I’ve been raving about The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne for a while.
As a Big Five editor for 25 years, Shawn’s grid method was so sought after that successful authors would leave their publishers to work with him. But the stress was making him miserable, so he left the pressure cooker, finally creating a balanced life where he does what he loves: developmental editing, which is, in Shawn’s words…
“…working with somebody who is very dedicated to what they want to do, and taking the time and working methodically through a process so that they become a better and better writer.”
He’s doing that now with Tim Grahl on a podcast that’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard.
Of the 85 books about writing fiction that I have on my shelves and in my Kindle, The Story Grid is a significant outlier. In terms of reducing bestseller magic to concrete, reproducible, often indispensable parts, Shawn’s book is in a league of its own.
His grid process is ingenious, detailed and requires sustained effort to learn and follow – about like everything else on Earth that works any sort of wonders. (Speaking of wonders, please check out The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle.)
So I applied for one of 25 slots to learn The Story Grid’s developmental editing techniques from Shawn Coyne in Nashville this September, and to my surprise, I was accepted. I’ll be listed on his site as an editor offering his methods.
Now I need your help in deciding something that’s really important to me. I have 6,733 followers here.
Tell me if I should…
1. Use this site (storiform.com) for my future developmental editing service as well as my blog, probably with a lighter-colored theme, or…
2. Should I make another site for the editing service?
What do you think?
I just need a 1 or a 2 as a comment below. (If you have time, more advice would be appreciated, of course.) Or email me.
Thanks so much,
M. Talmage Moorehead
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