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My vision is simple, to make better stories, one writer at a time.

Hi, my name is Maxwell Alexander Drake, or "Drake." As an award-winning, traditionally published author and regular convention presenter, I have taught creative writing for nearly two decades spanning the globe from San Diego, California to Saudi Arabia.

If you want to see more of what I'm currently working on, or join my mailing list, please visit www.StarvingWriterStudio.com

Since my beginnings as a writer, the content market has changed dramatically. Never before have so many people tried to become published authors--which is an awesome thing! At no time has it been easier for people to have their writing published! Great isn't it! And at no time in history have so many published (self or otherwise) been published, without the education or skill to write!

Writing is sacred to me. It's not easy to do well, no matter what you've been told. So the present state of the publishing industry troubles and frustrates my heart.

It takes time and effort to become a really good writer. So I've developed DrakeU.com and Drake's Brutal Writing Series to help writers become more dynamic, better-selling authors.

My goal is to help others understand how to make well-crafted stories that readers want to buy and read. Because, let's face it--in the end if you write something, but no one enjoys reading it--what's the point? And as Lisa puts it, a stronger story narrative that targets the reader's expectations as a customer, makes marketing a SNAP.

Together, we bring nearly four decades of publishing industry experience.

If you are an aspiring writer, or you want to master your craft, you're in the right place.

Maxwell Alexander "Drake"

Lessons in Stronger Story Narratives for Writers and Authors:

  1. 1 Meet Maxwell Alexander "Drake" and Lisa Frederickson

    Objective: To understand how crazy your instructors are :)

  2. 2 You Can't Write the Way You Talk

    Objective: Discover how writing as a skill benefits you as a writer.

  3. 3 Writing is a Skill, Not a Talent

    Objective: Shifting your mindset about writing as a talent to writing as a skill.

  4. 4 Writing is ALSO a Talent

    Objective: Discovering Aspects of Story Telling vs the Writing Skill

  5. 5 Knowledge DOES NOT Hurt Creativity

    Objective: Mindset Shift: Knowledge adds to your Creative Powers

  6. 6 Storytelling is a Job

    Objective: Understanding the Difference Between a Fan Mentality and a Professional Mentality

  7. 7 Writers are Unique, but Not Really

    Objective: Discover whether you are a Pantser or a Plotter, and the Definition of Both

  8. 8 Readers are Your Customers

    Objective: Learning to Write as a Professional, and not a Fan

  9. 9 Stories are NOT What You Think

    Objective: A Mindset Shift: Anatomy of a Strong Story Narrative

  10. 10 Where to Start

    Objective: Dissecting the Story Elements & Understanding Reviews/Ratings

  11. 11 Intro: Physical & Invisible Layers of a Story

    Objective: Gain Clear Comprehension of Physical Layer, Invisible Layer and the Role of Both within a Story

  12. 12 10,000 Foot View of What a Theme Is

    Objective: An overview of basic outline, and the importance of creating it prior to building the story.

  13. 13 The Definition of Theme

    Objective: Understand exactly what theme is.

  14. 14 Themes are Universal

    Objective: Discovering the basics of theme and their uses.

  15. 15 Themes are Fact (within the story)

    Objective: The story has its own set of rules where theme becomes fact.

  16. 16 Major and Minor Themes

    Objective: Discover the differences between major and minor themes and their uses.

  17. 17 More than just a Question

    Objective: Understanding the importance of transformation within a story

  18. 18 Reversals at the Theme Level

    Objective: Discover Theme Reversals and How they Work

  19. 19 Helps keep Your Story Tight and Focused

    Objective: Using theme to keep your story focused and tight.

  20. 20 First Beta Course Survey

    Objective: Survey for Beta Course

  21. 21 Allegories

    Objective: Introduction to Allegories

  22. 22 Internal vs. External Themes

    Objective: Comparison of Theme Types

  23. 23 Matrix of an Internal Theme

    Objective: Deeper dive into Internal Theme concepts.

  24. 24 Matrix of an External Theme

    Objective: Deeper dive into External Theme concepts.

  25. 25 How to Find Your Theme

    Objective: Exploring story structure through theme.

  26. 26 Theme Tells You Where Your Story Starts

    Objective: Transformation is Vital

  27. 27 Theme Tells You What Your Inciting Incident Is

    Objective: Understanding Character's Journey

  28. 28 Theme Tells You What ACT II Needs

    Objective: Using Theme for Story Structure

  29. 29 Theme Tells You What Your Overcome Is

    Objective: Role and Purpose of the Overcome

  30. 30 Use Stronger Verbs

    Objective: Verb Analysis

  31. 31 Kill Adverbs

    Objective: Examining Adverb Usage

  32. 32 Avoid Bland Linking Verbs

    Objective: Recognizing Good and Bad Linking Verbs

  33. 33 Active Voice, not Passive Voice

    Objective: Identifying passive voice.

  34. 34 What is POV

    Objective: Understanding the importance of choosing the correct POV

  35. 35 What is Narrative Tense

    Objective: Examining role and importance of tense choice

  36. 36 1st Person Overview

    Objective: An introduction to 1st Person POV

  37. 37 2nd Person Overview

    Objective: An introduction to 2nd Person POV

  38. 38 3rd Person Overview

    Objective: An introduction to 3rd Person POV

  39. 39 Deeper into 3rd Person POV's

    Objective: A deeper look into types of 3rd Person POV

  40. 40 Point of View Discussion

    Objective: A casual discussion before moving on to 1st Person Advantages

  41. 41 Advantages of 1st Person PoV

    Objective: Deeper look into advantages of 1st person PoV's

  42. 42 Disadvantages of 1st Person

    Objective: Deeper look into disadvantages of 1st person PoV's

  43. 43 Advantages & Disadvantages of 3rd Person Limited

  44. 44 Advantages & Disadvantages of 3rd Person Free Indirect Discord

Lessons in Filter the Rot Inside Your Story:

  1. 1 Filter the Rot Inside Your Story

    Objective: Learning how to write tighter prose for a better, more dynamic story narrative.

What Our Members Have to Say:

“His [Drake's] invisible layers thing was very useful... most great stories stick to this. Thanks for inspiring me to write more!” ― Borja V.
“Drake taught me the importance of theme... and how to write an emotional roller-coaster that stays on the tracks.” ― Nicole S.
“Drake breaks down theme and how to use it. He "clearly explains it--no confusion. Other instructors simply say, "hey, do this." Drake discusses how his information can be used effectively to create a better story.” ― Terra C.
“Drake really understands the part of story structure that isn't always spoken about--he calls it the invisible layer. Through applying what the teaches, I instantly realized what my books had been missing.” ― K.C.
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