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Rambo: First Blood – Action

How do you know if your story works? Take a look at David Morrell’s iconic novel First Blood, used as the base for the first Rambo movie. Does the story work? The Story Grid knows!

jack Ryan S1Ep4

Jack Ryan Episode 4, Does the Story Work? The Story Grid Knows! Let me show you how!

Life in the Infantry

What is the daily life for a Soldier when not deployed?

Jack Ryan S1Ep3

Jack Ryan Episode 3, does the story work? The Story Grid knows! Let’s break down the elements that make it work.

Story Grid Spreadsheet – Mac

Using Scrivener software and the Story Grid methodology to make a Story Grid Excel Spreadsheet.

Jack Ryan S1Ep2

Does the Jack Ryan TV series make for good storytelling? Here I analyze the episodes using the Story Grid to find out why it does or doesn’t.

Writing Soldiers

My series of articles called Writing Soldiers are specifically written to help writers create more realistic military characters. These posts include, among other things, information on rank, uniforms, tactics, relationships, and other military environmental themes that are constantly confused or misunderstood in the movies,… Continue Reading “Writing Soldiers”

Jack Ryan S1E1

Jack Ryan, Amazon Prime’s Action Series, broken down by story elements to show why it’s a story well told.

5 Commandments – Mac

Tracking your Story Grid 5 Commandments for each scene, developing your story by tracking your progressive complications in each scene and ensuring that you are raising the stakes.

Jack Ryan Intro

Analyzing the Jack Ryan Series using the Story Grid Method