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Home to Drake’s Brutal Analysis—where I take trending media and put the Drake U spin on the structure and execution. Find the occasional informative blog post as well. Keep updated on exciting new classes, story structure based blog posts, announcements, and more.

The Hero’s Journey Mini Class

The Hero's Journey—And All It Means Say what? You want to learn more about the Hero's Journey and all that it means? You've heard of it (from everywhere) but don't really know anything about Joseph Campbell and his (somewhat dry) book on it? Or you do but you're not...

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IT—A Story Analysis

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 breakdown won’t...

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The Question Box is Now Open

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...

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard: A Story Analysis

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...

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Introducing Drakes Brutal Analysis

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...

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Win a Kindle Fire 7

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....

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Free Dynamic Story Creation Webinar

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...

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Show Me Your Messy Bookshelves

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...

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Show vs Tell: Action Prose

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...

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6 Steps to Professional Writing

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...

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Your Conflict is Not Your Theme

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...

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Benchmarks of Theme

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...

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