Story Grid Diagnostic of your story


You have a complete draft and you want to know if your story works? Does it create excitement, intrigue, and catharsis?


Story Grid Diagnostic of your story

You’ve finished a draft. Now what?

You’ve got your story - your storyboard, your dialogues, and panel descriptions. But now you’re stuck. All the advice you’ve heard from everyone is to finish the first draft, but now what? Hiring a copy editor? But what if your story does not satisfy your readers' expectations because your story lacks excitement, intrigue, or even catharsis? Do grammar and spelling checks really help you tell the best version of the story you are meant to write?

So after the first draft, you’re not sure what level of story you have. Does it work or not? If it does work, how do you make it among the best of its genre?  If it doesn’t work, how do you make it work? How do you get it closer to working? How do you level the story up?

Maybe you thought once the first draft was done it would be easier, but now you have this giant pile of scribbles, captions, and dialogue or panel descriptions that you’re not sure what to do with.

So you do what Stephen King says and stick it in a drawer for a couple of weeks. 

But when you come back to it with fresh eyes and re-read it, now you know it’s not working or that it’s just not good enough. You still don’t know what to do. So it goes back in the drawer and it just seems easier to work on a new story. But then it will happen again. And again. And again. And before long you’ll be one of those stereotypical writers that write but never publishes. Starts but never finishes. And your words and manuscripts will pile up without you ever getting over the hump into figuring out how to finish one of these things.

Hire an editor, right?

And let’s say you do try to get some help. So you hire an editor, give them an arbitrary amount of money, send them your draft. And then you wait. And wait. And wait.

Finally, you get some feedback on your story. But it’s impossible to follow. There’s advice on individual scenes. Then kind of vague feedback on entire parts. But nothing concrete. Nothing that points out actual problems with the story and gives you steps towards fixing them.

This is exactly what many writers find themselves in. They have a finished draft and are stuck on what to do next. 

If you hire a Story Grid Certified Editor like me, you will not get a dozen pages of random notes on your story.

Instead, I will systematically work on your story with the tools of the Story Grid methodology. After around 30 days, you get on the phone with me. And I am able to give specific feedback on what is working in the story and what isn’t. I help you discover the story you truly intend to write, the story that would resonate with readers and draw on your experience and strengths. I will also provide clear steps on what to do next to improve the story and provide master works in the genre for you to reference.

Most importantly, at the end of the call, you have two important things:


Finished draft? Or Published?

You don’t just want a storyboard or a draft, you want a finished, working, good comic book. 

You want to figure out how to transform you “meh” story into something you’re proud to release to the world.

AND you want to improve as a writer. 

This isn’t just about this particular story, it’s about leveling up as a writer. Understanding story in a fundamental, deep way. It’s about not making the same mistakes over and over, and finally making some new, better mistakes that are getting you closer to your goals.

The goal here is to use the process of revising this manuscript to make you a better writer.

So your 2nd draft works.

But then your next 1st draft works too.

And your next.

And you become a writer that finishes books.


How to Get From Here to There

This is where the Story Grid Diagnostic comes in.

The Story Grid Diagnostic is a tool Shawn Coyne developed to take a writer’s manuscript to the next level. It provides a clear picture of where the writing is currently and concrete next steps on how to improve it.

Here is what you get when you invest in a Story Grid Diagnostic:


Investment: 950 $



+ Investment: 250 $


My promise to you is at the end of this process, you will have a clear understanding and breakdown of the level of your current manuscript along with concrete steps on what to do next to improve both your writing and your manuscript. 

And all of this will be done and delivered within 30 days. 


Take Your Story to the Next Level

Are you ready to take your work in progress and actually take steps to finish it?

Do you want to work 1-on-1 with a Story Grid Certified Editor… someone who can actually help you in a clear and understandable way?

You’re at the point of decision. You can either continue down the path of least resistance, the path you have already been traveling, or you can choose the road less traveled. The path of least resistance will probably result in you getting the same outcomes you’ve always received. But if you want something different to happen, if you want to change the direction of your writing you’re going to have to do something different. Make a new choice, and pursue your new outcome.


Want to take the next right step?

Write me an email and tell me about you and your story.

Why Story Grid

Achieve the target
Review the plan

Get out of writer's block

Is resistance keeping you from finishing your story? Looking at the global story and your theme will give you new inspiration.

Don't wrestle. Fight and win.

Facing problems in your story that you just can't pinpoint? The analytical tools of the Story Grid will show you what needs changing.

You are not alone.

Every writer struggles at one point. It's good to have a community like in the Story Grid Universe that supports and helps each other out.

It's just so damn tempting.

Everyone loves a great story. And the Story Grid will help you as the creator of a new story to tell the best stories you possibly can!

Got a question?

Here you find some answers to frequently asked questions:

  • What is the Story Grid?
  • How does the Story Grid help my comic book series or my graphic novel?
  • Are you a Story Grid Certified Editor?

What is the Story Grid?

The Story Grid methodology was developed by Shawn Coyne, an editor with over 25 years experience. The Story Grid tools help to analyze stories and provide helpful editorial comments. It’s like a CT Scan that takes a photo of the global story and tells the editor or writer what is working, what is not, and what must be done to make what works better and fix what’s not.

How does the Story Grid help my comic book series or my graphic novel?

The Story Grid is not about grammar or style. It focuses on what makes a story work and what does not. It zooms out and looks at the global story, or zooms in to the micro level of beats or scenes. For every perspective there are tools that help the wirter / editor to figure out what the story is missing, how to make it stronger and what to leave out or change. It's like a toolbox. It helps to understand and learn the craft of storytelling. And it doesn't matter, if the story is told via a song, a novel, an advertisement campaign or through a comic book. The Story Grid is universally applicable.

Are you a Story Grid Certified Editor?

Yes, I am.

I was trained by Shawn Coyne who continously develops the Story Grid methodology. I'm following the podcast, the editor's roundtable podcast, the Story Grid University courses and I'm working on my own case studies to show how the Story Grid can be applied for telling stories that work through the art of captivating pictures, captions, and dialogue.