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How to finish your 1st draft

How to work with a developmental editor and get to a finished, working first draft.

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Dialing in the Sequence

Tim gets much closer with his rewrite of the sequence, but there’s still plenty to dial in. How do you identify these moments and how do you make them work? Shawn answers in this episode.

Download Tim’s Scenes 17-22.

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Back to the 5 Commandments of Storytelling

You have a scene that’s not working, but you can’t figure out why. What do you do? Shawn takes Tim back to the 5 Commandments of Storytelling.

Click here to read Tim’s Scenes 17-20.

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Starting Your Middle Build

Shawn gives feedback on Tim’s first Middle Build sequence and shares principles on how to do it right.

Download Tim’s Scenes 12-17.

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How Genre Affects Your Story

Shawn always talks about how important it is to know your genre, but it’s sometimes a bit fuzzy figuring it out. Tim is in this spot now so Shawn walks him through it.

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Scenes and Sequences for your Middle Build

The Middle Build is the longest and most complex section of your novel. Figuring out how to plan it and pace it is really tough. Shawn and Tim dive in on how to do this.

Download Tim’s current Middle Build Scene/Sequence list.

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How long will this take?

How long does it take to write a great book? Some writers crank it out in a few weeks. Tim is taking much longer. What’s the timeline on books?

Here’s the video we reference.

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LIVE with Shawn and Tim

Shawn and Tim recently spoke at Tribe Conference 2016. This is a recording of that talk. They discuss going pro, the hero’s journey, and several other topics.

Click here to watch the video of Shawn and Tim’s talk.

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What is the Setting for your Novel?

The 4 questions you have to answer to establish the setting of your novel.

Download Tim’s world document.

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