Story structure is one of the most important elements of writing craft, and you can learn a lot by analyzing the structure of stories you love. In this very special episode of The Career Author Podcast, J. is joined by Story Grid creator, Shawn Coyne.  Discover how to break down and analyze any story beat or scene to figure out how it was done which you can then apply to your own writing.

For those intimidated by the Story Grid methodology, this episode will serve as an accessible and valuable introduction.

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.

To watch “Floor 9.5,” read the transcript of the interview, and see the questions Shawn and J. used to deconstruct the scene, go to

Originally broadcast in October of 2017 on The Intronaut, J. and Zach are thrilled to give this valuable conversation a permanent home on The Career Author Podcast.

The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.

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