Resources For Writers

From book reviews and recommendations to tips about the craft and updates on the changing publishing landscape, this is where you will find a range of information to help you improve your writing.

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Dialogue – A Lesson from Robert McKee

Robert McKee is the genius behind the go-to writer's guide, Story. His focus is the screenwriting world, but the concepts apply to every genre and form of writing. He's been teaching his methods around the world for decades. McKee doesn't pull any punches. Buy his...

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November 19, 2015 – Storytellers’ Meetup Handouts

Last evening, I had the pleasure of speaking with a group of energetic writers who met at the Angus Glen Library in Markham. The Storytellers represented the diversity of writers - published, in the draft stage, conceptualizing ideas, writing 250 words every day,...

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Poe’s Philosophy Of Composition [long]

From: Graham’s Magazine, vol. XXVIII, no. 4, April 1846, 28:163-167 CHARLES DICKENS, in a note now lying before me, alluding to an examination I once made of the mechanism of “Barnaby Rudge,” says — “By the way, are you aware that Godwin wrote his ‘Caleb Williams’...

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Shawn Coyne’s The Story Grid [Story Editing] – Video 4

The Story Grid Spreadsheet By: Shawn Coyne. Featuring: Steven Pressfield. Click HERE for the original post. You must have a MAP of your story - how else will you know that your protagonists have reached their destination/destiny? So now you have a first draft of your...

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Shawn Coyne’s The Story Grid [Story Editing] – Video 5

According to Shawn and Steven, this process is 'what separates the pros from the amateurs'. At long last, we’ll put together the macro editorial information from The Foolscap Global Story Grid with the micro details from The Story Grid Spreadsheet. What will result is...

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Shawn Coyne’s The Story Grid [Story Editing] – Video 3

The Foolscap Global Story Grid By: Shawn Coyne. Featuring: Steven Pressfield. Click HERE to visit the original post. Macro --Micro: Break your book down into manageable parts. What if you could put an entire outline of your novel or nonfiction book on a single page of...

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Shawn Coyne’s The Story Grid [Story Editing] – Video 1

Buy the Story Grid book - it's a terrific resource! Click HERE. Where did The Story Grid come from? It began as a way to achieve a big personal ambition—how to become a successful book editor. But it evolved to solve a much bigger universal problem—the fact that there...

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