Pride and Prejudice - The STORY GRID edition - Annotated by SHAWN COYNE




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A Sub-Genre of One’s Own

By Shawn Coyne | Published: October 27, 2017

When I find a story fascinating, like I obviously find THE TIPPING POINT, I can’t help but think about the writer.  What drove him or her to tell it? I have a grand theory that there is something deep within them that drives them…something that they need to work out in their own minds that directs them to explore a particular genre and carve out a space inside of it of their own. I also believe that they are not consciously aware of their internal north star…

In this next post edited from the archives, I explore what may have driven Malcolm Gladwell to create his own particular kind of story…what I think of as the debunking of conventional wisdom narrative…a sub-genre of the Revelation Story.


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What It Takes

What It Takes

You Have The Power

By Callie Oettinger | Published: October 20, 2017

June 12, 1993, presented me with a question.

Go anchor or go springboard?

Let the day pull me deeper than the Mariana Trench or propel me beyond Hubble’s view?

I flip flopped for years. (more…)

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What It Takes

What It Takes

It Ain’t Easy When You Get What You “Want”

By Shawn Coyne | Published: October 13, 2017

What’s it like when you get the call?  When you get the big deal and you’ve been ushered into Big Publishing’s Finishing School with a seven figure advance for your first book? Let’s head back to some material from and explore the reality of this dream come true state of being…

When contemplating a writing project, let just one question guide you:

What’s at stake?

Not just what’s at stake in the Story—if it’s not earth shaking, find another one to tell—but what’s at stake for you personally. If you could skip the project and forget about it the next day, it’s not one to devote years of your life to telling. Burning your creative days on something that’s not going to push you to the edge of madness is a waste of time.


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