Showrunners 00: Introduction

Welcome to the Story Grid Showrunners Podcast, dedicated to helping writers master their genre.

If you’re writing a book and you want to make it stand out, we can help you. 

How? We’ll be watching and analyzing hit TV series using the Story Grid and will help you apply what we’ve learned to your own writing.

Why the Story Grid?

There are many templates and schools of thought that can help you self-edit your book. The Story Grid takes many of these concepts, for example, Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey or Kim Hudson’s Virgin’s Promise or Save the cat! Writes a Novel, and allows you to understand why your novel isn’t working.

So what does the Story Grid have to do with TV series? 

In the Story Grid Universe, we believe that you can learn from masterworks. At www.storygrid.com you can find resources showing how and why Silence of the Lambs is a classic thriller, and why Pride & Prejudice is still a celebrated love story even though it was published over 150 years ago.

If you want to see films analyzed, go to the Story Grid Editors Roundtable. We love those guys, and they do an awesome job showing how films work.

Who we are

We are three Story Grid Editors – Parul, Mel, and Randall – and we met while studying under Editor Shawn Coyne. In an ugly business hotel in the wonderful city of Nashville, Tennessee we bonded as we studied together; we analyzed novels, films, songs together. We’re part of a select group of Story Grid geeks who help writers write better stories using the story grid methodology.

When we work with writers we often find ourselves asking them to look up kick-ass TV series. So, for example, if you’re writing a thriller, we might ask you to take a look at the subversive Villanelle in Killing Eve.

In this podcast, we’ll create shortcuts for you. 

Each season we will select a TV series and help you understand why it works, episode by episode and overall. We’ll look at the characters and why they’re memorable or not. 

If you’re writing a novel, screenplay or TV series, our show will help you look at storytelling from an editor’s perspective. 

We’ll keep our analysis to around 20 to 30 minutes long, so you can pop the kettle on, and get yourself a cup of tea, and join us. 

If you’re writing a book and you want to make it stand out, we can help you. 

How? We’ll be watching and analyzing hit TV series using the Story Grid and will help you apply what we’ve learned to your own writing.

Please visit our website at https://sgshowrunners.com/to view our show notes and vote for the next television series you want us to analyze.

About Melanie Naumann

Melanie is a developmental editor and action love story writer from Germany. She specializes in applying the Story Grid methodology to songwriting as well as to the art of writing graphic novels & comic books.

About Parul Bavishi

Parul Bavishi started her publishing career in the editorial teams at Quercus and Random House and was later a Literary Scout for Eccles Fisher. She now edits Thriller and Young Adult novels through Publishing Uncovered and co-hosts the London Writers' Salon, a creative writing hub in London where she runs events such as the Pitch an Agent Masterclass. At the Salon, she has interviewed award-winning writers, including poet Amal El-Mohtar, and the journalist and writer Luke Jennings, creator of the Killing Eve series. She believes in the long-game approach to creating work that matters and taking time to hone your craft. She has helped many writers create their best work and would love to help you.

About Randall Surles

Randy Surles is a Certified Story Grid Editor with over 5 years of experience who specializes in editing Thrillers (Military/Fantasy/Science Fiction) and military non-fiction. Randy retired from the U.S. Army after serving over 20 years as a Green Beret.
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Authors Melanie Naumann and Parul Bavishi and Randall Surles

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Shannon Strickland says:

This sounds like a great new adventure! A few shows that would be fun to analyze are Breaking Bad, Poldark, Dr. Who, The Twilight Zone, The Andy Griffith Show, and Cheers.

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Jonathan Berman says:

Anything by Norman Lear, Aaron Sorkin, Joss Whedon, David E. Kelley, Chris Carter, JJ Abrams, Seth MacFarlane. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mash, Modern Family, Happy Days, Life in Pieces, Soap, Parks and Recreation, The Office. SWAT, The Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman, Spenser For Hire, Magnum PI, The Rockford Files. Pushing Daisies, Life, Quantum Leap, Early Edition, Journeyman, Elementary, Sherlock. Downton Abbey, Keeping Up Appearances. True Blood, Desperate Housewives. Whether you pick any of these or not, really looking forward to the show. Thanks very much.

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