Welcome to my blog.
Where I dish out digestible pieces of tough advice once a week. Don’t try to take it in all at once. Find one, learn it, apply it, come right back. You don’t learn with a firehose.
You learn with time.
For those of you that have questions but can't make the live Q&A sessions, I got your back. Submit your writing questions here. (I'd love to offer you marketing advice and how to sell a bajillion books, but that's just not what I'm here for—sorry. And don't...read more
Drake's Brutal Breakdown In Drake's Brutal Breakdown, I dissect an aspect or two of a movie or TV show as a way for you to see how I see stories. I’m assuming you've already seen whatever it is I'm about to discuss. If you haven’t, what I say in this...read more
The time has come. With the explosive fall season approaching for both movies and TV, I'm bringing you my opinion. I know. You're shocked. I'm taking current media and putting my own spin on it. We're going to brutally take these stories apart and look at them from...read more
As a way of celebrating my awesome new website and my advent into all the classes I could possibly bring you, I'm bringing you a Kindle Fire 7. That's right. A free Kindle Fire 7. This baby is awesome. It's so much more than an e-reader. It's #allthethings....read more
You read that right. I'm going to teach you all the things, like: Creating a Dynamic Story that Satisfies and Sells On Sunday, September 10th at 12:00 pm PST, I'm bringing you an hour of awesome content. Literally awesome content. I'm going to go over my first...read more
Bookshelves are supposed to be messy. I really think most of you will agree. The lack of organization shows the intense amount of love and respect that I give to these tomes every day. I clutter because I care. You know it's true. Tweet me pictures of your bookshelves...read more
Where narrative prose is used to describe things, action prose is used to describe motion. Please don’t confuse the two, for they are very, very different. When you are describing motion, you have to approach the written text with a completely different mindset as...read more
Showing vs. telling is—and always has been—a tricky topic for writers of all levels. It comes down to narrative and exposition.read more
Compulsory Scenes are scenes that have to be included in a story, depending on the genre you are writing in. Let’s discuss how to write them well.read more
I get asked all the time, “I have this idea for a story, should I just start writing or should I plot it out?” And while this is a great question, it’s the wrong question for people who are just starting out as writers. Worse, the real answer is something no new...read more
Don’t confuse the question of your conflict with the question of your theme. Here’s why: “Will Luke Skywalker Destroy the Death Star and live happily every after, or will he die in the attempt?” This is the question of the Conflict – I.E., the Physical Layer. It’s a...read more
Setting benchmarks of what your character loves, is about to lose (State of Perfection), or has already lost (State of Imperfection), will help the reader understand and care about the character’s plight. This is Physical Layer stuff, but starts to build a...read more