The Story Grid

The bible of writing books...

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 more difficult.)

"The Story Grid is an intensely practical tool. Like all tools, when you use it, it works. It will change you, your writing and most of all, the people who read what you write."
Seth Godin
The Icarus Deception

Original Fiction

Four Core Fiction
The Sand Sea
The Threshing

Craft Nonfiction

The Writers’ Common Language: A Shared Vocabulary to Tell Better Stories
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: A Story Grid Masterwork Analysis Guide
The Writer’s Daily Practice: A Guide to Becoming a Lifelong Storyteller
Story Grid Publishing: Year One – Print Bundle
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien: A Story Grid Masterworks Analysis Guide
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: A Story Grid Masterworks Analysis Guide
Point of View: Why Narrative Perspective Can Make or Break Your Story
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: A Story Grid Masterwork Analysis Guide
Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book
Conventions and Obligatory Moments: The Must-haves to Meet Audience Expectations
Four Core Fiction: A Story Grid Contenders Analysis Guide
Story Grid 101: The Five First Principles of the Story Grid Methodology
The Four Core Framework: Needs, Life Values, Emotions, and Events in Storytelling
The Threshing by Tim Grahl: A Story Grid Contenders Analysis Guide
Action Story: The Primal Genre
What’s the Big Idea? Nonfiction Condensed.
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell: A Story Grid Masterworks Analysis Guide
The Story Grid
Story Grid Universe

Access our free 5-part Story Grid Course. In these lessons, Shawn will walk you step-by-step through the basics of Story Grid and how to get started.