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The Story Grid

What Good Editors Know
Narrated by: Dan Portnoy
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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What is the Story Grid?

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 a tool with many applications:

  • It will tell a writer if a story "works" or "doesn't work".
  • It pinpoints story problems but does not emotionally abuse the writer, revealing exactly where a story (not the person creating the story) has failed.
  • It will tell the writer the specific work necessary to fix that story's problems.
  • It is a tool to re-envision and resuscitate a seemingly irredeemable pile of paper stuck in an attic drawer.
  • It is a tool that can inspire an original creation.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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  • A. P. Hughes
  • 11-26-19

confusing and badly needs editing!

The audio quality changes multiple times, over and over again in a single section so it's obvious it was recorded on several different days, then botched together.
It's virtually impossible to follow without reading along with the pdf, so I would recommend simply buying the book instead.
Finally, the narrator voices the punctuation, therefore says 'slash' out loud instead of waiting a beat (which is no doubt what the author intended). I counted the narrator saying 'slash' 32 times in one section. Incredibly annoying!
I gave up after four hours, completely lost track of the endless lists & slashes!
It's a shame because I'm sure there's valuable information here, it's just not accessible in audio format.