I’m always sceptical when someone claims that they have a “brand new way” to write stories. Stories have been written since the beginning of time; how can there be anything “new” about storytelling now? So when I heard about Story Grid, I was on the fence. What is this new method that claims to be better than all other writing methods?
Turns out that it’s not exactly “better;” it’s just the foundation that every other writing method stands on.
I’ve mentioned Story Grid before in a few posts. I discovered it several months ago and became intrigued as I started reading through the mass of free content they have on their website. I even subscribed to their newsletter and got the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne for free (I’m not sure if they’re still running that free book promotion because I stumbled on it by accident, but hey, it’s worth checking to see if you can get a $30-something book by only paying shipping!).
For whatever reason – either because the method they’ve outlined really is genius or just clicks with my brain – Story Grid instantly made sense to me. I understood it better than any storytelling method I’d ever come across – yes, even Hero’s Journey! I think it’s because Story Grid isn’t exactly a writing method. It’s more like a complete breaking down of “story” as we know it. Reading their posts feels like dissecting a story itself to see what makes it tick. And it works.
Knowing what a good story looks like is the very first step to crafting one yourself. If you haven’t already, take a look at Story Grid’s website! There’s so much to learn for free, and we should always take advantage of that as writers.
I’m not getting paid to say any of this, either – I just think they’re a great resource that every writer can benefit from.
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