Story Grid 101

If you're lost with all this talk of spreadsheets, genres, foolscaps, and grids, this is the page for you. Jump into the resources below to get introduced to the Story Grid basics.

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Genres have Conventions and Obligatory Scenes

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The Foolscap: How to Put Your Novel on One Page

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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.