowledge on the publishing industry and he shares it in spades. You'll be learn the inner workings of the industry as well as what sets apart a bestselling [...]



    11. Written to help writers craft a better story, this is actually a rewarding read for anyone who wants a better understanding of how stories work. Which should be everyone!


    12. Worth every stinking penny!If I ever have a book make it to the New York Times bestseller list, it will be a direct result of what I learned by reading this book.


    13. Interesting book, and one of the most useful I've found for novelists. It's also a strange book, which meanders all over the place. I wonder if the irony was lost on Shawn Coyne that this book could've used some more editing. On the one hand, it's one pearl after another from a guy who clearly knows his shit. On the other, it's like he had my 11-yr-old daughter tell everyone about it. "So, here's how The Story Grid Works, but first I want to tell you this story about this guy, and, well before t [...]


    14. The Good:I think Coyne has a lot of interesting things to say about story and plot structure, and he’s given me a lot of food for thought about how to approach reworking my novel. For that element of gratitude, I’m totally throwing in an extra star.The Bad:It’s frustrating how SUPER focused on thrillers Coyne is - it almost feels like he really wanted to write a book on how to structure a thriller, but realized a more general approach would have broader appeal and well, here we are. He als [...]


    15. Amazing. This is a writing book you need to have on your shelves, right next to "On Writing". I've seen this book do the rounds of writer friends who have praised it and - arrogantly, naively - dismissed it for a while. But I'm incredibly glad I picked it up. Coyne breaks down fundamental concepts in easy to understand ways and builds them up using The Silence of the Lambs as an example work to show you how it all ties together. I haven't shown my kindle highlights on this one because I've basic [...]


    16. Las cosas claras, Story Grid es un libro muy bueno, que ofrece un mecanismo claro y replicable para poder construir una historia decente o detectar los fallos en una historia ya escrita. Tomado como un curso de edición, es una inversión segura pero Story Grid no es una lectura muy adecuada para escritores noveles, porque puede hacer que se pierdan en los detalles (los elementos de la historia) en lugar de ocuparse del conjunto (terminar su maldito libro). Creo que este título está indicado a [...]


    17. Bought this on kindle after it was recommended by writing friend. Having read through it, I am now using it to do revisions and finding it very helpful. Maybe it's because I have an old kindle, but the diagrams were illegible on it. They are available on the web, but having bought the book on kindle, Yes, I do find it irksome to have to look up diagrams on the web. There are some extremely interesting and insightful observations about genre conventions and obligatory scenes and while these are c [...]


    18. I have been waiting a long time for a book like this to come my way. As a writer who stumbles often with the story process, this was gold for me. The Story Grid goes into great detail on how to craft a story that hooks the reader. It goes through the necessary components of different genes and overall factors that are needed for a story to work. It's a necessary book, I think, for all writers, especially those who write fiction. I will be returning to the excellent guidance in this book again.


    19. A mathematical approach to editing As someone with a science and math background, this approach to editing a great story was very unique and interesting. I am really glad that the author decided to share it with us.


    20. EXACTLY what I needed to help evaluate a documentary film I'm working on. If you are interested in story telling and what makes a story "work" this is a must read!


    21. This book is a game-changer and I wish I read it 10 years ago.In its opening pages, the Story Grid answers the question that every aspiring author asks when we inevitably stumble into a novel that is pure trash, but somehow manages to sell thousands of copies. Why? How? (Followed quickly by: It's not faaaaair!) The reason, editor Shawn Coyne explains, is storytelling. You can have the hackiest, least sophisticated writing style ever, and lack technical ability, but if you know how to craft a goo [...]


    22. If you are a fiction writer or interested in film or story-telling, this is a must-read. Coyne is a long-time writer and editor, having worked in the film industry editing scripts and with successful writers. This book is a culmination of how he has learned to edit manuscripts. It is his method—in every detail—of what makes a script or book "work." His method involves a "story grid" which is a collection of data about the manuscript. Coyne's driving theme is that every genre contains obligat [...]


    23. The Story Grid: What Good Editor Know, is essential reading for any fiction writer. The author, Shawn Coyne, is a professional editor and makes a compelling case that you need your own editor, and provides a framework, called the Story Grid, that you can use to get started. The Story Grid helps you organize your story, beginning, middle and end, scene by scene, to make sure the forest looks good from a distance as well as zooming in to make sure all the individual trees are all healthy and growi [...]


    24. In my writing group, we have a book of the month that discusses a particular theme or idea. Last month was all about Story Structure and Shawn Coyne's book was the one we were tasked with reading.After exploding my brain a few times over, I can confidently say that this book is well worth the read. It's highly technical and includes a ton of detail that I, a lowly pantser, balk at. That said, once I reached the end of the book, everything made sense. Being able to map out what your novel scenes [...]


    25. Actually, I'm surprised by this book and how good I find it. Superficially, it makes the impression of one of these "success-recepies-things" which pretend to have the answer to everything and don't even work for a particular case. It's slightly different with the story grid. Sure, it doesn't have the answer to everything although it seems at times to pretend. Sure, you don't have to like Coyones authoritative voice, which some might find boastful and to self-assured. Sure, I too take issue with [...]


    26. I was blown away by this book. I've finished the first draft of a novel and was looking for insight on how the editing process works. This book really delivers; it gives you a method to look at your work analytically and show yourself where your book may stagnate, become repetitive, or not really move. Shawn's book is engaging, informative, descriptive, and was an easy read. Most of the book provides solid advice and he interjects interesting anecdotes along the way to emphasize his message. Bon [...]


    27. Excellent Information - I've read a lot of novel writing books, blogs, and listened to hours of podcasts. This book is the first in a long time to present a different perspective. When you are a new novel writer like myself, the many books like "The 12 Key Pillars", "Snowflake Method", "Story Engineering" and podcasts like "Writing Excuses" really open your eyes. At least they did mine. But once they start to repeat the the same information, you get the idea that maybe that is all that anyone ha [...]


    28. Outstandingly humbling. Very easy to read, straight to the point, and written by an expert of the craft. I came into reading this book a bit weary, but after looking up Coyne's track record as an editor I immediately felt comfortable with whatever he had to say, and at some points I honestly felt like his book was written directly towards writers like myself who truly believe(d) their work was too unique to be boiled down into concrete wholes. Especially writers who adore writing in abstract fre [...]


    29. I'm torn whether to give this three or four stars, so I'll just give it four. I think any book on the craft of writing should give you ideas to implement into your own work and this book did that. Some of the information on genre and outlining were pretty helpful, but some of the information struck me as overly complex, poorly presented (as in it only made sense once I went through the book a second time), and the story grid process itself seemed like a lot of busy work (three to four weeks just [...]


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