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What does studying psychology do for a writer? I can’t begin to tell you how important this auto-didactic education is to creating believable/sympathetic characters.  Especially the antagonists… In this Story Grid Podcast episode we discuss the work of Sigmund Freud and his star pupil/turned rival Carl Jung as a means to get a handle on […]

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Where do your interests as a writer and the interests of an under-served community of readers intersect?  This is the gist of this week’s Story Grid Podcast.  We often get so enamored with our own particular fascinations, that we forget about an all important component of being a professional.  That component is considering your audience, […]

This episode of The Story Grid podcast is about getting back to basics.  When you’re flummoxed, it’s always a good idea to take a deep breath and go back to the basics. What is my global over-riding Genre? In Tim’s case, it’s the Action Genre What is the value at stake in that Genre? For […]

What does an editor do when a manuscript arrives that is many iterations away from working? How can he explain to the writer that the book doesn’t work and that he’ll need to go all the back to step number one to sort out what’s wrong with it and more importantly, how he’ll take the […]

Finishing a first draft of anything is a great feeling. Soon thereafter, though, comes the niggling, nasty, deep, dark panic that what you’ve done is so far from home that it seems pointless to keep thrashing it around.  This is a critical moment in every writer’s journey. And as an editor, it’s the moment that […]