By Steven Pressfield | Published: August 19, 2015
Shawn Coyne and I have been really dumb in the way we operate this blog and Shawn’s www.storygrid.com. We keep giving stuff away that we should be “monetizing.”
Here we go again (actually Shawn is the main Dumb Guy behind this) with a five-part free mini-course based on Shawn’s wonderful book The Story Grid, about the craft of story editing. Click here to stream all five parts. Each video is about ten-twelve minutes long. Trust me, they are definitely binge-worthy.
Okay. What is this mini-course exactly?
Well, when Shawn brought out The Story Grid a few months ago, he was very aware that the book was, shall we say, “challenging.” He had poured twenty-five years of experience as a Big Five Publishing editor into the book.
It was the epic of Gilgamesh.
It was the Bible.
It contained everything.
James Joyce himself wrote in to say, “Dude, my head is spinning—and I’m only on page 67!”
So Shawn thought, “Hmm, lemme follow the book up with a short video course, something easy and informal from me, just so people don’t feel like they’re being thrown unaided into the deep end of the ocean.”
Next, Shawn phoned Jeff Simon, our resident genius in film and video, and together (along with Jeff’s film-and-video partner Matt Andrews) they went into the studio and shot the videos.
They even got me to chip in a few thoughts.
When the series was finished, Shawn sent all five videos for free to every person who had bought the book of The Story Grid (with the exception of those who bought the book from the Black Irish online store as a “guest.” See the end of this post for the technical explanation.) Shawn sent the videos as a surprise. No one knew they were coming.
Response was so enthusiastic that Shawn decided to go one better. He released the videos, still for free, to all his followers on his own site, www.storygrid.com.
That went over great too.
So now we’re “going wide” to all our friends who follow this blog or anybody who just happened to log on by mistake.
The mini-course is really terrific. It’s just Shawn sitting in a chair against a white backdrop, explaining what the Story Grid is and how you, the writer, can use it to find out if your story is working and, if it isn’t, how to fix it.
The mini-course is a standalone entity. Even if you haven’t read The Story Grid or any of Shawn’s posts on his blog, you’ll get it. You’ll understand. You can start using the principles right away.
One of the strange phenomena we’ve discovered blogging and publishing on the web is that it’s just as hard to give stuff away as to sell it.
In fact we probably should be selling this mini-course.
But we’re dumb and here it is for free.
We hope you enjoy it and we hope you find it helpful.
[To receive videos and other content in advance, sign up for First Look Access (the sign-up box is in the upper right-hand corner of this page) and also be sure to tick the “Subscribe to our newsletter” box when you check out with Black Irish Books in case we want to send out more goodies. These videos were sent first to readers who bought The Story Grid through the Black Irish Store who also had accounts granting us permission to send them emails.]