Writing a book is hard...
Writing a book is a tough gig, especially when combined with all the other things we have to do. I'm proof it can be done even with a busy life.
I spent 4 years writing the first two drafts of my current work in progress. I had some tools but I still wasn't getting where I needed to be in the timeframe I wanted. With the help of a Certified Story Grid editor over a 6 month period, my story stopped limping towards the failure drawer and started to fly.
The story is still in progress, but this time the second draft has good bones, and it's a joy to work on.
If you've written a story and need a thorough 'next steps' analysis or someone to help you write the story from the ground up with some tools to help then contact me below.
I can't write your story for you but I can save you loads of time and re-work.
Go to 'For Authors' to learn more.
I've studied the Story Grid methodology since I first heard Shawn Coyne, discuss it with Joanna Penn on the Creative Penn podcast in 2014. I've taken all of the Story Grid courses and recently (2020) completed the official editor certification course.
I’ve also worked with a Certified Story Grid Editor to learn more about story structure and the craft of writing scenes and put the theory into practice. The method and tools work whether you're trying to find and solve a micro story problem or a macro story problem.
What is Story Grid?
The Story Grid is a tool developed by editor Shawn Coyne to analyze stories and provide helpful editorial comments. Shawn has worked in the publishing industry for over thirty years, including working as an editor at the Big Five publishing houses.
"Story Grid 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."
Shawn Coyne The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know, 2015
If you’d like to learn more about the Story Grid Book and Story Grid Resources including the tools, click here.