Can watching TV make you a better writer?

Meet the Editors

Welcome to our show! We're three editors who met in Nashville, Tenessee while studying story structure with Shawn Coyne. We bonded over a love of editing, storytelling and making fun of each other's accents; we're driven by good stories, strong tea, and a desire to help writers write better stories and master their genre.

Meet the Editors

Can watching TV make you a better writer?

Welcome to the Story Grid Showrunners podcast, dedicated to helping writers master their genre.

What does that even mean? Really we just want to pinpoint excellent examples of storytelling using TV. 

If you’re writing a book and you want to make it stand out, join us as we watch Hit TV shows like Killing Eve. 

We’ll pull apart what works or doesn’t, in each episode, we’ll use the Story grid template to help you apply what we’ve learned to your novel.


Why the Story Grid?

There are many templates and schools of thought that can help you self-edit your book. The Story Grid takes many of these concepts, for example, Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s journey or Kim Kessler’s Virgin’s Promise or Save the cat, and allows you to understand why your novel isn’t working.

So what does the Story Grid have to do with TV series? 

In the Story Grid universe we believe that you can learn from masterworks. At you can find resources showing how and why Silence of the Lambs is a classic thriller, and why Pride & Prejudice is still a celebrated love story even though it was published over 150 years ago.

If you want to see films analysed, go to the Editors Roundtable. We love those guys, and they do an awesome job showing how films work.

We are three Story Grid Editors - Parul, Mel and Randall - and we met while studying under Editor Shawn Coyne. In an ugly business hotel in the wonderful city of Nashville, Tennessee we bonded as we studied together; we analysed novels, films, songs together. We’re part of a select group of Story Grid geeks who help writers write better stories using the story grid methodology.

When we work with writers we often find ourselves asking them to look up kick ass TV series. So, for example, if you’re writing a thriller, I might ask you to take a look at the subversive Villanelle in Killing Eve,

In this podcast, we’ll create shortcuts for you. 

Each season we will select a TV series and help you understand why it works, episode by episode and overall. We’ll look at the characters and why they’re memorable or not. 

If you're writing a novel, screenplay or TV series, our show will help you look at storytelling from an editor's perspective. 

We’ll keep our analysis to around 20 minutes long, so you can pop the kettle on, and get yourself a cup of tea, and join us. 

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