How to know if your story is any good

I was recently talking with my friend Shawn Coyne, author of The Story Grid, and I asked him how I can know my story is any good before I sink 80,000 words into writing it. This is what he told me:

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Tim Grahl
Tim Grahl
Tim Grahl is the author of Your First 1000 Copies and the founder of He has worked with authors for a decade to help them build their platform, connect with readers, and sell more books. He has worked 1-on-1 with over a hundred authors including Daniel Pink, Hugh Howey, Barbara Corcoran, Chip and Dan Heath, Sally Hogshead and many others. He has also launched dozens of New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestsellers.
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